MIV Catch Up - Homefans

Daniel Velasquez, co-founder of Homefans, joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Wednesday 27th September 2017.

Homefans is a travel operator providing unique football experiences beyond the 90 minutes for international football fans.  The startup was set up by co-founders Daniel Velasquez and Luke Verbeek who are filling the gap for millennial travellers who are experience-savvy but don’t want to tap into the expensive hospitality option.  They design authentic and accessible experiences to help fans tick off their football bucket list.

@HomefansSupport Thanks for joining us today Daniel Velasquez, could you firstly explain to us what it is you do? #MIVReveals

Homefans is a travel operator that creates unique football travel experiences - by fans for fans.  #MIVReveals

We are changing the way football traveling is done, by focusing on experiences beyond 90 minutes. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport Can you tell us more about your background and what inspired you to set up your business? #MIVReveals

I worked for 8 years in Senior positions in the Management Consulting Industry in ColombiaI quit my job, set up two businesses in Colombia and came to the UK to pursue my passion: Football. #MIVReveals

#Homefans was born out of the frustration of the co-founders’ personal experiences when travelling to watch football. #MIVReveals

Traveling fans usually feel isolated and don’t enjoy the real matchday experience when hitting their destination. #MIVReveals

As there was no option available in the market, we came up with Homefans, offering unique football experiences on our trips. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport What makes your #travel service unique and differentiates you from your competitors? #MIVReveals

We are filling the gap for millennial fans who are experience-savvy and want to experience football beyond the 90 minutes.  On our trips, groups go to pub nights, meet locals or even play football at the club’s training pitch. #MIVReveals

We design authentic and accessible experiences to help fans tick off their football bucket list. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport What have been the biggest challenges of setting up your #business? #MIVReveals

Up until now, the company has been fully bootstrapped. Hustling on the side and building the brand in our spare time has been quite a ride. #MIVReveals

We’ve faced a series of cash flow challenges, but they now have improved thanks to stronger partner relationships. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport What type of financial and #mentoring support have you received? #MIVReveals

We haven’t received any financial support so far, but have advisors who support us in our journey. #MIVReveals

We have now launched an equity crowdfunding campaign to speed up growth. #MIVReveals

The support has been incredible. We’ve reached 73% of our target in 11 days! #MIVReveals

We still have plenty of SEIS & EIS allowance available for investors and very attractive rewards like #UCL Final tickets. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport How do you plan on using the funds from your crowd funding initiative? #MIVReveals

We aim to raise seed capital and allow Homefans to make the next step towards growth and build our brand online and offline. #MIVReveals

Most of the funds will be used for the marketing strategy, to launch new trips and some legal and admin aspects #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport How many hours a day do you work on average? #MIVReveals

On average we work 9 hours a day on Homefans to grow the brand and establish the network within the football industry. #MIVReveals

We have an international team and travel with the groups, so we can work from anywhere. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport What would you say is your proudest #business moment so far? #MIVReveals

Our recent trip to Glasgow for Old Firm, playing a 7-a-side afterwards at the club’s training centre has been an incredible experience. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport In your opinion, what are some of the key characteristics behind becoming a successful #entrepreneur? #MIVReveals

There’s no overnight success. For most successful entrepreneurs it’s a combination of hard work, persistence, assertiveness and even luck. #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport What advice would you give to other #entrepreneurs looking to set up their own business? #MIVReveals

It’s not only about coming up with a great idea. Most of the time, the chance of a startup to be viable relies on real execution. #MIVReveals

And above everything else, be patient. Most of the time it takes time and persistence #MIVReveals

@HomefansSupport Thanks for joining us today Daniel, it's been great to hear about your #football #travel #startup. #MIVReveals   

 

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