Storage Share B.V., a Dutch-based peer-to-peer self-storage marketplace, will launch service this year in the United Kingdom, according to a press release. Similar to other shared-economy networks, the company provides an online platform through which people in need of storage can find local hosts willing to rent available space in their homes or commercial space. The startup launched service in The Netherlands last year.
Those with storage space available can list it on the website for free. Usable spaces can include attics, garages, spare rooms, warehouses or other areas. Those in need of storage can search the network for local providers. When a user requests a storage reservation, the property owner has 48 hours to confirm the transaction, the release stated.
The company decided to expand to the U.K. because of continued growth in demand for storage. “Now more than ever, space in the U.K. is at a premium, but that doesn’t mean it’s not there,” said Julian Doorten, co-founder. “Our platform has created a win-win solution. On the one hand, those with property can earn money with their vacant space, and on the other, individuals can now save about 50 percent compared to what they would pay for traditional self-storage.”
Doorten created Storage Share with Niels van Eck through Pi Labs, a 13-week mentor program designed to bring technology startups to market. “Storage Share is a great example of a concept that connects the traditional real estate sector with new possibilities of creating value through a technological solution,” said Dominic Wilson, managing partner of Pi Labs.
Storage Share follows Stashbee and YesWeStock Ltd. into the U.K. market. Both peer-to-peer marketplaces launched service last year.
- Storage Share: Website