80. VenueScanner

venue scanner CEO headshot

Company: VenueScanner

Founder: Rebecca Kelly

Website: https://www.venuescanner.com/




About VenueScanner


Described by Forbes as “the Airbnb of venue hire,” VenueScanner is a venue search and booking platform that helps venue hosts generate more bookings and event organisers and businesses looking to get their teams together and create memorable events at awesome venues.

VenueScanner is shaking up the events industry by helping undiscovered and independent venues reimagine how they use their space, helping them recover from the pandemic and better compete with the industry’s big players.

Venuescanner is challenging the events industry which is broken because:

  • Venue hire is prohibitively expensive and dominated by big players with big budgets
  • The venue booking process is lengthy and complicated, taking an event organiser an average of 30 hours to complete
  • < 25% of event space is bookable online so a huge number of venues are often sitting empty
  • Event organisers are overpaying by up to three times for a space because the bigger venues tend to be the most expensive

Venuescanner is changing this by:

  • Making venue hire affordable and accessible to all
  • Giving event organisers access to the largest database of venues
  • Streamlining the event booking process
  • Giving smaller, independent venues such as coffee shops and pubs a platform to better market themselves and access more customers

VenueScanner stands apart from its competitors because:

  • It offers more choices and lists more venues than any of its competitors
  • It promotes all venue types: Venuescanner is the only platform that lists all venue types, helping to fill previously under-utilised space
  • It caters for all event sizes: Venuescanner provides spaces for every event, every venue, everywhere
  • Its technology is market-leading: It has launched an industry-first Tinder-style dating app that matches event planners with their perfect venues
  • It is agile and adaptive: With a big increase in demand for company retreats and team away days post Covid, VenueScanner has created VenueScanner Retreats, a platform specifically for businesses looking to get their remote/hybrid teams together in person in inspiring locations.

Since launching in 2016, VenueScanner has:

  • Increased headcount from 2 to 42
  • Raised >£3 million in funding from investors including Tom Singh, founder of New Look, Greg Marsh, founder of One Fine Stay and Phil Burkes, founder of Big Yellow Storage, Angel Co-Fund
  • Launched in 10 cities across the UK & 5 international cities
  • Increased revenue by 200-300% year on year
  • Increase subscriptions by >200% in the last 12 months
  • Signed up over 25,000 spaces
  • >1,000 companies have used VenueScanner for event bookings
  • Reached 1.5 million users annually worldwide

A platform accessible anytime, anywhere, VenueScanner is used by some of the world’s biggest brands including TikTok, Meta, Amazon, Accenture and Unilever and has ambitions to become the go-to platform for event and venue hire globally.


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