Wheel the World, a platform for travelers
with disabilities to book places to stay, things to do and multi-day trips, has
raised $2 million in its seed round.
Ventures and Dadneo led the round, with support from Plug and Play Tech Center and YouTube
CEO Susan Wojcicki.
Founded in 2018, Wheel the World’s
site offers accommodations, things to do and trips in more than 50 destinations
worldwide. It also has an “Accessibility Mapping System” that has detailed
information submitted by volunteers, such as hotel room and bed measurements,
to help users decide if a travel experience is suitable.
The company says it will use the
funding to add new destinations and experiences to its marketplace.
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“Wheel the World exists to
revolutionize the travel industry for people with disabilities,” says Alvaro
Silberstein, co-founder and CEO.
“The world is emerging from the
pandemic with a new appreciation and desire for transformative travel
experiences. Our platform provides detailed accessibility information not found
anywhere else. We offer a specialized user experience focused on removing
barriers and making awe-inspiring destinations accessible for older travelers
and people with disabilities.”
Silberstein, who is paralyzed from the
waist down, was inspired to create the company with friend Camilo Navarro after
the two made a trip to Chile thanks to the help of a crowdfunding campaign that
enabled Silberstein to purchase a special wheelchair for hiking trails.
“We want to make the world accessible.
Currently, online information for travelers with disabilities is incomplete, incorrect
and out-of-date, resulting in terrible experiences and unfortunate surprises,”
Navarro, who serves as COO, says.
“This investment will allow us to
continue to improve customer experience by developing our platform and mapping
accessibility for thousands of destinations worldwide. We are passionate about
giving the more than one billion people with disabilities the power to explore
the world safely and confidently.”