UK start-up Swiipr raises £6m in Series A funding round led by Octopus Ventures, supported by TX Ventures

Swiipr, a travel paytech company transforming the airline industry’s outdated and inefficient disruption payments systems, has secured £6m in Series A funding led by Octopus Ventures, to help drive its next phase of growth. TX Ventures, a leading fintech investor, as well as Solano Partners supported Octopus on the funding round. 

Zurich, 28 May 2024 – Swiipr, a travel paytech company digitally transforming airline disruption payments for 500m customers has secured £6m in Series A funding. Octopus Ventures led the funding round, with TX Ventures and Solano Partners supporting to reach its successful outcome. The capital will be deployed to develop Swiipr’s strategy, product and technology, including investment into R&D, AI and data analytics and to drive international airline market growth.

As the world’s first airline specialised payments platform, Swiipr is enabling airlines to digitise disruption payments, greatly enhancing the passenger experience and driving cost efficiency by up to 60%. After being launched in 2020, Swiipr is already used by 26 airlines across 70 countries, including a major flag carrier whose 4,000 staff are utilising the platform in over 167 of its airports globally. 

Over 500m global passengers are estimated to be affected by flight disruption each year, costing airlines billions of dollars in payouts as well as significant customer dissatisfaction, reputational damage and regulatory fines, making compensation a board agenda issue for airlines. 

Paper vouchers in particular are time-consuming to process and issue, fraud prone, notoriously retailer and passenger unfriendly, and environmentally unsustainable. Bank transfers can take months to process, physical cash is insecure and expensive to handle at airports, and loyalty points and future travel vouchers are often unpopular. 

Swiipr’s integrated digital platform, including virtual and physical pre-paid compensation cards and a mobile app, give airlines the tools needed to solve these pain points for both themselves and passengers, whilst being fully compliant with the latest passenger rights regulations.

For passengers, Swiipr has launched the Swiipr Compensation Card, which enables airlines to distribute funds directly to passengers at the point of disruption (such as denied boarding or lost luggage), and the Swiipr Welfare Card, which enables airlines to instantly distribute food & beverage payments when flights are delayed. The cards offer instant, secure and compliant payouts, in a streamlined, digital format that has universal retail compatibility. 

The platform also helps airlines slash fraud and processing time, boost loyalty through personalised offers and gain critical customer retail insights. Furthermore, airlines are also able to use Swiipr's card products for operational and crisis payments for their staff and crew, during trips and delays. 

Tara Spielhagen, Co-founder and CEO of Swiipr: "Legacy compensation systems are unfit for purpose. Not only do they cost an airline billions of dollars every year but they also exacerbate disruption and stress. We are proud to have developed a new solution that solves so many pain points. Our airline partners and their customers are already reaping the benefits."

Co-founder and Chairman of Swiipr, Ian Clowes: "Swiipr solves a real-live global issue for airlines which is only going to become more challenging with climate change. Now, thanks to Octopus, our Series A capital will enable us to enhance our solutions even further and accelerate our growth helping us to achieve our vision of eliminating compensation friction points wherever they exist."

Jens Schleuniger, Managing Partner at TX Ventures: "Customer satisfaction and retention has become a differentiating factor for every airline industry. A clear and important aspect is how to compensate frustrated customers in case of denied boarding and/or significant delays. Swiipr has developed a state-of-the-art payment solution that allows every airline to swiftly deal with this issue, while offering significant benefits for both the passengers and the respective airlines. Apart from the software solution itself, we were particularly impressed by the two founders Tara and Ian, as well as the traction that Swiipr has built. The team has been able to attract a number of tier 1 customers already and is clearly fully on track to become a market leader in the passenger compensation category."

Tosin Agbabiaka, Principal at Octopus Ventures: "We’ve been impressed by the power of Swiipr’s offering to fundamentally transform compensation payments, delivering the scale and efficiency of modern payments to the airline industry while significantly improving the travel experience for their customers. Swiipr’s founders bring the depth of expertise in both the payments and travel industries necessary to tackle the airline compensation challenge. This complimentary skillset, and the effectiveness of its solution, have enabled Swiipr to already gain strong traction with major global carriers this early in its development."


TX Ventures / TX Group
Jens Schleuniger, Managing Partner TX Ventures, [email protected]
Karole Verlage Frei, Head of Group Brand and External Communications, [email protected]

James Brilliant, Brilliant Relations, [email protected]

About TX Ventures
TX Ventures Fintech Fund I is a leading fintech-focused venture capital fund. The CHF 100M fund invests predominantly into European B2B fintech. TX Ventures supports its portfolio companies on a number of growth and fintech specific challenges. Portfolio companies - in total 17 - include the likes of neon, PriceHubble, Stableton, Cashlink, Sinpex and Triple. 

The sole limited partner of the TX Ventures Fintage Fund I, TX Group AG, is a leading media company listed on the Swiss stock exchange. TX Group´s portfolio includes leading newspapers such as Tamedia and 20 Minuten as well as advertising marketer Goldbach. TX Group is also an anchor shareholder of the SMG Swiss Marketplace Group and JobCloud.

About Swiipr
Swiipr is a UK-based travel paytech on a mission to transform the airline industry’s outdated and inefficient compensation payments systems, ensuring less disruption, stress and uncertainty for passengers and airline staff. It is the only company to offer a complete digital journey for travel disruption payments with smooth and effortless functionality, benefiting passengers, airlines, retailers, hotels and transport organisations.

Its groundbreaking mobile-first platform issues on-the-spot welfare and compensation payments to passengers through mobile devices or other real time payment channels and carries out all administrative procedures for airlines and retailers instantly and transparently, helping to transform legacy disruption processes and prepare airlines for the future state.

About Octopus Ventures
Octopus Ventures, part of Octopus Investments, is one of the largest and most active venture capital investors in the UK and Europe. We’re on a mission to invest in the people, ideas and industries that will change the world. We back entrepreneurs ─ from the first cheque their business receives, right through to IPO. We manage £2bn and are investing in more than 180 businesses, focusing on the companies solving three of the world’s biggest problems: those building a sustainable planet, empowering people, and revitalising healthcare. We know what it takes to build a successful business. We support founders through our strong teams, sector expertise and deep networks, using our people and talent to help them build a better tomorrow.