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The events scene spices up – CEO Events joins Vertical Media GmbH Written by Michelle Kuepper on 5. February 2013

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Vertical Media GmbH, the parent company of VentureVillage and Gründerszene, has taken the majority in events company CEO Events Gmbh. The team of five from CEO Events will be integrated into the publishing house and will collaborate with the Vertical Media events team to bring you top-quality startup, internet, business and tech events.

What does this mean for Vertical Media?

CEO of Vertical Media, Mark Hoffmann, sums up the acquisition: “Buying CEO Event GmbH allows us to close a gap in our event strategy. CEO Event is the ideal platform to connect the digital economy internationally, while also bringing key players and stakeholders together.”
By collaborating with CEO Events, Vertical Media will be able to extend the reach of its program. At the moment, Vertical Media hosts a number of well-established events, including quarterly networking night Spätschicht and the Heureka! Conference.
Events play an integral part of the startup scene and are especially important for young startups. Events also provide the means for connecting all facets of the industry – from established entrepreneurs and investors to new startups and the media. The partnership will give Vertical Media the reach to target specific groups, from the public Berlin Tech Meetup, all the way to the exclusive, international CEO Events.
Managing Director of CEO Event, Sebastian Esser, says: “With its Heureka! Conference and Spätschicht event, Vertical Media has already established itself as a central figure in the German event scene for the startup community. By cooperating, we will be able to grow internationally, reach out to global industry players and connect all relevant target groups with one another.”

What is CEO Event?

CEO Event was launched by Team Europe in 2012. In that same year, CEO Event successfully organised about 20 events with international appeal, including the Breakfast Club, CEO Dinner series and CEO-Berlin, a conference for the 100 best minds in the global digital economy.

What events are in the works from the partnership?

And what kind of events can you expect post collaboration? Together, Vertical Media and CEO Events will organise four conferences, each focusing on different industry-relevant topics. The combined events teams will also host 20 international networking events in total, in cities as far-flung as Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Shanghai and London.

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