EatPass is a mobile application, developed by a startup company Restarant Oy, which combines the stamp cards and benefits of restaurants to one place while also making communication between customer and restaurateur easier. The City Family member startup from Turku, Finland is collaborating with City Digital, globally fast growing company, which includes companies such as Eat.fi website, City magazine and TableOnline, an online table reservation service.
Business Insider recently wrote that EatAndTheCity´s global expansion project got 3.3 Meur funding recently to create the Google of Restaurants.
EatAndTheCity is an online platform for restaurant discovery. This week, the biggest Finnish Trade Newspaper Kauppalehti wrote that EatAndTheCity can make a big impact and has already attracted internationally known media bosses to join the Restaurant Discovery Revolution.
“EatAndTheCity was originally created to be the “Google for restaurants” in Finland. We noticed that a number of media companies were interested in restaurant discovery portals, as they would be able to leverage their connection with local communities to deliver a genuinely useful service and an additional revenue stream. Our service was validated in our eyes when we started winning awards. Our aim is to help media networks take local restaurant discovery into the mainstream across the world,” says Ilkka O. Lavas, CEO of City Digital, Cofounder of EatAndTheCity.
The base international success of digital media platform is already built at the development phase. Urbanization is still in the height of global development: In urban surroundings and built-up areas the population is increasing and structure of cities is compressing. At the same time digitalization is changing thoroughly the way people consume and use services.
– Urbanization is a significant phenomenon in many ways. Where there are densely populated areas, there are also restaurants. Eating out is getting more and more popular, the owner of City Digital-media and software house City Dev Lab Ilkka O. Lavas explains.
DCX-expo and IFRA-expo, 10-12. October Berlin, was the 48th meeting of the global publishing community. Three days packed with panels, presentations, workshops and pitches. Publishers look continuously new ways how to reach and engage with consumers. Ilkka Lavas held a speech about the success of City Digital and international growth of EatAndTheCity. Key to success is in understanding consumerism megatrend.
Ilkka O. Lavas has been invited as a speaker for Ilkka Lavas invited as a speaker for IFRA World Publishing Expo und DCX Digital Content Expo in Berlin from 10 to 12 October 2017.
12.10.2017 13:30 – 15:00 Conference Stage, Digital Success Stories
Moderator: Ralf Ressmann, Executive Director of Europe and Africa, WAN-IFRA, Germany; Ilkka Lavas, Entrepreneur, Publisher, Finland
Dr. Kurt Sabathil, Managing Director, Schwäbisch Media, Ravensburg, Germany; Donata Hopfen, Publishing Director and Head of Management Board of BILD Group, Axel Springer, Germany
City brand has been known for decades as a leading urban media in Finland. The days of the paper magazine handed out in numerous bars, restaurants and shops are long gone and it’s time for a digital future. City Digital is building that future on various platforms with different monetisation models and lean development mindset. The spearhead of the operation and the international part of the business is a white label restaurant platform for international media companies called EatAndTheCity.
It was a great honour to be selected and I have great respect for every vote I received. Finland needs bold innovative growth companies and they all have one factor in common: a leader with a face. I want to encourage others to grow boldly, and I am proud of the team and crew with whom we´re going global and creating a revolution in digital media. One of the cornerstones of successful leadership is the ability to hire people better than you. I am proud of our innovative and growth-oriented team and know that every member of the team is equally worthy of this recognition.
International Restaurant Media FoodTec company City Digital is now 2nd Fastest Growing Company in Finland according to Deloitte.
City Digital, the Restaurant/Food/FinTech group from Finland is now 2nd Fastest Growing Company in Finland. City Digital is startup by 30 year old legendary finnish City Magazine focused on local news and restaurant articles. People are still using local newspapers but local papers and websites don’t have proper full stack portals for restaurant business. City Digital has developed international White Label SaaS software for News Papers, Media Companies, Banks, Automotives and Teleoperators that provides tools for:
- Listing best restaurants (White Label Portal & App)
- Booking Tables (demo www.tableonline.fi)
- Ordering Food
- Buying Gift Cards
- Making prepaid orders for restaurants
Business models are
- Licence Fees
- Commission of sales
- Commission of booking
- Commission of prepayments
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City Digital is the 2nd Fastest Growing Company in Finland. City Digital CTO Jesse Valli, CEO Ilkka Lavas and CCO Tuomas Suihkonen.