Tripesa secures funding to digitize tourism MSMEs

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Tripesa, a B2B travel technology start-up, has completed a pre-seed round of funding with participation from Future Africa, Eric Osiakwan, Consonance Investment Managers, and LTNT Investments.

This funding will support the company’s go-to-market efforts in Uganda and Kenya before expanding to the rest of Africa.

  • Tripesa is a business automation platform found online, Its goal is to digitise MSMEs’ operations and link Africa’s tourism value chain
  • Tripesa platform makes it possible for proprietors of small businesses in the tourist and hospitality industries to conduct online sales and manage all aspects of their companies
  • Over 260 travel and tourist enterprises from Uganda and Kenya are registered on the Tripesa platform

The simple, no-code Tripesa platform makes it possible for proprietors of small businesses in the tourist and hospitality industries to conduct online sales and manage all aspects of their companies.

The platform makes it possible for a micro, small, or medium-sized organisation (MSME) in the tourism industry to construct and administer a website, collect bookings and payments, and access a dashboard for managing client relationships even if they have no prior experience with IT.

Over 260 travel and tourist enterprises from Uganda and Kenya are registered on the Tripesa platform.

These businesses are paving the way for a new standard in Africa’s US$35 billion annual market, which provides jobs for more than 24 million people in a variety of subsectors, including tour operators, tour guides, travel agencies, curio shops, car hire companies, events, museums, and small hotels.

“Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism industry took a significant hit due to the disruptions caused by Covid 19 over the past two years.

However, Tripesa is leveraging technology to empower them with tools to help them recover much faster.”

The new standard for us is making it possible for small players to manage their operations from anywhere in the world and to provide service to consumers around the clock with the help of our specialised travel and financial technology platform,” David Gonahasa, co-founder and CEO of Tripesa said.

According to Eric Osiakwan, founder of Chanzo Capital and one of the angel investors in Tripesa,

“MSMEs are truly the machine of economic growth in Africa. In some African countries, such as Ghana, 85 per cent of businesses are classified as MSMEs, contributing approximately 70 per cent of the country’s GDP. Our investment in Tripesa contributes to the growth of the African continent by releasing the potential of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). These companies frequently struggle with the difficulty and expense of administering their businesses online and gaining access to source markets.

Tripesa is a business automation platform whose goal is to digitise MSMEs’ operations and link Africa’s tourism value chain.

It was established in Uganda in 2020 by David Gonahasa, Thomas Karugaba and Raymond Byaruhanga.

The business offers micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the tourism industry a platform as a service, which includes no-code websites, an itinerary builder, access to a multi-currency online payment platform, and a customer relationship management dashboard.

Read: Recovery: Sustainable economic growth in Africa post-pandemic 

Maingi Gichuku is passionate about helping African businesses grow by offering technology solutions. With a BSC in Zoology and biochemistry, Gichuku yearns for an Africa that can find solutions to its challenges. My drive is to see an economically dynamic Africa and embrace its populations by creating opportunities cutting across the social and economic strata.

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