MeetingsBooker.com, a Dublin-based meeting venue booking portal offering access to over 70,000 meeting rooms in +100 countries, has just completed a €1 million funding round.
MeetingsBooker.com’s growth has been driven organically via online marketing and this year will facilitate over 500,000 searches for conference and meeting venues around the world. The company focuses on meetings of less than 100 attendees which represents a market of more than €15 billion in Europe. Thanks to MeetingsBooker.com’s pioneering, cloud-based software solution, meeting organizers can send venues their event requirements and quickly receive competitive offers, which they can book directly through the site. MeetingsBooker.com offers unique content by creating short 1-minute videos showcasing the conference space of key venue partners and also has the largest collection of meeting-specific reviews of any meetings website in the world.
“We’re delighted with this investment round, not only for the financial support it will add to our marketing and technology plans but also the strategic expertise and experience it will bring to the company” founder, Ciarán Delaney, explained.
MeetingsBooker.com’s investment was led by the AIB Start Up Accelerator Fund managed by ACT Venture Capital and includes funding from Enterprise Ireland and the Bank of Ireland Start-Up and Emerging Sectors Equity Fund managed by Delta Partners. In addition, the founder and former chairman of HostelWorld.com, Tom Kennedy and Paddy Holahan, have invested along with Hostelworld.com’s current CEO Feargal Mooney who will be joining the MeetingsBooker.com Board chaired by Paddy Holahan. Global meetings industry experts Patrick Delaney and Pádraic Gilligan have also invested with the later joining the board.
The funding will allow MeetingsBooker.com to continue its international expansion by further developing its booking engine, investing in online advertising and rolling out an enterprise platform. The company plans to create 25 new roles in customer support, marketing and IT.