On-demand laundry and dry cleaning service Zipjet acquires French competitor

As part of the merger, the Startups 100-ranked business will appoint Cleanio founders Florian Legris and Richard Gozlan to its team

Zipjet, the Startups 100-ranked on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service, has merged with Paris-based competitor Cleanio in a bid to become a “European leader.”

Nominated for App of the year at last year's Startups Awards, the move will take place with immediate effect.

As part of the deal, Zipjet has appointed Cleanio founders Florian Legris and Richard Gozlan to its team, with Gozlan named Zipjet's new global head of operations and Legris named as its Paris city manager.

Gozlan will head up all operational processes in London, Berlin and Paris, while Legris will oversee the migration of existing clients from Cleanio to the Zipjet platform.

Targeting business men, fashionistas and time-poor families with a lot of laundry, Zipjet collects, washes and returns users' clothes within 24-hours.

Customers simply arrange a convenient pick-up slot on the mobile app or website and the nearest available driver is sent.

Founded in September 2014 by Florian Färber and Lorenzo Franzi, Zipjet also operates in Berlin – expanding into the German city in 2015.

Florian Färber, co-founder and managing director of ZipJet, said:

“We are extremely excited to begin working with Richard and Florian and to welcome them to the Zipjet family. Their skillsets are a great additions to the team.

“By merging with Cleanio, we are continuing to expand our footprint in the capital to help make laundry liberation a reality for millions more Parisians.”

Florian Legris, co-founder of Cleanio, said:

“After an exciting journey of three years, we are extremely happy to merge with Zipjet. Joining our forces is an amazing opportunity to create an undisputed leader on the European market.”