Bus transport technology startup Chalo on Tuesday, October 26 said it has acquired bus aggregator platform Shuttl in an all-cash deal. The premium office bus service will continue to use the brand name 'Shuttl'. Shuttl's current team will also continue under their current roles. Chalo recently raised $40 million in a Series C funding round led by Lightrock India and Filter Capital and currently has more than 15,000 buses live on its platform.
"We are delighted to join hands with the Shuttl team. We have shared a common passion to solve the daily commute problem, and we have strong synergies in our values and approach. We have great respect for the team and the business they have built," said Mohit Dubey, Co-founder and CEO, Chalo.
Shuttl had raised over $97 million in a series of financing equity and debt rounds, according to reports. The startup had reportedly been struggling to raise a new financing round.
"We started out to take the pain away from daily commuters. In the process we ended up building a category, and inspiring others from different parts of the world to do the same. It's a bittersweet moment for us. We believe the team and legacy of Shuttl will thrive equally well in the new set-up," said Amit Singh, Co-founder and CEO, Shuttl.
Chalo and Shuttl together are present in 33 cities of India across 12 states including Delhi NCR, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.
The Chalo app can be used to buy bus tickets and passes, or scan QR codes in buses to pay digitally for tickets.
With IANS inputs