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Chicago Tribune

Global events company Cvent acquires Chicago startup Kapow

To keep up with changing demands, event technology company Cvent is acquiring Chicago startup Kapow.


Cvent Acquires Kapow to Deliver Unique Event Experiences That Drive Engagement and Increase Sales

Cvent, Inc., a market leader in meetings, events, and hospitality technology, today announced that it has acquired Kapow, a leading online platform that allows companies to find and instantly book unique venues and curated experiences via a credit card. 

WGN Radio

Add some Kapow to your next event

Kapow CEO Chris Brown is disrupting the $500 billion events industry. Brown mixes compelling events and people to make events go off with a Kapow! 

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A Framework for Your First B2B SaaS Customer Advisory Board

If you’re reading this, chances are you have considered launching a Customer Advisory Board (CAB) at your startup, but for some reason talked yourself out of it. “Our customers aren’t ready,” is the most common excuse I hear. In most cases, that reason couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, I’m speaking from experience…


Back to Basics: 5 Ways to Host The Most T.D. Event Ever

DoubleDutch is launching a “Back to Basics” series for your not so basic, events. We want to bring you fresh ideas, venues, and tips for inside and outside the DoubleDutch platform experience. This week we are bringing you five ways to host the most T.D.,“to die”, event in 2017. Incorporate these five things and we…

The Idea Forge

Chicago CEO is out to change the trillion dollar corporate travel marketplace

Every year, $1.2 trillion is spent on global travel. What CEO of Chicago’s rapid-growing corporate events platform Chris Brown has discovered is that there is an underserved marketplace in the events space. His approach is different than the rest of the industry in that he’s not copying a recipe for success from competitors, but is…


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Meetings Today

Tech Byte

AlliedPRA and Kapow have partnered to offer a platform that helps secure client events during major conventions and tradeshows. Together, AlliedPRA, a global destination management company, and Kapow, an online marketplace with unique events curated for client and corporate entertainment, now provide local destination experiences and events ranging from tiered self-service to full-service options.

Daily Herald

Whee! Let’s kick back and have some fun

There’s an online event planning and booking option, too: Kapow offers prepackaged and pre-priced options in connection with various Chicago-area venues. Options go from a pizza toss at Streeterville’s Labriola Café and Restaurant to an Entertainment Cruises’ dinner cruise from Navy Pier.


Kapow and AlliedPRA Partner to Deliver Client Events at Major Conventions and Tradeshows

AlliedPRA, Inc., a global leader in the destination management company (DMC) sector, and Kapow, an online Kapow marketplace housing thousands of unique events for corporate entertainment, are pleased to announce their new partnership to change the landscape of client events at major conventions and tradeshows.

Chicago Tribune

On the Hunt for Customers, Retailers Turn to Corporate Events

A handful of Chicago-area retailers are turning to corporate events to supplement regular foot traffic and introduce themselves to new customers. At Kapow, a Chicago company that helps corporate clients organize events for customers or employees, retail events are second only to cocktail receptions in popularity, said founder and Executive Chairman Marc Halpin.


Chicago’s Most Innovative Startups Today

During a recent talk in Chicago about the “state of the American Dream,” PayPal founder Peter Thiel — the San Francisco-based billionaire who bankrolled Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media —implied that no extremely talented, tech-savvy individual with ambition should stay in Chicago.

Illinois Business Daily

Kapow Plans Corporate Events So Companies Can Focus on Clients, Not Logistics

When David Becker first came to CDW in 2013, it was a co-worker that told him to work with Kapow in setting up events. Three years later, and the senior brand manager told Illinois Business Daily that he’s already booked 10 events this year alone.


Online Marketplace Seeks to Automate Corporate Event and Activities Bookings

Corporate events planners have been slow to use automated event venue booking sites, but Kapow hopes to change that by embedding 3D video and fun group experiences into the mix.

Crain's Chicago Business

The Most Eligible Companies in Chicago Tech

Chicago has more ripe-for-the-picking tech startups than ever, and the timing could hardly be better. Although investors have soured on tech IPOs, corporate and private-equity dealmakers are hankering for acquisition.

Chicago Tribune

Internet of Things Shines at ITA CityLights Awards

The Internet of Things emerged as a focus Thursday night at the Illinois Technology Association’s 16th annual CityLights Awards. IoT companies won two of the six awards, and according to Fred Hoch ⇒, CEO of ITA, the industry poses an opportunity for local companies.

Chicago Business Journal

Kapow Events is Rebranding and Introducing New Event Planning Software

Kapow Events, one of Chicago’s fastest growing startups, will officially announce Wednesday it is being rebranded as simply Kapow. Kapow CEO Marc Halpin said dropping “Events” from the corporate name comes in conjunction with a larger shift toward not only orchestrating corporate events, but introducing proprietary technology tools to help companies track and manage those…

Crain's Chicago Business

Forget Food, Flowers, Parking: How’s the Wi-Fi?

A successful event, circa 2015, is measured in hashtags. Sure, you still hope the guests enjoy mingling, but next-level success is all about digital chatter, both among attendees and from the venue to the broader world. Without strong Wi-Fi, a transcendent evening will elicit crickets online—possibly the #worstfateimaginable.

Crain's Chicago Business

Corporate Events Don’t Have to be Awful

If you need to book a place to eat, a place to stay or a place to get a haircut and you need to book it pronto, there are apps. If your company needs to book a place for an event, there’s now an app for that, too.