Bookme.PK Raises Six Figure Funding with $4 Million Valuation

Bookme.pk — an e-ticketing platform for cinemas and bus services — has raised seed stage funding from Element Ventures at $4 million valuation. Company didn’t reveal the exact value of investment but said that the money it raised is well north of six figures.

With this development, Bookme.pk also announced the appointment of Mr. Faisal Sherjan as its director, who had been associated with Jang Group at various senior level positions for over 12 years.

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Bookme.PK Team

Bookme.pk offers e-ticketing solutions for all major cinemas in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi and for nine different bus companies in Islamabad and Lahore.

Faizan Aslam, founder of Bookme.pk, has said that this new investment will help them expand their operations to other major cities of Pakistan.

Banking on Partnerships

Bookme.pk currently processes over 200 orders per day, but it believes that service expansion in new cities plus the business deals it has signed with the likes of Microsoft, Geo, Hum, ARY, will help the company grow its customers during days to come.

As per Bookme’s arrangement with Microsoft, bookme app will come pre-installed on all Microsoft phones coming to Pakistan from June 2015. This is the first time that Microsoft has agreed to pre-install a local app in their phones in Pakistan.

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Transforming into a Platform

Starting as a simple ticketing app, bookme.pk has successfully transformed into a platform with-in one year of its inception. It has managed to partner with all major media groups of Pakistan to offer them back-end technology for their Cinema tickets apps.

For example Geo and ARY films apps — that are available for download — use bookme.pk’s APIs at the back-end. Any ticketing transaction done with Geo or ARY films’ app is ultimately managed and processed by bookme.pk.

Since media groups advertises their films heavily along with actively promoting their apps, Faizan considers such media groups or other API partners very lucrative as they add up to bookme.pk’s sales without any marketing cost.

Faizan sees all cinemas in Pakistan as a target market, where they can offer back-end ticketing solution to all sorts of cinemas.

Building Affiliate Partners

Thirdly, and most importantly, Bookme.pk is currently working on establishment of an online affiliate channels with which digital publishers will be able to sell cinema and bus tickets on their website through bookme.pk widgets.

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Bookme.pk widget that can be embedded on any website

While talking with me, Faizan confirmed that bookme.pk widget is going to be available for all sorts of websites. He said that website owners will be given a commission or margin for each order they will generate, and hence more revenues for publishers while more customers for bookme.pk in parallel.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • DJ

    10% handling charges interesting .. Sadness i wont pay extra money

  • Amber Rose

    HORRIBLE STRATEGY: No one would pay 10% extra… especially for Bus Tickets. This venture will only be successful If they can offer 20%-25% discount (sure they have to make a deal with big companies if they want to survive :)

    • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

      agreed, instead of offering discounts they are charging 10% extra, majboori mein hi log istimaal kertay honge ya phir jin k paas paisay kharch kerne ka koi or achcha tareeqa nahi … lol, saanu ki ?

    • DJ

      This 10% extra charges means either they are so hungry for profits or Venture companies are not ready to pay single penny to them in exchange of customers. but 10% no way i wont pay at all i was first thinking i should buy tickets from them but why i pay more money rather than getting discount or at least on base price.

      • Amber Rose

        Who cares, when you can easily book your ticket with Daweoo via phone call…. without paying any upfront charges. Let me put them under the bed so the MONSTERS can eat their so called innovative service :)

  • MQM_iz_dehshatgard

    who the hell will pay 10% extra charges? I hope I will never use it!