About

Selected by Sesamers is the curated event guide for professionals.

Industry events have never been easy to navigate. Especially now.

Selected by Sesamers is not the world’s largest database of professional events. It's better than that. We select conferences, fairs, and meetups that give you an edge on your competition, why they matter, why you should attend them, and key takeaways.

For only 20€/month (10€ early bird) our paid membership includes:

  • Our continually updated API fed event calendars (Google, Outlook and Apple).
  • Our exclusive weekly rundown of what’s what in this calendar, including industry trends news and discussions.
  • Additional perks including invite-only events, discounts, etc.

Right now, we're operating 2 weekly newsletters: Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital, with new categories added soon.

Our free tier gives you access to member-only articles such as event factsheets and a monthly update on what's hot.

Background

Selected by Sesamers is published by Startup Sesame, a Paris-based company composed of specialists in the fields of innovation and business events.

Based on our extensive experience with thousands of founders, investors, corporates, sponsors, speakers and event organizers, we noticed a large number of unanswered questions and needs when it comes to professional events. To help alleviate this confusion and promote greater efficiency, we’ve carefully observed, tested, and reviewed a series of best practices, internally referring to this project as “The Playbook”.

Three years of experience, testing, failing, and succeeding has led us to refining The Playbook into a powerful API that drives the world’s first Event Relationship Management platform built specifically for attendees: Sesamers.

Team

Given the time sensitive nature of this vision, we made the decision to put our API to work and have launched the PRO event guide, Selected by Sesamers. The Sesamers platform is now in private beta and will be launched in 2021.

  • Staff: Ben Costantini, Christina Melkonian & Lira Mussakulova
  • Editor in Chief: Dan Taylor
  • Contributors: Joanna Kirk (Startup Sesame), Nicolas Christou (INKEF Capital), Lubomila Jordanova (Plan.A Earth), Faten Aissi (Flat6Labs), Jana Saastamoinen (Startup Day), Nick Stevens, Brenda Barajas (Sony Pictures), Polina Yunda (Dsight), Vincent Touati Tomas (Northzone), Louisa Mesnard (Elaia), Zivile Einikyte (TechBBQ), amongst many others...

CEO and Founder Ben Costantini is a seasoned event industry professional, with over 16 years of experience. He's been involved with the strategy and planning, marketing and communications, curation, and production of both small and large scale events in a variety of industries.

Our Operations Manager Christina comes from the financial services industry, and has been on both sides of the event stage.

Lira Mussakulova heads up our Marketing and has experience in sales, marketing, and B2B communication tools within the event industry.

Dan Taylor serves as Editor in Chief and is responsible for all editorial content. He's been a member of the event industry for over nine years, primarily as a photographer, but also involved in a variety of production and backstage phases.

And thanks to the work of our developers Vincent Caggiari and Theo Lebarq, we’ve been able to launch the PRO event guide.

Get involved

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We’re always on the lookout for new ideas and fresh events to add to our publication. A diverse/fresh/leftfield point of view, emerging trends, invisible events,… we want to hear about it!

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