Byond Travel, a Bengaluru-based, experience-focused travel platform, is looking at raising anywhere between $1 million and $3 million in a Series-A round of funding to build team, expand into multiple geographies and for customer acquisitions, according to its founder Vikram Ahuja.
The four-month-old company, the first startup out of Kyron’s Innovation Labs, had raised an initial seed round of $100,000 from Kyron Angel Network. Ahuja is a founding partner at Kyron, a global startup accelerator and capital (VC) funding firm based out of Bengaluru.
“A couple of private equity players, and some international firms that are involved in the travel domain having networks in South Asia, are evincing interest in investing in us. We should be completing the fund-raising exercise within this calendar year,” he said.
The business model of Byond is different from other travel websites as it is an expert in on-ground travel operations and logistics, which means that unlike other websites, Byond has the capability to fulfil its own trips, Ahuja said. “For example, we encourage fishing with local fisherman in Kerala, and participating in husky rides in Finland,” he added.
“At present, Byond’s mobile website is bringing in 70 per cent of the traffic. We are developing mobile apps for the Android and iOS platforms, to be launched later this year,” he said.