STEP USA Alumnus MOTOURISMO raises 1 million Euros – US market expansion in progress
International round of business angels and strategic motorcycle partners investing in specialized travel for global audience
Hamburg/Oss/New York, July 26th 2021
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Motorcycle travel platform MOTOURISMO.com has raised a total of more than €1M in a seed funding round. New investors are Dutch motorcycle apparel brand REV’IT!, business angels from the U.S., Israel and Europe, Austrian Danube Angels network, U.S. motorcycle community ADVrider and Hamburg-based IFB Innovationsstarter GmbH and its Corona Recovery Fund. Howzat Ennea Group advised the startup on the transaction and is also participating in the round.
MOTOURISMO will use the funding for further international expansion and technical development. “We can now intensify our preparations for the upcoming travel boom at the foreseeable end of the pandemic at full speed,” says co-founder and CEO Michael Carlin. “We are convinced to invest in tourism and in high-quality, specific services for a demanding, international target group right now, even more so in a previously completely underestimated market.”
“As a travel startup, being able to raise a seven-figure amount in the current situation is an impressive sign of the potential of our segment,” adds co-founder and CMO Christoph Kähler. “We are very much looking forward to continuing our successful path now with the support of our new, international shareholders.”
MOTOURISMO is running a combined concept of booking platform and online travel agency, joining forces with around 100 special travel partners from all over the world. In its beta phase, MOTOURISMO was initially launched in German-speaking countries and was awarded the Best Travel Technology Award of the German Travel Industry Club in 2019; and, since the beginning of 2020, it has also been serving a so far barely digitized mass market in English language.
For the first time on MOTOURISMO.com, the global target group of several hundred million motorcyclists will be able to search, find and book thousands of experiences quickly and easily, from small day trips to long-distance travel packages lasting several weeks. The portfolio is supplemented by motorcycle training courses and motorcycle shipping. In addition, further categories are planned.
The search engine on MOTOURISMO.com lists the services of its partners and provides motorcyclists with tools to find relevant trips, training and shipping with granular filters for targeted search by region, date and motorcycle-specific services and categories.
“We are very excited to be part of MOTOURISMO’s journey into the future”, says Ivan Vos, managing director of REV’IT! Sport International. “As a leading apparel brand in the motorcycle industry, our mission is to inspire people to ride. We do this not only by developing high-performance, well-designed and certified motorcycle apparel, but now also by offering specialized services and unique customer experiences. Bringing the benefits of the MOTOURISMO platform to the attention of our global customer base, we provide access to a unique service and the opportunity for great riding experiences. At the same time, MOTOURISMO benefits from our reach through a variety of marketing-communication channels and may expect new platform users coming from the global REV’IT! riding community.”
MOTOURISMO will also keep up its existing cooperation with Louis, Europe’s number one retailer of motorcycle apparel and accessories. Further cooperations with partners from the international motorcycle and travel industry are in motion – now with REV’IT! in particular. Special REV’IT! MOTOURISMO experiences will be coming soon.
Michael Buller, Chairman of the German Association of Online Travel Distributors VIR, sees the seed financing round as a “very successful signal to young founders, especially in Corona times”. Since 2019, MOTOURISMO has been a member of VIR which includes more than 80 companies operating in digital tourism.
MOTOURISMO by tripsntracks UG
Gluckstraße 57 | 22081 Hamburg | Germany
Michael Carlin | Co-Founder
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Christoph Kähler | Co-Founder
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REV’IT! Sport International B.V.
Egbert Egbers | Global Marketing Director
Vorstengrafdonk 20 | 5342 LT Oss | The Netherlands
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Danube Angels GmbH
Paul G. Putz, MBA | Managing Director
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New York | USA
Howzat Ennea GmbH
Jan-Frederik Valentin | Partner
Schönhauser Allee 44 | 10435 Berlin | Germany
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