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Next-up on our online cultural entrepreneur series, the Forum d’Avignon presents: The Place to Buy, a last-minute ticketing solution for cultural, sportive and leisure events, based on an auction system.   

What is your project/idea/start-up?

The Place To Buy helps event producers to optimize their sales by acting during the final ticket sales phase. We allow viewers to access their favourite events at the last moment and producers to improve their load factors, revenues and fight against the black market.

The Place To Buy ticketing solution requires no investment and is complementary to existing ticketing solutions, it’s a new sales channel based on a classic or decreasing auction system depending on the needs of each event. In fact, we work in two situations:

  • On sold-out events with a classic auction;
  • On non-full events at D-7 with decreasing auction preserving the image of the event, which does not classify it among strongly reduced-price events.

What is your current challenge?

The challenge we face now is to convince every actor of the distribution line of the benefits of our auction system. Whether in terms of higher revenues and/or increased attendance, producers are always winning.

For you, what does it mean to be a cultural entrepreneur?

It takes a lot of curiosity and openness to be a cultural entrepreneur. The Place to Buy team is personally found of culture, but professionally speaking, we had to understand a world we didn’t know at all, so we learned many new things. Culture is also another way of thinking in the business world, relationships are not the same as in other sectors, and neither are the goals. And finally it is primarily a desire to create something to facilitate access to culture and make it fun!

Photo Credit © The Place To Buy

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