Travel Unicorns

Top 20 Travel Unicorn Startups in 2021

Startups are hard and becoming a unicorn startup is even harder, but here is a list of 20 travel companies that have achieved the unicorn status.

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Travel is a large and growing industry, not just for business offerings, but also for consumers.

Whether you’re a travel company or an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to create the next big thing in travel, take a look at this list of 20 travel companies that have achieved the unicorn status.

Top 20 Travel Unicorn Startups

Away

Away

Away is a travel brand with a vision to transform their industry with thoughtful and purposeful products for consumers worldwide.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Jen Rubio, Steph Korey

  • Industries:

    Consumer, Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, Lifestyle, Retail, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $181,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    20

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BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar

BlaBlaCar is a long distance ride-sharing platform that allows travelers to connect with other travelers and share the trip costs.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    September 2015

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2006

  • Founders:

    Francis Nappez, Frédéric Mazzella, Nicolas Brusson

  • Industries:

    Car Sharing, Collaborative Consumption, Internet, Peer to Peer, Ride Sharing, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $563,534,130

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Bordrin Motors

Bordrin Motors

Bordrin's comprehensive range of smart multi-solutions bring e-mobility to life. They enable safe, comfortable, and affordable travel in a setting where new possibilities for sharing are created.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.48

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Nanjing

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Ximing Huang

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Electric Vehicle, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    CN¥2,500,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    4

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FlixBus

FlixBus

FlixBus is an online platform that combines a great experience with premium tech and effective IT systems.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.25

    B (

    July 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Munich

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Andre Schwammlein, Daniel Krauss, Jochen Engert

  • Industries:

    Public Transportation, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    €500,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    15

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GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide

GetYourGuide is the world’s leading online marketplace for booking tours, activities, and attractions.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Johannes Reck, Martin Sieber, Tao Tao, Tobias Rein

  • Industries:

    Consumer Reviews, E-Commerce, Hospitality, Recreation, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $886,168,933

  • Number of funding rounds:

    12

  • Number of investors:

    35

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Hello TransTech

Hello TransTech

Hello TransTech (formerly HelloBike) is a smart-sharing platform that develops innovative ways to experience travel in different cities.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.00

    B (

    June 2018

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Han Mei, Jiang Wei, Li Kaizhu, Yang Lei

  • Industries:

    Apps, Customer Service, Cycling, Information Technology, Last Mile Transportation, Ride Sharing, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,754,944,610

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    7

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Hopper

Hopper

Hopper is a travel app that analyzes millions of flights to recommend the best time to book based on your priorities.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Canada

  • City:

    Montréal

  • Started in:

    2007

  • Founders:

    Frederic Lalonde, Joost Ouwerkerk

  • Industries:

    Apps, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Predictive Analytics, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $423,679,549

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    14

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KLOOK

KLOOK

Klook redefines the tourist travel market by directly working with local sellers to bring value-added travel experiences and activities to our customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.35

    B (

    August 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Hong Kong

  • City:

    Central

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Bernie Xiaokang Xiong, Eric Gnock Fah, Ethan Lin

  • Industries:

    Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $721,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    13

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LY.com

LY.com

LY is the premiere mobile search app for checking out the best of what’s around you and finding out new things about where you are and where you want to go.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3

    B (

    October 2016

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Suzhou

  • Started in:

    2004

  • Founders:

    Zhixiang Wu

  • Industries:

    Leisure, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    10,000+

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,718,408,589

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    7

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Mafengwo

Mafengwo

Mafengwo is a Chinese travel SNS website that allows users to share their travel experiences and enable other users to plan their trips effectively.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Gang Chen, Gang Lv

  • Industries:

    Internet, Public Transportation, Transportation, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $503,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Omio

Omio

Omio offers a multi-mode price comparison tool allowing travelers to find the best prices among airlines, trains, buses, and rental cars.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Berlin

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Naren Shaam

  • Industries:

    Internet, Search Engine, Travel, Travel Accommodations

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $396,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    26

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OYO

OYO

OYO operates a branded network of standardized hotels with the aim to provide customers with the best experience in every city.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $9.00

    B (

    September 2018

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Gurgaon

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Ritesh Agarwal

  • Industries:

    Hospitality, Hotel, Leisure, Reservations, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    10,000+

  • Funding Amount:

    $3,439,351,105

  • Number of funding rounds:

    17

  • Number of investors:

    23

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Red Ventures

Red Ventures

Red Ventures is a portfolio that includes some of the most influential brands and digital platforms in the decision-making space. Their strategic partnerships with industry-leading companies also help them deliver a unique decision-making experience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    January 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Fort Mill

  • Started in:

    2000

  • Founders:

    Dan Feldstein, Mark Brodsky, Ric Elias

  • Industries:

    Content, Digital Media, E-Commerce, Higher Education, Home Services, Media and Entertainment, Personal Health, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $250,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Sonder

Sonder

Sonder offers fully furnished apartments in travel-friendly neighborhoods in major cities around the world. The company provides residents with the freedom to live like a local while enjoying the comfort and convenience of having everything they need on hand.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.30

    B (

    July 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Francis Davidson, Lucas Pellan, Martin Picard

  • Industries:

    Hospitality, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $529,550,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    26

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Traveloka

Traveloka

Traveloka is an online travel agency that uses artificial intelligence to recommend the right holiday for customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    January 2017

    )

  • Country:

    Indonesia

  • City:

    Jakarta

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Albert Albert, Derianto Kusuma, Ferry Unardi

  • Industries:

    Big Data, In-Flight Entertainment, Search Engine, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,170,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    9

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Tujia

Tujia

Tujia is a hospitality platform that helps people discover the world by connecting them with rental owners wherever they go.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    June 2015

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Luo Jun, Melissa Yang

  • Industries:

    Apps, Customer Service, Internet, Tourism, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $755,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Vacasa

Vacasa

Vacasa offers a comprehensive list of services to help homeowners buy, manage, and sell their vacation homes.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Portland

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Cliff Johnson, Eric Breon

  • Industries:

    Adventure Travel, Leisure, Property Management, Real Estate, Tourism, Travel, Travel Accommodations, Vacation Rental

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $634,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    5

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VistaJet

VistaJet

VistaJet, the world’s largest private aviation company, providing industry-leading service to its wide range of high profile clients.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.50

    B (

    August 2017

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Malta

  • Started in:

    2004

  • Founders:

    Lori Hanlon, Thomas Flohr

  • Industries:

    Aerospace, Business Travel, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $750,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Yanolja

Yanolja

Klook has been acclaimed as the world’s top travel unicorn in the Asia Pacific region, with our user-friendly booking platform and award-winning customer support.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Founders:

    Lee Sujin

  • Industries:

    Hotel, Information Technology, Leisure, Travel, Travel Accommodations

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $248,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Yello Mobile

Yello Mobile

Yello Mobile aims to build a world-class, horizontally integrated business platform under its flagship Yello Digital Marketing.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.00

    B (

    November 2014

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Sanghyuk Lee

  • Industries:

    Internet, Marketing, Mobile, Shopping, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $187,200,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    3

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