Belgian mobility-as-a-service (or MaaS) startup Skipr has secured €7 million in Series A funding to bolster its products and expand into new markets. The round was led by Belgian bank Belfius alongside existing investor Lab Box, the startup studio of automobile distributor D’Ieteren.
Founded in 2018 by CEO Mathieu de Lophem (previously Benelux GM at Deliveroo), Skipr offers companies and their staff digital 'door-to-door' planning and booking tools to simplify their commutes and other trips.
Its solution combines an app, a Web-based dashboard and a payment card to make it easier for employees to plan, book, pay and manage their mobility solutions, ranging from local public transportation to shared mobility providers such as Uber, Bird, Dott and Lime.
The startup has already signed up big companies in Belgium, including Accenture, Ogilvy and Carrefour, but aims to use the funding to expand to other European markets, starting with France.
Says de Lophem: "We have the right product at the right time. Whilst B2C MaaS players are often still looking for a business model, our B2B solution has been generating revenue from day one and perfectly fits the current changing legal frameworks in Europe. “Mobility as a Service” has become an indispensable part of the road to sustainable mobility. With Skipr, we offer an optimal solution and empower corporations and employees to create their own mobility mix, based on their ever-changing needs."
Skipr will compete - among others - with REACH NOW (formerly Moovel), which is part of the mobility joint-venture between BMW Group and Daimler. To learn more about the mobility-as-a-service landscape in Europe, check out the MaaS Alliance, which counts Skipr among its members.