Industry Support

We believe in giving back to the industry we work in through financial donations to support their causes, support their development, or in kind through our pro-bono services.

ICCA Education Fund

The objective of the ICCA Education Fund, previously known as Ernst Stock Fund is to create educational opportunities for Young Meetings Professionals, thereby helping to raise the professional standards in the international meetings industry.

Support: Financial Contribution

The Iceberg

The Iceberg has shared the storytelling of leading destinations and how hosting conventions have positively impacted the hosting communities beyond the traditional tourism spin-offs.

Support: Financial Contribution

African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE)

AfSAE was established and constituted in February 2015, has since set up its HQ office in Johannesburg. Association executives in Africa have come together to form a continent-wide society aimed at raising the profile of member-based organisations and improving skills in the sector.

AfSAE website

Support: pro-bono services and sponsoring Scholar as project intern

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This leads exchange session, now in its 6th year, is one of our most popular industry events offered at no registration fee to convention bureaus by invitation. Essentially, it is the exchange of bid requirements information of international association conventions. This session, held during IMEX Frankfurt, is especially useful for convention bureaus looking for more potential association conventions business through the exchange of leads by a past host/recently won bidder.

Support: Pro-bono services and platform to exchange leads

GainingEdge Knowledge Exchange

These one-hour sessions, at no charge, take place during IMEX Frankfurt and ICCA Congress. The small and interactive session for convention bureaus, centres and convention teams active in the international meetings market, is hugely popular with volunteer discussion leaders from both sides of the table.

Support: Pro-bono services and platform to share knowledge

Business Events Clinics

We offer free consultations “clinic-style” for bureaus who want to improve their performance in the international meetings market. These clinics take place during selected trade events and during the annual ICCA Congress.

Support: Pro-bono advice


GainingEdge organises GainingConnections activities at trade shows and industry events during the year, such as IMEX Frankfurt and the ICCA Congress. These consist of:

- Educational events
- Business leads exchanges

Please contact us should you wish to participate in these events or would like to know when the next activities are taking place.