International journey is slowly opening up once more, however that additionally means enterprise and leisure vacationers alike will as soon as once more have to take into consideration visa restrictions as they take to the air. Nobody has ever loved the method of making use of for a visa, however Atlys guarantees to take the effort out of the method. The firm right this moment introduced that it has raised a $4.25 million seed funding spherical led by Andreessen Horowitz. Pinterest co-founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp additionally participated on this spherical, along with The Chainsmokers’ Mantis VC (sure, those Chainsmokers), Long Journey Ventures, South Park Commons Fund and Ari Emmanuel’s Endeavor.
Atlys argues that it may take vacationers up to 13 hours to work by way of the visa course of for numerous nations — and that’s with out making an attempt to work out the ever-changing COVID testing and vaccination necessities. While most enterprise vacationers work with businesses that velocity up this course of by fairly a bit, particularly for repeat applications, Atlys guarantees to carry the method down to 5 minutes.
Using the company’s iPhone app, vacationers reply just a few questions on their travels (the place you might be, the place you’re going, why you might be touring, and so on.) and scan their paperwork. There are some good integrations right here, too, with the power to take passport photographs and then choose them up at Walgreens (or get supply) or to ask your supervisor for a letter of employment signed by way of DocuSign.
Pricing is determined by the place you might be and the place you’re going, nevertheless it tops out at about $50.
The firm was based by Mohak Nahta, who got here to the U.S. as an immigrant himself. “I am thrilled to have such an incredible group of investors supporting Atlys and our mission,” he stated. “It is with their invaluable experience and guidance that will propel us further in our quest to simplify travel and create a seamless process for all.”
The firm plans to use the brand new funding to construct out its group and develop its protection throughout extra nation pairs.
“One of the things we look for in founders is ‘founder-product fit’, meaning does the founder have a unique insight into the market or problem they are trying to solve? As an immigrant myself, I immediately appreciated how deeply and personally Mohak also understood the cumbersome visa process, and how he was leveraging his insights to build Atlys,” stated Sriram Krishnan, common accomplice at Andreessen Horowitz. “The magic of Atlys lies in its ability to connect many disparate systems behind the scenes, while offering a simple, streamlined end-customer experience.”