Start-up fairCamper: RV rental platform closes seven-digit seed-funding
November 26, 2020
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg (IFH) and Business Angel David Majert jointly invest in the marketplace for easy and secure rental of motorhomes and campers.
fairCamper (also known as WOBI) is the portal to rent motorhomes and campers easily, cheaply and securely. In addition to the direct brokerage of motorhomes, the start-up company offers small- and medium-sized rental companies a SaaS solution including a booking engine for their own website. With this solution, the rental process can be easily handled digitally and marketing is made possible via the fairCamper portal.
After a successful start-up phase since 2018, in which small and medium-sized as well as well-known major rental companies were acquired, the Hamburg-based start-up company fairCamper can now convince investors. Under the leadership of the High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg (IFH) and Business Angel David Majert invested a seven-digit amount. A large part of the funds will flow into the further development of the platform and the SaaS solution. Furthermore, the funds will be used to expand the team and enable international growth.
fairCamper is a marketplace to book motorhomes easily, securely and directly. The rental and deposit are insured. At the moment motorhomes can be rented within Germany, starting from next year European-wide. Our SaaS solution supports small and medium-sized rental companies in the digital processing of the booking, rental contract and payment, including extensive market access and low-cost rental insurance via our fairCamper portal. High- Tech Gründerfonds, Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg and David Majert are the perfect partners to take fairCamper to the next level.
Marek Ryszka, founder and CEO of fairCamper
The solution addresses a market problem and goes beyond a simple portal solution. The team has the experience to develop fairCamper further for renter and rental companies and to position it in the billion caravaning market.
Frank Reinecke, Senior Investment Manager High-Tech Gründerfonds
The founder has a deep industry knowledge and customer understanding and has already proven with a lean and entrepreneurial setup, that he could achieve very good growth. The innovative solution of fairCamper addresses an exceedingly attractive market. fairCamper’s market segment, the leisure vehicle industry, where customers could easily and quick book their camper showed double-digit growth rates over the last years.
Stefanie Hoehn, Investment Managerin Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg
fairCamper’s strategy of combining a portal for private as well as commercial suppliers of motorhomes with a SaaS solution is so convincing that it was easy for me to make an investment decision.
David Majert, Managing Director WiNRG GmbH
fairCamper is a marketplace for motorhomes and camper based in Hamburg/Boizenburg. The founder Marek Ryszka and his team are developing a platform for the rental of motor homes and campers as well as a SaaS solution for small and medium-sized rental companies for the digital handling of the entire rental process. The platform is also known in the German speaking area as “WOBI”.
Fair Camper GmbH
Marek Ryszka, Geschäftsführer
T: +49 171 322 94 95
About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is a seed investor that finances high-potential, tech-driven start-ups. With around EUR 900 million in total investment volume across three funds and an international network of partners, HTGF has already helped forge almost 600 start-ups since 2005. Driven by their expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and passion, its team of experienced investment managers and startup experts help guide the development of young companies. HTGF’s focus is on high-tech start-ups in the fields of digital tech, industrial technology, life sciences, chemistry and related business areas. To date, external investors have injected over EUR 2.7 billion into the HTGF portfolio via more than 1,600 follow-on financing rounds. HTGF has also successfully sold interests in more than 100 companies.
Investors in this public-private partnership include the Federal Ministry For Economic Affairs and Energy, KfW Capital, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft e.V., as well as the companies ALTANA, BASF, BAYER, B.Braun, Boehringer Ingelheim, Robert Bosch, BÜFA, CEWE, Deutsche Post DHL, Dräger, Drillisch AG, EVONIK, EWE AG, FOND OF, Haniel, Hettich, Knauf, Körber, LANXESS, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, PHOENIX CONTACT, Postbank, QIAGEN, RWE Generation SE, SAP, Schufa, Schwarz Gruppe, STIHL, Thüga, Vector Informatik, WACKER and Wilh. Werhahn KG.
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
T.: +49228 – 82300 – 188
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Frank Reinecke, Senior Investment Manager
T.: +49 151 11 14 47 11
About Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg
The Innovationsstarter Fonds Hamburg invests venture capital in young innovative Hamburg companies in order to strengthen the Hamburg start-up scene and contribute to the development of promising companies. The plan provides for open participations in corporations up to a maximum of EUR 1 million. Investors in the fund are equally divided between the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The fund is managed by IFB Innovationsstarter GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank.
IFB Innovationsstarter GmbH
Stefanie Höhn, Senior Investmentmanagerin
T.: +49 40 6579805 92
About Business Angel David Majert
David Majert is co-founder and Managing Director of WiNRG GmbH. The WiNRG Group, with locations in Hamburg and Lisbon, manages large scale projects as well as transactions for wind energy and photovoltaic plants worldwide for its clients. This includes own project (co-)development as well as the search for project offers from network partners, the in-house evaluation of these opportunities and, in case of a positive investment decision by the investor, WiNRG coordinates the due diligence, the contract negotiations, the conclusion of the acquisition and the construction of the power plants on behalf of the client. This ensures independent advice and loyal support for the investor. Additionally, WiNRG concludes long-term service contracts (full scope Operation & Maintenance: commercial and technical management, monitoring, maintenance, repair etc.) with the owners of these power plants. WiNRG offers such a comprehensive service package to family offices and institutional investors from all over the world who want to implement profitable investment projects in the area of renewable energies. A total of 20 employees currently manage photovoltaic and wind power projects with a total installed power of 552 megawatts respectively EUR 463 million AUM (assets under management) worldwide.
David Majert, Managing Director
T.: +49 40 650 653 50