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July 20, 2014

Deal Alert: Mobile travel marketplace SeekSherpa raises angel investment

Delhi-based mobile travel marketplace SeekSherpa has raised seed investment from a group of angels associated with early-stage accelerator VentureNursery. The company will use the funding to expand operations and for hiring. SeekSherpa was part of the January batch of VentureNursery. The angel investors in the company include Patni scions Amit and Arihant, Everest Flavours founder Anand Ladsariya, Fame Cinemas founder Shravan Shroff and former Starcom MediaVest Group honcho Ravi Kiran. 

Founded by former Google executive Dhruv Raj Gupta and AT Kearney analyst Sukhmani Singh, SeekSherpa is a mobile application that links travellers with locals who create unique and tailor-made experiences that tourists can book. The company allows locals in top Indian cities and tourist locations to become a “Sherpa” on the app. The app already has about 500 Sherpas from eight cities and 100 experiences like Delhi momo trail and shopping through Chandini Chowk. The app is free for the traveller but the firm gets a 20% commission from the Sherpas for every experience booked. The company is targeting to increase its Sherpa base to 10,000 and expand to more cities and tourist locations in India this year before expanding to global locations next year. 

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