With graduation coming up fast last spring, McCormack Class of 2020 student Noah Kortkamp began working on an idea that could one day revolutionize the sports betting industry. That idea has now come to fruition, with interactive sports betting app RealTime Sports up and running contests for over a month now.
The app allows users to answer trivia questions for points over the course of a sporting event in a competition against their friends. The company differentiates itself from sports betting industry giants, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, by providing users with an exciting and communal way to enhance their game-watching experience. In the month-plus since its official launch, RealTime Sports has gained hundreds of users through consistent and fun weekly contests while building a social media following on Instagram of more than 1,000 followers.
“The concept of RealTime Sports came about because we felt that daily fantasy and traditional sports betting had become long overdue for an overhaul,” Kortkamp said. “Our goal was to create something of truly intrinsic value by being far more simple, fun, and social than any existing format. We've certainly had our fair share of roadblocks over the past year, but after launching a month ago, I could not be prouder of our team and the product we have developed.”
Kortkamp founded the company with current McCormack senior Samuel Darkwa and Tufts graduate Chadd Yuan in February. The foundation was strengthened through focus group interviews with current UMass sport management students and funded by a McCormack scholarship Kortkamp won from Tokio- Marine HCC. On top of that, Kortkamp has hired a handful of McCormack students as interns who work in areas such as marketing, content creation, and business operations.