Dockwa, App for Boaters to Make Reservations at Marinas, Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Funding

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New boating app attracts investors at Matrix Partners, HubSpot, and more

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With over seventy marinas in the major ports of New England, Dockwa is fast becoming the OpenTable for the marine industry.

Dockwa, a mobile app company providing seamless reservations to boaters and the marine industry, announced today that it had raised $1.1 million in additional seed funding. Investors include David Skok of Matrix Partners, HubSpot's CEO Brian Halligan and CMO Mike Volpe, Driftt's CTO Elias Torres, and several private investors. The new capital will fuel expansion of the platform, as well as growth of the Dockwa team.

“With over seventy marinas in the major ports of New England, Dockwa is fast becoming the OpenTable for the marine industry, demonstrating an incredible customer experience, valued inventory, and convenience,” said Mike Melillo, founder and CEO of Dockwa. “We remain focused on building a singular customer experience. The additional funding is a testament to Dockwa’s growth potential, and I couldn’t be more excited about our team, product, and trajectory.”

Before founding Dockwa, Mike Melillo was at a life science technology platform. Matt Fradette, former Senior Sales Manager at HubSpot, and John Nagro, former Director of Engineering at HubSpot, joined the team full time in April. Dockwa has made several hires in the past month, expanding their engineering team, sales team, and financial operations.

In addition to a boating reservation platform, Dockwa is the only service of its kind to offer a unified booking and marketing platform for marinas. “Marinas have long aggregated their customers’ information in off-line databases. By bringing this information online, and leveraging our team’s past experiences at HubSpot, Dockwa is uniquely positioned to optimize marina operations and increase traffic.”

The app launched May 22nd in Nantucket, at Figawi Race Weekend. Visit dockwa.com for more information, or visit the App Store to download the app now.

About Dockwa:

Dockwa is a unified booking and marketing platform that connects boaters to marinas. It is the most convenient way for boaters to book their transient reservations for docks and moorings. Boaters simply download the app, explore, reserve, and pay at their favorite marina in a matter of minutes. Marinas confirm the reservation, collect payment, and deposit the customer’s information into their intelligent database with a single click. Backed by a world-class group of angel and institutional investors, the company has raised $1.4 million in an effort to become the OpenTable for boaters and marinas. Dockwa will be launching exclusively to the New England market in May 2015, but the company will be expanding to other markets throughout the United States. The team is based out of Newport, RI with offices in Boston, MA.

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