The GIST: Insurance company Group 1001 announced Tuesday that it’s becoming a majority stakeholder in Parity, a tech startup created to bridge the gender pay gap in sports. The deal capitalizes on the untapped potential and marketability of women’s sports.
The companies: Parity, a BIPOC-founded company, launched in 2020 with an influencer marketing platform, but recently expanded into NFTs — its collab with retired WNBA icon Cynthia Cooper just dropped Sunday.
- Parity’s already garnered some high-profile connections. Last August, Oregon’s Sedona Prince became the company’s exclusive collegiate ambassador, while the WNBA’s Players Association inked a multi-year partnership the same month.
- Group 1001, meanwhile, is a U.S.-based insurance holding company. As of last year, it managed approximately $43 billion in combined assets. The company isn’t new to sports — in September, it committed $2 million to RISE, a nonprofit combating racism in sports.
The details: Parity said the Group 1001 investment will allow it to scale operations to land more brand partners and, in turn, support more female athletes. A Group 1001 exec will also join Parity’s board. The investment and valuation numbers were not disclosed.
- Group 1001’s stake is a high-level example of an action-oriented investment in women’s sports, distinctive from mere performative allyship.