Camp Native has set out to be the place for campers and outdoor enthusiasts to gather online and plan their next adventure. Their big picture vision involves organizing all the worlds campsites into one place.
The oversubscribed ‘series seed equity round’ included a dozen different investors from across five states and was led by Keith Litke, the owner of BrokerBin in Rochester. The venture has been in the works throughout the course of 2015, dating back to accelerator experiences with Elmspring (Chicago) & 9Mile Labs (Seattle), followed by a Minnesota Cup High Tech Division showing.
Camp Native counts 11 employees right now with a roadmap of 20 by the end of Q1 2016, hiring for development and busines (campground & camper acquisiton) needs. The site MVP currently includes the ability to search upwards of 12,000 private campground listings with state and all federal campground comings soon, Woodbury says of the near future.
“If there’s a stigma about raising money in Minnesota, it’s patently false,” Woodbury says of the process. “The best way to raise money is to build relationships, demonstrate value and create an opportunity for return. The same applies to wherever you happen to be based.”