Helpling raises US$10.7M led by Singapore’s APACIG to add new services to its home services marketplace

Sainul Abudheen
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In March last year, Helpling appointed Philippe Limes as the new CEO of Helpling Asia

Helpling, an online home services marketplace that expanded to Singapore with the acquisition of Spickify in 2015, has secured S$15 million (US$10.7 million) in investment from existing investors, led by Singapore-based Asia Pacific Internet Group, a startup incubator formed by Rocket Internet and Qatari telco Ooredo

The investment will be used to add new household services and roll out these services in all markets including Singapore, the company said in a statement.

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Founded by Benedikt Franke and Philip Huffmann, Helpling is an online marketplace for home services outside the US. Customers can book a vetted and insured service provider on its website or mobile app, and gain back free time within a couple of clicks.

For service providers, the online service makes it easier to find new clients and manage when and where they want to work.

Helpling currently offers services in nine countries, namely Australia, Germany, Italy, France, Ireland, the UK, the UAE, the Netherlands and Singapore.

The Berlin-headquartered company has raised a total of approximately S$101 million (US$72 million) in funding since launch in early 2014. Its other investors are Rocket Internet, Mangrove Capital, Lakestar and Accel Partners.

In March last year, Helpling appointed Philippe Limes as the new CEO of Helpling Asia. In January this year, Helpling launched additional household services across 20 cities in Germany. The range of new services includes window cleaning, furniture assembling and paint work, among others.

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