Welkeys, the concierge service rental 2.0-to-measure, announced a second fundraising of € 700,000 from Pascal Berend, shareholder, historical and manager of the fund Camasa, and John Madrangeas, new investor and business angel.
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Created in march 2015 by Chloe Fournier, Welkeys is a concierge service new generation which simplifies and optimizes the management of rental short and medium-term stays at the destination of the owners who rent on platforms of rentals between private individuals. In order to take care of the logistics of these locations (the reception of travelers at the exit of the premises through the maintenance), the start-up relies on an organized network of 500 concierges professionals managed by their City managers, experienced and verified, from hospitality training, speaking one or several foreign languages, and are located in 40 cities in France.
Welkeys launched from January 2017 bid “Welkeys Premium” for real estate investors, expatriates and networks of real estate looking for an offer of property management high-end complete. This at Viva Technology on the lab AccorHotels, Welkeys has won the Innovation Award 2017 the challenge “Welcome to the Neighborhood” organized by the group.
Thus, the startup takes care of the rental from A to Z : an audit of the apartment, creating the ad with professional photos, broadcast on multiple platforms (Airbnb, Booking, Homeaway and Tripadvisor), calendar management, reservations, and exchanges with the travellers 24/24h, price optimization according to the seasonality, co-ordination of the home, the household and the management of the linen between each rental with the caretakers of the community Welkeys, … today, this service is deployed in 10 cities in France and provides returns of nearly 11% to its customers.
This second fund-raising round will enable Welkeys to strengthen its Premium offering in Paris and its region, by offering quality services, hotel owners looking for profitability and their travelers in search of experience. The startup will expand its network of city managers in each of the cities and targets and offer a quality premium service to its passengers. It will soon offer its park apartments to large groups in search of new experiences of business travel.
“This second fund-raising round will enable us to strengthen our Premium offer to respond more to the expectations of our clients, city managers, and concierges. Our concern is to offer a premium service to continue to satisfy international consumers ever more demanding,” says Chloe Fournier, founder of Welkeys.
Finally, this second round table will allow Welkeys to strengthen its international development, particularly in Europe (Belgium, Spain and Portugal) and Morocco, to a long-term position as concierge service exclusive.
“I am proud to be part of the adventure Welkeys, who was able to anticipate and deliver the innovation expected by all real estate professionals looking for an exclusive service,” commented Jean Madrangeas new shareholder of Welkeys
To cope with the boom in rentals between individuals-with the rise of numerous platforms and the growing discontent of the hotel and the neighborhood, the legislation concerning these rentals are hardened in the major cities. Currently, this market that is growing professionalization allows Welkeys to emerge in this sector, while helping to insert new environmentally-friendly practices, promoting a high quality service, professional and personalized.
Created in march 2015 by Chloe Fournier, the startup Welkeys is an innovative service concierge rental 2.0 on request. The young company relies on a network of city managers, and concierges professionals verified and dedicated to rentals to short stays. This service is available to owners and real estate investors who are looking for a solution which is simple, efficient and comprehensive to maximize their rental income through the rental on Airbnb, booking.com, Homeaway or Tripadvisor.
Welkeys account today 500 profiles of caretakers assets and more than 4 000 registered owners on the platform. Present in 40 cities, the company deploys in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.
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