PiggyBee is ready for take-off

At the end of 2010, I came back from South Africa with the idea that everyone could become a carrier. An initial version of PiggyBee was launched in 2012 and, this year, a few thousand miles later, the community will soon exceed 10,000 members.

To both sustain and further accelerate this growth, the startup recently got a €50,000 investment from WING. WING is a Belgian investment fund specialized in financing digital startups.



This primer cash injection will finance a series of new features in the platform, and will enable us to conduct some hypothesis-testing. The goal is to quickly multiply the number of offers posted on the site in order to achieve a day-by-day increase in package deliveries by travelers.

Looking beyond this piece of good news, the most-important thing is our users, without whom nothing would be possible. If you’ve not yet joined the community, it’s time you sign up here – it’s free! Also, personal recommendations are our biggest source of new people, so please do tell your friends and family about the project and share this article.




Entrepreneur and traveler, David Vuylsteke is the founder and CEO of PiggyBee, a startup that connects people who want to move items across the world with travelers who can help.

Le WING donne des ailes à PiggyBee

Fin 2010, je rentrais d'Afrique du Sud avec l'idée que tout un chacun deviendrait transporteur. Une première version de PiggyBee a vu le jour en 2012 et, quelques milliers de "miles" plus tard, la communauté dépassera cette année les 10 000 membres.

A la fois pour soutenir et accélérer cette croissance, la startup vient de bénéficier d'un investissement de 50 000 € auprès du WING. Ce fond d’investissement Wallon est spécialisé dans le financement des startups numériques.



Cette somme de pré-amorçage sera utilisée pour apporter une série de nouvelles fonctionnalités sur la plateforme et nous permettra de valider différentes hypothèses. L'ambition est de décupler rapidement le nombre d'offres proposées sur le site en vue d'effectuer chaque jour davantage de transports d'objets par le biais de personnes qui se déplacent.

Au delà de cette bonne nouvelle, le plus important reste nos utilisateurs, sans qui rien de tout cela ne serait possible. Si vous n'êtes pas encore membre de la communauté, il est grand de temps de vous y inscrire ici gratuitement ! Aussi, le bouche à oreille reste notre plus grand allié et je vous invite à parler du projet à vos amis ou encore, à partager cet article.


Entrepreneur et globe-trotteur, David Vuylsteke est le fondateur de PiggyBee

PiggyBee vliegt uit

Eind 2010 kwam ik terug uit Zuid-Afrika met het idee dat iedereen vervoerder moest kunnen worden. Een eerste versie van PiggyBee zag het licht in 2012 en telt, vele kilometers verder, dit jaar al meer dan 10.000 leden. Om de startersonderneming te ondersteunen en om verdere groei mogelijk te maken, heeft WING onlangs een investeringsfonds van € 50.000 aan PiggyBee toegekend. 



Dit fonds zal voornamelijk worden ingezet om een aantal nieuwe functionaliteiten toe te voegen. Als je nog geen lid bent van de PiggyBee-community, dan is het de hoogste tijd om je nu gratis in te schrijven! Ik zou het leuk vinden als je je vrienden over PiggyBee vertelt. Of nog beter: dat je dit artikel deelt.


Ondernemer en wereldreiziger, David Vuylsteke is de oprichter van PiggyBee

Пчелка PiggyBee на этапе взлета

В конце 2010 г. я возвращался домой из Южной Африки с мыслью о том, что всякий мог бы стать перевозчиком. Первая версия PiggyBee появилась в 2012 г., и спустя несколько тысяч “миль” в этом году число подписчиков сообщества перевалило за 10 000. К тому же в целях поддержания и ускорения этого роста WING недавно инвестировало в стартап 50 000 €. 




Эта сумма будет направлена главным образом на создание ряда новых функциональных возможностей. Если вы еще не являетесь подписчиком сообщества, то сейчас самое время подписаться на него бесплатно! А ещё вы можете рассказать об этом проекте друзьям и поделиться этой статьей.

La abeja de PiggyBee despega

A finales de 2010, regresé a Sudáfrica con la idea de que cualquiera podría ser transportista. En 2012 nación una primera versión de PiggyBee y, miles de millas más adelante, este año la comunidad superará los 10 000 miembros. Tanto para el apoyo como para acelerar este crecimiento, la empresa emergente acaba de recibir una inversión de 50 000 € con WING



Esta cantidad se utilizará principalmente para proporcionar una serie de nuevas características. Si todavía no es miembro de la comunidad, ¡es una oportunidad excelente para que se inscriba gratuitamente! Además, le invito a hablar del proyecto a sus amigos e incluso a compartir este artículo.

A Abelha da PiggyBee na fase de decolagem

No final de 2010, eu estava voltando da África do Sul com a ideia de que todo mundo estaria transportando alguma coisa. A primeira versão da PiggyBee nasceu em 2012 e, alguns milhares de “quilômetros” mais tarde, a comunidade este ano será superior a 10.000 membros. Para apoiar e acelerar este crescimento, o startup acaba de receber um investimento de € 50.000 com a WING



Este montante será usado principalmente para fornecer uma série de novos recursos. Se você ainda não for um membro da comunidade, é chegada a hora de se inscrever aqui gratuitamente! Além disso, eu convido você para falar sobre o projeto para seus amigos ou compartilhar este artigo.

Clearly Vision Prize

PiggyBee Reaches The Clearly Vision Prize Semi-Final Round to compete for a share of the $250,000 USD prize.



PiggyBee has been selected as a semi-finalist in the inaugural Clearly Vision Prize, a global competition for entrepreneurs to tackle the number one unaddressed disability in the world – poor vision.

PiggyBee will now compete alongside 36 other entrepreneurs and innovators for one of five spots in the final, vying for part of the $250,000 USD of seed funding and mentoring to accelerate the best ideas.

The Clearly Vision Prize is part of a unique and innovative year-long campaign - called Clearly - spearheaded by James Chen, a Hong Kong-based philanthropist and investor. With one in three people globally lacking access to eye care, Clearly seeks to address the challenges brought about by poor vision and accelerate a revolution in eye care.
The Clearly Vision Prize aims to gather creative solutions from entrepreneurs, technologists, supply chain experts, data scientists and forward thinkers – including drawing upon innovation currently used in other areas - to help the 2.5 billion people around the world suffering from poor vision, who have no means of improving it.

The Clearly Vision Prize aims to focus on providing solutions across the following areas:
Improving reliable detection – regardless of where people live, their age or gender
Using technology for training - to identify the conditions that lead to poor vision
Enhancing supply networks – to give access to basic solutions like glasses
Harnessing insights and data – to help eye care providers work more efficiently

James Chen, Founder of Clearly, commented:
“I have been overwhelmed and inspired by the ideas submitted to The Clearly Vision Prize. It really does show that on the digital era, the world has the ideas and the technology to crack this challenge and transform access to sight around the world. Good vision empowers and transforms lives on every level. it is astounding that, 700 years after spectacles were invented, billions of people in the developing world still do not have access to something as seemingly simple as eye screening and a pair of glasses. We can and must overcome this.”

Five finalists will be selected in mid-September and invited to ‘Clearly 2035’ -  a global event where the most brilliant brains in the world will come together in one place at one time to create solutions to help the whole world see.

About  Clearly

Clearly is a global campaign focused on helping the world to see.


There are currently 2.5 billion people in the world that have poor vision and no means of improving it. It is the number one unaddressed disability in the world.

Clearly is a year-long campaign that seeks to inspire talented and creative minds to solve this problem that the world has forgotten about – and help the world to see.

Launched in April 2016, Clearly focuses on three core pillars:
An 'ideas' competition for entrepreneurs
A series of ‘Clearly Labs’ challenges, for companies who have the ingenuity and the heart to aim as high as possible to help find the answers
A unique, global event with a small group of the world’s best and most creative brainpower in one place to develop the big idea

The campaign has garnered the support of a number of Champions, including:
Neil Blumenthal, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker, and former director of charity, VisionSpring
Brian Doolan, CEO of The Fred Hollows Foundation, focused on preventable blindness in developing countries
Dave Gilboa, co-founder and co-CEO of eyewear brand Warby Parker
Sir David Tang, entrepreneur and founder of Shanghai Tang

Sir David Tang, Champion of Clearly, commented:
"Access to good sight should not be a luxury. Yet, 2.5 billion people are still forced to go without clear vision. Radical new thinking is necessary to rectify this.  The Clearly campaign is a catalyst for this, and will sharpen the sights of millions.”
Please click here for more information and to view the Clearly film: www.clearly.world

About James Chen
Born in Asia, raised in Africa and educated in Europe and the US, James Chen is a venture philanthropist with a global outlook.
He is founder of his family office Legacy Advisors Ltd, Chairman of Wahum Group Holdings, a third generation family-owned manufacturing business, and founder of the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, which has a focus on early childhood literacy, library development and education enhancement.
James is the founder of Adlens, a global enterprise leading the development and sale of adjustable focus eyewear, and the founder of Vision for a Nation Foundation, a UK charity that supports emerging nations to provide nationwide primary eye care and affordable glasses to all their citizens.
Clearly is the culmination of James’ 12 year journey to improve universal access to eye care.




Entrepreneur and traveler, David Vuylsteke is the founder and CEO of PiggyBee, a startup that connects people who want to move items across the world with travelers who can help.