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Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Interprefy Raises $2.8 Million for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Startups announcing funding this week include Mindsay, a travel chatbot maker, Interprefy, a service for providing remote interpreters for events, Airfree, a service that sells duty-free products online during flights, and Airblack, a social-travel commerce startup.

3 months ago

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Accor Backs Chatbot Tech Builder Mindsay in $10 Million Funding Round

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The funding of French startup Mindsay may be small news. But interviews with its customers Iberia and CWT suggest that a second wave of chatbot technology has stopped frustrating travelers with as many misunderstandings as the earlier tech did. That's a big deal for the sector.

3 months ago

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Prowler Raises $24 Million for Decision Tool: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week travel startups announced more than $309 million in funding, as Mafengwo, Prowler.io, Instawork, Revenue Analytics, Dawex, and Outpost received investments.

3 months ago

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Lilium's five-seat aircrafts can operate in pilot or drone mode, but the company must raise more venture capital dollars for it to reach its goal.

3 months ago

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

YouTrip Raises $25 Million for a Digital Wallet: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week's travel startups, including YouTrip, GetYourGuide, Away, and Anyplace, announced more than $611 million in funding.

3 months ago

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

IndiGo Founders Feud May Stall Airline’s Growth

Anurag Kotoky, Bloomberg

The last thing India's airline sector needs right now, after the collapse of Jet Airways, is a wobbling strategy by its market leader, IndiGo. Let's hope this founders feud is a tempest in a teapot that passes quickly.

3 months ago

Away Raises $100 Million for Expansion Beyond Selling Luggage

Away Raises $100 Million for Expansion Beyond Selling Luggage

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Away has so far managed the tricky transition to brand extensions beyond suitcases. The established travel goods industry will be watching with envy if the startup can continue to pull off its empire-building.

3 months ago

Tourlane Raises $47 Million for Multiday Tours: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Tourlane Raises $47 Million for Multiday Tours: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Planning and booking complex international trips remains a pain point, and Tourlane, Skylark, and TravelLocal are part of a growing wave of companies attempting to provide savvier solutions for travelers. Plus: funding news for authentic souvenir aggregator Rare Planet, serviced apartments provider Mint House, and sustainable mobility tech provider TransitScreen.

3 months ago

Masabi Raises $20 Million for Ticketing Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Masabi Raises $20 Million for Ticketing Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Masabi enables cities, such as Denver and Sydney, to sell tickets on public transit via the mobile apps of travel companies like Uber. Meanwhile, Elenium disrupts airport self check-in, Pana pivots into corporate travel, and Sweetguest surfs the growth in management services for vacation rentals.

4 months ago

Rentals United Raises $4 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Rentals United Raises $4 Million for Distribution Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This week’s startup funding announcements reveal broader industry investment themes, such as the need for marketing tools for the owners of short-term rentals and for talent recruitment technology to help fill labor gaps in the tourism industry.

4 months ago

Selina Raises $100 Million for Its Millennial-Focused Lodging

Selina Raises $100 Million for Its Millennial-Focused Lodging

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Selina is riding a wave of venture capital investment like a dreadlocked surfer with remarkable poise. Come to Skift Forum Europe to hear CEO Rafael Museri explain how his startup may capsize the traditional hospitality model.

4 months ago

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Bizzabo and Gather Raise Millions for Event Tech: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Two event tech startups, Bizzabo and Gather, have raised millions in funding to help businesses and restaurants manage and grow events. The companies are benefiting from a 2019 Megatrend that Skift summarized as "real-world experiences gain value in an era of tech burnout."

4 months ago