MN graduate creates app that wins Google competition



A startup company based in Northeast Minneapolis beat out dozens of others to win the top prize at Google Demo Day competition in California last week.

Player's Health is an app designed to keep track of athletes' health and injuries. Doctors, coaches and tech experts were enlisted to help develop it, reported the Star Tribune.

The app works like this: each team member has a profile with their full medical history including injuries, allergies, conditions and medications that is controlled by their parent or guardian. Coaches can login to record injuries during practices or games. The app also provides recovery procedures and education on how to avoid injuries, said the newspaper.

“It’s the stereotypical paper and pencil situation,” Founder and CEO Tyrre Burks explained to tech.mn. “By digitizing it all, we’re making it easier to identify and prevent serious injury, even death, among young athletes in this country.”

About Burks

Burks graduated from Winona State and coached football there before briefly playing professional football in Canada.

Injuries cut Burks' football career short, according to his LinkedIn profile.

But a plague of personal injuries in addition to his experience coaching youth football gave Burks insight to a problem in need of solution – leading to the creation of Player's Health.

He recently moved his company from Chicago to Minneapolis for both personal and professional reasons, according to tech.mn.

“We’ve been getting a lot of support from other entrepreneurs and people in the sports world here, which made the decision easy," he told the outlet last year. "Minnesota is great for what we’re doing as a company and for me as a family man.”

Show me the Money

According to tech.mn, there are 312,000 active users of Player's Health generating around $200,000 in revenue.

After receiving a $140,000 investment from gener8tor, an organization that invests in high-growth start ups, Player's Health captured $1 million last year, reported the outlet.

If Player's Health or any of the other top 11 startups makes $1 million in the next 100 days, Demo Day judge and AOL founder Steve Case said he would give them $100,000.

“We are well positioned to be the 800-pound gorilla in a $2 billion dollar market. Our business model is a thing of beauty," Burks told tech.mn.

Players Health charges schools $3,600 - $4,600 to use the app for their entire athletic program. Organizations also have the option of paying on a per-player basis for club teams and tournaments, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Social media support

A watch party in Northeast Minneapolis cheered on Burks as he pitched Players Health to the Google judges in California:





You can watch a video of Burk's talking about his accomplishment from his Instagram below:


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