Airheart, a female-founded travel startup based in Austin, has raised $250k in pre-seed funding to expand its collaborative travel platform.
The pre-seed funding round counted with the participation of undisclosed angel investors and entrepreneurs before the “imminent” opening of a larger seed funding round. The capital raised will allow Airheart to launch a full-featured version of its platform to allow travelers to easily create and share travel itineraries.
Airheart was founded back in May of 2021 with the mission to facilitate travel at a time when COVID-19 restrictions have made it more difficult than ever. By inputting their itinerary, users of the platform will get real-time information that will allow them to avoid planning errors and draw inspiration from other users. Lindsey Renken, Co-Founder and CEO of Airheart, said about the startup’s approach:
“After a long stretch of lockdowns due to the pandemic, we’re seeing a desire for people to get back into the world and start exploring again with their friends and family. Airheart’s mission is to bring simplicity to the planning process by helping our travelers share ideas and itineraries with others, while also helping them to navigate the ever-changing COVID restrictions across the globe. We want to help people travel confidently.”
Despite having been around for less than 6 months, the startup’s introductory platform has already provided a multitude of users with live data to choose their travel destinations. The complete platform is expected to be launched in the Spring of 2022, introducing new social and itinerary planning features.
With the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic still continuing to ripple across the travel and tourism industry, consumers have found themselves unable to easily access information on the restrictions introduced by different countries. Airheart aims to change this by allowing users to easily find out if they can fly to a destination based on their origin, vaccination status, and more, helping mitigate the effects of the pandemic while also boosting the industry’s recovery.