Part of the Launch Chapel Hill learning process has been a testing phase this summer with about 1,000 users. The feedback from those initial users has been positive, Bregier says.
“They (the testers) are pretty crazy about it,” Bregier says. “People download it and are almost unanimously excited.”
He won’t share any specific plans for making money through the site, other than that early venue partners include Top of the Hill and the Carrboro Arts Center and he hopes to eventually integrate ticket purchases through the app.
Zavelson is convinced there are multiple potential revenue streams.
“It’s just a matter of validating which ones are going to be the most quickly adopted,” she says.
So why would local businesses and event planners want to join Hypestarter? Bregier believes it helps streamline the event process.
Venues spend a lot of time promoting their events through a multitude of media sources, but Hypestarter makes that process easier. Venues can add events to their websites through Hypestarter’s interactive calendar. Those events are then delivered to interested users via email and the app. Hypestarter also offers the option to autopost events to social media and send push notifications to users who have hyped! a venue’s previous events.
Though the app is based out of the Triangle, users can still check in to events across the nation. He hopes that feature will help the app grow organically.
With a plethora of events happening every day, Hypestarter hopes it can make it easy to know what’s happening around you.
“Do you have any idea what you’re missing?” Bregier says Hypestarter does.