Founded in 2019, Bsport is an all-in-one platform helping studios and boutique fitness companies to both manage their activities and create new revenue streams.
The platform covers marketing, live classes and management of group classes and appointments. It also provides a solution for invoicing and teacher management.
The Paris based startup has raised $944K in funding and is currently hiring for its Barcelona office (customer service and sales positions).
Thanks for joining us Zakaria. Can you tell us a bit about your background?
Born and raised in Paris, I have a double degree in Business Management from ESCP Europe and Fundamental Maths from Jussieu.
I’m passionate about maths and new technologies. Most of all, I like to make an impact on SMB’s (small and medium sized businesses) through technology.
How did you get the idea for Bsport?
Working with SMB boutique fitness, I have seen that they struggle to turn a profit because they don’t work on two key aspects of their business: cost of acquisition and retention.
What problem does Bsport solve?
Bsport solution is an all-in-one platform for boutique fitness companies (Yoga, Pilates, Bootcamps etc.) that helps them with management and marketing. In using Bsport solution, they have a single platform to manage all their activity.
Which cities does Bsport cover currently?
We cover 10 countries in Europe and mostly big cities, such as Paris, London, Amsterdam and Barcelona.
Why did you choose to set up an office in Barcelona?
Barcelona is one of the best places in Europe to build an international business team in Europe targeting SMB’s.
It attracts talent from all over Europe and it is cost-effective. Moreover, the tech environment is quite dynamic. (See also: Barcelona Startups Guide).
How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted Bsport?
It impacted bsport in a positive way as boutique fitness companies had to find a solution to digitalize their activity through live streaming and VOD (video on demand) – which we offer.
Can you talk about your experience getting funding for Bsport?
As the Covid situation was difficult to predict (opening/closing), the last months have been quite stressful.
Nevertheless, we didn’t experience a lot of difficulties for this seed round, as our numbers are quite strong. We started it in June and finalized it in October 2020.
What are your goals for 2021?
For 2021, the main goal is to structure and to scale the customer and business team in Barcelona for each region that we target. That is why recruitment is one of our key challenges for this year.
What are some of your favorite apps?
I think that Whatsapp did a great job with their easy to use and cross-device view.
Which business leaders in the tech world have inspired you?
Elon Musk is quite an inspiration for me, not just for Tesla but for Paypal. He was able to find the right opportunity and to build new standards for industries.
Learn more about Bsport at pro.bsport.io