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Carolina Panther Dontari Poe Becomes LP in Launchpad Digital Health

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The investment marks his ongoing commitment to impactful digital health companies


Carolina Panther and technology investor Dontari Poe has become a Limited Partner (LP) in digital health-focused venture fund, Launchpad Digital Health. This investment marks his ongoing commitment to fund impactful digital health companies. This marks Mr. Poe’s fourth investment in technology companies and his first as an LP.

“I’m impressed by the companies that Launchpad invests in,” said Dontari Poe. “Fred and his team know digital health. I’m proud to be part of that.”

Focused on More Than Just Capital

Launchpad Digital Health is a leader in investing in and mentoring early stage digital health companies, having led 32 early stage venture rounds. Their approach leverages not only capital but a wide range of advisors and experts in the field. This allows companies, within the Launchpad Digital Health portfolio, to be positioned in the best way possible. “With our singular focus on technology transforming healthcare, we have a high impact on the transformation of the current healthcare delivery system. We invest in the best entrepreneurs that can execute their vision, and we are delighted to have Dontari leading athletes as investors in this high tech – high impact sector.”

A New Investment Model for Professional Athletes

Professional athletes are becoming more and more interested in technology startups. It’s a natural place for players to invest in. Technology is everywhere and they use it more and more. “Dontari’s investment in Launchpad is a trend that I have been seeing for a lot of players,” said Omar Sillah, CEO of Spectra Management Advisors and Dontari’s advisor. “Players want to play in tech since it’s a great way to diversify their portfolio. This is the new off-field playbook for athletes interested in startups and tech.”

About Dontari Poe

Dontari Poe is a defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers. He played college football at Memphis and was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs 11th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. His foundation, Poe Man’s Dream, helps underserved youth fulfill their potential by hosting football and entrepreneur camps in his hometown of Memphis, TN. He is also a technology investor that focuses on companies that build great products and help people live better lives.

About Launchpad Digital Health

Technology transforming healthcare. Launchpad Digital Health is #1 early stage lead VC investor in digital health. Located in San Francisco, it has led investments in 32 portfolio companies to date. The founders of Launchpad Digital Health have funded and operated technology and healthcare companies for the past two decades. To find out more about us, visit  Get capital. Get advice. Get going.

About Spectra Management Advisors

Spectra Management Advisors (SMA) is a business management firm that provides the perfect balance of supervision over athlete finances and the relief from having to manage your wealth all by yourself. We simplify your life by providing comprehensive oversight and accelerate the growth of your net worth using our extensive financial expertise. SMA provides the kind of support that gives you confidence and freedom to follow your passions. Visit for more info. Business Management … Personalized.

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