VenueScanner, where Airbnb meets Skyscanner, secures £ 1million for post-pandemic growth
After facing a virtual collapse during the COVID-19 pandemic, London-based VenueScanner is now one of the largest online venue booking platforms in the UK. Now the company is making headlines as it pocketed $ 1.5million (nearly £ 1million) in a fundraising round.
Supports the recovery of the hospitality industry
The investment round was led by Rianta Capital and ACF Investors. The funding will be used to drive international expansion and enhance the VenueScanner platform, where Airbnb meets Skyscanner to provide an end-to-end online experience for event planners. In addition, the funds will allow the tech startup to support the hospitality sector in its recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Tom Singh, Founder of New Look and Principal Investor in VenueScanner, commented, “VenueScanner’s technology is a game-changer for the future of event booking. This will be invaluable in helping UK sites recover from the pandemic and as a long term investor in the company I see huge potential for massive growth over the next couple of years, especially to enter new markets international. Watch this place. “
Tim Mills, Managing Partner of ACF Investors, said: “With the economy starting to open up again, most companies are looking to regroup and reconnect with their people, which requires the right spaces in the right. locations and VenueScanner is perfectly positioned to facilitate this. The company has the most comprehensive inventory of locations in the UK and brings businesses, teams, friends and families together again as we move towards more flexible environments for work and play. We’re excited to see VenueScanner become a key part of national unlocking and giving everyone access to a service that truly meets the needs of modern business.
Digitizes the future of room reservations
Much like Airbnb, London-based VenueScanner is a site search and booking platform, which helps site hosts generate more bookings and event planners find better, more affordable sites. It was founded in 2016 and its room reservation platform has listed more than 25,000 rooms. He’s shaking up the events industry by helping unknown and independent places, including schools, churches, warehouses, cafes and pubs, to reinvent the way they use their space.
Anytime, anywhere SaaS platform is used by event planners from some of the world’s biggest brands, including Facebook, Cancer Research, Accenture, NNS, Unilever, BBC, EY, Mastercard and M&S , among others.
Rebecca Kelly, Founder and CEO of VenueScanner, commented, “We will see a surge in demand for locations and experiences that allow businesses to come together for brainstorming, workshops, team days and more. . Our role is to help companies create these in-person experiences for their teams and to help sites adapt their spaces to adapt to this change. The future of event planning and room booking was always going to be digital, but the pandemic has massively accelerated it. Sites need to be able to offer virtual tours, digital chat functionality, and online booking and payment to make the process as easy as possible for their customers. We do it for them.