63. Bantr

The social network for football fans, enabling them to comment and vote on the action as they watch

Founders: Peter McCormack, Toby Austin, Oliver Morrison and Jay Bayley
Founded: May 2010
Website: www.bantr.tv

Armchair pundits rejoice: Bantr is specifically designed to let football fans comment, opine and vent to their heart’s content, making watching a match an inherently social experience. The founders saw that people were discussing live football on social networks – whether watching matches at home or from the stands – but that conversations about non-football related matters were getting in the way. Bantr’s solution enables fans to ‘check-in’ to a match, then discuss and vote on the action with other fans.

With more than 10,000 users registered on the beta site, the business is due to start testing four revenue models – social gaming, advertising, in game-betting and location services. Android and iPhone apps have recently been launched.

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