• Kapow Events Makes Its Way From Chicago to Minneapolis

     
    POSTED November 17, 2015
     

Kapow Events, a unique online marketplace for corporate outings, kicked off operations in Minneapolis with the launching of its website on June 1. Kapow offers a wide range of event options, featuring highly regarded venues with reputable locations including cultural institutions, spectator events, restaurants, bars and many more.

“Typically, we’re working with companies with 10 or more people that want to go offsite for an event,” says John Waller, general manager of Kapow’s Minneapolis location. “We serve as the liaison for the corporate clients and venues and create very creative and thoughtful experiences.”

As a bustling metropolis and home to a vast number of Fortune 500 companies, Minneapolis is a prime location for Kapow. “The demand from corporate clients for corporate events in Minneapolis is very high,” Waller says. “I think Minnesota businesses will benefit greatly from having Kapow in their backyard.”

Kapow takes the stress out of event planning, allowing clients to leave the work to Kapow’s experienced team of industry pros. “If someone is planning an event, they’re usually doing it by themselves,” Waller says. “By handling the planning for them, we’re giving them that time back.”

“Clients are likely to talk about these events for years to come,” Waller adds. “It’s exciting to be working with the team and creating memorable experiences for people.” 

Over the years, any corporate event planner can admit to spending countless hours researching the perfect venue or vendors for their gatherings. After attending or hosting hundreds of events, New York-based Daphne Hoppenot was no stranger to this research and was frustrated by its repetitive nature. However, it was planning her wedding in 2018 that pushed her to realize the lack of resources in the corporate events market compared to the wedding industry, and set out to see if other meetings and events professionals were struggling with the same problem.  

 

Freelancing has become a new ball game since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as many companies cannot afford to keep full-time positions, but still need those tasks completed. Although many more professionals have had to join the freelancing community since March, Tracy Judge had the passion for the freelancing community two years ago–long before the pandemic hit–and founded her company Soundings Connect in order to directly connect meetings and events industry freelancers with customers. 

 

Whether dabbling with an augmented reality app, getting up to speed on the complexities of 5G service or employing cocktail-mixing robots, planners are no strangers to emerging technology. As meetings and events become increasingly tech-driven affairs, we’ve checked in with top event production pros for their takes on the latest event tech trends and what’s to come in the year ahead.