TravelPerk raises $44 million Series C funding to disrupt the outdated $1.3 trillion business travel market
TravelPerk, the Barcelona-based startup that is revolutionizing the way organizations budget, book and manage their business travel, has secured $44 million in Series C funding to expand into new markets, enlarge its client base by working more with small enterprises and augment its technology offering.
Funding for the latest round came from some of the most successful technology investors including Kinnevik, Yuri Milner and Tom Stafford with participation from existing investors including Felix Capital, Target Global, Spark Capital, LocalGlobe, Suntone and Amplo, who back market-changers including Slack, Trello, Farfetch and Delivery Hero.
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Travel Association, 50% of business travel happens outside of company policy, often because existing platforms are outdated, can’t offer the choice or prices of consumer equivalents, and require travel managers to endure multiple sites, emails and calls to manage a single trip.
TravelPerk is solving this problem for hundreds of thousands of travelers 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 and saving companies over 20% in annual travel costs.
Founded in 2015 by CEO Avi Meir and CPO Javier Suarez, TravelPerk is a next-generation business travel booking & management platform for companies of any size. It’s the world’s first and only all-in-one platform for booking business travel that is 100% free. TravelPerk has the world’s largest inventory, best-of-breed technology, consumer-grade design and a very disruptive business model that is free to the user. TravelPerk is backed by world-class investors such as Spark Capital, investors in Slack, Trello and Twitter.
TravelPerk’s platform hosts the world’s largest bookable inventory, bringing all the necessary tools and resources from booking to accounting into one simple, consumer-standard interface – incorporating cars, trains, flights and hotels from a wide range of major providers including Booking.com, Expedia and Airbnb.
Since inception about three years ago, TravelPerk has increased revenues by 700% growth year on year, and has now raised nearly $75m in total funding. 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.
TravelPerk CEO Avi Meir said: “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.”
“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.”
Chris Bischoff, Senior Investment Director, Kinnevik, said: “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. 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.”