Adetokunboh (Toks) Adebiyi, Founder at Clooper (Source: Clooper)
Having experienced life as a tenant, homeowner, landlord and property manager, Adetokunboh had gone through many years of managing his home and properties the traditional way with piles of paperwork ranging from tenancy to maintenance to finance documents and so on. Although he was an experienced landlord with established systems, he found the process to be time consuming and frustrating. Having to go from system to system to system for each part of the process was the most frustrating thing and don’t want to even mention the paperwork.
It reached the boiling point when he had to sort urgent property maintenance issues whilst on much needed family holidays. Adetokunboh was upset that the tenants were disturbing his holiday, the tenants were also upset that he sounded upset when they needed something fixed.
That was the tipping point for him. As much as he wanted to be a good landlord or property manager, he also did not want to spend many hours going through websites and calling contacts to find reputable local tradespeople to get quotes, whilst on a short break that was meant to be an escape from it all. Toks thought about all the people that might be going through similar frustrations when really everyone had a similar goal to keep the property in good condition. He thought surely there must be a way to make everyone’s life easier.
My life’s purpose had been (and still is) to help people live joyful lives and I wrote a book about it called “Joyful”. said Adetokunboh.
Then he had a dream about Clooper. An idea that would connect people to resolve the pain of going helter-skelter to fulfil the end to end journey of renting or managing a property.
Finally landlords would be able to claw back their precious time whilst providing a great service to tenants and tradespeople would be able to find more work and earn a living; Homeowners too will be able to save time and hassle by finding good local tradespeople and manage repairs and improvement works all from their phone, the idea was a win for everybody and would result in better housing provision for the society and a more joyful life for everyone.
Clooper Crowdfunding Campaign
86% of landlords in the UK manage their tenancies themselves and many find property management to be very frustrating and time-consuming. In an industry worth over £11B, Clooper aims to solve this problem with a platform that connects landlords, tenants, trade services and homeowners together.
- We calculate the industry value at £11 billion
- Facebook Marketplace Inventory Partner, Founders Factory & Tech Nation
- The founder has previously worked with Prudential, Visa and Lloyds
- £200k lead investment pledged from a leading Landlord & Developer
86% of private landlords in the UK manage their properties themselves and many find it time-consuming, stressful and frustrating. The solutions out there have not been innovative enough to help people in a sector we calculate to be worth over £11B.
Clooper aims to solve this problem with a property management platform that connects landlords, tenants, trade services and homeowners together to facilitate easy transactions and a healthy relationship between them. It’s like airbnb for long lets.
The UK is currently undergoing a digital transformation in the real estate sector. With Covid-19 further fuelling the adoption of online services, Clooper aims to help with making move-ins quicker, repairs faster, communication and payments easier. Done with a sustainable all-in-one solution for property management that reduces worry and increases control.
Clooper is part of the Tech Nation Family and was shortlisted into Founders Factory and Activate Accelerator programmes. The platform launched in private beta on 28/09/2020. We obtained EIS Advanced Assurance in August. Paul Rothwell of Empire, a large residential landlord in England, has pledged £200k of investment.
The money raised will go towards key recruits, our mobile apps, marketing, sales and operations.
Join us on our mission to create a world where everyone has a place they can be proud to call home and live joyfully!
Alassane Sakho: The Senegalese Serial Entrepreneur
Alassane Sakho is a young and brilliant Senegalese entrepreneur, Telecommunications engineer specialized in the Technical-Commercial field, He founded KALIMO GROUP in January 2023, with the ambition to contribute to the development of Senegal. A graduate of ESMT in Dakar, Alassane is passionate about sales, ICT, Mobile Money and real estate. He began his career in 2010 with the Orange Money Senegal and Orange Business Service projects. Later, he joined large real estate companies as a commercial developer, (SIPRES SA, SENEGINDIA, TEYLIUM Group and the company Fimolux, where he held the position of General Manager of the commercial subsidiary.
Alassane Sakho has also supported many Senegalese and international companies in their development in Senegal, including Wizall Money, ATPS, MOODS, etc. Its vision extends beyond national borders, initially targeting West Africa, with projects planned in Mali, Gambia, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, before expanding to other parts of the continent.
Kalimo is involved in various areas of activity, including real estate development, digital communication, sales, rental and asset management, construction, training, advice and assistance. In addition, the company plans to enter the film industry, with its subsidiary K7film, which will produce short and feature films, animated films, corporate communication, documentaries, etc.
Apart from his professional activities, Alassane SAKHO is involved in sports, especially football. He coaches youngsters from 8 to 20 years old and has the honour of winning the “Universal Youth Cup” tournament in 2019 in Italy, against big clubs such as Inter Milan, Ajax Amsterdam, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan. Its main objective is to consolidate Kalimo’s presence in Africa and to help foreign companies wishing to set up in Senegal.
Finally, its digital team is ready to help companies or public figures increase their notoriety and visibility on social media. Other areas of activity, such as agribusiness and mass distribution, are currently being explored.
Violaine SAGNA: African Circular Designer
Violaine SAGNA emerges as the rising designer to watch, bringing her expertise from the world of large international groups, to a new creative horizon at the service of women’s development, social inclusion, beauty and authenticity. Atelier 22B is committed to celebrating West Africa’s cultural heritage, supporting the sustainable development of communities of women artisans, and offering innovative, elegant and responsible objects.
Each creation is the result of a harmonious collaboration, where artisanal skills meet the creative vision of Violaine Beh Sagna. In this approach, Atelier 22B ensures fair remuneration and we invest in an innovative way in mutual health insurance for these women, thus guaranteeing their well-being.
Violaine Beh Sagna breathes a unique dimension into Atelier 22B through limited-edition capsule collections. Each piece tells a story, full of meaning, excellence and aesthetics. These creations, to be discovered urgently, redefine the world of African design with a minimalist and singular aesthetic.
Explore the captivating world of Atelier 22B, where each creation is a living testimony to the union between beauty, goodness, and happiness, contributing to the innovative vision of contemporary African design led by Violaine Beh Sagna.
FindMe is making postal addressing accessible in Africa
FindMe was launched in 2020 to solve the problem of postal addressing in Africa by Cameroonian entrepreneur Brandon WANGUEP and his associates. The application allows you to create a standardized address in a matter of minutes. Currently based in Dakar, Brandon seeks to expand his activities to other countries on the continent. FindMe allows you to generate a postal address for a home or business in two (2) minutes.
According to Brandon WANGUEP: “One of my friends lived through an ordeal during a trip to Congo, spending more than 45 minutes looking for the Cameroonian embassy with Google Maps. I met a friend who lost her father because the ambulance couldn’t find her home in time, despite all the directions provided. I wanted to create an innovative project that would have a major and positive impact on society.”
The way the app works is simple. All you have to do is take a photo of your home or office, which will allow the delivery person to recognize it when making a delivery. If necessary, the user can also add the location number. Then, by hovering the red pointer over their living area via Google Maps, they can pinpoint the exact location. Then, all they have to do is order their address plate for installation.
FindMe has improved the quality of service of Poste Senegal, one of the start-up’s partners (along with Google Maps and TomTom). “FindMe makes it much easier to pinpoint the precise location of streets for mail and parcel delivery and our commitments are now able to be fulfilled much more quickly,” says Fatou Mbaye, project coordinator at Senegal Post.