Despite Covid conference freeze, Israel’s Bizzabo completes $138 million funding round
Part of the round includes the secondary purchase of shares from existing investors; the event planning platform had to reinvent itself with the shift to virtual conferences
“Up until March the events were all physical and very few were virtual, now it has reversed. We are big believers in face-to-face interactions and it is clear to us that the world wants to go back to meeting in person, but no one can ignore the reality of hybrid events that are taking form before our eyes,” Alroy said. “We had been in talks with Insight Partners prior to the pandemic and the momentum was very positive. In the summer we realized that it would be a substantial round, but we didn’t think it would be this big. We had the opportunity to raise an amount of capital that would allow us to become a market leader in a new category, attempting to introduce innovation into the tech world.”“Covid-19 has permanently transformed the professional events category,” said Matt Gatto, a Managing Director at Insight Partners, who will join the Bizzabo board of directors. “Bizzabo’s impressive growth and momentum began pre-pandemic and accelerated during it as they launched the industry’s first end-to-end event technology solution. Their pedigree in both in-person and virtual events and their impressive execution capabilities have them well-positioned to lead this rapidly evolving space. We are excited to partner with their leadership team and to support them in this new phase of growth.” “Our platform has seen unprecedented demand this year,” said Ben-Shushan. “Compared to the year prior, the number of events organized through us has grown 65 percent. Additionally, the number of attendees registering for events with Bizzabo has grown 500 percent, while overall usage is up 150x. With a vaccine likely and more hybrid events in the future, we anticipate even greater growth. Bizzabo has been the category leader, experiencing hyper-growth both pre-pandemic and during the virtual transition, we are excited to continue to lead the market forward by doubling down on product, technology, and user experience, to help organizations unlock the power of hybrid experiences.” Bizzabo will use its investment to build a comprehensive technology that successfully integrates the experiences of virtual and in-person — for both organizers and attendees. The company will also expand its go-to-market operations and triple its engineering, product, and experience teams with the opening of two new offices in Europe in the first half of 2021.