Thanks to a couple SFU track and field alumni, high school athletes across Canada can now make better decisions about their athletic futures.

SFU’s Alexandre Paré and Brett Montrose have launched Streamline Athletes, an online platform that connects high-school student athletes to an extensive database of U.S. and Canadian post-secondary athletic and academic programs and scholarships.

The founders are life-long track athletes who met on Simon Fraser University’s National Collegiate Athletic Association track team.

While they were both fortunate to attend university for sports, they witnessed the many hurdles other young athletes faced when trying to find the best post-secondary options.

According to Paré and Montrose the current recruitment system is riddled with roadblocks, often resulting in a high post-secondary transfer rate and missed opportunities to pursue both athletics and education.

The online platform outlines the many scholarship and walk-on options available for athletes of all levels, tackling the misconception that only elite athletes can pursue post-secondary athletics.

The company also supports university coaches in their recruitment process by pairing coaches with athletes who meet recruitment standards and are more likely to accept an offer.

Streamline Athletics is currently incubated at Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection at SFU Surrey. The founders also won the SFU Alumni award at the 2019 Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize, SFU’s largest entrepreneurship competition.

Over the past year, Streamline Athletes team has grown from two to 10 employees, comprising developers, sales leads, data analysts and finance/accounting administrators.