EBRD invests in Turkish bus-ticketing app oBilet

By Olga Rosca

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Erzurum, the star city of Eastern Anatolia, is one of many destination where oBilet is taking passengers.

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  • US$ 4 million in equity financing to help leading Turkish online bus-ticketing service grow
  • Boost for technology sector in Turkey
  • EBRD’s venture capital investment programme promotes greater access to finance for innovative technology-based firms

An EBRD equity investment of US$ 4 million in oBilet, an online service focusing on intercity bus travel in Turkey, will provide a boost to the country’s technology sector.

The investment is part of a US$ 5 million financing round alongside Earlybird Venture Capital, an investor focused on European technology innovators. Over the past year, oBilet has raised a total of US$ 10 million in financing.

The oBilet app, available on mobile and desktop devices, offers bus travel options, convenient digital booking of bus rides and seat reservation, and allows users to manage their journeys online. It also provides software for bus operators to manage their bus inventory and helps them sell tickets through the platform.

The company is owned by its two founders Ali Yilmaz and Yigit Gurocak, Earlybird Venture Capital, and Aslanoba Capital, a leading angel investor in Turkey.

The EBRD equity financing will support oBilet’s growth, while also encouraging the development of highly innovative technology-based companies in Turkey. oBilet is currently expanding into air travel ticketing.

The investment is part of the Bank’s Venture Capital Investment Programme that aims to promote greater access to venture capital, which is still nascent in many countries where the EBRD invests.

The Bank is a major investor in Turkey. Since 2009 it has invested €11.5 billion in various sectors of the Turkish economy, with almost all investment made in the private sector.

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