Lukas C. C. Hempel (Co-Founder, CTO, CFO) and Christoph Kruse (Co-Founder, CEO) Nils Lucas


The Leading Infrastructure for Tours Activities in Europe

Founded in 2014
80 employees
Funding: Undisclosed
Stage: Series B

bookingkit provides digitalization solutions for tours and activities: the third largest tourism sector. The company’s software-as-a-service solution offers a standardized and scalable technology for managing, selling and marketing bookings to tour and activity providers. With its integrated distribution system, bookingkit is able to connect this data to destinations, travel agencies and sales channels. Website
Highlight of the year: Started to internationalize in over 10 countries, with a focus on IT and FR.

Interview with bookingkit

What inspired you to found your startup?

The inspiration came during a trip to South America, when I had to deal with the undigitalized world of activity providers. I noticed there was no technical management solution in place for the third largest tourism sector.

How are you different? What is your unique value proposition?

We’re not only a SaaS tool for tour and activity suppliers, but we also combine the whole ecosystem with sales channels like GetYourGuide, Expedia, mydays, and similar.

How do you define success for yourself and your company?

No answer.

What do you want to achieve next year?

To grow even stronger in international markets, and to be the leading infrastructure technology for tours and activities in all of Europe.

Why do people want to work at your company?

They believe in our mission, and they can be part of revolutionizing a whole industry. It sounds simple, but that’s how “bookingkidness” can be summarized. We work together with our clients, partners, and employees as if they were are friends.

What has been the most important milestone so far?

Clearly, our Series B funding round in early 2018. Thanks to fresh capital from our investors, we can move forward even faster with the planned internationalization, and we can remain Europe’s leading solution for the digitization of tours and activities.

Looking back at your whole development story — what makes you most proud?

The fact that we’ve formed a great team. Everyone gives more than 100 percent every day to drive the company’s growth and to establish us as the leading solution for tours and activities across Europe.

Where do you see your company in 5 years?

bookingkit started its internationalization with a European focus at the beginning of the year, and is available in 11 languages. In five years we will help a growing number of international experience providers to concentrate on what is fun: their own experience!

What is your impression of launching a startup from your based city?

Berlin is the ideal city, especially for internationalization.The start-up ecosystem is unique, so investors and founders can make contact quickly. In addition, the existing infrastructure, affinity for new technologies, and diversity of experts favor the rapid growth of a young company.

What is your impression of the german startup scene? Would you change anything?

German ancillary copyright law and data protection regulations hostile to innovation make it difficult for start-ups to obtain capital. Financing rounds in the high millions are almost impossible, which is why the German location rarely produces global players.

bookingkit was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Germany“, November 2018.

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