The workplace has changed a lot to keep up with the times and most of the companies now offer lucrative benefits to attract talented personnels. Digitisation of the workplace is also necessary for enabling ease of use for employees and offering better connectivity. However, it can be understandably difficult for a company to digitise its entire workforce while meeting the required data protection, security requirements and more. This is where the Berlin-based startup everphone comes in.
Everphone is a one-stop-shop that sources, configures, and supplies rental smartphones and tablets for its clients. With the COVID-19 pandemic, demand for the company’s services have skyrocketed and now, it has secured €34 million in its Series B funding round to further develop its services.
Fresh funds to fuel growth
In its latest Series B funding round, everphone raised €34 million, which will be utilised for further growth and expansion. Deutsche Telekom invested in this funding round via its strategic investment fund, Telekom Innovation Pool.
“The additional funding will enable us to meet an increasing demand as we further expand our equipment pool and our services. The global pandemic has been a catalyst for growth in the field of digitization: We are currently experiencing a significant increase in demand at home and abroad, which is why we are aiming for European expansion with the funding,” says CEO of everphone, Jan Dzulko.
One-stop-shop solution to digitise your workforce
Everphone positions itself as a one-stop-shop that sources, configures, and deploys rental smartphones and tablets. In addition, it organises repairs and returns as well, all whilst being seamlessly integrated into a company’s internal IT infrastructure. The startups’ clients use the service as a flexible, safe, and cost-efficient way to equip their workforce with smartphones and tablets while reducing costs. Over 400 customers, some SMEs as well as large corporations such as Ernst & Young use the company’s service.
“everphone envisions that every employee will one day work via their smartphone,” says Marcus Polke, Partner at signals Venture Capital. “With this employee-centric approach and integrated platform, everphone goes far beyond the mere outsourcing of a smartphone IT infrastructure. The startup also addresses both the hardware and software elements of a rapidly growing number of communication channels, while integrating cybersecurity and data protection requirements. everphone thus provides companies with an integral component of the digital infrastructure on their way to Enterprise 4.0. We are proud to support Jan Dzulko and his world-class team in rethinking Smart Work!”
Everphone was founded back in 2106 by former CHECK24 board member Jan Dzulko. Basic concept of the company was conceived when the screen of Dzulko’s smartphone cracked. He had taken out an insurance for the smartphone but it took three weeks and lots of red tape till the insurance accepted the damage and replaced the device. In May 2016, a smartphone club for B2C clients was successfully launched but a growing demand for smartphone rentals and feedback from B2B stakeholders pushed the company to realign everphone to a B2B focus.