Valpas Enterprises Oy, a Helsinki, Finland and Dubai, UAE-based hardware startup, raised €500k in seed funding.
The round was led by Maki.vc with participation from Icebreaker.vc and Reaktor Ventures.
The company intends to use the funds to advance the internationalization and the mass production of its solution.
Founded in 2013 and led by CEO Martim Gois, Valpas is a design and technology startup providing an IoT bioengineered system which keeps guests and a hotel safe from hitchhiking bed bugs by capturing them inside the bed leg and notifying the user of prevented incidents.
The wellness system comprises of a platform that connects to smart IoT bed legs equipped with an in-built bed bug trap and detection sensors. Hotels just replace their existing bed legs with Valpas’ smart bed legs, and can instantly start monitoring rooms in real-time and receive notifications of eliminated bed bug incidents caught inside the legs.
Once Valpas’ wellness technology is implemented, hotels can openly communicate they are not open for bed bugs. The negative stigma associated with bed bugs is transformed into a competitive advantage, since people can find hotels where they can finally travel serene.