Travel planner app Bimble secures £1.3m

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Bimble, a London-based app and platform which aims to provide an easy way to collect, remember and share all the places you love, has launched with £1.3m in angel funding.

The startup, co-founded by Francesa Howland and Tomi Novak, has attracted investment from a number of key early-stage technology investors including Dimitris Panagopoulos, one of the original Net-a-Porter backers, Rupert Rittson-Thomas and Julian Granville.

Bimble, which has already built a community of 60,000 through beta testing, will use the cash injection to strengthen marketing and product teams, in addition to further developing the platform and app.

It has also been selected for the invite-only Google Digital Accelerator Programme.

Co-founder Francesa Howland said: “If the question is where? Bimble is the answer.

“How many times have you discovered or been recommended somewhere to go, only to find that you either forget about it, misplace the pull-out or it disappears into a digital Bermuda Triangle?

“We created Bimble after realising there are thousands of place recommendations shared every day, but no simple way to collect these and pass them on. As we looked more closely at the opportunity, we simply couldn’t believe that no one was doing this already."

Investor Dimitris Panagopoulos added: "Bimble offers us a meaningful, creative and life-enhancing digital community; quite different from the social media platforms of the last 10 years.”