CHARLOTTE – Tired of watching the laundry pile up into a mountain, with no end in sight?
Well, you’re in luck.
A startup out of Charlotte, 2ULaundry, will do it for you — and it’s getting ready to launch in the Triangle soon.
With a simple text or tap on its app, its fleet of pink vans will pick up your dirty laundry and deliver it back to your doorstep, washed and folded, the next day.
“The average family of four spends over 36 hours a month doing laundry. That’s almost an entire work week,” co-founder Dan D’Aquisto, 27, told WRAL TechWire.
“We give our customers their time back through an innovative and effortless solution to laundry and dry cleaning.”
It all started as a side hustle for D’Aquisto and his partner, Alex Smereczniak, 28, while attending Wake Forest University. It quickly ballooned into a full-fledged business, launching in Charlotte in 2016 and later Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017.
The duo is aiming to roll out its service in Raleigh in early 2020.
“Raleigh is incredibly exciting to us given our network and investors have a high concentration in Raleigh,” said D’Aquisto.“ The Raleigh tech scene is continuing to thrive and we couldn’t me more excited to be a part of it.”
He added they already have established relationships with other founders, including Get Spiffy’s Scot Wingo.
“Not only is Spiffy in a similar space to us, but we have also done some unique cross-promotional partnerships as we have an overlap in giving our customers the convenience they want and need.”
All their work is clearly paying off.
The company has raised around $10.7 million so far. That’s included $400,000 in a pre-seed round in 2016 lead by Full Tilt Capital (Raleigh, NC); $2.5 million in a 2017 seed round from Techstars Ventures, Cox Enterprises; a $1.8 million internal round in late 2018 from existing investors; and a $6 million series a round in 2019 co-lead by Florida Funders and Full Tilt Capital with participation from Engage Ventures and Reform Ventures.
Currently, it has about 110 employees, including 30 full-time and another 80 working across customer care, clothing care, and drivers.
2ULaundry currently has a waitlist to lock in early-bird pricing here.