Travel and expense management giant Concur is today launching an app store of its own, featuring the applications from companies it has partnered with, as well as those it has invested in through its recently announced $150 million “Perfect Trip Fund.” In the Concur App Center, as the new marketplace is called, visitors can browse through apps designed for themselves as individuals, as well as those meant for corporate use.
Despite the very business-minded focus of many of Concur’s application partners (TechCrunch’s parent company Aol, for example,
forces us to use uses Concur for managing expenses), the new App Center has a very consumer-friendly look and feel. The company tells us that it now houses over 30 Concur partner apps, including the big name consumer brand TripIt, for example. It’s also currently featuring apps from Avis, CIBTvisas, and TripLingo, directly on the App Center’s homepage.
The company has also partnered with several companies across different industries to expand its App Center further today, including partnerships with compliance solution makers (Regulatory DataCorp, StayinFront CRM, borderFile), Finance / I.T. firms (ExpenseConnect, TBoxCloud, Oversight Systems, Ping Identity) and traveler services app makers (TripLingo, OAG).
To date, the Concur / Perfect Trip fund has also invested in the following companies, also now found the App Center:
- buuteeq ($10 million from Concur and Madrona)
- Cleartrip ($40 million strategic investment)
- Evature ($2 million)
- Room 77 (participated in $30 million Series C)
- Yapta ($5 million)
- RideCharge (undisclosed strategic investment)
- Nor1 (led a $9 million round)