|19 June, 2019

UAE Tech App Zbooni raises new funding

Closed $1million funding round from Chalhoub Group and B&Y Venture Partners

UAE Tech App Zbooni raises new funding

Connected Commerce App Helps Merchants Process Millions of Dirhams of Transactions a Month

  • Closed USD 1 million funding round from Chalhoub Group and B&Y Venture Partners
  • Incubated at Facebook, Zbooni is empowering SMEs in line with UAE Vision 2021
  • Consistent Growth of 30% month-on-month 

Dubai, UAE: Homegrown UAE company Zbooni has announced it has just closed its latest funding round of USD 1.1 million from Chalhoub Group and B&Y Venture Partners to continue to grow the business. With a strong growth record over two years, it is handling millions of dirhams of sale transactions per month through its connected chat commerce app. The app is designed specifically for the needs of merchants in a social first era, helping them convert sale through easy payment with customers via services such as WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook. The company was founded in 2017 and was one of only eight companies across the world, and the only one from the Middle East, to take part in a six-month incubator programme at Facebook, the world’s largest social media network.

Ramy Assaf, CEO of Zbooni: “Business is increasingly done through WhatsApp and social media services such as Instagram and Facebook. These channels are the modern equivalent of shop windows that showcase a merchant’s products and services to the world, but consumers want to engage before they transact. Zbooni connects merchants with customers while providing an easy way to make payments. We see strong demand from businesses in the UAE for this service, with the transaction volumes consistently growing at above 30% month-on-month. Transacting millions of dirhams of sales every month was a key milestone for us as the business continues to expand.”

Zbooni predicts that, by transacting payments via connected chat that are currently not being captured online, it is addressing a multi-billion dollar market. Here in the MENA region alone there are around 3.5million SMEs who could benefit from the technology. The app was entirely developed by an in-house team, and paired to a trusted payment gateway (Payfort), which is the same credit card processing used by big name ecommerce sites such as Souq and Amazon. Recently, Stripe was also added as a payment gateway option.

Assaf continued: “SMEs are the fuel for economies and the UAE Vision 2021 clearly outlines the need to support these businesses, especially through technology. We developed the app specifically to help traders, merchants and retailers who simply want to sell digitally and offer a convenient method for checkout to their customers.”

In addition to traditional businesses, Zbooni also enables more casual users, such as those who may have side businesses or significant social media following (influencers), with a way of selling items and services directly through chat. There are a wide range of businesses selling on Zbooni too, with everything from cake shops to artists, basketball clubs to fashion outlets, even medical clinics.

Zbooni merchants see higher conversion on their sales funnel when using the app. Self-service e-commerce sites generally have conversion rates of around 2% - in other words, once an individual

clicks on an item, there is a very low chance they will go through and complete purchase on their own. However, with Zbooni, because the merchant and customer are always connected through their preferred messaging apps, once a cart is shared with the customer, there is an 84% chance of closing a transaction.

More information can be found at Zbooni.com and also on Instagram and Facebook.

About Zbooni

Zbooni is a technology company and app that was founded in Dubai in 2017. The connected chat commerce app enables merchants to easily conduct transactions with customers via preferred social media and chat services. The company was incubated at Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, and is backed by regional and international organisations, including Chalhoub Group, Middle East Venture Partners and B&Y Venture Capital.

About the Zbooni app - How Does It Work?

a) MERCHANTS/BUSINESSES - Merchants download the Zbooni app, set up an account, simply describe the products that they want to sell (with the price) and then share the link with customers via any messaging platform – such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or Instagram DM.

The merchant can craft a bespoke interactive concierge service, building a cart on behalf of the customer – ready for checkout.

b) END CONSUMERS - Customers receive the link, where they can review the items and price, and make a fast, secure payment. There is no need for the customer to download Zbooni, as they simply access the payment page via their mobile browser. At any stage, the merchant or customer can discuss additions or amendments to the order, for a truly bespoke service.

Both merchant and end customers are connected throughout the journey via their favourite messaging service, and receive automated invoices, as soon as payment is made.

Contact Information
For media enquiries, please contact:
Rachel Mansour
+971 4382 8900

OR Joanna Lane Simm
+971 4382 8900

OR social@zbooni.com 

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