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Dockwa Raises $1.1 Million in Seed Funding

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

BOSTON – May 20, 2015 – 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 app, launching this weekend, and the Dockwa team.


“With more than 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 Sales Manager at Hubspot, and John Nagro, former Director of Engineering at Hubspot, joined the team 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 their information online, paired with our team’s past experience at HubSpot, it uniquely positions us to optimize their operations and increase traffic through their marina.”  


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

About Dockwa

Founded in May 2015, Dockwa is an award-winning, unified marina operations platform which connects boaters to marinas in real time, online and by app. Boaters download the free iOS or Android app or log in online and then search, explore, reserve and pay for their reservations in a matter of minutes. Marinas then use the Dockwa platform to confirm the reservation, collect payment and deposit the customers' information into their intelligent database with a single click. Headquartered in Newport, RI, Dockwa rapidly expanded along the eastern seaboard in its first year to a growing marina network of more than 400 marinas and tens of thousands of boaters. Dockwa is now expanding into the Great Lakes region, the West Coast and beyond. For more information, visit: https://dockwa.com and follow on FacebookLinkedIn, and @getdockwa on Twitter.


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