etouchNORWALK: etouches is a global provider of cloud event management software and one of Connecticut’s fastest growing companies. Ranked 461 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies in North America it grew 132 percent during this period.

Founded in 2008, etouches says it has assisted more than 25,000 event professionals in “planning, executing and measuring their events,”

The company’s software platfor provides event sourcing, registration, marketing, logistics, engagement, mobile and data, and according to the company “serves more than 1,300 customers including leading corporations, associations, agencies and educational institutions globally. “

On February 27 the company announced plans to hire more than 100 people globally in 2017. Much of that growth will be in the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Singapore, and Dubai to meet  what the company says is “the growing demands of the business,” in those regions.

Oni Chukwu, CEO of etouches, said “at a time when mergers and layoffs are commonplace, etouches has stepped up to create an innovative event management platform to cover the entire event lifecycle,” adding. “through innovative and organic new product development and carefully vetted product acquisitions over the past couple of years, we have created a robust, industry-leading enterprise solution. Now, we require a larger workforce to meet our growing global demand.”

One of those acquisitions was just announced on March 2nd, Loopd, an enterprise SaaS start-up that according to etouches “enhances attendee experience through data-driven technology.”

The etouches announcement said, “this acquisition complements etouches recent pivot to a data-driven approach to enhancing clients’ event success, and further positions etouches as a full enterprise solution.”

Chukwu explained his company’s need for Loopd, saying “data is the future of events, so it is critical as an organization that we are able to provide our customers with the most advanced solutions.” The Loopd team has been able to create a product that greatly surpasses competitors in terms of innovation, user experience and overall effectiveness.”