What is King Strategies?
King Strategies is a Sports Management and Promotion Company founded by Eric Wilson. The company platform acts as a public forum for local athletes to actively seek out other local athletes to join in on recreational sports games.
How did you come up with your idea? How did you start up your business?
Wilson was inspired to form King Strategies due to his love of sports and his aspirations to become his own boss. He states, “Early on, I always knew I wanted to become an entrepreneur.” After graduating from the University of Windsor with a degree in Honours Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing, Wilson went on to work at Chrysler to give himself some time to save up enough money to start his own business. Working on the line didn’t appeal to Wilson, so it wasn’t long after he decided to take the first step to venture off to a pro sports conference in Toronto to find out more about the industry. From then on, he worked alongside a business partner to first start a Flag Football League.
What sets your company apart from other companies providing a similar service?
At the end of his first season organizing Flag Football Leagues, he realized that he was hungry for more. He wanted to expand into more sports and offer his services to help others participate in and enjoy recreational sports. What makes King Strategies unique is the fact that there are no other services like it currently in Windsor. Combining the concept of Kijiji and Eventbrite, King Strategies is now playing in a whole different ball game. Currently, King Strategies is working with the EPICentre in order to restructure and become a fully integrated web platform offering services such as recreational team match ups, top team ads, and Find a Team.
What does the future hold for King Strategies?
To date, King Strategies has raised $10,000 in grants to help expand the business. Currently, Wilson is in the development stage and is working alongside EPICentre to set and reach his goals. Being surrounded by other inspiring minds has allowed him to motivate himself and grow his network.
In the next 5 years, Eric hopes to open up his very own recreational sports complex. His lifetime goal is to one day own or become the CEO of a pro or semi pro hockey team and essentially, leave a lasting impact on those around him. To leave his mark, he hopes that King Strategies will become a well known brand for playing recreational sports in Windsor.
What advice would you like to share with local entrepreneurs?
When asked about advice to give to aspiring entrepreneurs, he has a few words to share. “Weigh your risks. Becoming an entrepreneur might be scary and risky, but at the end of the day, the experience makes it worth while. I’ve learned more starting my own business than I could’ve imagined working in the corporate world. Go for it. Practice. Refine.” – Eric Wilson, Founder of King Strategies