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Digital insurance brokerage for landlords and tenants

  • Julien Bonneville, CEO
  • New York, USA
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  • January 2016
  • Current
  • Seed

The Investment

Landlords' rigid requirements on tenants make it nearly impossible for most Americans and potential tenants in other global hubs to access quality living.

More than half of all Americans are living paycheck to paycheck; including some of those earning $100,000 or more. Moreover, over half of all American residents have less than $1,000 in savings. This makes it nearly impossible for most to put down a security deposit in the amount of one or more months of rent. Equally, high credit core requirements disqualify many potential tenants (including expats, foreign students or young graduates with limited credit history) from the market completely.

TheGuarantors spotted an opportunity to disrupt the market by creating an insurance product with benefits for both renters and landlords. For renters, it provides a more cost-efficient way to secure the property they want; for landlords it issues a lease rental bond which provides complete security on the guaranty deposit for their properties. With a positive knock-on effect on the liquidity of the market, and evident global scalability, TheGuarantors is making life easier for all participants in the rental process.

Why We Invested

Insurance Tech Benefits Landlords and Tenants in our Backing of TheGuarantors

Eric Martineau-Fortin

We see a massive opportunity for technology to help insure these rental leases and we are delighted to announce our investment in TheGuarantors, led by Julien Bonneville.Evolving in an environment which is seeing a lot of potential growth, TheGuarantors’ solution meets the needs of landlords and building property managers, brokers and prospective tenants by offering renters to be their guarantor for a fee. The company helps landlords and renters to connect, and secure the rent payment over the duration of the lease.

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In the News

TheGuarantors Grab $15M in Series B

The Series B round was led by Global Founders Capital, a global venture capital firm that has previously invested in companies such as Slack, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Most of the Series A investors, including White Star Capital, Alven Capital, and Partech Ventures, participated in the round, demonstrating their ongoing conviction towards the company and the space. The round also comprised an array of top players from the insurance and real estate industries, including Silvertech Ventures. Hugues de Braucourt from Global Founders Capital notes, "With their residential offerings, TheGuarantors have shown ability to create innovative products that have a strong market fit. By venturing into the commercial space - with larger and longer leases - their Securiti offering represents a huge opportunity for growth. We're trusting them to execute based on their past success and are thrilled to continue our support. "

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