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Berlin’s hyped events app Vamos has announced an undisclosed six-digit family and friends funding round, along with expansion plans and new additions to the staff. Keeping the Vamos team closely knit, the majority of the funding has come from friends and co-workers who have been involved with the app from the beginning.
Three of the cofounders: David Prentell, Luis-Daniel Alegria and JensDreßler
Vamos lets you find public events that are listed on Facebook and who of your friends are going no matter where you are in the world. Financiers in the latest funding round include Fabian and Ferry Heilemann of Heilemann Ventures; Henric Suuronen, founder of Non-stop Games and former head of studio at Wooga; Fabian Schmidt, founder of FanMiles and friends of the founders who helped with the development the app. Founders Luis-Daniel Alegria, David Prentell, Jens Dreßler and Erik Collinder are keen to keep their investors in the Vamos family.
Alegria told VentureVillage; “For us, what's interesting about the investment is that the majority of the investment is coming from our friends, who have been part of the journey from day one."
So far the strategy seems to be working, Vamos is going from strength to strength, with over ten million unique brand impressions and close to one and a half thousand fans on Facebook. Supporting the startup's growth will be some new additions to the Vamos team, with three freelance developers joining the staff, along with PR and communications professionals in Brazil. The app is already live in 65 countries, though their main users are based in Europe. And they’re getting a lot of coverage in Germany, teaming up with Deutsche Welle to provide a look into the startup scene in Berlin and talking to VentureVillage earlier this month.
The Vamos team is looking to use the money from the latest investment round to expand to South America, targeting the Brazilian market first, where the app has already established a following. They're also set on improving the apps functionality, Alegria says; "All of the money will go into improving the product meaning making event discovery easier and more accessible for people. Our big ambition is to decentralise all the fragmented pieces of information about an event over different services positioning Vamos as 'The Event Platform'."
The funding announcement comes at the end of a successful week for Vamos, who received recognition from both the entrepreneurial scene and, more randomly, the European aerospace community. Yesterday they won the European Satellite Navigation Competition in Munich and were also awarded runners up for the Best German iPhone App for 2012.
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