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Europe’s ‘fastest-growing SaaS startup’ TravelPerk raises €38M

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Written by Tim Hinchliffe

Barcelona-based Software as a Service (SaaS) startup TravelPerk, raises €38 million in Series C funding from some of the world’s most successful technology investors including Kinnevik, Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford.

This new funding will enable Europe’s fastest-growing SaaS startup (Startup 1000 list) to expand into new markets and accelerate its dramatic growth towards its ambition to become the world’s leading corporate travel platform.

According to the Global Business Travel Association, 50% of business travel happens outside of company policy often because existing platforms are outdated, can’t offer the choice or prices of consumer sites, and require travel managers and finance teams to endure multiple platforms, emails and calls back and forth to manage a single trip – costing companies valuable time and money, while frustrating employees and preventing growth.

TravelPerk is solving this problem by simplifying the process for hundreds of thousands of travellers from some of the world’s most influential companies including Uber and Transferwise – cutting the time needed to manage a trip from 3 or 4 hours to just 10 minutes.

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Avi Meir

“We believe business travel should be as simple as personal travel – if not easier. As businesses grow beyond borders, organising trips is one of the most painful and unnecessary obstacles they face to expanding,” said TravelPerk Co-Founder and CEO Avi Meir in a statement.

“TravelPerk is breaking new ground to propel business travel into the 21st century, disrupting a mammoth and outdated $1.3 trillion market – ensuring distance is never a barrier to future growth.

“We are proud to have the backing of investors with a unique track record of supporting other market disruptors that have transformed entire industries,” the CEO added.

The company’s unique platform hosts the world’s largest bookable travel inventory, and brings all the necessary tools and resources to manage trips from booking to accounting into one simple, smart, consumer-standard interface. The platform allows travellers to quickly and seamlessly compare, book and invoice cars, trains, flights and hotels from a wide range of major providers including Booking.com, Expedia and Airbnb – with 24/7 support.

In this latest round, the company is also being supported by existing investors such as Felix Capital, Target Global, Spark Capital, LocalGlobe, Suntone and Amplo, who back market-changing unicorns including Slack, Trello, Farfetch, Deliveroo and Delivery Hero.

Since being founded in 2015 by Meir and CPO Javier Suarez, TravelPerk has increased revenues by 700% growth year on year, and has now raised nearly €65 million in total funding.

Having tripled the size of its team in the past year, TravelPerk is opening its first office in the UK, and is soon also to build bases in Berlin, Amsterdam and Paris. The UK business travel market was worth €43 billion in 2017, and this initial investment will allow TravelPerk to simplify travel for customers such as Aesop, Bowers & Wilkins, Adyen and Farfetch.

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Chris Bischoff

“We are excited to invest in TravelPerk, a company that fits perfectly into our investment thesis of using technology to offer customers more and much better choice,” said Chris Bischoff, Senior Investment Director at Kinnevik.

“Booking corporate travel is unnecessarily time-consuming, expensive and burdensome compared to leisure travel. Avi and team have capitalised on this opportunity to build the leading European challenger by focusing on a product-led solution, and we look forward to supporting their future growth,” he added.

This new injection of funding will equip TravelPerk to expand into new markets, enlarge its client base by working more with small enterprises and augment its technology offering including integrating travel and expenses management into the platform.

About the author

Tim Hinchliffe

Tim Hinchliffe the editor in chief at Novobrief. Previously, he was a reporter for The Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa, and Colombia Reports in South America. Principal at Espacio.