Stay22: Helping Concert-Goers Find A Place To Stay; Partnering With Pearl Jam, Evenko

Montreal-based startup Stay22 has just raised $750,000 in seed funding and announced its expansion into the concert business by joining with Pearl Jam’s Ten Club and Canadian concert promoter Evenko to help concert-goers find lodging solutions.
“Eventgoers get the lowest prices available online at the time of booking, from AirBNB, hotels, hostels, and any other listings,” Stay22 marketing director Mohamad Al Sadoon told Pollstar. “It’s venue-centric so the event-goer will have an easier way to find the perfect accommodations. Everything is there by hovering over the event listing. They can see how long it will take how long to reach the venue or event and what means of transportation are best suggested there.”
Stay22 provides a free widget that allows fans to search by event rather than city, and compiles listings from hotels, AirBNB and others to show fans exactly what is available near any concert, festival or venue of their choice. Click here to check it out. 
The widget is embedded on the event website, allowing attendees to book their stay while registering or buying tickets. 
“The way it works is we generate a commission off of every booking made on the map, and we split the commission with the artists or concert or event organizer,” Al-Sadoon said. “It’s a very basic business model.”
The widget can be especially handy for destination events such as festivals and bands with fans who follow their favorite artists on the road, such as Pearl Jam, the first band to partner with Stay22.
“Pearl Jam recognizes the value and convenience we can bring to their Ten Club members,” said Andrew Lockhead, CEO of Stay22. “We’re grateful for this partnership, and we look forward to providing a high-quality experience for their fan base when searching for the best deals for their stay during their upcoming U.S. shows.” The band has baseball stadiums in store for this summer, including shows at Safeco Field in Seattle, Wrigley Field in Chicago and Fenway Park in Boston.
Stay22 is pursuing similar partnerships with other touring acts, concert promoters, festival organizers and shows that attract a sizeable out-of-town visitor base to provide their fans access the breadth of accommodations available in the surrounding area close to the venue.
Formed in 2016, Stay22 has provided more than $600,000 in accommodation bookings in the first quarter of 2018, with the Stay22 widget being used for more than 600 events in 20 countries. There are more than 6.5 million listings globally.
Stay22 recently entered into partnerships with Canadian concert promoter Evenko and France-based self-service ticketing and RFID solution Weezevent.