Despite the travel restrictions in place, Takeoff Partners portfolio company Videoly has taken on the task of seeking growth in North America. It is working, and now the startup is opening an office in Toronto to take things to the next level.
With its tested and perfected business model, Takeoff Partners’ portfolio company MeetingPackage.com is now ready to speed up its growth and international expansion. The company has recently hired two experienced executives and an entire sales team of multicultural talents based in Espoo. It’s now ready to take the world’s meeting organizers by storm.
MeetingPackage.com recently added two experienced new members to its team, namely Henri Nyström, the former CEO of Varusteleka as COO, and Himanshu Mittal, a top-notch professional in software development, as Head of R&D. Both are excited about the highly talented and dynamic team of MeetingPackage.com, and look forward to speeding up the growth of the company that has already taken off.
Getting ready for growth, winning CWT as customer
MeetingPackage.com has spent the last couple of years acquiring new customers both at home in Finland and in the UK, perfecting its service offering, getting top tier advisors on board, and paving the way for further international growth. Now the offering is polished, and MeetingPackage.com just recently landed Carlson Wagonlit Travel, the largest global travel organizer, as client using its platform in Finland and in the Nordic countries.
And it’s not just small meetings that are being booked through MeetingPackage.com. Customers have already organized 500-700 attendee conferences using the platform, so MeetingPackage.com has proven the service accommodates the higher end needs as well.
“It’s pedal to the metal time”, says Joonas Ahola, CEO and
Founder of MeetingPackage.com. “Bringing the combination of meeting room bookings
and the related service package bookings online is a lucrative business and
there’s competition out there of course. However, none of the players is
dominating the market yet. Our goal is to become a global business and be among
the top three players in this field by 2020”, Ahola says.
”It’s been very exciting to be involved in the growth story of MeetingPackage.com for two years now”, says Markko Vaarnas, Managing Partner of Takeoff Partners and Chairman of the Board of MeetingPackage.com. “The company has a truly global vision, and a genuine opportunity to successfully compete in the international marketplace. It’s going to be very interesting to see how things develop this year for MeetingPackage.com, with its ‘full speed a ahead’ growth mode”, Vaarnas continues.
Joonas Ahola won the AmCham EU Youth Entrepreneurship Award in November 2016. This was further proof of the viability of the innovative business idea of MeetingPackage.com, and an endorsement for the team’s dedicated execution on the company’s ambitious plans so far.
Recruiting 10+ new sales team members
To realize its growth ambitions, MeetingPackage.com decided to hire as many as 10+ sales managers, all at once. The company has now built a global sales team based in Espoo.
“We are happy to have fantastic new team members representing many nationalities and knowledgeable of many languages and cultures. All of them are based in Finland, and many of them were also educated here. We were truly happy to find such talented and hard-working individuals already residing here in Finland”, Joonas Ahola says and sends his greetings to other recruiters as well: “We found there’s lots and lots of talent among the foreign population in Finland, and the Finnish companies should definitely make better use of this asset”.
The MeetingPackage.com team now has a tried and tested product in their hands, and it’s sales time. Takeoff Partners wishes the team lots of energy and the best of luck!