Zamante: manage your own soccer career
Zamante is a new internet platform for those who are active in the soccer world. It is international and for every level: professional, semi-professional and amateur.
Our aim is to offer everyone in the soccer world the opportunity to make the most of his or her soccer career. www.zamante.com makes it easier for players, managers, clubs, agents and scouts to contact each other and to manage their own soccer careers.
You can build and expand your network with all your soccer contacts, old and new. This way, you keep everyone informed of your career, with automatic updates of the latest results.
Every member can follow the updates and results of other contacts on a personal dashboard.
Clubs and coaches can follow the careers of players, can post transfer offers free of charge and search for players with specific characteristics. Moreover, clubs profile themselves via Zamante to players and sponsors.
Agents can promote the players and managers in their portfolios, and their services as agents. Scouts can use Zamante to prepare their scouting work and to follow interesting players, clubs and managers closely.
Watch the demo (English version - UK)
There is also a version in French and one in Dutch:
Why 'Zamante' ?
The name Zamante has no specific history. The founders just wanted a name that fits the beauty of the game as they like to see it played: a little frivolous, a dash of samba.
The name of the project also had to have an international ring to it, the .com domain name had to be available and it had to be free of any associations with other projects. In order to stand out, a deliberate choice was made to pick a name that had nothing to do with soccer.
The Business Model
Freemium and exclusive partnerships with advertisers
To keep the threshold as low as possible, Zamante relies on the ‘freemium’ business model: most features are free, a few premium services incur a charge. A one-year subscription costs from 49 to 149 euros.
Additionally, Zamante offers a unique opportunity for advertisers to get in touch with a community that is active in soccer. To protect the members' privacy and their joy in using the site, only soccer related communication is allowed. Moreover, we aim to establish a long term co-operation with regular partners, which will benefit members, advertisers as well as Zamante.
Zamante is a Belgian company with international ambitions. The web site, www.zamante.com, is already available in English, Dutch and French. More languages will be added soon.
Experience, complementarity, passion for soccer
The founders Kurt Tuypens and Wim Walraevens have a strong connection. They are childhood friends, played in the same soccer team for years, and were both managing partners of the interactive advertising agency Duval Guillaume E. What binds them is a passion for sport, the internet and entrepreneurship. A complementary team was created and starting capital was raised.
Short biographies of the founders
Kurt Tuypens (PDG)
In the past decade, the man who came up with the basic idea for Zamante, was a managing partner of Duval Guillaume, where together with Duval Guillaume E founded the digital division of the advertising agency and made it a prosperous business. Prior to that, Kurt Tuypens worked for Gemeentekrediet van België (Dexia - a lender financing local government), EMD (E-Mailware Development) and Headtrick Media Group, until he laid the foundation for Duval Guillaume E with Wim Walraevens in 2001. Kurt is Zamante's CEO and responsible for management, sales & marketing & product.
Also used to be a managing partner with Duval Guillaume, where he focused on the online marketing strategy. Obtained a diploma as a translator from French and Italian and studied business communication. He started his career as an account manager with Cypres en Quattro (now Saatchi & Saatchi) in the advertising world, but soon turned to communication via internet at i-Merge (now Boondoggle), as he felt that that was where his interest and the future of communication lay. Wim is in charge of product, user experience and support.
Bart Becks lives and works in Los Angeles and Brussels. His CV boasts achievements such as ‘CEO Skynet’ and ‘Senior vice-president of SBS Broadcasting’. In 2008 he started and internationalized a series of innovating projects in Europe, such as the recent www.sonicangel.com. Co-founder of Zamante.
Until recently, Thierry was a director of Greenwich Consulting Benelux. He has fifteen years of experience in consultancy in the world of telecoms. As the Benelux director and the International Sales director for Greenwich Consulting, Thierry Bouffioux was responsible for business development in telecoms, media and ICT. He has been a guest speaker at numerous major telecom and media events. Co-founder of Zamante.
Kurt Tuypens (Founder)
Wim Walraevens (Founder)
Arne Houtekier (PR and communication)
www.zamante.com (UK, NL, FR)
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