Shalom Life | July 18, 2014

Startup Club: Bizzabo

The Tel Aviv-based startup offers an ideal, interactive platform for B2B networking

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: July 17th, 2014 in Business » Israel

Over the past few decades, a growing number of small businesses involved in various industries have popped up around the world meeting the needs of an ever-growing, ever-changing market.

Jewish businessmen and innovators continue to excel throughout these industries, displaying their prowess as creative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and tapping into continuously developing markets with 'startup' companies.

In a bid to recognize these decorated entrepreneurs for their ongoing contributions and advancements to these fields, Shalom Life is pleased to present: Startup Club, highlighting the best and the brightest of Jewish entrepreneurs who continue to provide our community with new, influential and innovative ideas that will forever change the way we interact with the world, and with one another.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, in our mission to celebrate the most visionary of Jewish entrepreneurs.

Check out last week's inductee into the Club here.

Business: Bizzabo

Base Of Operations: Tel Aviv, Israel

Entrepreneurs: Eran Shushuan, Alon Alroy, Boaz Katz

Industry: Technology

Founded: 2011

Conferences and tradeshows can be frustrating. Showing up to a hot and stuffy room, or hall, packed with people you don’t know can be overwhelming. Trying to make business connections is tough enough without having to wade through seas of people you don’t know who are all trying to find their next ‘in.’

To make business conferences worse, there’s a myriad of applications you need to have to book your spot at the event, keep up to date on who’s going, and get information on the conference whereabouts. Then there’s the paper invites, product info, RSVPing, calling contacts… It seems endlessly complicated.

But it doesn’t have to be. At least, not with Bizzzabo, the Tel Aviv-based app.

Founded in 2011, this application is free for both conference organizers and attendees. It was co-founded by Eran Ben Shushuan, Alon Alroy, and Boaz Katz as a solution to the insanity people face when attending, or planning, a conference. Unlike other mobile applications, some of which costs money, Bizzabo is free for users.

Although there’s a slew of apps that wrangle people together, including CrowdVine and Schmooze, they’re not necessarily geared towards helping you develop business connections.

Bizzabo, with your permission, accesses your LinkedIn account and uses your profile to help locate people at the conference who would be optimal business connections for you to make. The app, according to a report by Qualcomm, also utilizes technology from AllJoyn to locate those matches one they’re within a few feet of you. Of course, they too need to be using Bizzabo as well, but they’ll also receive a notification that you’re within a few feet’s radius. You can even begin networking with matches before the event even starts. According to their report, co-founder Alroy explains that, “It took just a few days for our small team to integrate AllJoyn’s peer-to-peer functionality and develop proximity features in our application.”

The app is simple to use for both organizers and attendees, and also allows users to see their upcoming events in one convenient location, as well as upcoming events your friends will be attending. It also keeps you informed on events via social media and provides you with full descriptions of the activities being held at the conference.

Bizzabo was also recently backed by Kaedan Capital Group, Gigi Levi and, according to a report by Techcrunch, Professor Yair Tauman. They also received funding from both American and European “angel investors” for a total of a reported $1.5 million. While there’s no word on whether the company will be expanding, we’re sure the company can only go up from here and we look forward to seeing more of their innovative, integrative, event planning application.

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