Flat.to, a web service which helps students find accommodation and roommates has raised angel funding form Aakrit Vaish, the Director of Flurry India. Vaish, an angel investor, will be the Chairman of the company’s board.
“We are seeing hundreds of daily active users and have on boarded 5 paying brokers,” Vaish told NextBigWhat in an e-mail. The company has also partnered with AIESEC, a non profit organisation for students looking for internships across the world.
Gaurav Munjal a software engineer from Mumbai is the Co-Founder & CEO of the company. His team of 6 people are based in Mumbai.
While Facebook, word of mouth and college authorities usually help students find accommodation near their colleges, there aren’t any popular services that cater exclusively to students and this could be a big winner for Flat.to.
We love the idea but the listings need to get better. A quick search for accommodation near the Xavier Institute of Communication in Mumbai shows you a few places. However, the listing needs to get better and the challenge would be to get cheaper accommodation listed on the site.
A few weeks ago, MapMyRoof had launched a similar service for office goers to find accomodation near workplaces. The listing are specifically based on company locations. This service oriented website is particularly intended to help students and professionals who come from non metros to metro cities for work.
The online real estate classifieds business is seeing a fair bit of disruption with new services looking to address the broken classifieds model. We previously covered housing.co.in, a property listing site based out of Mumbai, which seems to be doing a great job with its service to people moving to Mumbai. Housing.co.in raised $2.5 mn from Nexus Venture Partners. PlanetGhar also takes a map based approach like Housing.co.in.