Timeshifter – The Jet Lag App is finalizing $1.45 million in seed financing.
Timeshifter, which received National Sleep Foundation’s 2019 SleepTech Award for “Best App” this month, is developed with Harvard Medical School associate professor, Steven Lockley, PhD, based on research in sleep and circadian neuroscience. Lockley has spent 25 years studying sleep and works with clients such as NASA Astronauts and Formula 1 drivers on circadian management for optimal performance and health.
With Timeshifter, travelers can create personalized jet lag plans based on their sleep pattern, chronotype, itinerary, and optional preferences such as pre-travel adjustment or the use of melatonin for even faster adaptation.
In related news, Timeshifter has been selected to join the latest group of travel startups by Silicon Valley startup accelerator, investor, and corporate innovation platform Plug and Play.
“Timeshifter offers a foundation for improved sleep and jet lag reduction that simply doesn’t exist in the travel industry today. Without Timeshifter’s personalized approach, no traveler can tackle the underlying cause of jet lag, and optimize their performance, enjoyment, and health when traveling. We have seen a number of early engagements from several of our corporate travel and hospitality partners, which is a key indicator Timeshifter is poised to revolutionize the travel experience,” says Jordan Bray, head of corporate partnerships at Plug and Play Travel & Hospitality, in a release.
Timeshifter has joined the Batch 7 / Spring 2019 of Plug and Play’s Travel & Hospitality program. Plug and Play brings together the startups, investors, and large corporations. The Plug and Play team discovered Timeshifter personally, on a recent trip around the world, on which some used Timeshifter to successfully beat jet lag. While Plug and Play saw great potential in Timeshifter, it was up to their corporate partners to invite Timeshifter into the travel cohort. Plug and Play Travel’s partners include Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, CWT, and Star Alliance.
Timeshifter’s investors include retired NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría and Air Canada chairman Vagn Sørensen. Timeshifter is now preparing for its series A to further enhance the app and accelerate business development.
“The award from the National Sleep Foundation and our selection to join Plug and Play’s latest group of travel startups in Silicon Valley represent exciting validation of Timeshifter and its mission. Along with amazing feedback from our users, this recognition confirms our belief that science and smart technology can revolutionize the travel industry. Our new fundraising will allow us to further enhance the Timeshifter app and grow our business partnerships. The Timeshifter team is grateful for these votes of confidence,” says Timeshifter co-founder and CEO Mickey Beyer-Clausen.