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European demand drives Spacebase to launch in NYC

Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 01 November 2016

  • Leading European booking platform for Meeting and Workshop rooms expands to New York
  • Upon launching, 200 creative and unique venues can be booked throughout New York City
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After establishing their position as one of Europe's biggest online meeting room booking platforms, Spacebase has announced their upcoming launch on the New York City market. The Berlin-based start-up will make over 200 unique meeting and workshop spaces available for booking on their website November 1st, with the number of spaces increasing weekly. Their arrival to the American market was driven by their rapid growth across Europe as well as high client demand. Spacebase (www.spacebase.com) is a transparent and easy-to-use booking platform for refreshing and different meeting rooms as well as unique workshop, studio and event spaces. The German start-up's portfolio has about 2.000 locations for companies to choose from in more than 30 cities across 12 countries. Their client database has shown demand for locations in New York City which prompted Spacebase to launch their user-friendly platform in the United States.

"New York is a huge hub for international businesspeople, which is exactly our clientele," said co-founder and CMO Jan Hoffmann-Keining. "Originally, the launch in New York was to accommodate the demand of our clients, but now we are seeing that NYC has become our fastest-growing market, thanks to the high speed growth of the sharing economy and the demand for flexibility." The sharing economy phenomenon has resolved problems across several industries, such as the high costs and long-term contracts in the car rental industry. As the trend grows, it will continue to make industries more flexible and accessible, especially in the meeting and event planning industry. In the United States, there are over 11 million meetings per day, yet over 33% of them (roughly 3.6 million of them) are considered boring or unproductive. Stagnant routines and non-creative atmospheres are two major culprits behind unsuccessful meetings. A staggering 12.3 million business travelers came to New York City last year alone and this number paired with the lack of effective meeting spaces reveals a huge market potential for supplying interesting meeting venues to the greater New York area.

"We've been watching the MICE industry grow rapidly and intertwine with the sharing economy trend," said co-founder and CEO of Spacebase, Julian Jost. "We are really excited to launch in New York and offer unique, undiscovered meetings spaces to a ready-to-book market."

Spacebase secures six-figure seed funding

Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 02 May 2015

  • After a successful launch with Co-founder Stephan Ekbergh, innovative booking platform now has a high seed funding figure at its disposal
  • Berlin-based Spacebase looks to implement new capital in marketing and scaling
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While the B2C market for accommodation has already been established by proponents of the 'sharing economy' like AirBnB, the same cannot be said for the meeting industry. Until now, finding unique and unusual workshop spaces was a time-consuming and costly task, but Spacebase (www.spacebase.com) is now positioning itself as the first online booking solution for these locations around the world. After a successful start collecting more than 1000 spaces in 14 cities and winning Web in Travel's Start-Up of the Year and Eye for Travel's Best Travel Start-Up awards, Spacebase Co-founder Stephan Ekbergh is now further supporting the company with a high six-figure seed funding amount.

'Spacebase occupies a little-utilized portion of the market which has promising potential. The global approach of the business model, as well as the highly-motivated team of with their vision to inject more creativity into the meetings industry, has impressed me from the beginning,' says the co-founder. Ekbergh himself is an experienced entrepreneur and CEO/Founder of the successful online travel agent Travelstart. 'After a successful launch period, I have decided to make seed funding available for further expansion of the service. In addition to financial support, I will offer my experience in the travel industry to be of strategic and consultative assistance to the team,' adds Ekbergh.

Other founders behind the Spacebase concept are Julian Jost and Jan Hoffmann-Keining, who themselves know from their time organising workshops as former-consultants the positive impact which creative approaches can have in the tedious meetings industry. With Spacebase, they aim to break this deadlock, by offering stimulating new environments as well as simplifying the process of booking such events. 'We are pleased that the Spacebase concept has been so well-received in the industry', says founder Julian Jost. 'With this seed funding, we can expand our platform and services for both customers and venue owners. At the same time we can grow the portfolio of venues in our already active countries and internationally promote the platform to new markets'.

Spacebase wins Eye for Travel's Startup Award 2015 in San Francisco

Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 24 March 2015

  • Second award for Spacebase as the concept makes a splash in San Francisco
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Spacebase has been named Best Travel Start-Up at the EyeforTravel Start-Up Village 2015. The online booking platform for event locations and meeting spaces won the award as part of the Mobile & Innovation Strategies for Travel conference in San Francisco.

The conference brought together influential players and budding entrepreneurs to establish a discourse about the changing landscape of consumer behaviour and new technologies in travel. Held in the heart of San Francisco, The Start-Up Village featured a morning of creative seminars followed by an awards competition where 12 travel start-ups pitched to an experienced judging panel of investors and travel experts.

As a first-time participant, Julian Jost (founder of www.spacebase.com) presented the Spacebase concept to win judges over and claim the prize comprising a host of networking, sponsorship and development opportunities. The award comes just 3 weeks after Jost spoke as a ‘Travel Disruptor' at the Phocuswright panel at ITB, the world's leading travel trade show, and just 7 months after Spacebase received the Web In Travel 2014 Start Up Of The Year award in Singapore.

Although still in its infancy, it is clear that the Spacebase ball has begun to roll and is set to make a splash in the stagnant waters of the conservative meetings industry.

'Changing the way we meet': Spacebase at the Phocuswright@ITB Disruption's Curve

Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 04 March 2015

  • Discussing, debating and defining the future of travel commerce
  • CEO and founder of Spacebase.com Julian Jost will be part of the ITB panel 'Executive Roundtable: The Disruptors'
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Today the world's leading travel trade show ITB is opening its gates in Berlin to exhibitors from 180 countries and regions which will be visited by over 110,000 people from the commercial and travel industries. One of the most innovative forums of the fair is the Phocuswright@ITB Disruption's Curve, taking place on March 4th and bringing together international executives from the travel, tourism and hospitality sector to discuss, debate and define the latest industry trends.

As a first time participant Julian Jost, CEO and founder of the Berlin-based booking platform Spacebase (www.spacebase.com), will take part in the panel 'Executive Roundtable: The Disruptors' (13:15 - 13:45). Together with Rod Cuthbert, CEO of Rome2rio, Will Phillipson, President of SilverRail Technologies, and Polina Raygorodskaya, CEO of Wanderu Inc., he will be discussing disruptive forces in the travel world as well as new players and innovations that are looking to shake-up the industry. Attendees are also welcome to take part in the discussion.