LONDON, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, B2C jet charter marketplace leader Victor announces the signing of a strategic investment agreement with BP Ventures, BP's investment arm. BP Ventures has committed to invest $10m as lead investor to Victor's Series B fundraising round. The round, raising a total of $20m, has been further bolstered through family offices and existing shareholders.
Specifically the funding will allow Victor, the world's largest 'on-demand' marketplace for private jet charter with 946% revenue growth*, to expand its unique digital, data-driven ecosystem into a new transactional B2B marketplace connecting suppliers, re-sellers (brokers) and other service providers. Victor will also expand its B2C service across new geographical territories. In turn, the funding round reinforces BP's ongoing commitment to invest in high-growth, game-changing companies driving innovation across the entire energy spectrum within general aviation – a market worth $12-14bn per year.
With this new investment, Victor plans to further develop its B2B capability whilst also partnering with other flight-planning and aviation fuel providers. Victor has already confirmed a commercial agreement with Air BP to become the preferred fuel supplier for the charters it arranges at Air BP locations. By creating a 'full spectrum' digital ecosystem, further underpinned by several pivotal 'granted' US patents, Victor hopes to establish itself as a 'next generation' provider of services to the general aviation industry and beyond.
To date, BP has invested more than $350m in tech companies around the world, pioneering energy innovation across digital transformation, advanced mobility, power and storage, carbon management, and bio and low carbon products. BP's strategic investment in Victor is an investment in the company's dynamic, advancing digital platform and its intellectual property as it looks to unlock wider changes and efficiencies across the general aviation and transportation industries.
Clive Jackson, CEO & founder of Victor, said: "I am proud to welcome BP Ventures as a strategic, cornerstone investor. Their track-record for identifying forward-thinking innovative businesses that can deliver sustained growth speaks for itself. Receiving backing from a major, legitimate institutional investor like BP is a strong endorsement of our management team and our strategic vision to reshape the general aviation market. This is a hugely exciting step forward in the company's evolution."
David Gilmour, Vice President of BP's Group Technology Business Development, said: "The digital revolution is changing the face of the energy industry and BP is at the forefront. BP Ventures has now completed five deals in less than a year. Victor's business and ambition aligns with our priorities around digital innovation and low carbon . We look forward to advancing our relationship with Victor. We are committed to being a long-term value investor and strategic partner whilst encouraging Victor's entrepreneurial spirit and drive."
Victor, headquartered in London and with global, 24-7 offices in New York, and California, has now raised $44.45m of funding to date since its launch in 2011. The company hit its sales revenue forecast of $39m for 2016 and, enjoying a strong 2017 to date, is on target for a full year of over $60m. Last month, Victor expanded its Manhattan base to accommodate a rapidly-expanding team of 25 sourcing, flight management and customer service experts. The team, more than doubling in size, will support Victor's ongoing expansion across North America.
* Deloitte UK Tech Fast 50 2016
About Victor flyvictor.com
Victor is a leading on-demand B2C jet charter platform driving disruption across the private aviation industry. Launched in 2011, the company's B2C offering rewrote the jet charter rulebook with a fully-transparent, subscription-free, globally 'on-demand' marketplace allowing members to swiftly check pricing options and aircraft specifics before booking the flights they need. Victor's unique combination of smart technology and exceptional 'high touch' customer service, means that its B2C customers – with access to thousands of aircraft via a global network of over 200 partner operators – are always connected and in control.
Victor was 'Internet' category winner at the Deloitte UK Tech Fast 50 2016 awards - and one of Deloitte's EMEA Tech Fast 500 brands – for sales growth of 946%. Earlier this month, Victor made the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the third consecutive year – 2017, 33rd position ($39.8m revenue); 2016, 20th position ($23.9m); 2015, 15th position ($11.4m). Victor is also ranked 113th in this year's FT 1000 list of Europe's fastest-growing companies.
About BP Ventures
BP Ventures identifies and invests in private, high growth, game-changing technology companies, accelerating cutting edge innovations across the entire energy spectrum. Since 2006, BP Ventures has invested over $350 million in corporate venturing and has 42 active investments in its current portfolio. Since 2016 BP Ventures has invested in 9 new companies, committing to over $100 million of capital.
BP Ventures' portfolio is primarily focused on emerging technologies in oil and gas exploration and production and downstream conversion processes. In addition, it has a renewed strategic focus on five key areas: bio & low carbon products, carbon management, power & storage, advanced mobility and digital transformation.
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