Swagger is a new sports prediction platform that empowers sports fans of all skill levels to predict live sports outcomes with confidence based simply on their love of sports.
November 1, 2021
HI Hub Incubator Program Finalist Ranel Castro Tells Us about His Startup, Swagger Gaming, Inc.
Swagger Gaming, Inc. is one of the finalists in the HI Hub Incubator Program. Ranel Castro, Co-founder and CMO of Swagger, tells us more about the business.
What product or service does Swagger offer?
Swagger offers a sports prediction platform with both free-to-play fan engagement and real-money games.
How did you come up with the idea for this business?
With my partners and I having over 50 years of combined experience in the gaming space, we recognized the need to provide avid sports fans who are casual or novice fantasy players/gamblers with a friendly, non-intimidating way to get into gaming. A former colleague developed the game with a points-based system that is simple for sports fans to play; it also makes it easier to win.
Why did you decide to participate in the HI Hub Incubator program?
As an SPS alum, I saw value in reengaging with the community, competing for some capital, honing our pitch and positioning, and gaining access to the mentors the program recruited.
What do you enjoy most about creating your own startup business?
I really enjoyed betting on myself...pun intended!
What advice would you give to someone contemplating founding a startup?
I would say two things:
- Have a great partner and a solid product with the potential to be great.
- Get comfortable not knowing what's around the corner; just be prepared to handle it no matter what it is. There's a saying that I'll paraphrase: "start walking and the road will reveal itself." You won't have all the answers at first, just start moving and as you do, more answers will become apparent in places they never were before.