By Jon Russell
Media exits happen, but typically you don’t hear of tech events companies being sold. Well, that’s the case in Singapore where SingEx — a subsidiary of the country’s Temasek sovereign wealth fund — has forked out to buy a majority share in Unbound Innovations, a five-year-old UK-based business that runs technology events worldwide.
Details of the transaction were not made public, but TechCrunch understands from a source with knowledge of negotiations that SingEx bought a 51 percent share in Unbound in a deal that values the company at £18 million, or around $23.5 million. So that SingEx stake cost around $11.5-12 million.
Unbound has been around since 2013 but it seems to have struck out with its Innovfest event series, which has focused on uniting governments with corporates and the startup world. That aside, it has run ‘Unbound’ events in London since 2016 and it works with corporates such as Unilever, HSBC and Accenture on innovation projects.
Indeed, this investment news comes weeks after the conclusion of Unbound’s two-day Singapore-based event, Innovfest Unbound, which claimed to attract over 12,000 attendees. Innovfest began with events in Singapore and Miami last year; those …read more
Source: Tech Crunch