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Travel Startup Funding This Week


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Hotaliors secures more cash to develop new products and carry out a rebrand, while insurance platform Faye wants to make claim processes even easier with fresh funding.

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This week, four travel startups collectively announced more than $114 million in funding

>> Hottailorsa corporate booking tool, has secured $24.17 million in new funding.


The corporate round was provided by existing investor DialCom24.

The capital will be used to launch new insurance and financial products, expand in the US, Middle East and North Africa, and also help fund a rebranding from Hotailors to

The Poznan, Poland-based company counts Google, Vodafone and Microsoft as customers.

>> Cabifya ride-hailing app, has received a loan of $41.85 million to buy 1,400 electric vehicles.

The investment was approved by the European Investment Bank.

Spain’s Cabify will also invest in digital infrastructure, while the funding will improve the supply of emission-free urban mobility in the cities where the startup operates. Overall Cabify aims for a zero-emission fleet by 2025.

>> BookawayGroupa business-to-business platform that helps travel brands add ground transport alongside flights and hotels, has raised $35 million.

The Series C round was led by Red Dot Capital Partners with investment from Menorah and Tenere Capital. Existing investors Aleph, Corner Ventures and Entree Capital also participated. Red Dot’s Managing Partner Barak Salomon will join Bookaway Group’s board.

Bookaway Group wants to digitize booking ground transport, including ferry, bus and coach travel. It also wants to provide new financial models and operational tools that support operators in recovering from the pandemic more quickly, and improve day-to-day fleet management and profitability. has made four acquisitions in the past 12 months, including 12Go, GetByBus and Platform 10. Bookaway Group CEO Noam Toister said the company expects to continue its acquisition strategy, to become “the only player able to offer complete ground transport inventory globally .”

>> faya travel insurance startup, has raised $8 million in seed funding.

Viola Ventures and F2 Venture Capital led the round, with participation from Portage Ventures, Global Founders Capital and former NBA player Omri Casspi.

Faye’s protection can cover trips, health, belongings and even pets via an app that sends proactive alerts and provides access to customer experience specialists. It enables users to file claims digitally, and quickly pays for approved claims via electronic transfers to Faye Wallet.

Faye is currently available to residents in 40 states in the US, but plans to expand to more.

>> Katanoxa travel accommodation distribution and fintech platform, has raised $5.7 million.

The money was secured from various investors, including Rappi and Yuno co-founder Juan Pablo Ortega. Kannox has also appointed new Expedia executive Rob Torres as non-executive director.

The company plans to scale up its business-to-business distribution of accommodation.

Company stage lead raise
Cabify loan EIB $40 million
BookawayGroup C-series Red Dot Capital Partners $35 million
Hottailors business DialCom24 $24.17 million
Faye Seed Viola Ventures/F2 Venture Capital $10 million
Katanox Seed Various $5.7 million

Skift Cheat Sheet

seed capital is money used to start a business, often led by angel investors and friends or family.

Series A financing is typically drawn from venture capitalists. The round aims to help a startup’s founders make sure that their product is something that customers truly want to buy.

B-series financing is mainly about venture capitalist firms helping a company grow faster. These fundraising rounds can assist in recruiting skilled workers and developing cost-effective marketing.

C-series Financing is ordinarily about helping a company expand, such as through acquisitions. In addition to VCs, hedge funds, investment banks, and private equity firms often participate.

D-series, E and beyond These mainly mature businesses and the funding round may help a company prepare to go public or be acquired. A variety of types of private investors might participate.



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