A Missoula, Mont., Resident Mapping Startup that allows users to download sophisticated topographic offline maps that outlines public and private land as well as a host of other hunting, fishing and camping features has received its first large external Funding.
onXmaps has completed a $ 20.3 million Series A round of Summit Partners. Bessemer Venture Partners, Millennium Technology Value Partner, Next Frontier Capital and NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke also participated in the round. The company calls the fundraise one of the largest among startups in Montana.
This is the first external funding contribution the 70-member startup has made since its inception in 2009.
The founder and CEO of the company, Eric Siegfried, himself an avid nature boy, had developed a more fundamental program to integrate these maps with his own Garmin GPS. After finding out that his friends were interested in such a product, he put $ 27,000 of his personal money into the business and turned his wife’s junkyard into a kind of HQ and copied the software he had written on microSD cards  A major application of the company’s technology in Missoula, Montana, is to allow users to track the boundaries of public and private land while they hunt, fish or hike custom maps with other information in “layers” for the time being created , The company’s flagship product for desktop, mobile and Garmin GPS devices is an app called onX Hunt, which is used by millions of hunters, says Joshua Spitzer, CTO / COO of onXmaps, according to the startup. that “almost zero percent of users only use the product for hunting.”
The company’s maps, according to the company, include nearly one billion acres of public land and some 121 million private properties. Users can download topographic maps of these areas and use their mobile device’s GPS feature to track their own movements along custom routes or the more than 400,000 miles of trails available in the company’s app.
State-by-state basis so that users can either pay $ 30 a year to get access to maps for a single state, or they can plop $ 100 annually to see data for all 50 states.
The company has thrived within the startup ecosystem of Montana, which you would be forgiven for not having heard much about. The company’s leadership is quite emphatic that the company’s success in Montana itself owes a great deal.
“In the history of onXmaps, Montana is almost like a cofounder,” Spitzer told TechCrunch. “The company we have today could never really have been founded anywhere, based on the sports history and sports culture in Montana and the patchwork land ownership situation that exists with both public and private land.”
It wants to develop new products outside of its core hunt app over the coming months and use this latest round of financing to attract more customers and more data to strengthen its services.