Stat Keeping Reimagined

Statkeeper, Inc. is a pre-seed stage startup based at Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship. The team is comprised of CMU MBA and Robotics graduate students. We are actively looking to add talented and passionate computer vision and deep learning engineers to our team. If that’s you, get in touch with us!


Idea in Brief

Professional hockey teams are increasingly investing resources into analytics personnel and teams to gain strategic insights for players and coaches. The hockey team’s data-based insights are only as good as the quality of the data available. Hockey game stats are recorded and collected in less than standardized ways – humans in various arenas recording shots, hits, etc. subjectively – and are prone to significant errors.

Statkeeper will apply Computer Vision and Deep Learning techniques such as continuous pose estimation on video feeds of hockey games to automate the tabulation of game stats to significantly standardize and improve the quality of the data.

Many small-time junior leagues don’t possess resources to record stats. This impedes the ability of analytics teams of NHL clubs to determine the draft potential of young players from unknown markets abroad. Statkeeper in its inception will focus on generating hockey stats for such leagues to provide significant value add for NHL clubs.


Karthik Venkateshan

Karthik has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering, Master’s in Digital Media specializing in video game software development, and is completing his MBA in Entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University. Karthik has over 8 years of experience in the video games industry. He has shipped multiple titles on Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam including a 3D hockey video game as part of a video game startup that he founded and led in Vancouver, BC.


Brien Stelzer

Brien Stelzer is in the final year of a joint MBA and Masters in Public Policy program at Carnegie Mellon University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Science from Ryerson University. Prior to CMU, Brien worked as an operations consultant focused on implementing scalable IoT technology for fleet management provider, Flash Vehicles. Most recently, Brien interned as a Product Strategy Manager with embedded OS provider, Green Hills Software, and is currently a part of the Product Strategy capstone team working with Boeing HorizonX and the Product Analyst team working with biotech company, Genentech.


Paul G HeffernAn III

Paul completed his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, achieving Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. After undergrad, he led teams of underserved high school students in trail work and ecological improvement in Pittsburgh’s local public parks. He then served as Strategy and Program Manager at Clark Testing, developing and overseeing the company’s safety, security, and sustainability programs. He also developed and maintained relationships with some of Clark’s biggest clients. Hailing from Southwest Pennsylvania, he is a passionate advocate for Pittsburgh sports teams and building community in the area.