Jason DitkofskyCo-Founder, Jase Ventures
MBA Sports and Entertainment Management, San Diego State University (United States), 2008
I completed my MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management at San Diego State University, which is overseen by the San Diego Padres baseball team (MLB). After graduating in 2008, I spent some time at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles working on feature film distribution and then transitioned into an agent's assistant roll at UTA in the Online & Digital Media department. Eventually, I returned to Canada and accepted a job for a consulting company that helped Canadian entrepreneurs with strategic business planning to launch their start-up or expand their current operational businesses. The time arrived that I wanted to take a crack at it myself!
What we essentially do at Jase Ventures is work with entrepreneurs who are looking for start-up capital. What differentiates ourselves from traditional venture capital is that we take ownership of the project with the entrepreneur and assist them with funding alternatives and essentially build their company with a clear-cut exit strategy 3-5 years down the line. Most of the companies are technology driven, and very often (but not always) associated with the entertainment industry.
For anyone who is interested in the sports and entertainment industry, technology and online ventures, and even aspiring entrepreneurs, we will have a lot to talk about!