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EventsAIR receives Riverside investment

EventsAIR, an Australian events management software provider for in-person, virtual and hybrid events, has gained ‘significant’ investment from global private equity firm, The Riverside Company.  

EventsAIR, headquartered in Brisbane, develops software used before, during and after events to manage registration, attendee engagement, operations, housing, travel, marketing and communications. It has delivered more than 350,000 events across Asia- Pacific, EMEA and North America. 

Riverside will support EventsAIR with its international expansion plans and will drive the continued evolution of the product. Riverside will also selectively consider accretive mergers and acquisitions by targeting complementary event tech players or expanding into attractive adjacencies. 

“Riverside views this investment as a highly compelling opportunity to build upon EventsAIR’s already impressive international footprint by targeting large and growing customer segments globally where the company has a clear competitive advantage,” said Riverside managing partner Simon Feiglin. “In addition, we will further enhance the management team.” 

Matthew Donegan-Ryan will join the business and take over the role of CEO from Trevor Gardiner, effective 1 April. 

Donegan-Ryan brings deep event technology expertise and experience, having worked in the industry for his entire career, including most recently at Hopin, Swapcard and Cvent. 

He said: “I have followed EventsAIR for over a decade and am consistently impressed by the comprehensive breadth of its offerings. EventsAIR now has a market-leading position serving the most complex in-person, hybrid and virtual events globally.

“I am thrilled to lead EventsAIR on the next phase of its evolution, collaborate with Trevor and the Riverside team, and support the industry for its exploding in-person comeback.” 

EventsAIR customers include Reed Exhibitions, the British Medical Association, Sanofi-Aventis, Telstra, California State University and the Australian Department of Defence. It is also used in international congresses like G20, APEC, CHOGM and ASEAN, and sporting events like The Olympic Games, World Rugby and Commonwealth Games.