Wheel the World

gowheeltheworld.com


Alvaro Silberstein

Alvaro Silberstein

Co-Founder & CEO
Chilean entrepreneur, public speaker and passionate disability advocate, he created the company in 2018 to empower millions of people to explore the world without limits. Wheel the World was inspired by a 2016 trip to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Silberstein became the first to complete the rugged Patagonia trek by wheelchair. He is a Berkeley MBA and has a background in management consulting and startups.

Event: 2021 Phocuswright Conference
Product: Wheel the World
HQ: San Francisco, CA U.S.
Principal(s): Alvaro Silberstein, Founder & CEO and Camilo Navarro, Founder & COO
Funding: $2M Seed Round and a $300k grant given by Booking.com
Product Description: Wheel the World is an online platform for people with disabilities & seniors to find and book places to stay, things to do, and multi-day trips with detailed accessibility information and specialized user experience.

Through a crowdsourced accessibility app, we collect more than +150 accessibility data points per travel service listed at gowheeltheworld.com.

Users build their accessibility profile through gowheeltheworld.com and our system recommends the best listings that satisfy their needs.
Business Model: A commission is charged on every booking.
Competitors: OTA’s are still used by people with disabilities to find/book but providing unreliable accessibility information and terrible inaccessible experiences
Competitive Edge: Wheel the World is a booking platform for travelers with disabilities. Through www.gowheeltheworld.com, people with disabilities can find and book places to stay, things to do, and multi-day trips with detailed accessibility information and a user experience focused on accessibility needs.
Market Opportunity: $23B SOM | Served Obtainable Market: US travelers with disabilities + family and friends traveling all around the world
$63B SAM | Served Addressable Market: US + EUR Travelers with disabilities + family and friends traveling all around the world
$95B TAM | Total Available Market Worldwide Travelers with disabilities + family and friends traveling all around the world
Early Customers: 1,300 people have booked trips through gowheeltheworld.com. 50% people with disabilities & 50% companions
Contact: Alvaro Silberstein, Co-Founder & CEO; [email protected]