Active Network Adds On

The Active Network, a San Diego-based online community and provider of application technology for active lifestyle/sports groups, has acquired event management software companies RegOnline and WingateWeb. No financial terms were disclosed. Active has raised $172 million in VC funding from firms like Canaan Partners, ESPN, ABS Ventures, North Bridge Venture Partners, Comdisco, Charles River Ventures, Performance Equity and Tao Venture Partners.




The Active Network, Inc. (Active), a leading provider of application services technology and marketing solutions for community service and participatory sports organizations, today announced that it has acquired RegOnline and WingateWeb, two leaders in the event management software industry. These acquisitions, along with the company's purchase of Thriva LLC last year, make Active the largest provider of products and services to streamline online event registration and operations for corporations, associations and independent event planners. 


RegOnline, based in Boulder, Colo., has more than 60 employees and is a leader in the event registration industry. More than 11,000 meeting and event planners have chosen RegOnline's simple and flexible online registration services, which can be set up quickly and easily with no start-up or annual costs. Customers include Sony, Hitachi, Raymond James Financial, Burger King and General Mills to name a few.


WingateWeb provides enterprise software solutions to Fortune 500 companies in the IT, medical and financial industries. Its web-based products successfully manage events of up to 20,000 attendees with hundreds of breakout sessions, as well as operations for organizations that hold thousands of events per year. Many of the largest technology companies in the world use WingateWeb's technology to streamline their customer conferences and other internal events. Based in Lindon, Utah, the company has more than 85 employees and doubled the size of its business in 2007.


“The event management market has been fragmented with numerous small companies offering individual packages. The Active Network is now the de facto leader in this space,” said Alex Barnetson, senior vice president, The Active Network, Inc. “With the acquisitions of RegOnline and WingateWeb, Active can now provide corporations and event planners of all sizes with the most comprehensive selection of event management technology.”

The Active Network provides technology and marketing solutions for event organizers, community organizations and consumer brands that enable and encourage participation. As a result of the acquisitions, RegOnline and WingateWeb customers will have access to a full range of value-added services including global operations, a world-class call center, extensive development resources and marketing expertise. RegOnline and WingateWeb will continue to operate out of their respective offices.


These acquisitions follow Active's purchase of Thriva LLC last year, whose EventRegister product provides online registration and payment processing for organizations including