In 2013, Matthieu Jost (first from right) booked a private room in Barcelona with his partner. When they got there, it was clear the host didn’t feel comfortable hosting a gay couple. The weekend turned into the most awkward travel experience. Matthieu started misterb&b so that no one from the gay community would ever have such an experience again.
LGBTQ Online Accommodation Market: $16 Billion
The total addressable market for online accommodation Market in LGBTQ community is $16 billion USD. LGBTQ travelers are the most active segment in the travel space – 80% of U.S. LGBTQ folks have a passport compared to 40% of the general population.
How We'll Grow With Your Investment
As a sharing economy company, we believe our community of hosts and guests should have the opportunity to invest in the company’s growth.
With the money raised here, we plan to expand our offerings of LGBTQ-friendly hotels, particularly in areas we have few short-term rentals. Funds will be used to broadly market this new offering and grow our revenues. A small part of the funding will be for technology and API connections.
By adding LGBTQ-friendly hotel rooms to our inventory, we will stay true to our unique value proposition, helping LGBTQ travelers to:
- connect by knowing if other misterb&b guests will stay at the same hotel, allowing them to get in touch if their dates coincide.
- travel safe wherever they go, since our team selected truly LGBTQ-friendly hotels and that our community will leave exclusive reviews from LGBTQ travelers.
Co-founder Matthieu Jost and his partner rejected by their host because they are gay.
Selected to 500 Startups Batch 12
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Reached $1M USD in transactions per month
Named "App of the Day" on the Apple Store