After a scouting and evaluation period lasted more than 5 months during which Tip Ventures’ team has been in contact with over 200 business projects, is launching the first of a bunch of startups fundraising campaigns.
Wayonara, a Pinterest for travelers integrated with a intermodal selling platform, is a Sardinian startup incubated at Tiscali Open Campus. From Tuesday 07th July is possible for everyone to invest in the company participating at its equity crowdfunding campaign launched on Tip Ventures platform.
“Equity crowdfunding platforms work is not that easy to figuring out”, tell us Matteo Masserdotti, Ceo of Tip Ventures, “we might offer tools which are useful to companies that are approaching this kind of fundraising campaigns, which typically involved a lot of different kinds of investors.”
First steps in the selection process are especially focused on evaluation of business model, team and the business plan from a team composed by professional and experts of startups ecosystem.
Tip Ventures’ real strength is to advice and build together with startups; the strategies that may concern every steps of the campaign including different options of investment that may be offered to investors, as example create different groups of shares that may include different rights, like voting rights, pre-emption rights and so on.
Wayonara is the first equity crowdfunding campaign, which is officially public from Tuesday 07th July.
A travel social commerce that helps travelers, bloggers and travel agents to build, search, quote, book, save and share single or multiple routes itineraries with all the available single or combined carriers and ancillary services, personalizing each segment of the trip in just one search and allowing the reservations of all the items included in the booking in just one charge.
Wayonara is based on a next level intermodal selling platform, which enables travelers to build each kind of itineraries, compare, combine each transport modes, and book all in just one charge. This brilliant technology has been called TravelBuilder® due to its patent pending algorithm, which enables users to build their own trip or find the best travel solution across multiple options (carriers, transfers, accommodations, ancillary services, etc.). Users can easily build and plan new itineraries or reminisce about their past travel in a unique and innovative way thanks to an interactive user interface where each user experience related object is like a piece of a puzzle to drag & drop into a travel board (itinerary).
Italian startup founded by Carlo Oppo in 2013, has recevied committment for more than 30.000 € in only two weeks of prelaunch campaign.
The equity crowdfunding campaign launched on Tuesday 07th July, has a goal of 135.000 €, offering a 10% of company equities, which starts from 405€.
“Company financial needs are not that big as we already covered the cost of engineering and patenting of TravelBuilder®, our technological heart”, explain about the equity crowdfunding’s campaign target, Carlo Oppo, 40 years, CEO at Wayonara and previously e manager in big companies like Expedia, Yahoo!, Gruppo L’Espresso.
“We build a strong relationship with Tip Ventures, this has been so motivating for us” underlines Carlo Oppo on the equity crowdfunding campaign “We shared a strategy proposed with expertise and the prelaunch step has been successfully closed”.
Wayonara is surely an ambitious project, which can be successful only if the team, composed by nine people with long experience in the industry, and Carlo Oppo will remain cohesive.
“Starting the campaign in the right way, surely increase our success rate, but is not a guarantee” explain Matteo Masserdotti “A good job in transparency and good communication to the investors is essential to achieve the goal. So we have just started”.
Tip Ventures will launch other equity crowdfunding campaigns by the end of the year. One of them will surely be launched in September and get in the prelaunch step, reserved to private investors, in the next few weeks.