Founded by Lindsey Elkin and Nicolas Buteau - who were early days Uber execs in a former life - Yayem is an experiential learning platform for hybrid professionals and teams - 'a global passport to enchanting spaces, epic experiences and personalised learning opportunities'.
Today the London-based start-up launched its mobile app and announced a $2 million funding round which will help to power global expansion.
The seed round includes a plethora of angel investors including Cleo Sham (former Partner at Stride VC), Alon Lits, (founder and CEO of Panda Health), Robbie Khazzam, (CEO of Float), Meg Donovan, Lyle Adams, (founder and CEO of Spry), and Kim Durand founder and CEO of Cheaf).
The platform provides 'connection and community' through new experiences, physical work spaces, network connections and it even has an AI-powered concierge that acts as a matchmaker (of the non-romantic kind!) within the community.
"We couldn’t be more excited to launch during Pride Month, with Yayem celebrations happening around the world. Just this past Tuesday, we took members on a private tour of Queer Britain - with London and visiting members joining us to learn, engage and connect. As a gay, black CEO, it was important to build Yayem with strong principles of diversity and inclusion — we are proud of the diversity of our initial founding member base, and plan to keep growing with these principles top of mind,” says co-founder and CEO Nicolas Buteau.