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Brella Is Changing The Way People Network At Live Events

Brella Is Changing The Way People Network At Live Events

Have you ever been to a networking event, but found you were unable to make a meaningful connection? Securing meetings and creating valuable partnerships are key reasons why many visit conferences, but until now, making the right connections at an event was largely based on luck.

That is no longer the case.

While over 5 million networking events are held each year, a new startup up, Brella, is changing the way these events are run.

Launched just 12 months ago in Finland, Brella has secured some of the biggest companies in the world as clients, including Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB), Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Nokia Corp (ADR) (NYSE: NOK).

Networking at events has never been easier. When an event organizer employs the Brella networking tool, attendees can submit their LinkedIn Corp (NYSE: LNKD) profile to the Brella website or create a new account, after this they can highlight some background information on themselves, what they are looking for and what they have to offer.

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"Our matches are made through an algorithm that is able to suggest users to connect and book meetings with other attendees based on their profiles prior to the event, this way a user is able to pre-screen other attendees and request short 15 minute meetings on-site to make the best of their invested time''," said co-founder and chief operating officer Jyrki Paananen. Users are also able to search all the event attendees and become familiar and network with those attending before the event takes place.

How Does It Work?

Attendees are able to send requests to meet at the event in 15-minute increments and see if they hit it off. Every meeting is requested, meaning meetings need to be accepted, so there is a mutual interest.

"People go to these events, they spent a ton of money, and everything is left on random, we want to make random disappear, we want to make their day more efficient, help the event organizers, and help the people that pay them," said Ville Vanhala, co-founder and director of business development.

It is a win-win situation: The attendees are able to utilize an event more efficiently, and businesses stand to benefit through more meaningful partnerships and connections being made.

"The goal is to connect as many people as possible around the world with the same interests, and make events run as efficient as possible," added Vanhala.

Looking Ahead

Brella currently is a web-based platform but expects to launch an app within the next two months. Currently self-funded, the company is going to open a Silicon Valley seed round in the fall to scale the business.

"We believe that the most concrete benefit of attending any event, is in the connections you were able to make. Great things can happen when the right people meet and we are on a mission to make this process as easy as possible and for event attendees. We believe that Brella is able to give people more for their invested time and money through new valuable connections" said Paananen.

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