15 fundraisers to remember in 2022

Travel shares: 285 million euros

It was one of the nuggets identified in our survey “They are driving tourism”. Created in 2015, the agency specialized in corporate travel TripActions had already raised US$ 275 million in 2021. The Californian company concluded a series G financing round of US$ 300 million (285M€). Fast growing in Europe, the platform that became a unicorn has had an office in Paris since January 2022.

Trigano family: 220 million euros

The Triganos sold their stake in Mama Shelter to the Accor group and are developing a new hotel concept, “Oh Baby”, in collaboration with Philippe Starck. Fifteen hotels are currently planned. The first ones will see the light of day at the end of 2024 or beginning of 2025. To finance them, the Trigano family – father, Serge, and sons Jérémie and Benjamin – raised 220 million euros from Atream, a French fund specializing in tourism .

Mews: 175M€

Created in 2012 in Prague, Mews develops a B2B hotel management solution, used by 3,000 establishments. The company recently announced a funding round of US$185 million (€175 million). This new money will allow us to accelerate product innovation, international development and external growth. The group has revenue growing 174% in 2022 to 2.3 billion dollars in revenue.

Holiday: 100M€

This German start-up specializing in holiday rentals raised €100 million in a Series E funding round. Objective: Accelerate growth, particularly in Europe. Founded in 2014 by brothers Johannes and Michael Siebers, Holidu had already raised 37 million euros in 2021, and 40 million in 2019. The platform claims more than 110 million visitors over 12 months. In France, its subsidiary Bookiply opened two branches this year, in Lyon and Bordeaux.

Kiwis: 100 million euros

In June 2022, the Czech online agency Kiwi announced an investment of €100 million to accelerate its development. “The capital comes from a leading global institutional investor,” said a statement, without further details. Kiwi is an online travel agency that matches fares through virtual interlining. In other words, the possibility to easily combine different airlines that do not have interline agreements.

Omio: 75 million euros

German company Omio (formerly GoEuro) has raised $80m ($75m) in Series E funding from new and existing investors. Since its inception in 2013, this travel booking platform has raised $480 million. Specialists in multimodal transport from the beginning, Omio now offers accommodation reservations.

The Collector: 60M€

The French company has just raised 60 million euros from private equity firm Highland Europe. Le Collectionist now intends to accelerate its expansion, namely through acquisitions and hiring (120 planned for 2023). Founded in 2014 by Max Aniort, the platform specializes in luxury home vacation rentals, with concierge services.

Evaneos: 20 million euros

In December 2022, the French Travel Tech Evaneos announced a financing round of 20 million euros in capital, with incumbents. Objective: set out again to conquer Europe. In 2022, the foreign DMC platform reached 80% of the volume reached in 2019. “We are going to close the year 2022 in a profitable way”, celebrates its co-founder Eric La Bonnardière. Since our creation, the company has raised around 110 million euros.

Via: 19M€

It’s a SaaS solution to help hoteliers develop immersive experiences. Launched in the United States in 2020, the company recently closed a financing of 20 million dollars (19M€). With this new money, the company set up a European subsidiary in France, headed by Matthias Berahya-Lazarus.

Vnaya village: 4.4 million euros

This is one of the first funding rounds announced in 2022 on L’Echo’s website. The Vendée Vnaya Village group raised 4.4 million euros for Epopée Gestion, an investment company with a territorial impact. The open-air hotel operator aims to become a major regional player on the Atlantic coast, from Brest to Bayonne.

Explora Project: 4M€

Last summer, Explora Project completed a €4 million financing, led by CapHorn Invest, Aonia ventures and its incumbent investors 50 Partners and Crédit Agricole Alpes Développement. The French tour operator offers nature-oriented stays in Europe with a limited impact on the environment. The start-up with 180,000 registered members had 4,000 customers traveling in 2022, up from 1,000 in 2020.

Caucasus: 3 million euros

Created in 2015, the Chinese chauffeured car (VTC) booking platform Caocao was launched in Paris in January 2020. Despite the pandemic, the company has grown, mainly thanks to its vehicles equipped with glass separation between the passenger and the driver . The application raised 3 million euros in 2022 to be able to step on the accelerator.

Fairmove: 2.5 million euros

In May 2022, the agency specializing in responsible tourism Fairmoove announced its ambition to raise 2.5 million euros. Objective achieved, says its president Jean-Pierre Nadir. “We raised 900,000 euros from private investors, and 1.55 million through the Tudigo participatory platform”, he explains. Jean-Pierre Nadir is also an investor, who will return to the show” Who wants to be my partner? on the M6 ​​from 4 January 2023.

Chilowe: 2.5 million euros

Founded in 2017, Chilowé reached a new milestone with a raise of 2.5 million euros. This funding round is carried out with the family holding Nouvel Atlas, managed by the Lemarchand family, founders of Nature & Découvertes. Its objective: to develop the start-up as a committed media and creator of premium outdoor experiences.

Mobee Travel: 1.5 million euros

The specialist in travel for people with reduced mobility announced, in the spring, a funding round of 1.5 million euros. Mobee Travel now wants to open its stock to physical or online travel agencies. The company also signed an agreement with Leclerc Voyages.

Other collection rankings complement L’Echo’s, such as the selection of colleague TOM.travel, and Skift’s, more focused on mobility.

Source: The Eco Tourist

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