10 Ticketing Platform Business Success Stories [2024]

Updated: November 19th, 2023
Start A Ticketing Platform Business

A ticketing platform business allows individuals or organizations to sell tickets to events online. This can include concerts, sports games, festivals, and more.

The ticketing platform handles all aspects of ticket sales, from setting up the event and ticket options to processing payment and distributing the tickets.

To run a successful ticketing platform business, it is essential to have a user-friendly website and a reliable ticket distribution system. Then, establish partnerships with event organizers and venues to expand the number of events available on the platform.

Marketing efforts to reach potential customers and regular updates to the platform to improve the user experience can also help drive sales. Overall, a ticketing platform can be a lucrative business opportunity for those with a strong understanding of the events industry and a knack for building and maintaining client relationships.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a ticketing platform business:

1. GreenRope ($1.92M/year)

metrics for our business are our customer satisfaction and retention rates, which remain consistently high. We currently have over 1,000 customers in over 20 countries, ranging from startups to universities and municipalities. Moving forward, we plan to continue evolving and improving our platform to meet the changing needs of businesses and provide even greater value to our customers.

How much they make: $1.92M/year
Current team size: 15

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Revenue
Lars grew the business to $160K/month
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2. Ticket Tailor ($6M/year)

Jonny, the founder and CEO of Ticket Tailor, came up with the idea for his ticketing platform while studying software engineering at Birmingham University in 2005. As a music fan, he wanted to create a website called "What's on in Brum?" to showcase local events. Through his experience building ticketing systems for clients and the frustration with high fees and data sharing from ticketing agencies, he saw an opportunity to create a scalable software product that would make ticketing more affordable and convenient for event creators.

How much they make: $6M/year
How much did it cost to start: $1K
Current team size: 8

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How I Started a $150K/Month Ticketing Platform That Sells More Than 5 Million Tickets A Year Worldwide

A successful ticketing platform that grew from a side project into a business that issues over 5 million tickets annually, using a combination of cold calling, word of mouth, and partnerships to attract and retain customers while navigating the challenges of COVID-19.

About
Jonny started Ticket Tailor about 13 years ago
Revenue
Jonny grew the business to $500K/month
Costs
It cost Jonny $1000 to start the business
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So... can you actually make money with a ticketing platform business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

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  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
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3. Palco4 ($1.2M/year)

Juan José Delgado, co-founder of Palco4, came up with the idea for the disruptive ticketing company after his friend and tech manager, Vicente Vara, finished his job as CTO of a major ticketing company in Spain. They wanted to create a ticketing platform that met the needs of demanding customers, focusing on the promoter of the shows as the center of their product. After two years of hard work, they launched Palco4, which now transacts 4 million tickets per year and operates in 13 countries with a monthly turnover of 100k USD.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
Current team size: 12

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Palco4, a disruptive ticketing company, transacts 4 million tickets per year and has a presence in 13 countries with an average monthly turnover of $100k USD, achieving its success through a versatile platform, optimized and efficient value chain, and a business model focused on the promoter.

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Juan started Palco4 over 8 years ago
Revenue
Juan grew the business to $100K/month
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4. Discotech ($1.2M/year)

Ian Chen, the Co-Founder and CEO of Discotech, came up with the idea for their business after struggling to find reliable promoters and information about nightlife events and reservations. Realizing there was a gap in the market, Chen and his co-founders created Discotech, an app that simplifies event discovery, VIP table reservations, ticket purchases, and guest list sign-ups. Since surviving the COVID pandemic, Discotech has generated over $1 million per month in gross sales, with a net revenue of 10-15%.

How much they make: $1.2M/year
How much did it cost to start: $450K
Current team size: 15

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How 3 College Friends Created The 'OpenTable' For Nightlife [$1M/Year]

Discotech, an OpenTable for Nightlife, has partnered with over 1,200 venues across 50+ cities, generating over $1M in gross sales and netting between 10-15% as net revenue, while thriving after surviving the COVID pandemic.

About
Ian started Discotech over 10 years ago
Revenue
Ian grew the business to $100K/month
Costs
It cost Ian $450000 to start the business
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So... can you actually make money with a ticketing platform business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

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5. Flight Expert Bangladesh ($18M/year)

Salman Rashid, Founder & CEO of Flight Expert, came up with the idea for his business after realizing the potential of online travel agencies in Bangladesh. Seeing the decline in revenue in his family's offline-based travel agency, Salman suggested starting an OTA to his father. Despite initial skepticism, Salman recognized the need for better technology, service culture, and the value of brand trust in the industry, leading to the launch of Flight Expert in 2017.

How much they make: $18M/year
How much did it cost to start: $80K
Current team size: 60

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SALMAN started Flight Expert Bangladesh almost 7 years ago
Revenue
SALMAN grew the business to $1.5M/month
Costs
It cost SALMAN $80000 to start the business
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So... can you actually make money with a ticketing platform business?

Of course. There are millions to be made in this industry.

But how?

  1. Research real, profitable businesses and see exactly how much money they make.
  2. Study exactly what works, and what doesn’t.
  3. Take action, because now you have the roadmap.

Join Starter Story and build your next big thing:

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6. EventBookings ($120K/year)

Mark Thomas, the founder of EventBookings, came up with the idea after witnessing the difficulties event organizers face in hosting events for universities worldwide during his career in the educational photography industry. He realized the need for a platform that could help event organizers remain organized throughout the chaos of event planning. With EventBookings, he created an all-in-one event technology platform that makes it effortless to sell event tickets online. Since its launch, EventBookings has hosted over 10,000 events and attracted 1,500 event organizers worldwide.

How much they make: $120K/year
How much did it cost to start: $60K
Current team size: 25

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How I Built A $120K/Year Event Booking Platform

EventBookings is an all-in-one event technology platform that helps event organizers remain organized throughout the chaos of event planning and is now running the business with 25 employees and is currently on track to reach their next revenue target of $1M.

About
Mark started EventBookings almost 7 years ago
Revenue
Mark grew the business to $10K/month
Costs
It cost Mark $60000 to start the business
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