Mark French, Serial Entrepreneur
Sports | Entertainment | Technology
Mark French has created and operated multiple disruptive businesses in the sports, consumer goods, media and technology industries. Previous ventures include MISSION®, The Players’ Tribune®, Healthy Together®, as well as leadership roles with NBC Universal. French is the Founder of NLP Ventures, an investor and hands-on operational partner for portfolio companies in the Sports, Entertainment, and Technology sectors. After being an active Board Member for the past year, French is leaning into one of NLP Ventures' portfolio companies X2 Performance as CEO during their growth phase.
World-class athletes including Kawhi Leonard, Dwyane Wade, Serena Williams, Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, and more have partnered with French throughout his entrepreneurial journey. As the recipient of three ‘40 Under 40 Awards’ in three separate business sectors, Mark has proven that his passion, creativity, leadership and entrepreneurial skill sets drive sustainable growth across industries.
As a philanthropist, Mark received the Lowell B. Mason Award for exemplary volunteer service for his constant commitment and mentorship to at-risk inner-city youth. Mark was one of 150 delegates selected by Pope Francis for the Global “Sport at the Service of Humanity” Council.
French is an alum of Ithaca College, where he is an active member of the Athletic Departments Advisory Council. He recently graduated from Harvard’s Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports Exec Program.
Mark’s inspiring entrepreneurial story has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, ESPN, Fox Business News, and more. Mark is often asked to share his entrepreneurial story and teach best practices with corporate giants such as GE, The NFL and more.
NLP Ventures is an investor and hands-on operational partner for portfolio companies in the Sports, Entertainment, and Technology sectors.