A property management firm, AskPorter, has received backing from Google.
The London-based proptech start-up has been chosen as Google’s first international investment as part of its Assistant Investments Program.
AskPorter utilises machine learning and artificial intelligence.
It offers agents and landlords a digital artificial assistant, Porter, which allows them to automate their workflows.
Over time AskPorter learns, adapts and automates how agents work in a customisable way.
Tenants can also use the service, which provides a 24/7 concierge accessible by voice and text.
As part of the investment, AskPorter will have access to support and resources from Google’s technical, product, and business development teams.
Tom Shrive, founder and CEO of AskPorter, said: “We will be using the funds to attract more world-class talent into our team and build our product in preparation for our Series A early next year, for which we are seeing strong interest from investors.”
AskPorter also announces the launch of ‘Porter Pioneers’ for its first users – 15 property agencies and institutional landlords.
Lasting for six months beginning in January, the AskPorter team will work closely with these users in automating their unique workflows.
Curran McKay, CCO at AskPorter, said: “We have had unprecedented demand, with over 130 real estate companies from across the world wanting to use our platform.
“By staging our onboarding, Porter Pioneers will provide these 15 clients with an unparalleled opportunity to transform their business in a low-cost, low-risk way.
“We will combine pioneering natural language processing and machine learning technology alongside a consultative approach, and working closely over six months we will provide these companies with a state of the art AI property management platform.”
AskPorter was founded in 2016 by Tom Shrive and Samuel Tassell. It is a portfolio company of proptech incubator Pi Labs, and backers include former LSL director David Newnes, plus ex-Dragon James Caan.
At the start of this year, it announced raising over £500,000 from investors. It has not disclosed the value of the Google backing.