Worldwide: The co-founders of Stasher, a luggage storage startup for the sharing economy, Jacob Wedderburn-Day and Anthony Collias, have been named in the prestigious Forbes “30 under 30” list for Europe in 2020 in the consumer technology segment.
Wedderburn-Day, 26, and Collias, 25, co-founded the startup in 2015 as “CityStasher” during their studies together at the University of Oxford and the idea took off when the pair called on the services of Big Yellow Storage CEO James Gibson to develop their prototype and join as Stasher’s first investor.
The co-founders join an illustrious array of names included in the fifth annual Under 30 Europe List. Ten lists were decided by thousands of international nominations, months of investigative reporting and a seal of approval by an expert panel of judges, chosen by Forbes.
As such, Forbes said it had chosen “300 young visionaries boldly redefining ten industries across 32 European countries”. The other Forbes list categories were Art and Culture, Entertainment, Finance, Manufacturing & Industry, Media & Marketing, Retail & E-Commerce, Science & Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, and Sports & Games.
Since 2018, Stasher has grown its London-based team and expanded its luggage storage network into North America, Australia and Asia. Its notable early successes include winning Expedia’s Hotel Jumpstart competition, and gaining a place on Plug & Play’s travel accelerator as well as Pitch@Palace.
In more recent times, Stasher completed a $2.5 million funding round in January, led by VentureFriends, along with various angels including Johan Svanstrom, former president of Expedia-owned OTA giant Hotels.com.
The funding will aid Stasher’s global expansion strategy and help it to consolidate its market position by focusing its attention on strengthening its offering in key global markets and gaining ground in the travel industry.
While the startup tripled its revenues in 2019, it has gone on to launch in 250 cities worldwide and partnered with established brands such as Klook, Sonder, Marriott and Hotels.com.
Other names in the Technology category include the CTO of Spanish ride-sharing company Cabify, an artificial intelligence coordinator at the European Commission and the co-founder of entertainment network for teens and millennials, Mammoth Media.
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