Deskbookers, the Dutch work and meeting place booking platform, has landed €1.5 million in seed funding from Germany’s Point Nine Capital and a number of angel investors, including former Booking.com CMO Arthur Kosten and former CEO of Emesna.nl Marcel Beemsterboer.
The Deskbookers platform allows workers and freelancers to search for and book locations in real time to work at or hold meetings, at an hourly rate, while users can review and rate spaces. The startup claims it processes more than 7,000 bookings a month.
The service is currently available in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany and counts Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Uber among its customers.
Deskbookers, founded in 2013, has grown thus far without accepting any capital. With this seed funding, the startup says it now plans to expand into five more countries over the next year, including the UK, and improve its mobile services. “We are confident that the team has the drive and expertise to take this momentum and quickly expand to new markets globally,” said Mathias Ockenfels, principal at Point Nine Capital.
“We are very excited to bring strategic investors on board that have an extensive network and great deal of experience working with marketplace companies. We will use the seed funding to double down on expansion and growth and attract the best talent to our product and marketing teams,” added Jeroen Arts, Deskbookers founder.
The Amsterdam-based startup says that the traditional office space is becoming “obsolete” for both SMEs and large corporations with the growth of telecommuting and on-the-go workers, and it believes it is in a good position to take advantage of this.
It will face some competition in this business though, most notably from Ireland’s Meetingsbooker.com, which already has a large global presence in meeting venue booking.