RALEIGH – TopCourt, a tech startup building an online platform for tennis instruction, is getting closer to its official launch after securing $195,000 in equity.

That’s in addition to $140,000 raised back in July, its cofounder Taylor Meyer said.

The injection of capital will now enable the Raleigh-based startup to develop its software, create content, make new sales hires and roll out a marketing campaign.

The launch date is expected for later this year.

“TopCourt is the very first online instruction and storytelling platform that offers tennis fans an authentic look into the life, mind, and performance of the game’s best players,” Meyer said. “We’re partnering with top ATP and WTA professionals to film Hollywood-level content, and give tennis fans across the globe access to this content and instruction for a “small monthly fee.”

TopCourt will soon begin offering exclusive founder memberships for pre-sale. Meyer said these memberships will be limited and provide an added set of perks — including in-person access to the world’s best tennis professionals, back-stage invites to the company’s shoots across the nation and free tickets to professional tennis events sponsored by TopCourt.

At present, the company has hired two sales managers — one four-time All American from the UNC Chapel Hill’s Women’s Varsity Tennis team, and the other a third ranked player in college tennis from the University of Michigan.

“The advisory board consists of top 100 ranked professionals, UNC and Harvard Varsity Tennis coaches, and more,” Meyer said, adding: “TopCourt is partnering with the world’s top ranked professionals, and will release player details on our website soon.”

This isn’t Meyer’s only company. He, along with Zach Hunter and Alex Rafiee, also founded Hyperspace Ventures, a software development and venture capital firm based out of Chapel Hill, which builds tech products for early stage ventures.

TopCourt partnered with Hyperspace Ventures for all design, development, and technical product manager roles.

TopCourt, online platform for tennis players, raises almost $140,000 in funds