SeekSherpa raises seed fund through VentureNursery
The angel investors include Patni scions Amit and Arihant; Everest Flavours Founder Anand Ladsariya, Fame Cinemas Founder Shravan Shroff, among othersBy Twishy Shahi 22 Jul, 2014
SeekSherpa, a Delhi-based mobile marketplace connecting travellers with local people, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed investment from a group of angel investors.
The company will use the monies to scale up its operations and grow the team size.
The funds have been raised from VentureNursery’s angels Patni scions — Amit and Arihant, Everest Flavours Founder Anand Ladsariya, Fame Cinemas Founder Shravan Shroff, MAIA Intelligence CEO Sanjay Mehta, Starcom MediaVest Group former Chief Executive (Southeast and South Asia) Ravi Kiran, serial entrepreneur and angel investor Anirudh Damani, Texport Garments Director Neeraj Goenka, and angel investor Vishal Maheshwari.
On the investment, Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Executive Vice President, VentureNursery said, “Our angels found exceptional talent and the ability to create a world-class product in the founding team. They have the expertise to create leadership in the space.”
SeekSherpa is a graduate of VentureNursery’s fourth acceleration programme which concluded on April 11, earlier this year. The mobile marketplace enables travellers to get access to insights, information and experiences from locals.
Dhruv Raj Gupta, Co-founder, SeekSherpa, said, “We began our story at 10,000 Start-ups, found our way into the hands of VentureNursery, got mentored from great folks across the industry and are today creating a disruptive platform that allows travellers and locals to connect and immerse themselves into each other’s cultures. Travel is going to get beautiful.”
Founded by Sukhmani Singh and Dhruv Raj Gupta, SeekSherpa aims to solve the problem of local immersion, local travel opinion information asymmetry, and local-to-traveller connect. It is doing so through its concept of micro-tours. It enables travellers to book local crowd-sourced experiences on the fly. Any experience is less than US$50 per traveller and does not last more than three hours from start to end.
SeekSherpa uses mobile application technology coupled with Google Cloud Messaging to create a mobile platform where Sherpas (locals) can post experiences and answer travellers’ questions. Travellers can book experiences and ask questions to a Sherpa (local) of their choice.