Greg Skloot’s event man­age­ment soft­ware startup Attend­ware, which prints nametags in under a second and col­lects key atten­dance met­rics, solves a simple yet per­sis­tent problem.

It seems like a small problem, but it’s such a pain for people who orga­nize events,” said Skloot, who grad­u­ated from North­eastern in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion.

In less than a year, the new ven­ture has taken off. Last week, Attend­ware announced it had received a $1 mil­lion invest­ment from .406 Ven­tures, a Boston-​​based ven­ture cap­ital firm named in honor of Red Sox star Ted Williams’ 1941 bat­ting average.

Attendware’s offering rep­re­sents the next gen­er­a­tion of event and con­stituent tracking tech­nology,” said Maria Cirino, man­aging director at .406 Ven­tures. “There is an enor­mous market for this tech­nology and we con­tinue to be blown away by the recep­tion it receives in nearly every market we enter. We’re excited ­ both about the inno­v­a­tive product and the ambi­tious entre­pre­neurs behind it.”

Skloot came up with the idea for Attend­ware as pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s fast-​​growing Entre­pre­neurs Club. Each week the group drew hun­dreds of mem­bers to its meet­ings and events, but Skloot found it dif­fi­cult to draw con­clu­sions from the vast array of email lists and sign-​​in sheets doc­u­menting the club’s membership.

I would look at the sea of people and think to myself, ‘I don’t know who these people are. Are they freshmen or are they seniors? Are they busi­ness majors? Are they here for the first time or are they people who keep coming back?” Skoot recalled. “At the time, the only way to figure all that out was to go through all our doc­u­ments, a process that was really long and messy.”

Skloot set off to solve that problem in his free time, building the ini­tial pro­to­type while still a stu­dent. He designed a web inter­face that allowed guests to easily sign into an event, col­lecting and cat­a­loging the data in the process. After grad­u­a­tion, he started taking steps to turn that pro­to­type into a business.

Last October, the ven­ture accel­er­ator Mass­Chal­lenge used his program—then still a side project—for its 1,400-guest awards dinner at the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­ven­tion Center. Mass­Chal­lenge asked for two things: access to the same login and data col­lec­tion system Skloot had devel­oped for the E-​​Club and the func­tion­ality to print nametags at check-​​in.

They asked us for a con­tract, and that’s really the moment when the whole thing turned into a real busi­ness,” Skloot said. “I didn’t start off saying I was CEO of a com­pany. I started slow, treating it as a project first and let it grow organ­i­cally from there.”

In Jan­uary, North­eastern hired Attend­ware to pro­vide event sup­port ser­vices for depart­ments including Alumni Rela­tions, which had been looking for a new system to keep track of exactly who attended its events. Since then, Attend­ware has steadily increased its client list, working pri­marily with uni­ver­si­ties and non­profit organizations.

North­eastern was our first big cus­tomer and gave us a lot of great feed­back about what it needed from our ser­vice and how we could better serve the uni­ver­sity,” Skloot said. “This was a really great case study of North­eastern doing good for its alumni.”

The new influx in funding from .406 Ventures—where Skloot had worked as a fellow during his second year at Northeastern—will enable Attend­ware to hire new staff and invest in tech­nolo­gies that will help the ven­ture grow. Attend­ware recently added a fea­ture that sends event orga­nizers a text mes­sage when a VIP guest arrives and hopes to increase mobile sup­port by moving its login plat­form from lap­tops to tablets and smartphones.

What’s cool about this project and what has really excited people is that everyone has a use for it,” Skloot said. “Everyone puts on events in one way or another, and everyone could use a tool that makes the process a bit easier.”