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Speakersbase announces the acquisition of Ireland-based Speakific.

08/08/2018

Speakific and Speakersbase have announced today the planned merger of their business operations to offer even more international speaking opportunities and professional services to their users.

Speakific Co-founders Johnny Beirne and Fergal Donlon

Johnny Beirne and Fergal Donlon

Speakersbase acquires the Speakific.com online booking platform and the merged business will operate under the Speakersbase brand. All existing Speakific users will see a seamless transition to Speakersbase over the coming weeks. Then, they can avail of even more features, services and access to international representation.

Speakific was founded by Johnny Beirne and Fergal Donlon in 2014 to take the pain out of finding that specific speaker for a specific event. It has since grown to be the largest speaker source in Ireland. Beyond Ireland, Speakific has a vast user base in the UK and other English-speaking countries around the globe.

International growth

Growth Manager Tanguy Verbelen

Tanguy Verbelen

“Speakific provides an opportunity for Speakersbase to immediately grow its community of speakers in Ireland and the UK. Speakersbase has already become the market leader in Belgium and is rapidly growing in the Netherlands, and further expansion is valuable” explains Tanguy Verbelen, Growth Manager at Speakersbase. “Speakific not only brings a range of exciting new and well-known speakers, but also its online Academy. The Academy is valuable for speakers to improve their skills and grow their business. The acquisition of Speakific supports the Speakersbase strategy of becoming the leading platform that supports and connects speakers and event organisers around the world.”

Johnny Beirne of Speakific also commented on the merge. “Speakersbase’s acquisition of Speakific provides a major opportunity for both our services. We will extend our offering to speakers and showcase their public speaking skills to a huge range of event organisers, from companies looking for a keynote speaker to kick-off their internal event up to the big stage global conferences. This both locally and internationally. The public speaking landscape has changed dramatically over the last 5 years. There are many events requiring more specialist speakers about a wide range of emerging topics, and yet having no efficient way to find and book them”.

The acquisition of Speakific will now take the number of speakers on Speakersbase to almost 2,000 in over 55 countries. Speakific co-founder Johnny Beirne, will represent Speakersbase and its range professional services in Ireland and the UK.

About Speakersbase

Speakersbase foundersSpeakersbase was founded in 2016 by Jo Caudron, Dado Van Peteghem, David Bintein and Tom De Ruyck. Four digital innovators who saw the opportunity, being speakers and event organisers themselves, to revolutionise the speaker market in Europe. Speakersbase.com is growing into the platform where speakers can create a strong online presence and find professional services to improve their skills. The Speakersbase team of ‘Speaker Producers’ professionally represent and promote their speakers. Event organisers can find and book speakers for their small in-company event or big public conference in an efficient way. Either through the platform’s search engine, the Speakersbase ‘Call for Speakers’ or the advice of Speakersbase’s team of ‘Matchmakers’. Speakersbase has the ambition to become the go-to platform for everything a speaker or event organiser might need.

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