Fan and ticketing data analytics and marketing optimization automation startup FanSifter raised $300,000 in the pre-seed investment round and is the first Estonian startup to join the leading music tech startup accelerator program Techstars Music Los Angeles.
„FanSifter is a machine learning-powered fan data analytics platform which helps music, entertainment, and sports events to sell more tickets thanks to powerful segmentation, profiling and enrichment tools,“ said FanSifter founder and CEO Aivar Laan, who has been active in the live events industry for the past 25 years. “The last 5 years of building value at the intersection of data-driven technologies and live events, gave birth to FanSifter based on our clients’ feedback and market insights,” described Laan.
He added that FanSifter does not only exists to tackle a large problem and inefficiency in the live events industry, but also helps users to save valuable marketing hours as the platform allows hyper-personalized communication of the right offer to the right audience. “This means events can now launch smarter campaigns by email, text, Facebook or Instagram and deliver more personalized experiences to fans. Everything is end-to-end trackable down to a granular fan profiles’ performance,” explained Laan emphasising that FanSifter employs AI across the platform.
FanSifter is also the first Estonian startup to join the 2020 class of the mentorship-driven accelerator program Techstars Music Los Angeles, the world’s leading music tech program run by Techstars in partnership with member companies Warner Music Group, SONY, Concord, Peloton, AVEX, Bill Silva Entertainment, RecoChoku, Royalty Exchange, Q Prime Management and Entertainment One.
The FanSifter’s team moved into the Techstars Music office in Los Angeles, where over the course of 13 weeks they are mentored by a 300 person-strong list of global music and tech executives, venture investors and global-scale artists. “Techstars Music Los Angeles is not a tech acceleration program like others. It is the singular best, bar none, for music and live events business, which has always been part of my DNA,” said Laan, adding that this opportunity is a fast track to the North American music and live events industry. Laan also noted that it is not an everyday thing to get personal time and advice from senior VPs and CxOs of the likes of Live Nation, AEG, Ticketmaster, Warner Music, Sony Music, Avex, , Disney, TikTok, or founders of Soundcloud, Splice, top tier US VC investors, or world-class artists in residence, like Jillionaire, D∆WN or Brad Delson from Linkin Park. “It is very humbling but also incredibly empowering,” noted Laan.
One of the lead investors in the pre-seed fundraising round Thomas Padovani, who is actively investing into different ventures through his investment company Bellone Invest, predicts huge success for FanSifter. “When choosing our next investments with Bellone Invest, we always strive for entrepreneurs that are solving real problems, this is what the market is always buying. FanSifter is offering a solution for which there is a gap in the market and that is beneficial for many verticals in events. Also, ticketing companies could benefit from their platform by learning how their customers act and how to target them better,” stated Padovani.
Furthermore, Thomas Padovani is committed to develop and mentor FanSifter’s technology team on proprietary technologies developed in-house by FanSifter. “With Adcash we focus on faster and more efficient digital tracking. Our senior technology team can most certainly contribute to making FanSifter’s tracking even more precise and effective,” noted Thomas Padovani.
Lead investors in the round were Techstars, Bellone Invest and Webinfluence Group, joined by Change Ventures Fund I and Siena Capital. FanSifter is targeting to raise up to $500,000 in this investment round.
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