| Leonora Valvo|
Event management Saas
| Cloud-software, Event management|
Zentila, Inc., Loopd, Inc., inEvention Technology, Inc., TapCrowd NV
etouches is a cloud-based event management software company based in Norwalk, Connecticut best known for its integrated events management SaaS solutions. The company has 1,200 users spanning 35 countries worldwide, with large corporations like Coca-Cola, MasterCard and Dell part of its client mix. etouches is a five-time honoree on Inc. magazine's Inc. 5000 ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America (2012 – 2016). The annual ranking also places etouches among the top companies in Connecticut.
etouches was founded as Global Executive Business Service in 1998 by travel specialist Leonora Valvo. The business operated as a fee-for-service event managing company until 2008, when it relaunched as etouches. That same year, etouches introduced its first event management solution. In 2010, the company raised $2.5 million in the first round of venture capital investments. The lead investor was Greycroft Partners, and other investors were Connecticut Innovations and Cava Capital.
Growth continued, and in 2012, etouches launched its mobile application, eMobile, enabling users to create and manage event scheduling on their smartphones. The application integrates with other etouches modules, including eReg and eSocial. Also that year, etouches received $7.75 million in Series B financing led by Level Equity.
etouches raised $6 million in Series C round investments in 2013. In September of that year, the company appointed Oni Chukwu as president and chief executive officer. Before joining etouches, Chukwu served as executive vice president of Triple Point Technology, a global in-cloud commodities management software company. The veteran software industry executive sits on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Technology Council and the Board of Governors for the University of New Haven.
The momentum continued throughout 2015. etouches expanded operations in the Middle East with the opening of a headquarters office in Dubai. The company raised $14 million in Series C funding through investors including Argentum Group, Also that year, etouches expanded its platform with the acquisition of TapCrowd, a company that creates mobile applications and provides marketing data for businesses and associations worldwide. A new partnership integrated the InGo social media marketing suite into the etouches event management platform. The company also acquired Inevention, a venue sourcing platform with an estimating tool to help planners manage the cost of offsite meetings and events.
Rapid growth earned etouches a spot on Deloitte's 2015 Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America. Also that year, SmartCEO magazine honored Chukwu with its New York Future 50 award, recognizing the region's fastest-growing, mid-sized companies.
etouches continued to develop its end-to-end event management platform for the enterprise market throughout 2016. The company closed a $20 million funding round. Later that year, it acquired venue sourcing and booking platform Zentila. etouches also introduced its event ROI product, enabling event professionals to gain a comprehensive view of the value their events generate and the real-time means to improve outcomes. etouches also integrates directly with other popular software, including Salesforce and Passkey.
etouches is headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut with offices throughout North America and in Europe, the Middle East, and Asian Pacific. The company offers multilingual and multi-currency product versions to accommodate its global customer base.