Seeksherpa, a mobile based marketplace which connects travelers and locals, has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from angel-backed accelerator VentureNursery. The startup will use the investment to expand operations and growing its team size.
VentureNursery typically invests Rs. 25,00,000 to Rs. 50,00,000 in startups and the quantum of investment in Seeksherpa is said to be in between the above figures.
The angel round was participated by Amit Patni, Anand Ladsariya, Anirudh Damani, Arihant Patni, Neeraj Goenka, Ravi Kiran, Sanjay Mehta, Shravan Shroff and Vishal Maheshwari.
Founded by Sukhmani Singh and Dhruv Raj Gupta, Seeksherpa was also a part of VentureNursery’s fourth acceleration program which concluded in April this year. The company aims to solve the problem of local immersion, travel opinion information asymmetry, and local-to-traveler connect.
The startup leverages micro tours through which it aspires to disrupt the experiences (tours and activities) marketplace. It aims at allowing travelers to book local crowd-sourced experiences on the fly.
Seeksherpa uses mobile application technology coupled with Google Cloud Messaging to create an engaging mobile platform where Sherpas (locals) can post experiences and answer travelers questions. Travelers can book experiences and ask questions which they can direct to a Sherpa of their choice.
“We began our story at 10,000 Startups, found our way into the hands of VentureNursery, got mentored from great folks across the industry and are today creating a disruptive platform that allows travelers and locals to connect and immerse themselves into each other’s cultures. Travel is going to get beautiful,” said Dhurv.
Sukhmani and Dhruv, both 23, are alumni of SRCC (Delhi University). In her earlier stint, Sukhmani worked at A. T. Kearney on the CMT practice while Dhruv worked at Google in business process automation and data-mining.
Speaking about the thesis behind the investment, Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, VP, VentureNursery said, “Our angels found exceptional talent and the ability to create a world class product in the founding team. They have the expertise to create leadership in the space.”