The Austrian based start-up Seasy is already connecting over 200 different marinas with sailors from all over the world . With the current financing round the start-up is setting sail for the coming season: With the help of mid-six-figure sum Seasy intends to become the European market leader. Additionally, the know-how of the Yachting Ventures Accelerator, where the start-up took part in the first Cohort has an important role in the growth of the company.
Somewhere between the office in Graz, Austria at the “Business Incubation Center” (BIC) of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the oceans - that's where Niklas Baumgartner's workplace is currently at. Born in Upper Austria, he founded the start-up Seasy together with Martin Olsansky (CTO) and Ivana Zemanovicova (CIO). The core product is a marketplace platform - similar to Airbnb's successful business model - but between sailors and marinas. “Testing the product directly on the sea with sailors that need to dock their yachts and the marinas is therefore essential,” says Baumgartner. The Seasy team has not been relaxing on a boat though, quite the contrary: the Graz start-up has recently landed a mid-six-figure sum. The Upper Austrian business angel Oliver Sikora and the Salzburg venture capitalist Next Floor are jointly investing a mid-six-figure sum in the expansion of the young company. The level of the percentage participation of the investors is initially made dependent on further financing rounds.
Objective: European leader
"Oliver Sikora and Next Floor bring not only capital but also experience in scaling companies and a wide network. With this support, we are firmly convinced that we can become the European market leader in the medium term,”
The investment should therefore be invested in personnel, marketing and sales measures. "
Seasy has introduced an equally simple, well-tried and scalable business model in the previously little digitized marine leisure industry ,"
says business angel Oliver Sikora - he accompanied the business concept from the beginning and contributed to the development with his years in sailing experience .
Thomas Bodmer, CEO of Next Floor, locates equally high growth opportunities for Seasy:
"The potential for development is huge. With our innovation strength and our broad network in tourism, we now want to support the further growth. "
Yachting Ventures Accelerator
In the past premier season, Seasy gained the trust of 5,000 sailors and was able to arrange 500 berth bookings in 170 marinas. Geographically, the area of activity currently extends between ports in Croatia, Greece and Italy. "To improve our product and business model as well as to grow our network we took part at the Yachting Ventures Accelerator and our expectations have been blown out of the water" emphasises Niklas Baumgartner.