The next big breakthrough in the sports conversation world is coming to an iPhone near you, and it’s coming soon. Bloomsburg University graduates, Paul Rosa and Sean Roth, founders of the sports app Sploops have secured a $115,000 investment to put their creation on the mobile market. The app will be launching in November, and will be available exclusively on the Apple App Store for free.
As seen in previous BUnow articles, Sploops will allow sports fans to post video rants (Up to 15 seconds) from their mobile phones as they talk trash, cheer their team on, or offer their opinion on almost any sports topic. Users will also have the ability to share content across social media networks and post polls. Sploops is the first of its kind when it comes to video sports forums.
“The biggest factor in us getting this investment was going through some of the failures and trials that we have gone through over the past two years” said Roth, who works full-time as an executive in Supply Chain for Target. “It forced us to get creative and learn how to do things on our own. We’re excited to finally get it (Sploops) out there and change sports interaction for good.”
For the duo, the Sploops idea going mobile has come as a result of hard work from their college years. During their senior year at Bloomsburg, Rosa and Roth placed 3rd in the statewide PASSHE Student Business Plan Competition and 1st place in the Greater Susquehanna Keystone Innovation Zone Business Plan Competition.
The two created the idea of Sploops as juniors, in Roth’s apartment. Their company “Sploops LLC” was officially founded in the Andruss library.
“We’ve been funding this with a lot of our own cash which obviously gives you drive to succeed, but being responsible for someone else’s success brings an entirely different set of responsibility and desire to win” said Roth. “Post launch everything shifts to two focuses. Building our community, and listening/reaching out as much as we can to user feedback.”
“The idea was born in Bloomsburg on a piece of notebook paper and that means a lot to us”, said Rosa. “This app will change the way people talk about sports, and has the potential to be the next big thing.”
Stay tuned for more updates on the November launch, as well as information about a Sploops launch party in January right here on Bloomsburg’s campus.