Funding your pickleball business startup

Once you’ve established the feasibility of your Pickleball club startup, There are several ways to fund your new business. Each approach has pluses and minuses to consider.

Personal savings

Use your own savings or personal funds to finance your pickleball startup. This approach gives you complete control over your business, and all the proceeds, but also gives you 100% of the financial risk.

Friends and Family

Finance Options

Approach friends and family members who may be interested in investing in your business. Make sure to have a clear repayment plan or equity structure to avoid straining personal relationships.  This method may include forming an LLC with an operating agreement that states the investors will get a priority return before you take any of the profit.  There are several structures that we can suggest depending on your goals.

Angel Investors

Seek investment from angel investors who provide capital in exchange for equity or convertible debt. These individuals are often experienced entrepreneurs or high-net-worth individuals looking to invest in promising startups.


Platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe allow you to raise funds from a large number of people who believe in your idea. Offer incentives or rewards to backers in exchange for their financial support. Pickle players are kindred spirits!

SBA Loans

Apply for a business loan from banks, credit unions, or other financial institutions. These loans usually require a solid business plan, collateral, and a good credit history. We can help you put together the plans and financial information they will require.

Incubators and Accelerators: Join an incubator or accelerator program that offers funding, mentorship, and resources to startups in exchange for equity. These programs often provide access to a network of investors and industry experts. Some incubators also provide seed funding or connect you with investors.

Strategic Partnerships: Seek strategic partnerships with established companies that can provide funding, expertise, or resources in exchange for access to your pickle activities.  It’s becoming increasingly common to see existing health clubs, climbing gyms etc… partnering with a pickle program operator.

Remember, every funding option has its advantages and considerations. It’s important to evaluate your business needs, long-term goals, and the terms and conditions associated with each funding source before making a decision.  If you contact us we can help your sort through these options and land on the one that makes best sense for you.

Author: Bill

Passionate pickler, entrepreneur, experienced fitness industry executive, startup specialist, business model consultant, mentor and advisor. Contact me to brainstorm, discuss or commiserate! .

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