Clarion Events chairman launches On Deck Ventures

Greg Topalian (pictured), recently appointed chairman of Clarion Events North America, is to embark on a new venture with the launch of On Deck Ventures. He says the new endeavor marks a significant step forward in his mission to drive innovation and empower early-stage entrepreneurial businesses within the trade show and event industry.

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of On Deck Ventures,” Topalian said. “This venture fills a void of supporting entrepreneurs with both needed investment and advice and guidance. I have been in their shoes and know how challenging but rewarding the process can be.”

With over 25 years of experience, Topalian brings a wealth of knowledge and vision to On Deck Ventures. Through strategic guidance, venture funding, and impactful connections, the aim, he said, is to support businesses build exciting events in high growth and emerging industries.

 As part of its launch, On Deck Ventures proudly announces strategic partnerships with 1) The Fora Group which operates two events Ai4 and RETCON and 2) the launch of a groundbreaking event serving the Data industry called Yotta.

“Greg has been an impactful advisor for us. He has both high-level industry perspective won through his time with Clarion in addition to his frontline experience as a founder of a smaller organiser. That combo means he can help us navigate the complexities of the industry while appreciating what it takes to grow an event,” said Michael Weiss, co-founder, Fora Group.

“I am excited about the opportunities ahead for On Deck Ventures and the impact we can make within the events industry,” Topalian added. “The combination of my work with Clarion and with these early-stage business provides an opportunity to redefine industry standards, foster innovation, and unlock unparalleled potential.”

Topalian also recently joined the Board of Directors of SportsGrid Inc.

“Greg's longstanding commitment to innovation and entrepreneurial spirit speaks volumes. Having known him for years, I’m thrilled about the value and insight he brings to SportsGrid. His involvement reinforces our dedication to delivering top-notch experiences for our fans,” said Louis Maione, CSO, president and co-founder of SportsGrid Inc.