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