Eventbrite snaps up Dutch platform Ticketscript

31 Jan 2017

Eventbrite co-founder and CEO, Julia Hartz. Image: Eventbrite

Eventbrite buys Ticketscript for an undisclosed sum and creates the third-largest ticket platform in Europe.

Eventbrite was established in 2006 by Kevin HartzJulia Hartz and Renaud Visage, and has processed more than $5bn in ticket sales (100m tickets) across 180 countries.

‘This acquisition supercharges Eventbrite’s footprint in Europe’

In 2016, Ticketscript and Eventbrite’s combined European operations processed more than 35m tickets worth over €500m for nearly 1m events.

The move will make Eventbrite Europe’s third-largest ticketing platform.

Following the acquisition, around a quarter (23pc) of Eventbrite’s global employees will work in Europe.

“This acquisition supercharges Eventbrite’s footprint in Europe, and brings 10 additional years of traction in the music space and experience in European markets to our business,” said Julia Hartz, CEO and co-founder of Eventbrite.

“It perfectly aligns with our strategic vision to become the world’s leading marketplace for live experiences, and adds significant assets and technical power to our platform. We are looking forward to this new partnership combining the best solutions from both companies, and bringing them to our customers around the world.”

Just the ticket

Eventbrite snaps up Dutch platform Ticketscript

Frans Jonker, co-founder of Ticketscript. Image: Eventbrite

Active in five European countries, Ticketscript was founded in 2006 by Ruben Meiland and Frans Jonker.

The company raised $11.7m in 2014 in an investment by FPE Capital, formerly the direct investment arm of  Stonehage Fleming Family & Partners.

Ticketscript works with a range of music events, festivals, trade fairs, exhibitions and sports events including the MOBOs, Brighton Pride, Secret Cinema, Hed Kandi, Waterstones and Truckfest.

“We share Eventbrite’s passion for allowing event organisers to control their event marketing and ticketing, whilst retaining their end customer data,” said Frans Jonker, CEO of Ticketscript.

“Joining forces with Eventbrite, the global innovation leader in event technology, will no doubt help further accelerate the digital transformation of the European live-experience industry.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years