MMC Ventures has led another 800,000 pounds ($1.3 million) round of investment into Love Home Swap, an international holiday home exchange website founded by serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow. Love Home Swap has also appointed David Kelly as chairman and Sean Cornwell as non-executive director.
Following their investment in December 2011, MMC Ventures (www.mmcventures.com) has led another £800k round of investment into Love Home Swap (www.LoveHomeSwap.com), the international holiday home exchange website founded by serial entrepreneur Debbie Wosskow.
Love Home Swap is also announcing that David Kelly has joined as Chairman (Amazon, Lastminute, eBay, mydeco, Rackspace) and Sean Cornwell (Google, eHarmony) as Non-Executive Director.
Love Home Swap launched in 2011 to provide members with the opportunity to swap their homes with stylish residences across more than 100 countries -enabling people to holiday like a local by staying in inspiring homes around the world for free. Whether a Parisian loft for a long weekend, a Californian condo for a fortnight, or a Balinese villa for a month, Love Home Swap allows holidaymakers to enjoy unique travel experiences in homes as nice as their own – and save thousands on accommodation costs.
Statistics show that more than twice as many people planned a home swap holiday in 2012 vs 2011 – a rise from 1.6 million to over 3.2 million in the UK alone. Collaborative consumption, which places a value on sharing rather than spending or owning, has had a significant impact on the global travel market, with home-swapping one of the latest popular trends. Love Home Swap also organises the Collaborative Consumption Europe series – with the next event taking place on 11th December with Greg Marsh from Onefinestay, Darren Westlake from Crowdcube, and others: http://tiny.cc/sht4nw
Debbie Wosskow, CEO, Love Home Swap, said, “It’s great that MMC Ventures, one of the most active investors in London right now, continue to support Love Home Swap. As a UK based business with a global ambition and a global footprint, this latest round of funding enables us to continue to expand and offer our members the best range of stylish homes in locations across the world. With a fast growing community of thousands of members in over 100 countries – why spend when you can swap?”
Rory Stirling, Investment Director, MMC Ventures, said, “We believe Love Home Swap is building a really impressive business in the social travel space. Swapping offers a truly unique value proposition and an additional layer of trust to users. The business has experienced nearly 10x growth since we first met the team a year ago and we continue to be really impressed with the speed of execution. MMC focus on backing British businesses that can succeed on a global scale – we have re-invested in Love Home Swap to continue building a best in class product and we think there is a significant global opportunity.”
About MMC Ventures
Founded in 2000, MMC Ventures is an active investor and award-winning venture fund manager, focused on technology-enabled sectors where the UK is a world leader – particularly financial and business services, business software, digital media and e-commerce. Having raised a total of approx £100 million, MMC invests around £10 million per annum, in a combination of new investments and add-on capital for existing portfolio companies. MMC specialises in fast-growth early-stage UK-based businesses, partnering with entrepreneurs and impressive management teams to achieve substantial scale and profitability.
MMC’s existing portfolio includes AlexandAlexa, Base79, Interactive Investor, Knowledge Mill, Love Home Swap and Reevoo.