Paris-based start-up Pickme has raised €3.5 million in funding from Founders Future, FrenchFounders, Kima Ventures, and business angels. The collaborative delivery platform was launched in 2019 by Jessie Toulcanon, Samuel Rousseau, and Florian Dufour-Rives. Pickme has developed a solution for collaborative delivery by creating a network of "Keepers" - people who receive packages on behalf of their absent neighbors. The Keepers use an application to indicate their availability and appear in real time on a map. The goal is to improve the delivery experience and reduce the costs and pollution associated with urban traffic.
Pickme has 96,000 Keepers in its community and works with major transport players such as DHL, GLS, and Colissimo. The start-up claims that its network of Keepers helps to reduce the number of delivery failures. The funding will be used to improve Pickme's technology and launch new services.
Founders Future and Kima Ventures are both venture capital firms that invest in early-stage start-ups. FrenchFounders is a business network for French entrepreneurs and executives. The business angels involved in the funding round are likely to be individual investors who have provided capital in exchange for equity in Pickme.
This funding round will help Pickme to expand its services and further develop its technology, allowing the start-up to improve the delivery experience for both consumers and businesses.