DogBuddy, a pan-European on-line market for dog sitting, has closed €five million in Series A investment, cash it plans for additional enlargement. Backing the London-headquartered startup on this spherical is current investor Sweet Capital, the funding fund began through the founders of King.com, and quite a few new unnamed non-public buyers. It brings general raised through DogBuddy to €10 million.
Acting as a normal on-line market, connecting provide with call for in as frictionless some way as imaginable, DogBuddy allows dog house owners in the U.Ok., Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Sweden and Norway to simply “find a loving home away from home” for his or her canine after they move away on weekends, longer vacations, work trips or need to paintings lengthy hours. Services presented through dog sitters come with strolling, day sitting and whole board.
The platform allows you to browse vetted sitter profiles, have a look at footage (together with of folks’s properties), learn buyer opinions, and ebook and pay on-line. As an additional incentive to take action, products and services booked via DogBuddy are coated through insurance coverage and emergency reinforce. As I’ve famous sooner than — when DogBuggy merged with Spanish rival Bibulu — this can be a accept as true with play up to the rest.
Richard Setterwall, founder and CEO of DogBuddy, says sturdy expansion in Sweden over the previous 12 months and the a success release of Norway in January, serves as a excellent base to release in additional European international locations in the coming months. “With this continued support and backing from our investors, we’ll be able to help make life easier for even more owners throughout Europe,” he says.
Along with its London HQ, the corporate has places of work in Stockholm and Barcelona. It claims 500,000 dog house owners have registered with the app, and over 30,000 licensed dog sitters are on the platform. In addition to geographical enlargement, DogBuddy says it’s going to make investments additional in advertising to lift consciousness of house dog boarding, puppy daycare and dog strolling among dog house owners.