Helpling secures funding from Tamedia AG
By Digital News Asia October 19, 2018
- Helpling is now active in 10 countries on three continents
- Available in 12 cities across Switzerland including Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, and Lausanne
HELPLING, a Singapore-based online marketplace for household services, is now also available in Switzerland. The company acquired the Swiss business Book a Tiger and received a seven-figure investment from Tamedia AG.
Helpling.ch enables customers in Switzerland to find their perfect cleaner and to book cleaning services with just a few clicks. The service is available in 12 cities across Switzerland including Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, and Lausanne. Helpling is now active in 10 countries on three continents.
As part of the expansion, Helpling acquired the Swiss business from its former competitor Book a Tiger, who has decided to focus on B2B customers in Germany.
The company already serves thousands of regular customers. Helpling and Tamedia AG, Switzerland's leading media group, see great potential in the Swiss market and will focus on the rapid expansion of the business.
To support the envisaged growth, Tamedia AG has invested a seven-figure amount.
According to Benedikt Franke, co-founder of Helpling, “We have acquired a well-established business and won a great local partner with Tamedia. Helpling has made great progress over the last years and we are looking ahead from a position of strength. Further expansion to more markets and additional services are on our roadmap. The expansion to Switzerland is the first step towards that journey. We look forward to working with our Swiss customers and colleagues.”
Samuel Hügli, member of the board and director Technology & Investments of Tamedia AG said, “In Helpling, we found the ideal partner to take over the business from Book a Tiger and to take it to the next level. The company is very successful in various markets and we will provide support and expertise for the market entry into Switzerland.”
Helpling was founded in 2014 and has helped households find their perfect cleaner and supported service providers in their business. On the Helping platform, service providers are able to set their own prices and present their services through an online profile.
Customers can select their cleaner based on various criteria, such as experiences from other customers, ratings or price. Customers and cleaners both benefit from the automatic invoicing, secure online payment, customer service and a insurance against damages.