Wahanda raises £1.5m for socnet for spa users

Next Story

Trackvia Raises Series A for Point-And-Click Databases

Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, has raised £1.5 million, in large part from Ambient Sound Investments, the fund created by the former founding engineers from Skype.

The site aims to be a destination for people to learn about spas, treatments and practitioners, putting it together with transactional abilities (to search, find, book and purchase treatments or vouchers) and a user community of recommendations, reviews, and information. The investment should be seen in the context of a greater number of luxury purchasers coming online, such as the recent investment in Astleyclarke.com by Index Ventures. The global spa economy is estimated to be worth $60 billion and is around $18 billion in size in Europe.

Wahanda’s founders are a pretty experienced bunch and include former executives from lastminute.com and Yahoo!. They count among board members an investors Mr Wolf Hengst, the former President of Worldwide Operations at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, ; Brent Hoberman, co-founder of lastminute.com; Mr Stefan Glaenzer, former executive chairman of Last.fm.

  • jas

    I’m sure there is no credit crunch when it comes to vc’s wasting their money.

  • http://aytugakdogan.wordpress.com/aytug-akdogan-odullu-1-seo-yarismasi-ve-yurtta-baris-dunyada-baris-destek/ aytug akdogan ödüllü 1. seo yarışması ve yurtta barış dünyada barış

    Beauty seems nice investment…

  • jas

    yeah the Vc’s seem to love anything to do with woman look at the $8m they put into zivity.com so if there are any woman out there who wanna raise some cash just make sure you wear a low cut top and you will be fine :-)

  • http://www.ojointernet.com/noticias/wahanda-recibe-15-m-de-libras-de-ambient-sound/ Wahanda recibe 1,5 M de libras de Ambient Sound

    […] un sitio que ofrece información a los usuarios acerca de spas, tratamientos y profesionales, ha recibido 1,5 millones de libras por parte, en su mayoría, de Ambient Sound Investments, el fondo creado por ingenieros de Skype. La […]

  • http://benmetcalfe.com/blog/index.php/2008/01/08/google-facebook-and-plaxo-join-dataportabilityorg/ Ben Metcalfe

    When I saw you had written about a social network for spas goers I suddenly thought next-gen punternet.com (marginally NSFW).

    Anyway, I’m guessing this don’t mean the ones that come with a happy ending….

    BTW this has got to be up there with one of the most awful “web2.0-esq” names around. British startups seem particularly bad at getting the cutesy naming thing all wrong.

    • http://www.styleup.com Beauty Product Reviews

      “Wahanda” sounds like my hand, duh!

  • http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/01/18/wahanda-launches-group-buying/ Wahanda launches group buying for health and beauty offers

    […] Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, way, way back in 2008 and haven’t heard much from them. It turns out they’ve been busy, no bad […]

  • http://www.techcrunch.com/2010/01/18/wahanda-yelp-groupon-health/ Wahanda Aims To Become Yelp-Meets-Groupon-For-Health

    […] Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, way, way back in 2008 but they’ve been busy. After raising £1.5 million to become the ‘Amazon of […]

  • http://www.family-learning-center.com/computers-technology/ted-crunch/wahanda-aims-to-become-yelp-meets-groupon-for-health/ Wahanda Aims To Become Yelp-Meets-Groupon-For-Health | Family Learning Center

    […] Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other “wellness” products, way, way back in 2008 but they’ve been busy. After raising £1.5 million to become the ‘Amazon of […]

  • http://www.qibug.com/2010/01/wahanda-aims-to-become-yelp-meets-groupon-for-health/ Wahanda Aims To Become Yelp-Meets-Groupon-For-Health | Tech stuff center

    […] &#119ho us&#101 spas a&#110d oth&#101r “&#119&#101ll&#110&#101ss” products, &#119ay, &#119ay &#98ac&#107 &#105n 2008 but they’ve been busy. Afte&#114 &#114aising £1.5 mi&#108&#108ion to be&#99ome the […]

  • http://www.sowmo.com/mobile/wahanda-aims-to-become-yelp-meets-groupon-for-health/ Wahanda Aims To Become Yelp-Meets-Groupon-For-Health | qface & sowmo sky

    […] covered Wahanda, a social network for people who use spas and other ?wellness? products, way, way back in 2008 but they’ve been busy. After raising £1.5 million to become the ‘Amazon of wellness’ it’s […]

  • http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/10/17/wahanda-secures-secures-3-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda secures secures £3.5 million from Fidelity Growth Partners Europe

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with £1.5m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://www.rer-group.co.uk/?p=3245 Wahanda secures £3.5 million from Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | RER Group

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with £1.5m from Ambient Sound […]

  • https://techcrunch.com/2011/10/17/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | TechCrunch

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound Investment. Sponsored […]

  • http://technology.eoutputs.com/2011/10/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Technology Blog

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://brianduprix.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | brianduprix

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://www.shorewoodlocal.com/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Shorewood News

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $ 2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://tech.krantenkoppen.org/2011/10/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Krantenkoppen Tech

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://facebook.movieuniverse.org/2011/10/17/wahanda_secures_5-5_million_from_fidelity_growth_partners_europe/ facebook online » Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://iphonecase.applegadgety.com/2011/10/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe « IphoneCase

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://leakygutsyndrome.safefatburningpills.com/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Leaky Gut Sydrome Cure

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://www.howardx.com/2011/10/17/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | X-Technology

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://3dmaxdomination.com/shwb-6/?p=1154 shwb-6 » Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://cde.hshiren1elvis.infiniteserve.com/?p=1368 Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | My Blog

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://startuphelp.us/?p=90721 Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Startup Help

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

  • http://www.bitmag.com/2011/10/17/wahanda-secures-5-5-million-from-fidelity-growth-partners-europe/ Wahanda Secures $5.5 Million From Fidelity Growth Partners Europe | Bitmag

    […] to now build out what is in effect the Open Table for the health and beauty sector. Wahanda last raised a Series A back in 2008 with $2m from Ambient Sound […]

blog comments powered by Disqus