Everfest is a phenomenal online resource for festival and event-goers around the world. A skyrocketing Austin-based company, the website connects their online festival community of 500,000 members with 16,000 events listed. Founded just three years ago in the summer of 2014 by Jay Manickam (co-founder of uShip), Paul Cross (founder of Ticketbud) and Brad Dixon, Everfest was named one of 50 Startups to Watch by Built In Austin just a few months later.
Everfest allows festival-goers to find worldwide festivals, connect with friends, build a calendar and share content about festival experiences. Festival organizers work with Everfest to manage their online presence and market their event to attendees, including a perk system that allows organizers to provide discounts or free items to festival-goers.
The website includes festivals of all types, grouping them across 12 categories: art, book, civic, cultural, faith, food, film, historical, music, performance, seasonal and unique. The platform uses an algorithm to recommend festivals to festival-goers based on their likes and locations, as well as festivals they prefer or have attended previously.
According to online information, in April 2015, Everfest closed an angel round of funding totalling $1.5M, which included notable individual investor Bob Kagle (founder of Benchmark Capital) and a group from ATX Seed Ventures. Everfest appeared on Product Hunt on April 5, posted by Ryan Hoover (founder of Product Hunt), and finished the day as the second-most upvoted product.
Continuing it’s success, Everfest was named on the Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Austin A-List of Hottest Startups on May 14, 2015 and was one of 12 winners from a pool of 275 nominees. They were also one of four winners from 160 in the Emerging category. And in February 2016, Everfest took the coveted position of being named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2016.
In September 2016, Everfest acquired competitor Fest300, with Chip Conley (Burning Man, Airbnb, Joie de Vivre Hotels) joining as Chief Strategy Officer in a part-time capacity. The following year, Everfest closed a $3.6 million Series A round of venture capital funding in June 2017. The round was co-led by Live Nation Entertainment and ATX Seed Ventures. Charlie Walker of C3 Presents and Chris Shonk of ATX Seed Ventures joined Everfest’s board of directors as part of the deal.
Attendees, vendors, artists, sponsors, fest job seekers, and more can visit the website at www.everfest.com.