Beauty booking platform Shedul.com raises £15.26 million Series B investment led by Partech Partners

April 11, 2019

Shedul.com, the world’s fastest growing booking platform for salons and spas, announced today a Series B investment of $20 million, valuing the company at $105 million

The round was led by Partech, an investment firm with hubs in Paris, San Francisco, and Berlin, along with participation from Berlin-based Target Global, Dubai-based BECO Capital, and New York-based FJ Labs. Additionally, the round included personal investment from entrepreneur Niklas Östberg, Founder and CEO of Delivery Hero AG. The fundraise was oversubscribed with additional secondary transactions of $3 million. The Series B round brings the total amount raised by the London-headquartered company to $32 million to date.

Shedul.com is an intuitive, free SaaS-enabled marketplace that salons and spas around the world use to streamline their business operations. In just a few years since launch, the company has captured a vast customer base of merchants in more than 120 countries, mainly in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. Recently, the company launched its consumer marketplace Fresha.com, which connects merchants using the free business software to consumers online. The marketplace unlocks revenue potential for merchants by leveraging the power of online bookings and automated marketing through mobile apps and integrations to Instagram, Facebook and Google. 

Today, the company announced that a staggering 8 million appointments are booked on its platform each month, at a value of over $270 million and growing. Growth in active merchants is expanding at an average rate of 20% quarter-on-quarter, making Shedul.com the world’s fastest growing beauty and wellness platform. In just a few years since launch, the platform is on track to process $6 billion worth of appointment bookings by the end of 2019.

The company’s Co-Founders, William Zeqiri, and Nick Miller, shared how their strategy helped outpace conventional competitors to achieve hypergrowth. “Being customer-driven is ingrained into our team’s core,” explained CEO William Zeqiri. “Since day one, we have focused on solving major challenges to make our customers happy. We spend much time talking to our customers and acting on their feedback, enhancing our platform to suit their needs. That’s how we’ve built an award-winning product that can sell itself.”

“It’s not only the quality of our product which gives an advantage, it’s the unbeatable accessibility our platform offers customers” added Nick Miller, the company’s Chief of Product. “The market is highly competitive, crowded with legacy software providers who charge excessive fees to simply access their products. We’ve re-invented the business model by offering our business software totally free of charge, and instead monetise online bookings made through our marketplace. This strategy helps us consolidate the industry, building up a vast global network of merchants for our marketplace. We solved the chicken and egg problem of reaching marketplace liquidity, letting us rapidly scale and monetise the network.” 

Ultimately, this unique approach of powering a global consumer marketplace with a free SaaS platform attracted Partech to lead the Series B investment. “We believe the founders have built an excellent product and demonstrated impressive growth since inception with their unique business model,” explained Philippe Collombel, Co-Managing Partner of Partech. “They have a winning vision to deliver transformational change to the beauty and wellness industry, and we believe their strategy will propel them to become the largest booking platform for the multi-trillion dollar beauty market.”

“We’re ecstatic for Partech to join as our partner in supercharging growth of our platform,” said Zeqiri, commenting on the Series B investment. “The beauty and wellness industry is at a tipping point transitioning to an online model, the new investment secures our forefront position in leading this global shift”.

The company plans to use the investment to accelerate product development and support the ongoing worldwide rollout of its Fresha.com consumer marketplace.

Rapyd Secures £31.25 million in Series B Funding Led by General Catalyst and Stripe

LONDON and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Rapyd, a global fintech-as-a-service platform that enables businesses and consumers to pay or be paid however they choose, using any payment method or cash for local and cross-border e-commerce, today announced a $40 million series B financing round led by General Catalyst and Stripe, with participation from Target Global, IGNIA and other strategic payments and fintech companies.

With this investment, Rapyd will expand its technology platform that supports any local or cross-border commerce use case requiring local payments, such as bank transfers, e-wallets, and cash for local acceptance and payouts. Rapyd addresses a significant and growing market opportunity as more than half of all transactions worldwide are facilitated via bank transfer, but merchants find it increasingly difficult to digitally enable local payment methods and process cross-border sales that are critical for international expansion.

“We’re excited to work with our new partners General Catalyst, Stripe, Target Global, IGNIA, and others, who today join our earlier investors including seed and series A lead TaL Capital. This marks a critical inflection point in our evolution as a company and at a time when market demand for our fintech-as-a-service platform approach is accelerating,” said Arik Shtilman, Co-founder and CEO of Rapyd.

“Rapyd’s product offering helps merchants, banks, telcos and fintech companies expand the scope of the products they offer, increase the number of customers they reach, and improve the overall customer experience,” said Adam Valkin, Partner of General Catalyst. “Rapyd does this by helping drive the ubiquity of payment and payout options beyond debit and credit cards, towards cash, bank transfers, instant payments, e-wallets, and mobile money.”

“As global commerce continues to grow, the market opportunity for online merchants, the gig economy, online lenders and banks looking to provide access to funds instantly, is constrained due to the challenges of accepting and making local payment methods and cash transactions,” added Shtilman. “Rapyd helps businesses and their customers pay and be paid however they choose by seamlessly integrating any local payment method or cash to run any digital application from a single API.”

“Rapyd is a rare example of a unique solution allowing merchants and banks that work globally to be able to access hundreds of payment methods with one integration around the world. This ensures access to services for those who are most in need so that they can pay the way they are used to rather than being obliged to use the existing rails of card schemes,” noted Mike Lobanov, General Partner of Target Global. “We see the future in seamless payments with more and more transactions happening inside closed ecosystems through e-wallets. The global economy needs a modernized infrastructure which Rapyd is building.”

“Early on we saw and backed Rapyd’s vision to fundamentally re-think how financial management, money movement, and payment services could be delivered through a cloud computing model through a single technology stack. By removing the complexity and difficulty of managing geographic expansion, regulations, and new features businesses can focus on building the best fintech applications without worrying about backend systems that work on a global scale,” noted Eyal Dior, co-Managing Partner at TaL Capital. “We were pleased to lead Rapyd’s seed round and to co-lead their Series A funding. It is great to see market and investor acceptance of their Fintech-as-a-service vision.”

In addition to enabling local payments Rapyd also provides (1) Single Point of Reconciliation and Settlement of all funds across 65 currencies and the ability to payout in over 170 countries, (2) Advanced real-time foreign exchange services, that on average, provide a lower cost to clients and their consumers, and are more profitable, due to advanced FX hedging technology, and (3) Comprehensive global Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML)/Counter Financing Terrorism (CFT) services.

About General Catalyst
General Catalyst is a venture capital firm with approximately $5B raised to date that makes early-stage and transformational investments. We back fearless entrepreneurs who have the potential to build market-leading technology companies like Airbnb, BigCommerce, ClassPass, Datalogix, Datto, Demandware, Gusto, HubSpot, KAYAK, Oscar, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City and Boston, our portfolio companies benefit from a bicoastal network of talent, customers, and opportunity. For more: www.generalcatalyst.com.

About Target Global
Target Global is an international Venture Capital firm headquartered in Berlin, with €700m in assets under management. Connecting the key European startup ecosystems we leverage the unique DNA of each of our target geographies, across our global network. Building on our experienced team with substantial operational and investment experience, we help exceptional entrepreneurs to build market leaders. Target Global follows a lifecycle approach, investing in fast-growing online platforms, targeting trillion $ markets. Our partners have been investing for more than 15 years in the digital technology space, backing some of the European success stories. The Target Global portfolio includes companies such as Auto1, Delivery Hero, GoEuro, Dreamlines, Rapyd, and WeFox. For more: www.targetglobal.vc  

About TaL Capital
TaL Capital is a Private Investment Fund investing in promising early-stage high-tech companies with a focus on Healthcare and Fintech. Comprised of seasoned professionals and business leaders, our group has extensive connections and expertise ranging from technical know-how to operations and marketing, to strategic proficiency. At each stage of the business life cycle, our team supports the Fund’s array of portfolio companies by providing them with valuable input into strategy-building, networking, strategic alliances, and funding. TaL Capital seeks companies that offer unique technology, strong commercial potential, and outstanding leadership teams. For more information contact at eyal@tal-capital.com.

About IGNIA
IGNIA is a venture capital fund that invests in high growth companies aimed at the emerging middle class in Mexico. IGNIA invests in sectors such as fintech, financial services, payments, saas, marketplaces and gig economy, among others. For more: www.ignia.mxand @IGNIA Fund.

About Rapyd
Rapyd provides a fintech-as-a-service platform that helps businesses and their customers pay and be paid however they choose. The Rapyd platform supports any payment method for in-country or cross-border commerce use cases. Businesses can seamlessly integrate payment methods like bank transfers, e-wallets, or cash into any digital application from a single API and scale them globally across multiple payments networks. Rapyd operates the world’s largest local payments network that connects to over 2B+ consumers transacting around the corner and across the globe. For more: www.rapyd.net.

Media contact: 
Lumina Communications for Rapyd 
Marshall Hampson / Danielle Scotto 408-680-0561 / 646-775-6303 
Rapyd@Luminapr.com

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