by Lisa A. Grimaldi | May 17, 2017
Spacebase, a web-based platform for sourcing unique venues for small meetings, won the #IMEXpitch 2017.
 
The company was one of five finalists, all start-up businesses geared to the meetings industry, who gave five-minute presentations to a panel of event-tech experts at IMEX Frankfurt in Germany. Spacebase lists innovative spaces and venues in 10 countries, including the United States, that can accommodate meetings and events for up to 100 attendees. The sharing-economy business, launched in 2015, allows planners to book the venues - which include art galleries, photo studios and more -- in real time, as close as two hours before the event. "Eighty percent of our bookings are for events that take place within a month," founder and CEO Julian Jost told M&C last year. Users also have the ability to book A/V and F&B; in most instances, the venues have their own equipment and catering connections. For those that don't supply catering, says Jost, Spacebase has a list of preferred caterers in the cities it serves for venue owners to use. Among the company's clients are eBay, Google and Deloitte.
 
By winning the #IMEXpitch, Spacebase gets free exhibit space in the Technology Pavilion at IMEX 2018. The other finalists in the competition were Feathr event marketing; Fly Another Day, which helps planners determine the perfect date and location for their meetings; Shared XP, a peer-engagement platform; and Showpiper, a multiplatform marketing solution that focuses on videos.