Mark French

Mark French

Sr. Advisor (Sports Industry, Media, Technology & Higher Ed)

Founding Partner, MISSION (Inventor-COURT GRIP); Board of Advisors, The Players’ Tribune; Founder, NBC Everywhere; Board of Directors, AthleticDirectorU; Board of Directors, K Plus Organics; Board of Advisors, Ad Age; Co-Founder, Twenty; Board of Advisors, Block Six Analytics

Mark is an active investor, board member and advisor for companies and organizations that share his drive to innovate in Sports, Media and Technology. Mark's current portfolio includes Ad Age, The Players' Tribune, K Plus Organics Sports Drinks, Twenty, Block Six Analytics, AthleticDirectorU, Athleta-Ed and Bunim / Murray Productions. Mark has created and operated disruptive business innovations in the media, technology, sports and consumer goods industries. Mark is the recipient of multiple ‘40 Under 40 Awards’.

Mark is an active mentor and Board Member to multiple organizations focused on improving the lives and opportunities for inner-city youth. Mark serves on the Board of NFTE, the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. NFTE provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Mark received the Lowell B. Mason Award for exemplary volunteer service for his constant commitment and mentorship to at-risk youth. Mark was one of 150 delegates selected by Pope Francis to participate in the Inaugural “Sport at the Service of Humanity” Conference at the Vatican.

Mark is an alum of Ithaca College, where he is an active member of the President’s Council and Athletic Departments Advisory Council. Mark’s inspiring entrepreneurial story has been featured on FOX Business News, CNBC, Forbes, ESPN and various other media outlets. Mark is often asked to share his entrepreneurial story and teach best practices with corporate giants such as GE, The NFL, etc. Mark lives in Westchester, NY with his wife Meghan and their two children. Fun Facts about Mark: He was a ball boy for the NY Knicks, he was a Semi-Pro Football Wide Receiver and he is an Award- Winning Documentary Producer.

Professional Summary

  • Serial entrepreneur with expertise in sports, entertainment, media and technology
  • Long and successful track record of building disruptive businesses in sports, entertainment and technology. Partners, advises and invests alongside, Hall of Fame athletes and entertainers as well as prominent investors
  • Member of Boards, Investor and Advisor on several prominent sports tech and media companies, including The Players’ Tribune, Bunim / Murray Productions, MISSION, Block Six, Analytics, AthleticDirectorU, K Plus Organics, etc.

Role at Athleta-Ed

  • Overall Strategy / Strategic Partnerships

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