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As part of Germany Week, Auto Futures talks to the CEO of one of Germany’s hottest start-ups.
GetHenry was founded in 2018 and is backed by two of Germany’s corporate giants, Porsche and Axel Springer. But it’s not just any old micro-mobility start-up. Its services are primarily aimed at hotels, tourists, employee transportation and last-mile delivery.
The Berlin-based start-up is currently working with over 100 hotels, couriers, restaurants and corporate clients in Austria and Germany, which use its e-bikes and e-scooters including service, software and charging infrastructure.
We’ve been talking to Luis Orsini-Rosenberg, the co-founder and CEO.
“While shared e-scooters invaded the streets in the past years and investors have poured hundreds of millions into companies operating them, it is still unclear whether free-floating sharing schemes can be profitable. At GetHenry, we strongly believe in micro-mobility and its ability to change inner-city transportation, but we think that it makes more sense to integrate vehicles directly at places they provide the most value,” he tells us.
“Our ambition is to provide a uniquely tailored combination of vehicles and software to our clients and scale within the defined sectors. The funding we are receiving right now is going to be used to co-create new vehicles, which are specifically made for the use cases of our partners and to expand within Germany and Austria,” he adds.
When the number of infections went up, we provided our vehicles free of charge to health care organizations.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had a particularly brutal impact on the tourism sector. But GetHenry has actually managed to increase its revenues this year compared to 12 months ago.
“Earlier this year we have been mainly working with hotels. When the lockdown was communicated, all of our hotel-partners had to close and some even remained closed until today. In order to adapt to the new situation, we have started to switch our focus towards delivery and individual employee mobility.
“Although it was a shock initially, we are actually much better off today then we were before the pandemic. We are serving more clients and managed to grow our revenue by 200% compared to the same time last year.”
“Now is the time for governments and cities to react and strongly improve the infrastructure for two-wheeled vehicles to transform transportation for good.”
Finally, we asked Orsini-Rosenberg what will urban mobility look like in 30 years’ time.
“I’ve recently seen a video from a street in Paris, which was recorded in the year 1990 and has been compared to the same street today. In 1990, not a single bicycle could be spotted on the street. 30 years later, the ratio between bicycles, scooters and cars is almost 50:50.
“I think in 30 years from now, privately owned cars will be banned from most parts of European cities. Shared cars, e-bikes and scooters (and probably autonomous vehicles) will have replaced them for good,” he concludes.