Swedes in limelight at Harvard: Qasa wins prestigious competition at Harvard Business School
The Swedish company behind the online sublease platform, Qasa, made a grand slam and won both the jury’s and the audience’s award at the prestigious Harvard Real Estate Venture Competition.
Over the weekend, 30 of the world’s most talked about startups in real estate gathered at Harvard Business School to take part in the prestigious Harvard Real Estate Venture Competition. Among companies that have received millions of dollars in venture capital from both Sequoia Capital and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Severin was also Qasa – a Swedish startup based in Stockholm, which despite the tough competition from the US giants took home first place.
– This is incredibly fun! The US is an exciting market and it feels great to see such strong interest from both investors and potential partners from across the Atlantic, says Fredrik Power Stone, the co-founder of Qasa who represented the startup at Harvard in Boston.
A fair sublease
Qasa develops a new kind of online platform for subleasing of housing. The concept is to make it both easier and safer to sublet through smart digital tools that assist housing providers and housing applicants during the subletting process.
– To sublet is as much about finding the right person as it is to get help with everything from leasing contracts to insurance and guaranteed rental payments. The idea with Qasa is that you should feel safe hundred percent safe – from the beginning to the end of the lease, says Mattia Tosti, CEO and co-founder of Qasa.
With sights set on the forthcoming launch of the product at which the company is preparing to scale from the beta version that is currently being tested in Stockholm, the team sees a bright future.
– The new version we’re working on now is an important step toward our vision to redefine the subleasing. We are really looking forward to launching and making Qasa even more accessible, says Mattia Tosti.
Now meetings awaits with the big VCs that after this weekend’s showcase have been quick to make contact with the startups.
– It is a great feeling and an acknowledgment that we are on to something when you get invited to all corners of the world and especially to the greatest players in San Francisco and New York, continues Tosti.