[Funding alert] Intercity transport startup gogoBus raises investment from ixigo, others

By Rashi Varshney|3rd Mar 2020
With this funding, gogoBus has launched operations on multiple routes in North India. The startup will also be expanding its product and technology team.
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New Delhi-based smart bus startup gogoBus has raised an undisclosed amount of funding in a round led by AI-based travel app ixigo.


ixigo’s investment is a part of gogoBus’s first round of funding, alongside other prominent angel investors including Rajesh Sawhney (Co-founder & CEO, Innerchef) and Abhishek Sharma (COO, Dineout). With this investment, gogoBus has launched operations on multiple routes in North India and will be expanding its product and technology team. 


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Commenting on the investment, Aloke Bajpai, Co-founder & CEO, ixigo, said


“Despite buses being the most popular means of intercity transport in the country, the market is highly fragmented and non-standardised, with many pain-points worth solving in this segment. Generally, travellers end up planning a last-minute inter-city bus trip due to the lack of availability on trains and high flight fares. gogoBus allows people to do so in a smart and affordable manner.” 


Adding to this, Rajnish Kumar, Co-founder and CTO, ixigo, said, “The bus market in India is quite attractive with over five billion bus trips a year. The gogoBus team’s prior operating experience with buses, domain knowledge of travel and transportation, coupled with ixigo’s demand-side scale will help disrupt the bus travel market in a big way.”


Launched in January 2020, gogoBus is co-founded by Amit Gupta (ex-core team member at Shuttl) and Avinash Singh Bagri (ex-founder Trip Scanners). gogoBus offers standardised buses, self-operated lounge, pre-defined pickup points, and a in-house tech platform for booking, tracking and in-bus safety features. 


Amit Gupta, Co-founder, gogoBus, said,

“Our aim is to set new standards when it comes to comfort and safety in bus travel. We offer a wide range of features including customised reclinable luxury seats, GPS-enabled buses, predefined pit stops and trained, verified and uniformed drivers to give an exemplary experience to all bus travellers. Within a month of launch, gogoBus takes pride in having covered 5,00,000+ km with a 4.8 rating on Google Play Store.”

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