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The team behind Impala
The team behind Impala
The team behind Impala

TRAVEL THE WAY YOU IMAGINED

Imagine a world freed from faceless booking systems. Where the people who make travel possible are the ones who set the terms.

We dared to think travel could be this simple. And we rebuilt travel's tech stack to make it happen.

The team behind Impala

Travel's new direction

At Impala, we’re rebuilding the travel industry from the ground up, so any hotel can work with any room seller in the world, with nobody getting in the way.

Hoteliers can now control how their rooms are sold in ways they never have before. Agents can start selling travel in minutes, not months. And customers will come to expect the new, tailored experiences our technology is powering.

Ben Stepehnson, Caroline Hudack, Robin Clifford, Leigh Jenkinson, Ed Taylor

MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

We’re bringing together expertise from travel, tech and further afield to give travel its wake up call.

Ben Stepehnson, Caroline Hudack, Robin Clifford, Leigh Jenkinson, Ed Taylor
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How fast we’re moving

We’re on a mission to make travel better — and we’re taking the travel industry with us. Take a look at how far we’ve come in just a few years.

We secure pre-seed funding

August 2017

We secure pre-seed funding

September 2017

We participate in the Techstars accelerator program in Berlin

We secure seed funding

March 2018

We secure seed funding

Our Stay API product attracts our first paying customer

June 2018

Our Stay API product attracts our first paying customer

We close as Series A

October 2019

We close as Series A

We close as Series B

February 2020

We close as Series B

Our second product, the Impala Booking platform, launches

March 2020

Our second product, the Impala Booking platform, launches

Our first 100 hotels sign up to our beta platform

August 2020

Our first 100 hotels sign up to our beta platform

November 2020

Our first online travel agents integrate and send bookings to our partner hotels

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January 2021

Impala is featured on Otta's 2021 Rocket List

We launch our Booking platform publicly

March 2021

We launch our Booking platform publicly

We reach 2k hotels on our platform

April 2021

We reach 2k hotels on our platform

Agoda

August 2021

Our first large enterprise customer, Agoda, goes live

Impala Contracting launches, allowing travel startups to negotiate custom rates

September 2021

Impala Contracting launches, allowing travel startups to negotiate custom rates

Tempo

September 2021

Named #4 startup to work for in London by Tempo

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October 2021

Named #2 startup to work for by Startups Magazine

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February 2022

We introduce a new brand identity

Open distribution

April 2022

We reach 1million rooms bookable worldwide on our platform

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Meet our backers

We're proud to be backed by the investors behind Airbnb, Trivago and Deliveroo -- now helping us unlock the innovative potential of travel.

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A New World of Travel

Discover the latest news and views from Impala on our blog.

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Annoucements

Welcome to Open Distribution, travel booking reimagined

We think it’s time to put a name to our solution and share it with the global travel community.

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Hotels

How Open Distribution is giving power back to hotels

Impala's VP of Supply Robin Clifford discusses future planning, customer insight and more hotels have to gain from a new trend in distribution.

Customers

Building a better travel business with Open Distribution

We spoke to Impala’s Co-founder and Head of Strategic Sales Charlie Cowley about what Open Distribution means for room sellers.

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Join the journey

We're on the lookout for like-minded innovators and explorers to join our team.