Jump Forward

SEASON 1 EPISODE 10
Pitchonline service helping athletes, parents, coaches and college administrators navigate the college recruitment process
EntrepreneurBrian Duggan and Adam McCombs
Asked For$150,000 for 10%
Deal$600,000 for 50%
SharkKevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec
StatusIn Business

Company Background

What is Jump Forward?

Jump Forward is a web technology and mobile provider that gives student-athletes a platform in creating profiles that showcase their educational goals, athletic accomplishments, interests, and skills.

The company works with universities and athletic programs by providing products that are used by athletes, trainers, and coaches to identify the best of the best.

Founder’s Story

The online-sports based company was started and founded by Brian Duggan and Adam McCombs. The two met through their strong Minnesota ties; Duggan: a Burnsville High grad, and McCombs, an Apple Valley native currently operate the service which operates in over 150 collegiate athletic departments.

As a child, Adam McCombs was an avid soccer player, however after experiencing the technical and difficult process in high school/college recruitment, he noticed how inefficient and annoying the process was. This motivated him to create a more efficient method that eventually became Jump Forward.

McCombs has a deep background in technology, earning two CCIE’s while working at Cisco for more than 8 years. This paired with his athletic background gave him the vision for Jump Forward, however he needed someone that understood the economical side of business: Brian Duggan.

Duggan has a finance background, and before Jump Forward he was an investment banker and auditor. Boasting a 99% annual subscription renewal rate, the company has proved to be one of the best for sports athletes in the United States.

What Happened After Shark Tank Update

Is Jump Forward Still in Business?

The mobile provider and web technology company Jump Forward that showcases athletic performances (a LinkedIn/Facebook for semi-professional college athletes to showcase their talents to recruiters) is still in business. Not only can college athletes join, but coaches and other sports organizations too. Both co-founders Brian Duggan and Adam McCombs have since left the company, with Active Network acquiring the business in 2016. Jump Forward makes its money through subscription fees charged to the universities and advertising on its website. Its most recent annual turnover was under $5 million.

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