Kompany39, a New Hampshire-based company, rebranded to TorchCo after announcing the acquisition of NYC-based daily sports newsletter startup, Morning Blitz.
TorchCo is a sports media and marketplace company backed by Manchester-based York Creative Collective and York IE, as well as other angel investors. So far, a total of $1.5 million has been raised, according to a news release.
On Tuesday, the company launched a new digital platform, TorchPro.com, that provides young athletes “unprecedented access to elite figures in the sports world.”
Former University of New Hampshire hockey player Matt Fornataro founded Kompany39 alongside former University of Maine hockey player Joey Diamond and NHL All-Star Joe Pavelski in 2017.
Pavelski, a Dallas Stars centerman and former San Jose Sharks captain and former captain of Team USA, is featured in TorchPro content.
Other athletes include Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins defenseman; Kacey Bellamy, Team USA women’s hockey Olympic gold medalist; Brandon Yip, former NHL player and 2022 Beijing Olympic hopeful; Mike Green, former Washington Capital and Detroit Red Wing NHL defensemen and Riley Sheahan, Buffalo Sabres forward.
The platform will expand to include more athletes and sports.
TorchPro.com helps athletes build and grow their digital brand and tell authentic stories during and after their playing careers, including brand building services, content strategy and content creation for business-savvy athletes, according to the news release.
“We wanted to create a place for both athletes and fans to engage and fuel the next generation,” said Pavelski in a statement.
The company also brought on Drizly veteran, Bryan Goodwin, as a cofounder of the new entity and the company’s president and chief revenue officer. Drizly is an alcohol e-commerce platform.
TorchCo now powers The Morning Blitz, a sports newsletter founded by Danny Healey and Noah Cartwright. The newsletter is delivered to inboxes by 5:30 a.m.
“The vision of TorchCo is a big one: to inspire greatness by providing a place to access information, knowledge, and inspiration for anyone looking to gain an edge in sports and life,” said Fornataro in a statement.