The Indian start-up industry is leaving no page unturned by entering every nook and cranny of our lifestyles. The latest sector to spring up is errand-running and Mumbai-based GetMyPeon is leading the way. The company has just received a seed funding worth Rs. 1.5 crore($250,000) after being in business for nearly three years.
GetMyPeon had been boostrapped since its inception in 2012 with a capital of Rs. 20,000 and offers a highly customizable range of services regarding errands. From delivering vada pav from a food stall to a client waiting in an airport to paying electricity bills for a customer – GetMyPeon covers the simplest yet the most tasking errands that are commonplace in everyone’s lives.
Commenting on the first round of seed funding, 29-year-old, Bharat Ahirwar, Founder – GetMyPeon, said, “GetMyPeon was started with a simple vision of running errands for individuals and helping them with their daily chores. This has now turned into a reliable, affordable, dependable and the most available service to get anything personal to official done in the city. Whether it is picking up cakes, parcels, documents, gifts, wedding cards, and couriers to taking your car or bike for servicing or receiving guests from the airport or railway station; we offer an entire gamut of services. This round of funding will help us scale up operations.”
The company plans to use the funds to invest in building the company’s technology infrastructure, both front-end and back-end, adding vehicles, ramping up its field executive force, development of a mobile app and expanding into three cities –Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune.
GetMyPeon has gone one step ahead to accept orders in informal and unconventional ways. In addition to the traditional way of taking orders via calls and e-mails, GetMyPeon also accepts orders via WhatsApp Mobile messenger and Twitter tweets.
Currently, 10 per cent of GetMyPeon’s tech savvy customers tweet a task to GetMyPeon.
GetMyPeon has categorised its services in three customer segments – individuals, SMEs and corporates such as Disney and Pepsi. It is now planning to tie up with e-commerce portals for last mile deliveries.