Brussels-based startup Fishtripr aims to reinvent the sport fishing sector with its recreational fishing marketplace. The startup has just closed a €500k funding round from investors including Kima Ventures, Leansquare, Digital Attraxion and Olivier Coune.
Launched in October 2017, Fishtripr is innovating in the recreational fishing market – an industry that represents 250 million people, and worth $45 billion a year spent on tourism alone. Despite this enormous potential, the gap between this sector and new technologies remains considerable. Fishtripr’s platform allows fishermen to search, discover and book over 1,000 fishing experiences, tours, lodges, guides, and fisheries on its platform.
By creating an online marketplace, Fishtripr aims to revitalise the sport fishing scene by facilitating the booking of experiences among experienced fishermen, as well as allowing the general public to discover this sport, which has been previously reserved for connoisseurs and enthusiasts.
The capital increase will help Fishtripr expand its suppliers’ portfolio; the startup currently has more than 1,000 experiences from 500 partners in 62 countries, providing them with a new reservation management tool.
“Fishtripr aims to bring real innovation to this market by allowing professionals to manage their reservations from A to Z in a conversation space,” said co-founder and CEO Quentin Walravens. “Imagine Whatsapp but for professionals, able to send a quote and capture a payment directly into a chat.”
Improving the customer experience and the sector’s professionals is at the heart of the company’s activities, which sees the digitalisation of the business as one of the keys to revitalise the market and create value for all its players.