The company confirmed on Friday that it had closed its seed round and had secured funding from a number of investors, including Kutcher, who has already invested in Berlin-based companies Amen and SoundCloud.
Founded by Dutch brothers Edial and Floris Dekker and Austrian Philpp Wassibauer in May 2011, Gidsy allows people to host different activities and make money in the process. The site hosts any kind of event, from photography workshops to yoga classes to walking tours. Their website posts the activity and handles bookings and customer service, and takes a 10 percent surcharge.
The company is already operating in Berlin, New York and Amsterdam and is launching in London and San Francisco within the next two weeks.
In total Gidsy raised $1.2 million in seed investment from Sunstone Capital, Index Ventures, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels, Peter Read and Kutcher.
“Since our launch, two months ago, we have seen the platform grow to something very special. We had a few assumptions, but the feedback and activities organized on Gidsy have surpassed all our expectations,” CEO Edial Dekker announced in a press release on Friday.
“Today is a big day for us. We’re super excited to have some of the best investors in the world backing us.”