The Event Technology Awards is the biggest and most prestigious award show in the event tech industry. Bizzabo has won the two most prestigious awards at this year’s event- Best Event Management Software and Favorite Event Technology Supplier – The People’s Choice Award!
The judges involved in choosing the Best Event Management Software include Editor-in-Chief of Event Manager Blog, Director of Meetings at American Express Business Travel, and Vice President of Global Technology for JPMorgan Chase. After being shortlisted this July, the judges chose Bizzabo over nine other competitors.
In addition to winning Best Event Management Software, Bizzabo has won the Favorite Event Technology Supplier – The People’s Choice Award. This was the final Award award of the evening and is given to the event tech company with the most votes from fans and customers. This category had over 30 competitors.
The global leader in B2B mobile casino and instant games, ProgressPlay, has joined forces with Inter Group Partner Malta Partner Ltd for a second time to launch another new casino brand, MaxiPlay.com. This new website follows in the footsteps of HippoZino, which previously joined the ProgressPlay network.
The newly created MaxiPlay.com features 339 PC games and 106 mobile games. Players will happily find traditional casino games, jackpots, scratch cards and slots, such as James Dean, Stardust and Rugby Star, among many others. The new brand additionally features thrilling, interactive ways to relish real money online casino entertainment, such as playing various versions of Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette with live dealers.
The white label agreement states that ProgressPlay will assist Inter Group Partner Malta Ltd with website and back office solutions, as well as online payment and player support. ProgressPlay’s special integration partnerships with leading gaming developers like Microgaming, Cryptologic, NextGen, Genesis, Rabcat and many more, will also benefit Inter Group Partner Malta Ltd. ProgressPlay’s casinos all operate with top-notch mobile offerings, including fast loading speed, contemporary graphics and an unrivaled player experience.
Graduway, the leading provider of alumni networking platforms, convenes its second Global Leaders Summit (GLS).
GLS 2015 is being held at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom with an expected capacity crowd of 235 delegates.
Leaders from more than 20 countries, and across both academic and corporate institutions, will gather to discuss global best practice in alumni relations and to hear about the future opportunities and challenges facing the profession.
From the education world there will be speakers from the Universities of Stanford, Oxford, Brown, Johns Hopkins, Toronto, Bristol, Tulane, UCL, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Princeton and also the business schools of INSEAD and IE.
They will be joined by speakers from the corporate world including LinkedIn, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey & Co., Blackbaud and Grenzebach Glier & Associates.
The two day conference will be packed with networking opportunities, insights from the industry’s leading experts and inspiring stores from schools across the world.
Daniel Cohen, CEO of Graduway commented, ‘’The Global Leaders Summit is an extraordinary event. The caliber of both speakers and attendees is exceptionally high. This truly is the Davos of the Alumni Relations World.’’
Graduway, the leading provider of branded alumni networking platforms, announced it has been selected as the 2015 Technology Partner of the Year by Blackbaud, Inc., the leading provider of software and services for the global philanthropic community.
“We named Graduway as our 2015 Technology Partner of the Year because over the last couple years our partnership has been, and continues, gaining momentum and customers are very pleased with the value add Graduway brings,’’ said Chris Clinton, Blackbaud’s vice president, Global Channels and Partner Ecosystem. Randy Jacques, Blackbaud’s director of Technology Partners and Alliances added, ‘’The partnership is multifaceted incorporating, a commercial partnership, a technical partnership allowing easy integration between our products, and a co-marketing partnership providing mutual representation at both Blackbaud’s premier bbcon 2015 event and Graduway’s Global Leaders Summit. We are excited to continue working with Graduway because together, we can better serve our customers.’’
“This is a huge honor for Graduway,’’ said Daniel Cohen, CEO of Graduway. ‘’We understood early on that it was critical that Graduway’s alumni networking platforms lived within our clients’ ecosystem – and that of course meant establishing a deep partnership with Blackbaud. We look forward to continue to strengthen and develop our partnership with Blackbaud over the years ahead.’’
Online make-up subscription delivery service ipsy launched in 2012 has brought investors 32x return on investment.
Massa Innovations portfolio already included such strong brands like Bizzabo, Graduway, CtrlShift, Slotagram and Ever Adventure. In 2015 the ipsy startup has entered the list of the most successful companie’s investments. The figures demonstrated by ipsy today are impressive:
-The start-up built a large user base of 1.5 million subscribers, giving the company an annual revenue of more than $150 million;
-A milestone of 1 million of “glam bags” was achieved in April 2015;
-ipsy founder Michelle Phan videos on YouTube have been viewed more than 1 billion times.
Victoria Palatnik, co-founder and managing partner, Massa Innovations, “We have been supporting this project since the seed stage, for more than 2 years we’ve been engaged in its development as investors and curators. At the first meeting with ipsy we were inspired by the team and by how simple and clear business model they proposed. Motivation, certainty, a clear strategy – it wasn’t a question, we believed in them.”
It was clear, even at the seed stage, that ipsy has the potential to bring more than double or triple return of invested funds. According to the forecasts the project was to become a million dollar company in 5 years after launch. Today ipsy is worth $600 million and the investment returns in 32x amount.
“The current ipsy success depended on a number of factors. Michelle [ipsy founder] has a reason saying that the important role was played by the YouTube promotion. From the perspective of venture business, the crucial contribution to the today’s startup success was made by the sufficient funding at an early stage. Your investment can grow 32x rather than 2 or 3 times only when you take on serious risks and invest in the seed round,” Victoria adds.
Investment in US startups is not Massa Innovations’ common practice; ipsy is one of the very few American startups in its portfolio. Companies’ interests are focused on Israeli and Asian markets. When it comes to Silicon Valley, the selection process is the following: 2-3 times a year managing partners examine up to 30 US startups, meet each team in person, and only a few receive funding.