MyCamper.ch, the Basel-based, leading camper-sharing platform in Switzerland, has successfully completed its seed-financing round.
According to founder Michele Matt, MyCamper tripled its growth last year and has been continuing apace at the same growth rate so far this year. Matt (LinkedIn profile) told the AIM Group that the financing round secured a few hundred thousand Swiss francs for the startup, though the exact sum could not be disclosed.
The investors are seven experienced business angels — successful entrepreneurs and investors who bring with them a large network and expertise in the ICT, mobility and travel industries. The new capital will be used to further develop the team and platform. The overall aim – to further expand myCamper’s position as the leading camper-sharing platform in the Swiss market.
“With the financing, we want to continue to drive the growth of MyCamper. The capital will be used primarily on marketing and on optimizing the platform to reach even more camper enthusiasts,” Matt said in a statement.
MyCamper was founded in Basel in 2015 and so far has attracted more than 2,500 customers for camper holidays. It helps owners who typically use their camper for about 4 or 5 weeks a year hire out their camping vehicle when they are not using it. Campers on the site range from compact caravans like the VW California T6 to the larger Alkoven motorhome models, popular with families.
MyCamper has developed a community feel, with “travel reports” where users can publish blog entries and pictures of their travels. It also offers guidelines for owners and renters under the title “fair play,” reminding users to be reliable and to always take care of another person’s vehicle.
The closet competitor to MyCamper in the camper-sharing field is Campanda.ch, which launched two years before MyCamper but only has 81 vehicles listed vs. 240 on MyCamper. They both also compete against classic rental companies which represents a fragmented market.
MyCamper is also working with companies such as Allianz Suisse, TCS and Transa; for example offering a MyCamper Allianz insurance policy for owners to transfer to renters.
Michele Matt said the goal is to become the AirBnB for camper sharing in Switzerland, and maybe soon expand abroad.