PropTech startup Huspy has just raised $37 million in a Series A funding led by Sequoia Capital India.
Also participating in the round of venture capital financing were California-headquartered venture capital firms Founders Fund, Fifth Wall, and Chimera Capital, which joined returning investors Breyer Capital, BY Venture Partners, COTU, VentureFriends, and Venture Souq.
The company wants to use the funds to invest in technology development, expand into new markets across Europe, and boost growth in regions where it already operates.
“In just under two years, Huspy has grown to become one of the largest property platforms, facilitating billions of dollars in volume. Today, we’re humbled to partner with global and regional investors, and we look forward to working together to reshape the world’s largest asset class,” said Jad Antoun, co-founder & CEO of Huspy.
Launched in 2020, Huspy strives to streamline the home buying experience by creating a modern platform connecting home buyers with leading property agents and trusted financial institutions.
It took Huspy just one year of operations to become the leading mortgage provider in the United Arab Emirates, with an annual run rate of more than 1 billion USD.
The startup has successfully recruited talent from some of the world’s top tech companies, including Compass, Gympass, Loft, Loggi, Microsoft, Quinto Andar, SumUp, and Uber. It also employs a team of brokers with over 20 years of experience working for banks like Emirates NBD, RAKBANK, ADIB, and DIB.
“In a short span of time, the company has demonstrated its strong value proposition for the real estate ecosystem and has become the market leader in mortgage broking in the UAE with healthy unit economics,” commented GV Ravishankar, MD, Sequoia India.
The PropTech market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 16.8% between 2022-2032 as startups and incumbent real estate companies use modern technology to make the home buying experience less stressful.
UAE Comes Out Strongly In Guinness World Records 2023
Guinness, the renowned cataloger of record-breaking events, has released its latest annual, after sifting through 40,000 applications — and the Arab world is heavily featured.
Guinness World Records, the authority on record-breaking global achievements, has just announced its latest release, “Guinness World Records 2023 (GWR2023),” which will be available online and in physical stores across the Arab region from today.
As usual, GWR 2023 features all of the latest achievements from around the world (and space!), with special features and updated graphics to bring the stories to life.
So why the interest in the latest Guinness installment? Well, it turns out the Arab Region is strongly represented in the book, with more than 50 records featured in the new edition, which is no mean feat considering the volume of competition.
“We’ve sifted through nearly 40,000 record applications over the past year to bring you Guinness World Records 2023. People from all walks of life continue to be fascinated by extremes, and we’ve received claims from across the planet – indeed, even from space! This is why I’ve said the new edition is out of this world,” says Craig Glenday, Guinness Editor in Chief.
Of interest to readers of this platform, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates both get to flex their record-breaking muscles.
Saudi Arabia claims the title of “Largest LED Structure and Suspended Ornament” courtesy of the Noor Riyadh Festival, as well as other weird and wonderful titles, including the “Largest Lego Formula 1 Car”, as well as perhaps more prestigious honors, such as “Largest Mirrored Building”, “Largest Clock Face”, “Tallest Lighthouse” and the “Largest Geodesic Dome”.
Not to be outdone, the UAE has claimed several humanitarian record-breaking titles, including the “Longest Video Livestream” (by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and pan Arab influencer Hassan Suleiman), the “Largest Donation for Medical Treatment”, and the “Most Awareness Ribbons Made in One Hour”.
On the tech front, the UAE also claims several prestigious firsts, including “First 3D-Printed Laboratory”, while the world-renowned Burj Khalifa hangs on to its title of “World’s Tallest Building”.