UFI selects Grip as Speed Networking Partner partner for its sold out European Conference

UFI selects Grip as Speed Networking Partner partner for its sold out European Conference
Stefan Cordery

Stefan Cordery

Marketing Manager
  • UFI is using MustMeet, Grip’s AI-powered meeting scheduler, for its in-person Speed Networking Program at the 2023 UFI European Conference (June 14 - 16, 2023)
  • Over 400 one-to-one meetings with event industry professionals will be automatically scheduled, managed and hosted at the in-person event using MustMeet

UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry has selected Grip as its Speed Networking Partner for its 2023 European Conference.

The sold out, in-person event, held at MECC Maastricht in the Netherlands (June 14 - 16, 2023), will bring together over 270 event professionals to connect and learn from each other. UFI will use MustMeet, Grip’s new AI-powered meeting scheduler, to power its speed networking program at the event. 

Grip’s MustMeet software is helping UFI automatically schedule and manage over 400, four minute pre-scheduled meetings during the speed networking program. These 1-to-1 meetings, which take place on June 15th, will enable organizers, venues and suppliers to meet and learn from one another.

Thanks to MustMeet, UFI will gain vital process efficiencies enabling it to expand and enhance pre-scheduled meetings with ease. The association will easily be able to host these complex meeting formats automatically, saving hours of manual work. For example, previously it would have taken several hundred post-it notes, spreadsheets and hours of manual work to pre-schedule speed networking meetings. Plus, last minute dropouts would have thrown carefully planned schedules into disarray. 

“People come to our events to meet, network and do business with colleagues from across Europe,” explained Nick Dugdale-Moore, Regional Director for Europe, UFI. “Speed networking is becoming an integral part of UFI events and in Maastricht, thanks to Grip, this process will be much easier to manage.” 

Tim Groot, Founder and CEO of Grip, explained: “A massive 87% of event organizers believe pre-scheduled meetings at events are an important industry trend in 2023,  as detailed in the recent B2B Relationships report. As such, UFI understands the importance of being deliberate when it comes to arranging meetings at its events. Connecting its members is a vital part of its European Conference and I’m proud that our MustMeet product is helping UFI members and the wider community build and maintain valuable relationships.” 

Click here to watch the explainer video for more information on MustMeet.