The international networking platform MeetPartners.ru provides event services, i.e. it organizes social events. There are many of them, they are of different kinds, but they come in three main forms: CoAcademy (education in the “edutainment” style and networking for entrepreneurs), Global Club (business tourism and international networking) and MeetSpeakers (the invitation of speakers to companies to give speeches).
From the very beginning, the company has been supported by the Canadian business angel Gil Petrsil. The success of the first events demonstrated the long-term usefulness of the project to other investors too. “Skolkovo”, “Sberbank”, the Asian company Success Recourses and others are now partners of the company.
“Initially, the MeetPartners business was aimed more at those who live in Moscow or come here”, says Ekaterina Kharlashkina, the managing partner of the startup. “Here we have not only the intersection of flows of money, but also many foreigners. But MeetPartners is expanding the geography of its business. In April, for example, a “Sberbank”-supported event was held at which 700 Muscovites gathered, but there were also 5,000 people all over Russia sitting in offices following the training sessions and seminars online”.
MeetPartners now works with 27 Russian cities. Apart from Moscow, offices have been opened in Chelyabinsk and Ufa.
Business tourism is also becoming an important field for MeetPartners. In March 2014, the company sent two hundred people from 32 cities in Russia and the CIS to Tony Robbins’ seminar in London. In 2015, it plans to send more than five hundred people to this seminar.