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Meetingselect wins Most Sustainable Grower Award in Deloitte Technology Fast50

Online venue sourcing & meeting booking tool in prestigious list fastest growing tech companies in the Netherlands for five years now.

For the fifth consecutive year, Meetingselect has been nominated for the Deloitte Technology Fast50 this year. With this prestigious election, Deloitte is looking for the fifty fastest growing technology companies and the most innovative startups in the Netherlands every year. During the festive Fast 50 Award Ceremony, which took place in Utrecht, Meetingselect won the Most Sustainable Grower Award, the price for the company that has been in the ranking for longest in a row.

Substantial and stable growth 

This means the Dutch tech company that developed an online meeting management tool is amongst the fastest growers in the industry for five years now, with a revenue growth rate of 353% in 2016. "A wonderful appreciation for the fact that we have had such substantial and stable growth for years now," said Anouk Roohé, founder and managing director. "The efforts we have invested in further developing our booking tool and internationalization are now showing off. Our platform is super fit to scale and that is exactly where our ambition for the near future is aiming at”. 

Earlier this month, Meetingselect has been nominated for EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 and awarded FD Gazelles for the 6th year on a row, the award from the Dutch Financial Times for companies that show a minimum 20% revenue growth and being profitable in the preceding 3 years. 


A meeting is a meeting, just as a meeting table is well, a table where you have meetings at. Right? Well, not entirely, because it seems that nowadays we’re quite literally breaking through the ceiling and move away from those practical, but sometimes boring meeting rooms. What are the seven trends that make meetings, conferences and incentives so exciting in this day and age, and in the years to come?

 

1. The loft

Don’t be surprised if you find the marketing manager presenting his or her spread sheets, sitting back completely relaxed in a bean bag while sipping a smoothie. Hotels and meeting venues play a huge role in making meeting rooms more enjoyable, focusing on Feng Shui and other philosophies from the Far East. The long table and artificial light is replaced by natural furnishing, with high wooden tables, cozy seats, softly lit lounge areas and business deals being closed around the fire place. Just as you would have in a modern, elegant loft.

 

2. The great outdoors

Who ever said that meetings by definition should take place indoors anyway? Any venue that is up to speed with the increasing demand for ecological and sustainable facilities, offers its customers meetings or at least break outs in the great outdoors. And why not? A fresh breeze, a shot of vitamin D, a lovely biological lunch in the garden: a guarantee for sharpening the senses of your attendees instantly. The sky is literally the limit: why not take your guests to a mountain hut in the Alps? In Singapore, organize a morning session on a rooftop terrace, poolside of course. Just make sure you have your Mifi's in place (portable Wifi routers that make it possible to connect to the internet, thus creating a personal hotspot any place, anywhere).

 

3. Bleisure

Top hotels and tourism boards all over the world have known for quite a while now that their business guests will not always be just business guests. Most have a partner, a family, friends. So why make the strict distinction between business people and those visitors who want to spend a relaxing holiday? If you showcase what kind of leisure options you have to offer during, say, a conference, next summer they might come back with the whole family. Successful meeting planners know: it’s not just about an efficiently organized meeting or conference, it’s all about the fun and experiences a venue or destination has to offer after – or even during – business hours. Offer yoga sessions before breakfast, organize a city walk or a wine tasting session in the bar. Blending business with pleasure, or bleisure, is a trend not to be missed: because the line between work and play is increasingly blurred. We like to call it a win-win situation.

 

4. Unplug and be mindfull

There's nothing more annoying than going into a brainstorm or meeting while your mind is stressed about those emails you still have to answer and reports you have to hand in the next day. Being online all the time – or having the feeling that you’re missing out when your not (hello social media!) - is a killer for efficiency, because you lack focus and your creativity and energy will simply not be flowing the way they should be. That’s why more and more companies have entered the concept of mindfulness into the meeting room. Mindfulness is all about the ‘now’, the present moment. Focus and attention are key here. It will help participants see things more clearly and make better decisions. Unplug. Tomorrow is another day, the present is now.

 

5. Splurge!

As we all know, the MICE industry suffered a real blow during the crisis. Costs were cut back drastically, budgets were limited. Now, almost ten years later, a certain form of luxury is back. Perhaps not that decadent, over-the-top luxury from before the crisis, but companies are willing to pay for quality and content again. There’s nothing wrong with splurging every now and then – all being it in a somewhat more profound matter. It’s up to the meeting industry to facilitate that with state-of-the-art equipment, professional guidance, fun experiences and outstanding hospitality.

 

6. Sharing is caring

Hundreds of books have been written about the meeting industry, numerous lectures given. But at the end of the day, best practices from your peer-to-peer network have proven to be just as educational. Your colleagues in the field often experience the same challenges you face, or have brilliant tips about that one, unique venue or destination. Why not share that knowledge? At Meetingselect, we do it all the time: because we’re constantly looking for new meeting venues to enlarge our database and make new contacts.

So make connections! This can be done in various ways: through a Linkedin group, during a networking event, through blogs, vlogs, apps and newsletters. It’ll safe you a lot of time and money, and the energy you experience by learning from each other is priceless. The person sitting next to you at a conference might be just as inspiring as the one who is on stage.

 

7. Technology as a basic need

As much as we all have the need for a digital detox every now and then: a venue that has poor technical facilities will not be booked a second time, period. In the top 5 of biggest irritations during a meeting or conference is a slow internet connection, having to pay for WiFi, and technical equipment that does not deliver what it promised. Beamers that malfunction minutes before your presentation, incompatible software: we’ve all been there. Having that covered, as a meeting venue you will add serious value by taking care of technical gadgets like smart boards, social media walls, live streams, audience responsive systems and 3D presentation capabilities. 

Meetingselect, specialists in strategic meeting management and developers of an award-winning self-booking tool for meeting venues and conference hotels worldwide, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week. The Dutch based company reflects on a number of highlights and looks forward to a bright future. This week, it was also announced that Meetingselect was nominated for the prestigious EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

 

Meetingselect brings together buyers, planners and providers of over 500,000 meeting rooms worldwide with a self-booking tool and state-of-the-art meeting management system, making meeting costs transparent and facilitating buyers and meeting planners to follow a clear and transparent meeting policy. The idea arose when CEO and founder Judith Huisman encountered such a meeting management technology during a business trip in the US. Together with her colleague Anouk Roohé, she decided to bring this this technology to the European market in 2007.

Anouk Roohé explains: "Booking of external meeting rooms was traditionally an inefficient and non-transparent process. While working in the hotel industry, we found out that planners would like to book meetings and contact the locations directly, but there was a need for more transparency, overview and convenience. They lost too much time with the search and comparing propositions. In addition, there was insufficient insight for the purchasers into their company’s spending. We wanted to introduce transparency and efficiency in the Meeting & Events industry. Thus, Meetingselect arose. "

 

EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year

Meetingselect had a bit of a rough start, because not long after they started, the economic crisis broke out. Fortunately, the company emerged after that and has become a leading player in the international MICE and tech industry over the years. They received numerous nominations and industry awards, including four times Deloitte Technology Fast50, FD Gazelles, TheNextWomen and the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Award. This week it was announced that Meetingselect is nominated for the prestigious EY Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year award.

 

Proud of our team and our partners

Judith Huisman: "The awards are a wonderful recognition for our innovation in the meetings industry, our advanced look at doing business and our transparent way of working. However, we are most proud of our team of experienced meeting experts. We experienced a huge growth last year, which was only possible thanks to their efforts. We are also very grateful to all of our loyal customers - including even customers that believed in us from the very start, such as Danone, FrieslandCampina and CGI. It is also beautiful to see that many sales managers from hotel chains and meeting venues have become our ambassadors, they are fond of us and our way of working. This enables us to achieve our goals even faster: international expansion with offices abroad and the being the best partner for meeting & event planners with our innovative and easy-to-use booking tool and strategic meeting management expertise.

 

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