Irishman raises $10 million for U.S. maid online start-up Handybook

Umang Dua and Oisin Hanrahan founders of Handybook

An Irishman has raised $10 million in fundraising for his United States start-up that will streamline how Americans hire cleaners and handymen.

Handybook, founded by Dubliner Oisin Hanrahan and his partner Umang Dua, will enable Americans to book cleaners and handymen with "one click" online.

"We've built a better way for people to buy services," he told the Irish Independent.

Hanrahan and Dua, who met while studying at the Harvard Business School, raised $2 million in seed funding from General Catalyst Partners and Highland Capital Partners last year, before securing a second round of investment from the same investors.

The Dubliner explained that customers could rely on Handybook's service listings because of the company's stringent selection process - only three percent of the 100,000 service providers who had applied to be listed on its site were approved.

"We allow people to book instantly online and not have to worry about whether the people who show up will do a good job," Hanrahan said.

"For three months in a row over the summer we doubled in size every month," Hanrahan said, "and we're still growing very fast."

The biggest market is in New York, but the service is also available in Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, LA, Washington DC, and Miami.

"We think this has huge international applications. It could work in London, Toronto or Dublin but we don't plan to go outside America in the next six months," he said.

The company has increased its staff from six to 32 employees in six months, and Hanrahan says they expect Handybook will double again in less than half a year.