Hammock – $5.5 million Series A fundraising
The round was led by Fuel Ventures, together with Second Century Ventures and Ascension Ventures.
Hammock was founded by Manoj Varsani MBE, who has previous experience as a landlord. The goal of the start-up is to make property finances work harder with bespoke banking, bookkeeping and property tax statements. Landlords who move away from spreadsheets and manage their property finances with Hammock find immediate benefits in saving time and money.
Hammock gives landlords an intelligent dashboard and mobile app to house all of their property finances in one place and provides users with real-time access to transactions related to their rental properties, automated bookkeeping and draft property tax statements. Landlords get full visibility on the performance of their buy-to-let investments, allowing them to optimise their business decisions, and avoid any surprises with the tax bill.
Recent Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment plans put the UK’s two million landlords and their accounting partners under increased pressure.
Manoj Varsani MBE, the founder and CEO of Hammock, said: “This is a time of great opportunity for both landlords and their accountants. Government changes in the form of MTD for ITSA is a clear signal that the digital future is on its way.”
“We are delighted to have closed this significant funding round, as we continue to grow and strengthen our position as the provider of choice for both parties.”
Mark Pearson, Founder and Managing Partner at Fuel Ventures, commented: “We’re very happy that we can back the Hammock team for a second time with a significant ticket. With the legislation changes coming to the space in the near future, we at Fuel are confident that the Hammock product will have significant impact.”
“We are delighted to support Hammock’s plans for continued growth throughout the property sector,” shared Tyler Thompson, Managing Partner, Second Century Ventures. “We enjoyed working closely with the talented and innovative team at Hammock throughout their time in the 2021 REACH UK program and look forward to helping them achieve even greater scale.”
Varsani was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list for services to charity. He founded SOS Supplies, a service to connect charities, the NHS and schools to the UK’s available stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, believing that ‘technology is an enabler for good’. This project was run by the team at Hammock together with over 20 volunteers. They all offered their time and skills for free, working in the evenings and over the weekend.
Varsani commented: “The drive and commitment of the Hammock team continues to inspire me each and every day. I passionately believe in the power of technology and we will continue to provide support for good causes as our business grows in the coming years.”