NEXT Events Launches Virtual Matchmaking Platform

NEW YORK—NEXT Events, an emerging leader in design industry networking and thought leadership experiences, has launched a new matchmaking event. Beginning in May, NEXT Virtual Meetings will bring together respected design professionals and highly-regarded suppliers from the safety and convenience of their homes. 

Transcending the challenges of the current economy, NEXT Virtual Meetings will invite a hand-selected group of decision-making buyers in the interior design industry to forge new relationships and intimate connections via Zoom video conferencing. From the comfort and safety of home, design professionals will connect with suppliers and manufacturers within a two-hour conference session, divided into four one-to-one matchmaking meetings for each participant. All pre-qualified buyers will be compensated $100 for their participation. The pre-qualified buyers will include interior designers and architects responsible for specifying and purchasing products as well as purchasing companies responsible for furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E).
“Given the current circumstances to practice social distancing, NEXT Virtual Meetings opens a new door for the design industry to network and stay connected,” said Michael Schneider, president/CEO, NEXT Events. “We will bring together design professionals as well as suppliers and manufacturers to connect and develop relationships despite the stay-at-home orders. Each virtual meeting will allow participants to share creative ideas and solutions for continuing momentum.” 

NEXT Virtual Meetings has scheduled three upcoming match dates: Wednesday, May 13th (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT), Wednesday, May 27th (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT), and Wednesday, June 10th (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT). Interested buyers and sellers can apply through the online portal. The cost for sellers to participate is $995 per company with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Hospitality Cares Coronavirus Fund to assist hospitality professionals who have experienced financial challenges as a result of the pandemic.