Whoomies aims to turn shared accommodation into a social & hassle-free experience thanks to technology
|Location||Neuilly sur Seine, France|
|Sectors||Property Digital Mixed B2B/B2C|
|Incorporation date||27 Jan 2017|
We believe that everyone has the right to an easy, hassle-free, room hunting and flat-sharing experience. But, only a few of us can agree that we actually do.
Whoomies was founded in 2017 with the mission of helping millions of people get the most out of their shared housing hunt and move-in.
In less than 2 years, we successfully rolled-out 2 amazing products:
→ Whoomies App is the first mobile app, helping people match with their perfect roommate while allowing them to find their ideal accommodation.
Check our amazing metrics below 👇🏻
→ Whoomates, our B2B solution, empowering co-living & student accommodations by automating their room allocation processes.
Our customized smart-matching algorithm and resident application forms are time savers and create opportunities to grow both revenues and resident satisfaction through big data analysis.
As a human-centered company, what a better way for us to grow than to make our customers, fans and investors join our journey.
Finding a new apartment can be very tricky, and moving to a new country/city makes the whole process even harder.
Some of the biggest pain-points for tenants searching for shared accommodation include:
→ Finding people looking for a flatmate.
→ Finding a reliable ad.
→ Compiling the necessary documentation to be able to rent.
→ Handling the administration, insurance & more.
And sharing a home is not anymore dedicated to students: 60% of flat-sharers in the UK are professionals!
Our needs and expectations are evolving; as we start looking for more flexible solutions, work/life balance and social interactions.
Logically, shared housing has become one of the leading and most promising trends of residential real estate.
Whoomies brings a brand-new and innovative answer to those challenges: helping people create the ideal flat-share, while making their home hunting a unique & simple experience.
We aim to shape the shared housing market thanks to our full-circle and tenant-driven approach.
By including access to housing-related services inside Whoomies App by end-2019, we aim to cover all aspects of room hunting.
Substantial accomplishments to date
We take great pride in having successfully launched, to our knowledge, the first shared housing mobile app in France and London, on both iOS and Android stores.
- Outstanding traction of the Whoomies App thanks to user experience and innovative features, which as far as we are aware, are unique.
- Joined the biggest startup incubator in the world, Station F & the french PropTech Accelerator, Paris&Co.
- Targeting a huge opportunity using our technology as a B2B solution dedicated to shared accommodation property managers: Whoomates.
→ Built our products with one goal in mind: creating a best-in-class User Experience that distinguishes us from our competitors, thanks to an innovative approach focused on people’s needs.
A selection of our major achievements since our incorporation:
All of this has been possible because we have built a cross-functional team of amazing members dedicated to improving people’s lives.
After being named among the best-in-class apps by Apple and proving our product-market fit, the time has come to start monetizing.
- Tenants: direct monetization through value-added features that will shorten the room hunting process (eg: Tinder-like features for matching, trust features for room application)
- Room listers: Premium Adverts & paid features to manage tenants’ application processes.
- Services: Business provider strategy (kickback) through exclusive partnerships; offering a range of highly valuable services helping our users to settle in new cities easier.
Those multiple revenue streams allow us to be seen as a low-cost solution for users, advertisers and partners, while maximizing our ways to be profitable. This makes our model scalable, replicable and long lasting.
The Whoomates business model is simple, shared accommodation managers will be charged a setup fee, to tailor our solution according to their needs & specifications. And will pay per matched resident.
Use of proceeds
1) Product improvement and monetization.
Whoomies App [V2 & V3 Launch + Web-based platform]:
- Improved User Experience.
- New tech components (AI, new chatbot, video).
- Enhanced room applications (application form assistance...)
- In-app services.
We aim to further improve our user experience in 2019 by going deeper into the searching and move-in processes while focusing on monetization.
Whoomates [V1 Development & Launch]:
We are looking to fully automate our room allocation process while creating a data-management dashboard for residence managers.
2) Team expansion.
Key Recruitments (2-4 full-time):
- Grow our tech development resources.
- Scale up our business development efforts.
3) Customer Acquisition.
We’ve been successful at customer acquisition since the very beginning of our journey.
--> Keep on using communication and acquisition tools as a leverage for expansion and revenue.
--> Expanding to the entire UK & launch trials in new highly targeted markets.
Please note investors in this round will be receiving ordinary shares in the company which have pro-rata rights to voting and a return of capital on a winding-up or exit. Please note that an existing investor in the company holds 1x participating preference shares. This means that on a winding up or sale of the company this shareholder will receive €250,000 before then participating pro-rata alongside ordinary shareholders.