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January 16, 2020 Likes Comments

Mount Ida/UMass innovation space welcomes its first tenant


The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Newton is welcoming its first resident company to its newly-launched innovation and collaboration space.

CoachUp, the nation’s leading private coaching provider, is relocating to the campus from its prior headquarters in Newton Upper Falls.

“We’re excited to move our headquarters to the Mount Ida Campus,” said John Kelley, CEO of CoachUp. “UMass Amherst is dedicated to creating a vibrant, collaborative community for students and innovative companies, and we now have access to an incredible talent pool for CoachUp internships and employment.

“UMass has been a leader in sports management and computer science programs, and we hope to tap into those resources to help drive growth and innovation in the years ahead."

The CoachUp relocation allows the City of Newton to retain the early-stage company, which had outgrown its previous location. The 72-acre Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, located in the N2 Innovation District, connects the state’s flagship public research university to the Greater Boston business community.

The campus provides lab, office and co-working space with parking, dining, recreation facilities and other amenities to resident companies and industry partners. CoachUp is occupying 2,000 square feet of office space.

“We’re interested in partnering with companies like CoachUp that are seeking multi-level engagement with the university, including providing experiential learning opportunities for students via internships,” said Jeff Cournoyer, managing director of the Mount Ida Campus. “Building these types of connections between UMass Amherst and the Greater Boston business community is central to the vision for the Mount Ida campus.”

Founded in 2012 by sports tech entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel, CoachUp is a platform for coaches and athletes to connect for sports training and serves as a business management tool for coaches. Backed by sports superstars including NBA champion and MVP Stephen Curry, Super Bowl champion and MVP Julian Edelman, and NHL Hall of Famer Cam Neely, CoachUp’s platform has quickly become the top sports coaching provider in the $17 billion industry.

CoachUp will provide professional development opportunities for UMass Amherst students in sports management, software development, marketing and other areas.

“Employee recruitment is the biggest challenge for Boston-area companies, so having access to the pipeline of talent UMass Amherst provides is valuable,” said Kathryn Ellis, director of the UMass Amherst Innovation Institute. “Professional development opportunities provided by internship programs represent one engagement, which can lead to research collaborations and other student and faculty collaborations.”

For more information about industry partnership opportunities on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst, please contact the UMass Innovation Institute at


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