Oxynade, a European startup whose technology can aggregate events listings across thousands of web sites, has raised $1.33 million (1 million euros) in a first round of venture funding.
The Ghent, Belgium company makes its search results available through a search engine called Happenr, which allows users to find events in a specific region or city in Europe. In addition to offering a listings site for European users, the company also makes its event data available to other web sites — for example a travel site — through an application programming interface (API). Oxynade plans to sell tickets through the Happenr site during the first quarter of next year.
It seems like there are plenty of other event sites out there — on the aggregation side, there’s now-in.org, while on the ticketing side there’s Amiando. The big difference, says Oxynade’s Robin Wauters (who also writes for TechCrunch ), is the company’s technology. Most event aggregators just pull listings from “a couple of dozen” ticketing sites, meaning they list big, commercial events; Oxynade, on the other hand, crawls through “thousands” of web sites and offers a more comprehensive list, including small community gatherings that would never end up on a ticket site.
The round was led by venture firm Arkafund, with participation from Flanders-based seed investor Vinnof.