COVID threw the corporate event planning industry into a tailspin. Uncertainty around in-person gatherings, restrictions, and health protocols has solidified that the future of events will likely not be similar to what we were accustomed to before the world changed in the late Winter of 2020. The Vendry is a marketplace and professional social network for corporate event planners to navigate the future of their industry with its tech-enabled platform. With so much uncertainty around the industry, one this is certain – events of the future will have some technology-powered hybrid component and The Vendry is able to offer vetted solutions to its growing community (~18K+) whether it’s outdoor venues or event staff that’s fully vaccinated. Aside from vendor procurement, the platform also offers the exchange of best practices through discussion forums, a job board, and also serves as a trusted information provider showcasing key industry news and resources. AlleyWatch caught up with The Vendry Founder and CEO Daphne Hoppenot to learn more about building an events-focused business in the midst of a pandemic that shut down in-person activity, strategic plans, latest round of funding from investors that include Peter Boyce of Stellation Capital, Founder Collective, Primary Venture Partners, WGI Group, Leadout Capital, Operator Partners, Brilliant Friends, Howard Lerman, Brian Distelburger, Jason Harinstein, Geoff Yang, and Ed Zimmerman.
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