TROOP, the startup that makes organizing in-person meetings easy for anyone, today announced an $8 million Series A investment round to accelerate the success of its meetings management platform. The announcement was made at the Business Travel Show Europe (Booth # BTSE222).
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“Often the meeting planner is the only person working with the data, our vision for TROOP changes that. We are building a collaborative approach into the meeting planning workﬂow focused on saving time and money”
The round was led by Madrona Venture Group (US); other investors in the round included Epic Ventures (US), Conexo (ES), All Iron (ES), Plug and Play (US), Travel Tech 1 – Top Seed Labs (ES) and Founders Factory (UK). The round was also supported by travel industry leaders including Trivago founder, Rolf Schromgens; former Egencia president Rob Greyber; former Uber COO, Barney Harford; and former SAP Concur Presidents Jim Lucier and Mike Eberhard. The company has incorporated in the US as part of the financing.
TROOP has transformed what has historically been a heavily manual and time-intensive process into a self-serve platform that optimizes location and timing choices, based on corporate CO2 goals, timing, participant home locations and other goals. TROOP quickly and easily presents a menu of options of locations for in-person group meetings. Meeting organizers can use the dashboard to visualize and aggregate data to make quick and informed decisions about group travel and collaborate with co-workers and participants. The funds will be used to build out the booking and expense functionality to provide a truly end to end service.
Started pre-pandemic, TROOP has continued to see business increase as remote teams come together for in person sessions and as business travel picks up.
“When we started TROOP, we set out to do things differently. Instead of optimizing for how the travel industry sells, we evaluated what the business travel manager at an enterprise needs. They need ease of use, data on locations, ability to optimize for a broad set of goals including sustainability, spend and timing. And most importantly the ability to collaborate with colleagues. As we grow the platform to include deep integrations with booking and expense, TROOP will enable an entirely new and disruptive approach to corporate travel,” said TROOP co-CEO Dennis Vilovic.
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Founded in 2017 by co-CEOs Dennis Vilovic and Leonard Cremer, TROOP’s mission is to make organising a meeting easy for anyone. Vilovic and Cremer, who are based in Madrid (Spain) and Johannesburg (South Africa) respectively, started the company with the goal to deliver an easy to use data-driven meetings management tool that was delightful and effective for planning and booking of small or large meetings, at companies of any size in any geography.
“Often the meeting planner is the only person working with the data, our vision for TROOP changes that. We are building a collaborative approach into the meeting planning workﬂow focused on saving time and money,” said Leonard Cremer, TROOP’s CTO and Co-CEO.
“As companies around the globe embrace a distributed work model, the need for groups to get together is increasing. Planning, booking, and running meetings needs to be easy, whether the meeting is a 5 person meeting in a corporate ofﬁce, a hybrid meeting where some attendees are traveling while others are not, or a large conference at traditional venues. TROOP is a cloud-native platform that seamlessly integrates with modern communications services as well as the travel related content required to host successful events,” said Steve Singh. “TROOP’s approach is truly innovative and has the potential to dramatically change how corporations manage and plan group meetings.”
Singh, who is also an investor in and Chairman of Spotnana and Center, will join TROOP’s board of directors and serve as Chairman.
According to Dr. Javier González-Soria and Ignacio Macías, general partners of Travel Tech 1, the ﬁrst VC investor in TROOP, “TROOP has not only been able to keep growing in sales and pipeline but also has improved significantly the technology with new very interesting developments that will allow them to achieve exponential growth.”
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