French startup Wecasa has raised a $17.7 million funding spherical (€15 million). Blisce is main the funding spherical with present traders Serena, ISAI and Frédéric Mazzella additionally collaborating. The corporate has been constructing a market for dwelling care and wellness.
Over the previous few years, Wecasa has saved including new verticals. The startup initially specialised in hairdressing at dwelling. It then added therapeutic massage, magnificence remedies, housekeeping, babysitting and sports activities teaching.
Whereas the corporate is usually energetic in France, it expanded to London in April 2021. Up subsequent, Wecasa expects to launch its service in a few new European markets as quickly as subsequent yr.
On the subject of metrics, Wecasa expects to generate $23.6 million (€20 million) in income this yr. That may characterize a three-fold improve in comparison with 2020 income. There are 150,000 Wecasa clients and 5,000 registered professionals on the platform.
Like many marketplaces, discovering extra companions will likely be key to supporting the corporate’s development. Wecasa expects so as to add one other 3,000 professionals by the tip of 2021 as an example. There are at present 50 individuals working for the corporate and the startup is hiring one other 30 workers this yr.
This isn’t the one market targeted on dwelling care and wellness in France. On the subject of housekeeping, Wecasa competes with Helpling, O2, Shiva and others. On the subject of babysitting, Wecasa competes with Yoojo, Yoopies and others. Another marketplaces additionally concentrate on one-off jobs, reminiscent of fixing one thing that’s damaged — examples embrace Lulu dans ma rue and Stootie.
Wecasa has been slowly including new classes, which is a brilliant transfer because it’s simpler to be sure you’re working with competent professionals when you don’t have a thousand completely different verticals. There’s additionally an enormous market alternative as a whole lot of suggestions for a baby-sitter or a housekeeper nonetheless occur offline — there will likely be room for a number of marketplaces. And Wecasa now appears to be effectively positioned to construct a powerful model and repair throughout a number of markets.