London-based online venue booking platform VenueScanner has raised $1.5 million in a round led by Rianta Capital and ACF investors. The funding is slated to drive international expansion as well as enhance the technical capabilities of the platform to deliver an end-to-end solution for event planners.
Founded long before any pandemic put the brakes on events, in 2015 by Benjy Meyer and Rebecca Kelly, VenueScanner connects individuals, businesses, and event organisers in the mission to find more affordable, perhaps unknown independent venues reimagine how they utilise their space and fill downtime. Prime examples being schools, churches, warehouses, coffee shops and pubs.
“While the last year has taught us that we don’t need to be sitting next to each other to get our work done, it has also taught us how important it is to be together to create, to collaborate and to celebrate,” explains CEO Kelly. “That means we are going to see a sharp rise in demand for locations and experiences that enable businesses to come together for brainstorms, workshops, team away days and more. Our role is to help companies create these in person experiences for their teams and help venues adapt their spaces to accommodate this shift.”
VenueScanner counts Facebook, Cancer Research, Accenture, NNS, Unilever, BBC, EY, Mastercard, M&S, Accenture, PWC, Skyscanner, BBC, and Google amongst its client base, and has over 25,000 venues listed.
Editors Note: Your humble author has now been twice vaccinated, and can only say – BRING. IT. ON!