Japanese online ticket startup EventRegist receives seed investment



EventRegist is a Tokyo-based startup providing an online ticket issuing and management system for organizers of events and meetups. The startup announced yesterday it has raised seed investment from East Ventures, Skyland Ventures, and Shinwa Agency (the latter being a marketing agency and subsidiary of home construction company Daiwa House). Detailed figures of the investment were not disclosed.

The startup launched the service back in November of 2011, and it is now available in Japanese, English, Indonesian, Thai, and traditional Chinese across multiple platforms. Along with this funding, the startup has partnered with Shinwa Agency in order to better address needs like organizing business conferences for corporate accounts.

We’ve already seen many competitors such as Tixee, Everevo, DoorKeeper, Peatix, Connpass, Zussar, and Event Atnd here in Japan, not to mention global players like EventBrite, Amaindo and many others. We’re not sure how the startup expects to excel in such a highly competitive industry, but in terms of possible differentiation from others, we should perhaps look to its board member Hiroaki Kanamaru. His background includes time with successful food-oriented e-commerce startup Oisix, game publisher Smileworks (under Square Enix) and a web integration company in Jakarta and Surabaya, Indonesia. The startup could be looking to explore international business expansion in that region too.