Fatsack Outdoors recently received a $200,000 SC Launch, Inc. investment.
This is the first investment for the company that was accepted into SCRA’s entrepreneurial program, SC Launch, in August 2016. Established in 2006, SC Launch, Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation affiliated with SCRA, which provides loans and investments to selected South Carolina-based companies participating in the SC Launch program. Read more from the SCRA Press Release here.
Fatsack Outdoors is a South Carolina-based technology corporation, committed to bringing mobile applications to specifically concentrated outdoor markets. Fatsack developed its first mobile application, released in 2015, to improve the angler’s fishing skills and increase productivity. It was the first app on the market to include logging, mapping, social, and analytical functionalities. In 2016, Fatsack partnered with ConnectScale, bringing CEO Ben Arnold on board and integrating with the company’s Bluetooth scale. The partnership produced exciting new ventures such as catch-weigh-release tournaments, app development for state agencies, and in-app real estate for fishing industry vendors.
The Fatsack mobile fishing app is the app that simplifies the fishing experience. Created by devout angler (and now CEO), Nick Rubio. Initially, Nick just wanted a way to spend more time on the water and less time manually logging his catches. As his concept evolved, Nick began to think of more and more ways to automate the many tasks involved with successful fishing. After a lot of research, technical development, time, and money, Nick’s idea came to fruition with the 2015 release of Fatsack Outdoors. Available for both IOS and Android, the app included every tool that the angler could want. From auto-logging, tackle inventory, and real-time statistics to shopping, socializing, and education.
In 2017, Fatsack Outdoors partnered with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to expand the Department’s tagging and licensing program for recreational anglers. The partnership was complimented with a Project Development Fund Grant from SCRA to help application development. The investment will be used to further the company’s work with the state, continue to build out the platform and to get in front of the more than 60 million anglers in the US.
Recently, Fatsack added yet another feature, which automates fishing tournament administration and hosting. This new platform allows anyone, from anywhere, to compete in or host virtual fishing competitions without the hassles related to traditional registration, participant tracking, contest standings, fee collection, and prize allocation. Pro angler Hank Parker and fishing companies such as ZMan, Rat-L-Trap, and Lew’s Fishing have already gotten onboard and hosted successful tournaments with a combined 500 participants.