Sucessful $1.8 million round for Poken

Swisscom Ventures will invest in Poken, a leading provider of solutions for the events and corporate networking space.

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Poken announced that it has received a strategic investment from Swisscom Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Swisscom AG - Switzerland's leading telecom operator.

$1.8 million round for Poken
Swisscom is participating in a $1.8 million round, and will be represented on Poken’s Board of Directors by Dominique Mégret, Head of Swisscom Ventures, a seasoned executive and entrepreneur. Swisscom's venture arm invests in early-stage startups developing leading edge technologies and demonstrating a strategic fit with Swisscom, including services in the mobile, events, and content space.

Poken is at the nexus of the mobile and events spheres
«Poken is at the nexus of the mobile and events spheres, with unique capabilities relating to NFC, RFID and Social Networking,» states Dominique Megret, Head of Venturing at Swisscom AG, «we believe these are high drivers for growth in the years to come.» The Swisscom Venture investment and partnership are further validation of Poken’s fast-paced evolution as the market leader in social networking devices.

Bridging the gap
Poken is helping customers build solutions for bridging the gap between online and offline social networking needs. The new pokenEVENT service offering is gaining significant traction in the events and corporate networking space -- helping customers such as Adobe, BMW, IBM, Microsoft and Tempo Music host powerful networking events. In addition, event organizers such as PublicisLive -- host of the World Economic Forum -- have also used the pokenEVENT networking platform to help reduce the clutter of business cards and streamline the process for distributing digital materials at their events.

Swisscom can add considerable fuel to our growth
«Over the last 6 months Poken has narrowed its focus and is building a world-class suite of hardware and software solutions to meet the needs of the events and corporate networking space» said Stephane Doutriaux, CEO of Poken and winner of venture kick. «We believe Swisscom can add considerable fuel to our growth, as well as provide assistance in working with leading event organizers and corporate partners. This is a significant partnership for Poken, our customers, and our network of resellers.»


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