Eventup, a Santa Monica, CA-based online community marketplace for event space listings and bookings, has raised $1.8m in seed funding.
The round was led by Lightbank, with participation from Crosscut Ventures, NEA, New World Ventures and additional angel investors.
The company intends to use the funding to expand nationwide, by adding more event spaces in cities across America following the formal launch in Chicago.
Founded by CEO Tony Adam, Eventup is a marketplace to search and book commercial and privately owned venues. The site enables users to search for and book venues on their own, without insider knowledge or hiring an event planner, and give property owners the ability to offer their venues directly to consumers and event bookers.
The company initially launched out of technology studio Science Inc. with the backing of Michael Jones, former CEO of MySpace.