Historically, the Group has invested both in digital start-ups, helping them develop their ideas as well as medium-size companies with complementary business models that needed to unlock their full potential.
We are now even more attentive and focused on evaluating new investments in order to add competencies, significant IT capabilities, broaden our range of products and services and expand our global footprint.
We have strong M&A expertise that, combined with entrepreneurial spirit and solid business understanding, allows the Group to stay on the edge of innovation in the travel and leisure sector.
lastminute.com group aims to boost content offering and audience reach with acquisition of WAYN
lastminute.com group announced today that it has acquired WAYN, Where Are You Now?’ to implement a content factory within the Group and differentiate lastminute.com positioning against other online travel players.
WAYN, the world’s largest social travel network, will be integrated with lastminute.com group’s new media business, the “Travel People”. This marks the next step in its ambitious strategy to implement a diversified and integrated Travel & Media model.
lastminute.com group invests in urban mobility start-up and extends its services with car sharing offer
lastminute.com group has announced a partnership with Bat Sharing, the urban mobility app which allows consumers to find the best solution to reach a destination comparing all available shared mobility providers for cars, scooters and bicycles as well as taxis, including Uber.
Bravofly Rumbo Group acquires Map2app to broaden its mobile offering
In its effort to broaden the company’s competences in the mobile segment as well as its wallet of innovative services and products, Bravofly Rumbo Group has acquired Map2app, the start-up founded in 2012 which has developed a best breed technology solution that allows its customers to create low – cost mobile travel app quickly, dynamically and with no specific technical skills required.
Seedstars World partners with lastminute.com group (previously Bravofly Rumbo Group) to launch a Travel Track
For its third edition, Seedstars World has partnered with lastminute.com group to launch a “Travel Track”, held in parallel with the original Seedstars World competition. Seedstars World organised local pitching events in more than 30 countries to select the best travel startups. lastminute.com group invested up to USD 500k in the winner of the competition and will bring its knowledge and powerhouse to support this investment.