We can’t believe it’s already June, which means we’re almost half way through 2016! These last few months have flown by and it’s been a whirlwind around the Eventsage office with tons of milestones to celebrate as a small Vancouver startup. As we reflect on everything that’s happened, we want to send a heartfelt thanks to everyone who have helped make 2016 our best year so far!

 

Check out the infographic below for some of the accomplishments we’re celebrating…

Eventsage Infographic June 2016

Read on for a glimpse into what’s been going on over the past 6 months…

 

Getting the word out about Eventsage…

Much of our focus for the first half of 2016 has been on getting the word out about Eventsage and we’ve seen our user base grow to over 500 users, all planning a variety of events from corporate meetings and conferences to birthday parties and weddings. A big accomplishment for a little Vancouver start-up! To support these efforts, a team of brand ambassadors visited business offices across Greater Vancouver to deliver gifts and introduce Eventsage to anyone who plans functions of any kind. Through our continued partnership with the International Association of Administrative Professionals as well as our new partnership with the Association of Administrative Professionals, we’ve had the opportunity to meet some amazing people who work tirelessly behind-the-scenes so others can shine. We think that’s pretty cool and have adopted it as a mantra for our work as well.

 

Show me the…

The beginning of 2016 has also been the start of our funding journey. Our founders, Kim and Jonathan, have been meeting with investors and other VCs to secure our first round of funding. Up until now, Eventsage has been completely self-funded, but in order to grow, we know we’re going to need some help from knowledgable investors to take Eventsage to the next level. We have our sight set on rapid expansion into other markets so the rest of the world can experience the benefit of a platform that helps people find all the event suppliers they need in one place and book them online without spending countless hours scouring the internet and following up via email and phone.

 

Providing a little planning help when it’s needed…

We also rebranded our ‘Sage Advice’ service to ‘Sage Support‘ to reflect the fact that we offer more than simple planning advice. Our hourly Sage Support service gives everyone access to a professional event planner, without having to outsource their entire event to one. Our team of in-house professional event planners act as local experts for out of province companies planning events in Vancouver and provide an important resource to Vancouver-based companies who plan their meetings and events in house but want a little help to avoid overloading their internal team. Planning takes a lot of time so having a professional planner handle things like venue sourcing, supplier contracting, decor design, menu planning, theme or creative concept development, onsite set-up and day-of management really helps employees focus on their other core responsibilities.

 

Below is a glimpse into some of the cool events our Sage Support team have been involved in this year and the services we provided:

 

YMCA 2016 Annual General Meeting

Venue Sourcing & Management / Not-for-Profit Rate Sourcing / Space Layout Design / Rentals Planning / Floral Concept Development, Sourcing & Coordination / Logistics Management / Onsite Setup & Load-Out / Day of Coordination

Vancouver startup - Eventsage Events_YMCA AGM Photos

 

Soulful Indulgence Zen Lounge at the HRMA Conference

Space Layout Design / Decor Concept & Design / Supplier Sourcing & Sponsorship Coordination / Logistics Management / Onsite Setup & Load-Out / Day of Coordination

Vancouver startup - Eventsage Event_Zen Lounge at HRMA

 

Douglas College Psychiatric Nursing Graduation at Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar

Venue Sourcing / Contracting & Management / Menu Planning

Vancouver startup - Eventsage Events_Douglas College PNUR Grad

 

Dress for Success, Professional Women’s Group

Venue Sourcing & Contracting / Not-for-Profit Rate Sourcing

 

So what’s next?

For the remaining half of 2016 we will be shifting our focus to creating new event planning content and tools to empower our users to become the best DIY planners they can be and also to further expanding our supplier partnerships by hunting down the most-trusted and unique offerings in the city. We already have a few new and exciting supplier partners in the works and can’t wait to tell you about them when our relationship status becomes official.

The life of a small startup is exciting, constantly evolving and the best part is that we never really know what’s next. We listen to our users, our supplier partners, and our intuition and make quick adjustments to head in whatever direction is needed. The term “agile” is now a cliche in the Vancouver start-up world so let’s just say we’re going to see where the road leads us, collaborate as a team to determine our route and enjoy the ride along the way.

 

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Vanna Bailey

Vanna Bailey

Having worked the majority of my career in experiential event marketing for large brands, I appreciate spreadsheets and all the small details that go into putting on an event. I understand how a simple plan can turn into a chaotic mess and hope to give helpful insights into how it can be done better. I am also the new Marketing Coordinator here at Eventsage.

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