Hybrid Events Startup Hubilo Raises $23.5 Mn In Series A Round Led By Lightspeed – Inc42 Media

Hybrid Events Startup Hubilo Raises $ 23.5 Mn In Series A Round Led By Lightspeed  Inc42 Media
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10 cool tech events you shouldn’t miss out on this March

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Join a conversation and AMA with Run The World on virtual events now and post COVID

Join TechCrunch for its first 2021 installment of the Ask Me Anything series, where TechCrunch interviews experts and answers your burning questions about virtual events.

Our first guest is Xiaoyin Qu, co-founder and CEO of Run The World

Friday, February 26, 1 p.m. PT

Register here

Run The World is a one-stop shop virtual events platform with a focus on community engagement. TechCrunch has written about Run The World in the past. It launched in 2019, with backers like Andreessen Horowitz and Founders Fund, and skyrocketed in popularity when COVID canceled in-person events and created an overwhelming desire for one-on-one connection. Run The World has since grown to 45 employees and has hosted more than 10,000 events, including for TechCrunch. 

At this AMA, Xiaoyin and TechCrunch will discuss: 

  • How COVID changed the virtual event roadmap
  • What virtual events look like when in-person events come back
  • Lessons learned from managing products at Facebook and Instagram
  • What’s next for Run The World
  • Audience Q&A 
  • 1:1 networking using Run The World

Who should attend? Event organizers, event marketers, event sponsors. 

It’s free. Register here and submit your questions for Xiaoyin. 

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Event networking platform Grip lands €10.7 million to reach more virtual, hybrid and in-person events

Today a leading market engagement platform for virtual and in-person events, Grip, has announced around €10.7 million in Series A funding, taking its total amount raised to around €12 million. The round, led by London-based growth equity fund Kennet Partners, will further enable Grip to provide industry-leading experiences both in-person and virtually. Founded in 2016,…

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[Bizzabo in Forbes] What Changes Can You Expect For Events And Conferences In 2021?

With 2020 firmly behind us, my events and entertainment company set out to discover what businesses can expect for events, trade shows and conferences in 2021. To answer that question, we consulted industry experts, looked at consumer sentiment polls, and read the latest news from the medical community.

Read more here.

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Virtual events unicorn Hopin launches mobile app; here’s what this new app offers


London-based virtual events platform Hopin has launched a mobile app at the Hopin 2021 Kickoff, which, according to the company, is a global gathering for event professionals to illuminate the future of virtual and hybrid events.

The move comes after the company witnessed substantial success due to the coronavirus crisis. “This app will be a critical piece to Hopin’s future hybrid strategy,” wrote Hopin VP of product David Aubespin in a company blog.

David Aubespin was the co-founder of Topi, an event tech company that Hopin acquired for an undisclosed amount in December 2020. Topi’s other co-founder Eric Selin also joined Hopin to lead its development of hybrid and mobile products.

What does Hopin’s new app offer?

Hopin is an 18-month-old startup that is now valued at a whopping $ 2.1B (approx €1.74B). The new mobile app will serve as a companion to the desktop platform or as a second screen experience for both organisers and attendees. The app will be made available on iOS and Android later this month.

For organisers, the app will offer access to Hopin’s real-time analytics and reports, team communication channels, attendee profiles, audience questions, and more through a mobile platform.

As for attendees, they will also be able to use the app to access Hopin events as they are streamed online. This can be their primary access point, while a second screen will be provided to access other tools while streaming on a desktop, or a way to enhance the live experience for those who attend events in person.

With the app, users can discover new events, join events, one-on-one networking, and engage via chat and polls. Users can also see people who are attending virtually or physically.

Previous funding and developments

Last month, Hopin acquired its competitor StreamYard for $ 250M (approx €208M) in a cash and stock deal. With the acquisition, the company aims to enable its clients to produce “professional-quality” video streaming experiences. Eventually, it will integrate StreamYard’s tech into its platform; however, for now, StreamYard continues to offer its live streaming studio tools to independent content creators.

In November 2020, the startup raised $ 125M (approx €106.1M) in its Series B round of funding led by existing investor IVP and new investor Tiger Global. The raised capital enabled Hopin to scale its platform, expand its team, meet soaring demand, bring innovations online, and ultimately, make the virtual event experience as normal as physical events.

With its Series B funding, the company also announced the launch of Hopin Explore. It is a virtual events marketplace where individuals, communities, companies, and friends can discover and explore virtual and hybrid events from anywhere around the world.

Prior to that in June 2020, the company had raised $ 40M (approx €33.3M) in its Series A round. And, in February 2020, it raised £5M (approx €6M) in Seed round led by Accel, with participation from Northzone, Seedcamp, Web Summit’s Amaranthine Fund, and Slack Fund.

About Hopin

Founded in 2019 by Johnny Boufarhat, Hopin is a live virtual events platform where attendees can learn, interact, and connect with people from anywhere in the world. 

The platform allows users to create live online events that are interactive and personal whether they are hosting a live training workshop, bringing a company’s remote team together, or launching a full-scale digital conference. 

Hopin’s platform hosts virtual events such as large-scale tech events, major international conferences, and even weddings. Attendees can network one-on-one, break out into group sessions, watch keynote presentations, send chat messages and polls, and explore interactive expo areas.

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[Bizzabo in BusinessTravelNews] Bizzabo: Four in Five Virtual Events Were Free to Attend in 2020

Virtual events unquestionably replaced in-person ones for most of 2020, and about 80 percent of them were offered to attendees for free, according to new research from event technology platform Bizzabo.

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Reap big benefits when you attend both TC Early Stage 2021 events

Where can new founders and budding entrepreneurs turn for expert advice to navigate the formative phases of building a startup? Head to TechCrunch Early Stage — a two-day virtual bootcamp that gives early founders (pre-seed through Series A) access to the leading experts across a range of essential entrepreneurial skills.

We’re talking dozens of workshops addressing operations, fundraising, pitch deck pointers, term sheet tips, product-market fit, brand building, growth marketing, recruiting, taming your tech stack and a lot more.

That’s a lot of ground to cover, amirite? That’s exactly why we’re hosting two Early Stage events this year. Each one offers different content, a separate slate of speakers and unique perspectives. Both feature highly interactive Q&As with the experts. Get answers to all your burning questions!

Note: In a hurry? Scroll down to the bottom (or click here) to get the 411 on pass types, early-bird pricing and deadlines.

The first TC-ES, on April 1 & 2, covers topics ranging from fundraising and operations to product lifecycle and recruiting — for starters. The second, on July 8 & 9, spans marketplace positioning, growth marketing, content development and even more on fundraising.

Sure, you can go to a single Early Stage event, but savvy startuppers (that’s you, right?) will sign on for a double dose of knowledge and attend both. That’s not just marketing talk — the benefits are real.

Buy a dual-event pass (for a tidy discount, by the way), and you’ll not only learn more, but you’ll also have more time to absorb and implement critical advice that can lead to your success. Seriously, which topics and tips can you afford to miss? Don’t let the FOMO haunt you.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunity to connect and network with other early founders, later-stage founders and other smart members of the startup — oh, what’s the word? — community. Build your contacts, find indispensable support and mentorship. Remember, we all go further together.

We introduced TC Early Stage last year to rave reviews — like this one from Chloe Leaaetoa, founder of Socicraft.

“You learn from industry leaders and seasoned founders — people who’ve already been there and done that. They were genuine and honest about industry expectations. Plus, they shared first-hand accounts, which made them more relatable.”

And this one from Ashley Barrington, founder of MarketPearl.

“I recommend going to Early Stage. The virtual aspect helps in terms of scheduling, it offers community-building through networking, and it gives early stage founders a framework for navigating the startup ecosystem. This is the stage where founders need more support, especially if they haven’t done this before.”

Go all-in and attend TC Early Stage 2021 in April and again in July. Increase your knowledge, sharpen your skills, avoid pitfalls and expand your network. Those are mighty big benefits, and you deserve every one of them.

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Playground Makes it Easier to Figure Out Which Events You Should Be Going to

While the pandemic has halted all in-person events, we have flocked to virtual events to be connected and feel a sense of normalcy.  With an endless sea of events to choose from, finding the right events to attend is still a problem just as it was in the Pre-COVID world.  Playground is an AI-based platform with a slick interface that matches individuals with interesting events and individuals that are relevant to them.  Billing itself as the “Spotify of events”, the company also focuses on supporting creators and hosts of these events to drive interest from the people who stand to benefit from being in these communities.   The company pivoted from offline event discovery as a result of the pandemic and now has a broader potential user base that transcends globally. AlleyWatch caught up with Founder and CEO Jia Ling (Linda) Yang to learn more about the traction of the business, the company’s future plans, and experience pivoting.