Here is weekly drop of the hottest news from sports, gaming, media, fitness, and technology. The gaming industry continues to scoop up capital, with large raises from Epic Games and Tripledot. The IPO market remains hot, with offerings coming from AppLovin and Impossible Foods. Lastly, be sure to check out the diverse founders featured in our #RiseUp series.

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Epic Games Pockets $1Bn Raise
Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, has raised a further $1Bn in funding. The valuation of the company now stands at $28.7Bn as they look to build the Metaverse over the coming years.
Making Money in Youth Sports
Brian Zwerner spent 12 years as a dad, coach, team manager, startup founder, and investor in the youth sports space. He shares his thoughts on opportunities for startups in the sector.
#RiseUp Article Series
In our #RiseUp article series, we feature amazing minority and female founders. Read about 33 diverse leaders and their companies to see who will be the next big hits.
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Tech news, capital raises, and more
👾 AppLovin IPO to value company at $30Bn more
🍔 Impossible Foods exploring IPO at $10Bn valuation here
👟 ​StockX scores new funding $3.8Bn valuation details
👩‍đŸĢ MasterClass raises at $2.5Bn valuation here
🎮 Tripledot gets $78MM for mobile gaming read
📱 Community celebrity text platform brings in $40MM details
🕹ī¸ Grid Esports gets $10MM funding for video game data read
🎸 AmazeVR grabs $9.5MM for virtual concerts more
đŸŽĩ LL Cool J's Rock the Bells brings in $8MM for D2C biz here
🛏ī¸ SoftBank invests in Eight Sleep more
đŸ“ē ​CEO of Future talks digital fitness on CNBC watch
💍 CEO of Oura Ring on wearable tech listen
🏋ī¸â€â™€ī¸ ​SFIA startup challenge finalists announced here
đŸ’¯ ​Forbes Midas 100 list of top VC leaders details
👨‍đŸ’ŧ Zwerner on growth through paid user acquisition read

Athletes in the News
🏀 ARod and partner buying NBA's Twolves here
🏈 Peyton and Eli Manning launch NFT series details
đŸ–ŧī¸ NFL's Vernon Davis launches NFT offering read

Highlighting Diversity in Tech
👩‍đŸ’ŧ Women-led Realworld raises $3.4MM to teach adulthood details
🏀 Founder of Cuerpaso talks youth sports and training listen
đŸ”Ļ Spotlight on sneaker trading startup Tradeblock read
đŸ“ē Hearo launches Oscars virtual watch parties more
💸 Pitch competitions, grants, and events directory here

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