Mapify, the Berlin startup that offers what it describes as a “social travel network,” has raised $1 million in seed funding from a mixture of U.S. and Europe-based funds and angel investors.
They include Switzerland’s Ennea VC (led by Jan Valentin, who served as Senior Vice President at Kayak in Europe), Roland Grenke (co-founder of Dubsmash), Navid Hadzaad Javaherian (former founder and CEO at GoButler and Product Leader at Amazon Alexa), L.A.-based LayJax Ventures (the investment vehicle of Pheed co-founder Phil Haus and actor Zach Avery), Niv Dror (previously of Product Hunt and AngelList), and Lucas von Cranach (CEO of OneFootball).
The company had previously received investment from MIT’s Sandbox Innovation Fund, Gunnar Froh (who launched Airbnb’s international expansion), Fredrik Posse (Partnerships Manager at Spotify), and Hagen Angermann (former Senior Manager at Daimler in Asia).
Launched in November 2017 — and a finalist in TechCrunch Battlefield — Mapify is a social travel app that lets you “visualize, find and plan” individual travel experiences.
You can visually document past and current travel experiences, including photos, descriptions and other details, either related to an individual experience or entire trip.
You can also connect with other travellers via a follow function and the ability to comment on places shared or by collaborating on “collections”.