78. Handi

In an uncertain world where hand washing has taken on even greater significance, this Covid-combating startup is pioneering "sanitisation-as-a-service"

Founder: Anthony Ganjou
Founded: 2020
Website: itsHandi.com 

Founded in March 2020 in direct response to the coronavirus crisis, Handi provides high density and premium environments with the capacity to clean thousands of hands every hour. With its innovative range of cloud-connected hand sanitiser dispensers, the company promises quick, simple, touch-free sanitisation, and is dedicated to donating 10% of its annual profits to charities affected by the pandemic.

For a monthly subscription fee, Handi offers what it calls “sanitation-as-a-service”. While its sanitiser formula is alcohol-free, non-flammable, and certified antiviral, the company’s offering is elevated by its IoT technology, which enables it to form widespread networks of connected totems. These networks allow users to keep track of totem location, stock usage, and battery levels, all in real time. Handi will also take care of installation, branding, machine and sanitiser supply, brand/media partnership management, and even on-site stock replenishment (where possible).

As well as catering for a number of high profile clients – including British Airways, Vitality, and The European Tour – Handi also sells its machines wholesale to other sanitiser manufacturers, with an ongoing license for connectivity and use of Handi’s monitoring platform. Its theft-proof machines are completely brandable, come with a battery lasting nine months, and feature an internal 3.5l tank that’s good for up to 5,000 washes. The company also uses a sustainable zero waste replenishment system (patent pending), which makes sure no single use plastic goes to waste.

According to founder Anthony Ganjou, Handi’s mission is to support the population and get businesses back on their feet. In an era of grand promises and even grander uncertainty, it’s refreshing to see a company that’s walking the walk (while observing social distancing guidelines, of course).

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