Delhi-based mobile travel marketplace, SeekSherpa has secured an undisclosed amount in Seed Investment led by a group of angels associated with early-stage accelerator VentureNursery. The investors Patni scions Amit and Arihant, Everest Flavours founder Anand Ladsariya, Fame Cinemas founder Shravan Shroff and former Starcom MediaVest Group honcho Ravi Kiran partcipated in the round.
Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, executive vice president at Venture-Nursery, said,”The investors decided to back the company as they saw potential to create a world-class product.”
It aims to utilized the raised funds to extend its existing operations as well as for team building. Also, the company was part of the January batch of VentureNursery.
SeekSherpa was founded by former Google executive Dhruv Raj Gupta and AT Kearney analyst Sukhmani Singh. It is a mobile application that connects travellers with locals who create unique and tailor-made experiences that tourists can book.
“Travel is going mobile. We need to be available when the traveller needs information or wants to book an experience and the mobile is always in a traveller’s palm,” said Gupta.
The company allows locals in top Indian cities and tourist locations to become a “Sherpa” on the app with a background check of the Sherpas and the tours they offer before they are listed. The app is free for the traveller and already has about 500 Sherpas from eight cities.
The firm gets a 20% commission from the Sherpas and 100 available experiences like Delhi momo trail and shopping through Chandni Chowk. The experience cost is less than Rs 3,000 per participant.
Economic Times says: The duo, classmates at Shri Ram College of Commerce, came up with the idea thanks to their frequent travels as part of their jobs. “We realised that during our travels it was the local connect that was missing,” said Gupta, 23.
E-Paper says: The company is targeting to increase its Sherpa base to 10,000 and expand to more cities and tourist locations in India this year before expanding to international locations next year.
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