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Accommodation Marketplace for Emerging Markets

Accommodation Marketplace for Emerging Markets

SleepOut.com connects travellers with accommodation hosts in Africa. SleepOut has adapted existing peer-to-peer and hotel booking models for emerging markets. Offline payments, mobile money and pay later options extend SleepOut’s offering to the millions of Africans without credit cards (estimated at 99% of the population).

SleepOut.co.ke was launched in June 2012 originally serving only Kenya. SleepOut.com was thereafter launched in October 2013 and now lists 6,000+ accommodation options across 60 countries currently highly concentrated around East and Southern Africa.

SleepOut.com is a high performance, highly scalable custom-built PHP mobile web application with heavy reliance on test-driven development and clean code.

Built responsively, SleepOut uses SMS and email so that any host with a phone or email can publish their accommodation on the marketplace. Hosts can publish and fully manage their listings and bookings via their dashboard.

Mikul Shah

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Foodie, travel enthusiast, and entrepreneur with over 10 years experience in mature & emerging markets. Founder EatOut, Yummy Mag & Nairobi Restaurant Week.

Paul Schwarz

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Total raised


Funded over

2 rounds

Latest round

Seed (May 2013)

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