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Spacebase secures six-figure seed funding
Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 02 May 2015
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'.
Hola, Spain! Spacebase enters the Spanish market
Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 20 April 2015
After a successful launch in August 2014 with more than 1000 locations in fourteen cities and ten countries, the location booking platform Spacebase announces their launch in Spain during TheNextWeb Conference. Following Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Vienna, London, Singapore, Munich and Frankfurt, 30 unique locations in Barcelona are now available for booking.
Using Spacebase, companies can choose the perfect environment for their business meetings or events, as well as event extras such as catering or presentation kits with just one click. The founders Julian Jost and Jan Hoffmann-Keining, both former business consultants, know how unproductive and frustrating business get-togethers can be: they sat through several uncreative and inefficient meetings themselves. With Spacebase, they therefore want to change the meeting industry by making inspiring spaces available and easily bookable for everyone. 'From our experience with organizing creative workshops, we know how time-consuming and stressful it can be to find and book a suitable location for business events', explains CEO and founder Julian Jost. 'This means companies are put-off a change of approach, leaving them stuck with the same mundane and uninspiring meeting routines. We want to change that by taking the hassle out of organizing efficient and creative meetings and events', he continues.
The Berlin-based company works with local location scouts and constantly adds more and more locations and cities to its portfolio. In the long run, the team wants to completely transform the way people meet and become the go-to booking platform for all business events worldwide. Spacebase will be at TheNextWeb Conference April 23 & 24 April. Please visit the team at their booth on the start-up floor.
Spacebase wins Eye for Travel’s Startup Award 2015 in San Francisco
Posted by Jan Hoffmann-Keining on 24 March 2015
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
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.