Serial entrepreneur Lukasz Gadowski joins Helpling as active investor
06 NOVEMBER 2014
SummaryBerlin, November 3rd, 2014: Helpling, the most widely-available online platform for booking local cleaners, today announced an investment from serial entrepreneur and investor Lukasz Gadowski.
Benedikt Franke, Co-founder of Helpling: “We are building the leading brand for home services and we are doing so at a rapid pace. The commitment of Lukasz is a great asset in taking Helpling to the next level. We see his engagement as a confirmation of our strategy to secure a leading position in our markets quickly.”
Lukasz Gadowski: “Their market leadership, an excellent team as well as the strong financial background of the existing shareholders have convinced me to invest in Helpling. I am very happy to be part of this and I look forward to provide not only a financial investment but also my personal experience and network.”
The investment follows a series of important milestones for Helpling. After launching in Germany in the beginning of April 2014, the company started its service in the Netherlands, France, Sweden and Austria in May after just two months of operations.
Most recently, the company expanded toSpain and Italy as well as to Brazil, its first Latin American Market.
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Helpling is the leading online marketplace for home services outside the U.S. On the website or via app, customers can book a vetted and insured cleaner and gain back free time within a couple of clicks. For self-employed cleaners, the online service makes it easier than ever to access new clients and to manage when and where they want to work. As the first marketplace in Europe, Helpling mediates various household services from a single source, e.g. window cleaning, furniture assembly or painting work.
Helpling was founded by Benedikt Franke, Philip Huffmann and Rocket Internet in January 2014. Since then the company has raised 56.5 million Euros from investors such as Mangrove Capital Partners, Phenomen Ventures, Point Nine Capital, Lukasz Gadowski, Lakestar and Kite Ventures. Helpling is active in 9 countries in 3 continents: Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Singapore, UAE and UK.