[From left] Robin van Rijn, Omar Sheshtawy and Luuk Verhoeven [Credit: Stippl]

Travel tech startup Stippl raises €400k in pre-seed funding

Netherlands: Amsterdam-based travel tech startup and social travel platform, Stippl, has raised €400,000 in a pre-seed funding round.

The round was led by investors such as Volve Capital and ClickPatrol, with the funding being diverted to support Stippl’s international growth across Europe, as well as setting up new partnerships and features.

Stippl co-founder and CEO, Luuk Verhoeven, said: “Stippl is unique in its combination of the social aspect of travelling, such as sharing and getting inspired, with the most user-friendly and powerful planning software. Our goal is to enable users to effortlessly create, track and share the perfect travel plans.”

Founded in 2021, the Amsterdam-based startup is accessing the growing power of influencer inspiration. The platform acts as a source for travel and sightseeing information by highlighting different activities, hotspots and hospitality venues at the chosen destinations, including recommendations by other Stippl users.

Travel bloggers, influencers, short-term rentals, hotels and destination marketing organisations [DMOs] can use the platform to market content and increase their following. They can also share their trips, routes, and travel content on the platform to reach a broader target group and generate additional income.

Stippl’s website and app enable users to create, organise and modify their own travel itineraries for trips with friends and / or families. Furthermore, users can find and book their desired accommodation and transport options, making it more of a ‘one-stop shop’ for travel planning capabilities, and catering to the growing demand for hyper-personalised travel.

In addition to serving a range of content creators, Stippl partners with travel agencies, which often still use programs such as Excel, PDFs or inefficient software for trip planning, hence the gap in the market that the startup is looking to fill.

Stippl raised the same amount in pre-seed funding back in August 2022, meaning that the latest raise has taken the startup’s total funding to date to €800,000.

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