Photo:Jake Moskowitz speaks at TechStars in 2016.
Cheaper travel to Miami from South America
A young Miami entrepreneur's website brings affordable travel options to South America.
Jake Moskowitz wants to make it easier for budget travelers in South America to compare prices and book affordable travel tickets. The 28-year-old is CEO of Miami-based startup Voyhoy.com, a travel-booking site that works with hundreds of companies to digitize their offerings, which include routes in five countries: Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and Brazil.
Moskowitz co-founded the business in Santiago, Chile, where the American had arrived on a visit, stayed and eventually started working with U.S. universities sending students to South America. In that job, he experienced firsthand the difficulties of figuring out the best transport mix for cost-conscious travelers. Many companies did not have data online, and new low-cost airlines were starting to offer flights that could be as cheap as bus travel.
With angel investor funds from Chile, Moskowitz launched Voyhoy in late 2015 with Roger Robinson (a fellow American) and Ignacio Vial (a Chilean). They took part in startup accelerator TechStars in Detroit in 2016 and soon after moved Voyhoy’s headquarters to Miami. At 2017’s eMerge Americas conference, the startup took the top prize in the pitch contest. This summer, it became the 23rd company in Endeavor Miami, the local branch of a global non-profit that helps entrepreneurs scale ventures through access to mentors, capital, talent and more.
Voyhoy employs 18. Next: Adding routes and transportation providers in existing markets, expanding to Ecuador and raising more cash. “We’re targeting a very underserved market,” Moskowitz says. “There’s a big opportunity for growth.” – Doreen Hemlock
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