Online Sports Platform AXIS STARS Launches US Branch

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Manchester United legend Louis Saha and IT executive Patrice Arnera bring their professional athlete-dedicated social network to the USA

Axis Stars Ltd., the online sports platform for professional athletes, today announced that they have launched in the US, with offices in Los Angeles, California.

Following a successful launch in the UK, with early European adopters including Didier Drogba, Mo Farah, Gaizka Mendieta, Phil Neville and Florent Malouda, closely followed by NBA players such as Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw and Rony Turiaf, an influx of queries from a vast number of athletes, including NFL and MLS players, confirmed the need for an immediate US expansion.

Axis Stars provides elite athletes with a platform that protects and mentors them both during their career but also once retired, addressing the fact that around 50 percent of sports professionals go bankrupt after retirement, a figure that is even higher in the US.

The protection offered covers all different aspects of a player’s lifecycle. It is not about preventing anyone from spending but rather guiding them on how to spend wisely.

The contract management tools include everything from team contracts to access to financial advisers and insurance companies, vetted agents, lawyers and sponsorship agreements, with the goal to help players manage their careers more efficiently. This is particularly important for young players that may be oblivious to what they are about to sign.

Louis Saha, Co-Founder and Director, said, “Regardless where in the world you are, players are constantly getting scammed as the market is a lot more corrupt than many people realize. To put an end to this, not only are we giving our members access to key advisers, in a move to tackle the major issue of post-retirement bankruptcy, but also, we allow them to rate the performances of agents and other companies and providers they’ve worked with, in order to create a more transparent industry, in the same way that TripAdvisor has done for the travel sector.”

Patrice added, “To support our rapid expansion stateside, we're currently raising capital that will go towards developing the platform further and being able to properly cater to the sports professionals that want to join the Axis Stars community.”

To facilitate the launch of the US branch, Axis Stars is partnering with Inovexus, a California-based firm that offers a unique model for innovative European companies in the Digital, Life Sciences and IT sectors to launch, get funded and arrive rapidly at an exit event (acquisition or IPO) within the California startup ecosystem.

Philippe Roche, Inovexus CEO, said, “We are thrilled to help Axis Stars realize its vision in the thriving US market. Upon meeting with Louis and Patrice, we recognized that they had a very unique concept that also served a real need in the professional sports community. We believe that with the Inovexus talent and network we can help Axis Stars USA successfully launch, secure financing and grow.”

Alongside the US launch, Axis Stars is rolling out an exclusive e-commerce solution that will give players and sport stars access to exclusive and bespoke products and services that can be bought at a discount, as well as special trips and partnership opportunities.

Axis Stars has also built in a "giving back” solution where 10% of all profits are redistributed to athletes’ charities and foundations. Axis Stars also helps and encourages philanthropy amongst its members, which is an essential part of its DNA.

For more information, please contact Charlotte Elmehagen at Cavalier Public Relations (charlotte(at) or JP Clement at Axis Stars USA (jp(at)

About Axis Stars

Founded in 2014, Axis Stars is an exclusive online platform for elite sports professionals (athletes, agents, clubs and sponsors) coupled with a powerful contract management solution. It also acts as a virtual department store offering exclusive and professional services carefully selected for the professional sports industry.

The platform doesn't negotiate on behalf of athletes but simply enables, facilitates and simplifies business opportunities by gathering “la crème de la crème” in an exclusive safe social network.

About Inovexus

Founded in 2013, Inovexus offers a unique model combining sweat equity and quality management talent in one of the best financial ecosystems in the world. Inovexus invites fast growing innovative companies from Europe and Asia to embrace its model and quickly boost funding and launch, steps that greatly increase the potential for acquisition or IPO.

Based in California (San Diego and Los Angeles), Inovexus reinvents the funding and new venture management process for early stage innovative companies. The Inovexus model, which targets seed and cap-dev (pre-IPO) stage companies, is a unique two-pronged solution to the problem of funding a high tech small/mid cap company through the US market and rapidly becoming global. Inovexus is focusing on companies in the Life Sciences, IT, and Digital markets (

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