[Funding alert] Housing provider Startup Habyt Raises €40M Series C Round Funding

Oct 5, 2023 | By Startup Rise EU

Habyt, the world's leading flexible housing provider, has raised €40M in a series C round as it expands globally and consolidates its market share.

Habyt, the world's leading flexible housing provider, has raised €40M in a series C round as it expands globally and consolidates its market share.

This round is led by the new investors Korelya Capital (Paris-based) and Deutsche Invest (Munich-based). It was also participated by new investors Exor Ventures, Endeavor Catalyst, and existing shareholders P101, ITALIA500-Azimut, HV Capital, Vorwerk Ventures, Norwest, Kinnevik, Burda Principal Investments, and Inveready.

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With its new round of funding, Habyt aims to continue expanding its portfolio entering new markets, further developing ESG initiatives, and enhancing tech-driven solutions to meet the evolving needs of residents, making renting with Habyt even easier. Company’s customers will see multiple updates in the mobile App unveiled in the near future and a refined browsing and booking experience for an even smoother onboarding.

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Luca Bovone, CEO of Habyt, commented, "We are breaking barriers and aim to enable easy access to housing, allowing anyone to embrace flexible living anywhere in the world. We have seen exponential growth and raised a significant series C with support from existing and new investors, despite a drop in series C rounds across the board this year.”

Giuseppe Donvito, Partner, P101, added, "We're proud to be part of Habyt's mission to revolutionize the flexible housing market. Habyt offers a fresh approach to addressing the global housing challenge, catering to the needs of a growing segment of young professionals living on the go. The demand for such solutions has been surging over the past few years, and we expect this trend to only strengthen over time."

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Many young people across the world are currently struggling with a critical lack of housing as demand vastly outstrips supply and mortgage interest rates are sky-high. At the same time, there are 35 million digital nomads globally for whom simple, flexible solutions offer a way around restrictive local renting laws.

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With 70% of Habyt’s clients being internationals relocating for study or work, and 30% local citizens, the company is creating the rental experience of tomorrow by standardizing the housing process with a digital-first approach, offering high-quality, flexible living options for travelers, locals, and professionals.

Franco Danesi, Partner, Korelya Capital and Habyt Board Member, said, “Habyt is solving the ever growing global problem of access to housing with a digital-first solution appealing to young local families and mobile professionals alike, while offering real estate developers and investors an innovative and compelling product. What truly excites me is Habyt’s unparalleled global footprint with significant presence in the US, Europe and Asia. We believe in Habyt's bold vision of redefining the world of flexible housing, and we are keen to support them on their journey by facilitating access to attractive geographies such as Asia.”

Armin Weiland, Managing Director, Deutsche Invest and Habyt Board Member, added, “In just a few short years, Habyt has embarked on an incredible journey of growth and expansion, and managed to thrive in one of the most challenging startup climates we’ve seen for years. With the current momentum and remarkable net revenue increase, a trajectory to profitability in 2024 is the next clear big goal with an ongoing focus on unit economics and the profitability of each asset.”

About Habyt

Habyt since its founding in 2017 by Luca Bovone. As well as its critical acquisition of Common, Habyt completed a company-wide rebranding by world-renowned agency DesignStudio to reflect Habyt’s truly global brand and unite all products under one umbrella.

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The company also opened its first hotel in Europe - The Waterfront in Berlin, Germany - for short-term housing and vacation stays, which was fully booked days after opening. The company’s portfolio saw expansion across all three continents.

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Canada became a new market, with 10,000 further units in the North American pipeline, and the Asian division is looking to expand to neighboring countries and double its portfolio in Hong Kong and Singapore over 2024.

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