Malaysian Travel Platform LokaLocal raises funding from BonAngels

Thu Nov 22, 2018 - 7:06am GMT+0000


22/11/2018 – LokaLocal, a Malaysian travel tech startup that connects travelers with local experts and experiences, has secured an undisclosed funding from South Korean venture capital firm BonAngels Venture Partner.

With this investment, LokaLocal becomes BonAngels’ first Malaysian portfolio company, in line with their vision to expand the growth of promising startups in Southeast Asia.

The venture capital firm had so far invested in about 140 companies in Korea, Japan, the US, and currently focuses their investment on startups in Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Simon Seok-heun Kang, the CEO of BonAngels said, “LokaLocal is a company that genuinely discovers local attractions and has the ability to form them into tours. As the tourism industry grows, we believe content uniqueness would be much important. LokaLocal’s whole network and learnings would truly be a huge asset.”

Founded in 2016, LokaLocal is the largest experience-based platform in Malaysia. The startup works alongside cultural space owners and event organizers, in addition to promoting Malaysia’s vibrant culture and art scene through digital opportunities.

Founder and CEO of LokaLocal Chin Yoon Khen added, “We can already see the growing interest in off-the-beaten-track experiences over mass tourism. This new funding will enable LokaLocal to further solidify its leading position in Malaysia.”

This investment will accelerate LokaLocal’s growth through its ongoing development to becoming a one-stop integrated tech solution, acquisition of meaningful products and regional expansion.

The startup also aims to cover 50 cities, towns, and villages within the next year. Currently, it connects travelers to more than 800 unique tours and workshops, while delivering economic and social impact to 700 local hosts.

In 2017, the company was awarded the Best Social Impact Award by the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST). It also reached the Top 25 at the K-Startup Grand Challenge (KSGC 2017).

LokaLocal has since worked with tourism arms of Selangor and Perak state government to unveil new experiences as part of the national initiative under Visit Malaysia 2020.

Its website is expected to release its new design by early 2019.

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Vivian Foo is a reporter who writes about Southeast Asia’s technology and startup space. The entry point which led her to write about the startup ecosystem was her fascination of the dot-com boom. She is taking a deep dive into how the entrepreneurial mindset works and hopes to share the insights, innovation, and stories of the startups with her readers.