Premoney 56: Seshie & Avvinue
Corporate development in a remote world...and traveling with your furry friends.
Welcome to week 56! Still quite a wonky market out here. As they say - the best companies are formed during downturns. When everyone is zigging - - we zag.
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2 companies who are raising pre/seed rounds each week.
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This weeks companies:
Founder: Kofi Frimpong
Raise Details: Raising $2M ($750K committed).
Notable investors: Techstars Comcast, Google For Startups Black Founders, Chris Maguire (co-founder of Etsy), Nick Caldwell (General Manager at Twitter)
Vertical: Future of Work
Business Model: B2B
1-Liner: Seshie allows teams to book live, virtual workshops to help develop employees personally and professionally.
Description: Corporate Learning & Development is a $170B industry because companies understand that it increases employee retention by 50%. Yet for most companies it is inaccessible and unaffordable. Seshie makes it easy for teams to book live, virtual modern-day workshops based on employee data and insights. Book a seshie on topics such as: "Cryptocurrency Fundamentals", "Coaching Skills: Putting Humanity First", "Amplifying Women in the Workplace" and much more all led by vetted facilitators.
Launched in March ‘22
$200K revenue, $100K ARR
Customers include: Credit Karma, Twitter, Facebook, Comcast, Microsoft, MorningBrew
Founder: Nicole Caba
Raise Details: Raising $1.2M (50% committed)
Round led by Precursor Ventures5
Vertical: Travel, Aviation, Enterprise
Business Model: B2B SaaS
1-Liner: Avvinue offers a pet inventory management software for airlines to manage pet policies, inventory and open a new ancillary revenue stream.
Description: There are more than 7,000 airlines and 400+ pet-friendly airlines that manage their pet inventory manually via a call center and spreadsheets. We’re digitizing that process with our white-labeled pet reservation system (PRS) and opening new ancillary revenue opportunities to airlines.
LOIs from 18 airlines (hot damn!)
2 airlines in contract agreement
1 airline in implementation phase after attending our first in-person EMEA airline conference.
Invited to attend 5 more airline conferences this year.
That’s all for this week! Thanks everyone.
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