As the last blog post of 2017, we wanted to take the time to look back at our first full year in business, and talk about what exciting opportunities are coming up in 2018! We are thrilled with how far we have come to date, and very excited to share what’s in store next year.
2017 at a glance:
A wide range of folks reached out to us in 2017 for customized virtual reality event services, virtual reality booth rentals, and turn-key entertainment solutions. We executed 60+ private VR events, ranging from small corporate parties to national conventions drawing tens of thousands of attendees.
At the beginning of 2017 we only serviced the Greater New Orleans area. By year’s end, we have expanded to handling events throughout the entire nation! In the last two months alone we’ve executed events in New Orleans, Tampa, Baltimore, Las Vegas, San Diego, Dallas, Houston, New York, and Minneapolis.
Partnering With Globally Recognized Brands:
Our focus on corporate parties, conferences, branded events, and sponsorship opportunities has provided us with amazing opportunities to work with some of the world’s largest companies. We have helped create amazing Virtual Reality events for brands such as Red Bull, Microsoft, Shell, and more! Over the next six weeks we will also partner with some of the nation’s premier sporting events to provide immersive VR entertainment - the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans and the Super Bowl in Minneapolis.
As the demand for our VR services increased throughout the year, we had to expand our team and were proud to hire our first round of employees. We continue to seek talented and motivated people to add to our company - we’ve already started our second round of hiring!
IDEAx Accelerator Program:
We were honored to be accepted into the Idea Village’s IDEAx Business Accelerator Program. Through this program we have had the great fortune of working with and receiving mentorship from some of New Orleans’ most successful entrepreneurs, and we are excited to continue working with them to scale our business even further in 2018.
While 2017 has been great, we’re planning on even bigger and better things in 2018! As Virtual Reality technology continues to improve, we will continue to provide the most amazing virtual reality event experiences possible.
Our 2018 Outlook:
As much as we love the name VR Arcade NOLA and our New Orleans roots, it’s time for us to rebrand. The new business name, brand, and logo have all been determined and will be revealed in the next couple of weeks - stay tuned!
While we are happy with the growth we have achieved to date, we still have a long way to go to achieve our goals. As we execute virtual reality activations for far more conferences, private parties, and corporate events, we will need to scale our business accordingly. This means procuring more VR equipment, doubling our employee count, and moving to a bigger office!
The VR Revolution Continues:
If 2017 was Year 1 of VR, Year 2 promises huge leaps forward in VR capabilities. Major manufacturers are planning new VR headset releases, while some of the 2018 software releases will be truly mind-blowing. And even though the array of virtual reality options and equipment can be dizzying, we promise to stay on top of all of the latest trends to provide the highest level of customized VR engagement services for our clients’ conferences, trade shows, and private events.
To all of our friends, family, mentors, partners, and clients that have helped get us get started and grow to this point - thank you so much for your support, and we look forward to another awesome year in 2018!