Flatfair, From Left Bartosz Alksnin Founder And CTO, Franz Doerr, Founder And CEO, Daniel Jeczmien, Foundet And COO
The Flatfair team from left: Bartosz Alksnin, Franz Doerr, and Daniel Jeczmien

Deals round-up | Flatfair, Blokable, Zenhomes

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Chloé Vaughan

UK-based startup Flatfair, which is aimed at helping renters secure flats, has raised £9.1m in its latest funding round led by Index Ventures.

Index Ventures has previously invested in Slack, Citymapper and Deliveroo. Funding in this round also came from VC firm Revolt Ventures, digital marketplace platform Adevinta, and angel investments from former CEO of Savills, Jeremy Helsby, TransferWise cofounder, Taavet Hinnikus, and founder of Onefinestay, Greg Marsh.

Flatfair allows renters to avoid paying a deposit by allowing them to leave a debit card instead, akin to booking a hotel room.

This funding will be used for team expansion and to develop new features for the platform.


Blokable, a US-based modular home startup established in 2016, has raised $23m in its Series A funding round.

Vulcan Capital led the round, which also saw investment from Building Ventures, Launch, Kapor Capital, Motley Fool Ventures, Ten Eighty Capital, and angel investments from Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff, and Dennis Joyce, from Alliance of Angels.

Blokable is set to use this investment to open a second manufacturing facility in Sacramento, California.


Zenhomes

Zenhomes, a Berlin-based startup which provides a digital platform for property and tenant management, has raised €13m in its Series A funding round.

New investment came from energy group EWE, real estate firm Signa Innovations, and investment company Momeni. Funding also came from existing investors including insurance company Swiss Life, Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank Group’s Main Incubator, and Axa.

Zenhomes main output, Vermietet.de, claims to be the only platform in Germany which connects landlords and property managers to tools for rental and asset management, and building maintenance. The startup aims to make Vermietet.de the leading aggregator of housing in Germany by 2020.

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