With greater than 140,000 venues in 130 nations already utilizing Meetingsbooker.com, Ciarán Delaney, its founder, is hoping the remote-working development will facilitate additional progress for the corporate within the months forward.
Dublin-born Delaney launched the net reserving platform in 2009 on foot of his personal expertise making an attempt to e book appropriate venues for conferences when travelling abroad whereas working in tourism.
Now, with enterprise journey largely on maintain, he has shifted focus, adapting Meetingsbooker to swimsuit the wants of the newly scattered workforce.
“We’re just about to close a deal with a new British client that will be closing 11 offices with over 750 employees,” Delaney stated.
“They will use our platform to make sure that their remote workforce stays connected, that they have some face-to-face personal interaction from different locations. Our platform allows them to track those meetings. It’s a new market for us and there are huge opportunities.”
When Delaney launched Meetingsbooker initially, the USP for giant employers was that it might automate the method of monitoring prices arising from conferences in a number of areas.
“The focus now, with Covid-19, has shifted very much to safety. We’ve added functionality that means that when remote workers book spaces for meetings, their head office has full visibility on who’s attending with contact-tracing tools,” Delaney stated.
“We just lately launched a brand new Meet Secure program. This permits our accomplice venues to current their Covid-19 cleansing insurance policies on our platform.
“Clients can search for venues based on the level of social distancing they can guarantee for meeting attendees. We’re also launching a new registration solution, which will give these attendees the option of attending meetings in person or virtually.”
Meetingsbooker sells on to purchasers and in addition companions with enterprise journey businesses, together with American Specific GBT, to handle bookings for his or her company purchasers.
The Dublin firm’s different purchasers embrace BP, the British-headquartered oil and fuel firm, Sky, Amazon, Dyson and Slack.
The venues signed as much as the platform in Eire, embrace Iconic Places of work, Workhub, Huckletree and Dublin restaurant The Woollen Mills.
“We try to build up an interesting mix of venues in all of the locations we’re in. About 45 per cent of our bookings are hotels and the remainder are these unique venue providers, like Breather, which has about 500 venues in the US and has just launched in London now as well,” Delaney stated.
“We cost a licence payment and we even have transactional income. When individuals e book venues on the platform for a few hours or days, we get a fee.
“Our licence fee varies depending on the size of the client, the level of customisation required and the number of markets the client will use the technology in. It ranges from €5,000 to €75,000 per annum.”
Meetingsbooker has raised €three million over 4 funding rounds. Backers embrace ACT Enterprise Capital and Delta Companions in addition to personal traders Fergal Mooney, the previous Hostelworld chief government, and Fred Carlson, the founding father of each DoneDeal.ie and Purpletag.ie.
“Starting and growing a business isn’t easy. Some people see entrepreneurship as being glamorous, but the reality is very different. It takes a huge amount of effort, persistence and commitment,” Delaney stated.
“The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to surround yourself with a strong team, board and investors. I’m very lucky to have a world-class team and supportive and smart investors on board.”
Meetingsbooker employs 11 individuals in Dún Laoghaire and is a consumer firm of Enterprise Eire, the state company.
“Enterprise Ireland has supported us through HPSU (high potential start-up) investment while also offering invaluable mentoring and advice,” Delaney stated.