Colonies

After specializing in Finance and Entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business School, Alexandre joined the M&A team at Rothschild & Cie. In 2015, he created Sopilabs, a mobile apps development studio, and Gansky, which offers turnkey flatsharing solutions for students, together with Colonies cofounders. After noticing the huge need for new solutions in the housing space, they decided at the end of 2016 to create Colonies in order to design and offer a brand new housing experience.

After studying entrepreneurship at ESSEC Business School, Amaury joined Marc Simoncini at Jaïna Capital in 2012. For 3 years he invested in start-ups like Made.com, Devialet or WeCar. In 2015, he is promoted Retail Manager at Sensee, online optician. He led the Web-to-Store strategy. In, parallel, he launched Gansky, which offers turnkey flatsharing solutions for students, together with Colonies cofounders. After noticing the huge need for new solutions in the housing space, they decided at the end of 2016 to create Colonies in order to design and offera brand new housing experience.

After graduating from engineering school Mines ParisTech, where he studied entrepreneurship and worked on a first start-up project, Simon joined Weezic (acquired by MakeMusic in 2015) in 2014 as a front-end, then full-stack developer. On the side he founded, developed and sold the Calchemise brand. He joined Colonies in 2017 as the CTO, with the goal of applying his tech and product experience to coliving.

After studying European law and cultural management at Sciences Po Lille, Justine joined the programming team of the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in 2012. She was involved in the conception and production of several international exhibitions and events. In 2017, Justine managed the production of functional sculptures designed by established artists at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. She joined the Colonies team in 2018 to develop the best experience possible to the tenants.

Laura is Swedish and studied architecture at the Politecnico in Milan. Following an international career at Foster and Partners, then at Callison for the Apple account in Europe, she joined Starbucks in the UK and then in France as a national Project Manager. In 2018, Laura joined Colonies as Head of Architectue and Design.

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Presentation

Colonies’ mission is to create tomorrow‘s housing experience.

People are progressively adopting new lifestyles as independence, flexibility, community and sharing are becoming key values. Meanwhile traditional housing offer has not evolved over the past decades and is still complex and inflexible. This is why we set out to bring flexible urban housing, making the most of what careful design, state of the art technology and a bustling community can provide.

Created in Paris in 2017, Colonies designs and operates housing buildings located in large cities. Our places are fully furnished and equipped, mixing private studios for intimacy and common spaces for sharing. Our offer is all-included to make sure our tenants can focus on what really matters to them. Moving to a new place can be challenging and intimidating: this is why we foster community through regular events and activities.

After raising a €11 million financing round with investors such as Idinvest Partners, Global Founders Capital, Kima Ventures and Financière Saint James, Colonies is accelerating its growth and will start launching developments and operations across Continental European markets with a focus on Germany, Benelux and Switzerland.

What they are looking for

Smart and creative people eager to find new ideas, share them and make them happen.

Ambitious people sharing our vision of what should be tomorrow's housing experience, willing to take on responsibilities and have a significant impact on their client's lives.

Dynamic people that want to work in a fast-paced and demanding environment, always willing to learn and who enjoy the opportunity of being part of a diverse team.

Good to know

What they all have at Colonies :

  1. A very good sens of humour
  2. A lot of refreshing ideas, sometimes too many
  3. A taste for chocolate-flavored stuff

And they like to share 1 and 2, sometimes 3...

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