Raus secures more than €2m in investment

Germany: Berlin-based tiny house startup Raus has raised more than €2 million in investment, less than a year after securing a “seven-figure” sum in pre-seed funding.

The investment round was led by NFQ Capital, as well as Swoodoo co-founder Wolfgang Heigl.

VC Rivus Capital, Speedinvest, Fouderment – an offshoot of Danish fund Heartland A/S, and various angels including Lieferando co-founder Kai Hansen, Planetly boss Benedikt Franke, Helpling co-founder Philip Huffman and e-scooter pioneer Lawrence Leuschner contributed to the funding.

Raus, which rents tiny houses to city dwellers, was founded in the summer of 2021 by friends Christopher Eilers, Johann Ahlers and Julian Trautwein. The first two huts were launched in Brandenburg.

The company builds each hut or home – which are self-sufficient, run on solar power, have composting toilets and fresh water tanks – before delivering them to land owned by farmers.

Guests will also be able to check themselves in and out using a keyless entry system.

Landowners either receive a share of the revenue, or Raus leases the space. Should landowners wish to carry out cleaning and the purchase of groceries, they would receive additional money.

When Raus first launched, venture capital firm Speedinvest were early investors. Other notable names include Tourlane founders Julian Stiefel and Julian Weselek, Hometogo founders Patrick Andrä and Wolfgang Heigl, Zazume co-founder Jeroen Merchiers, and BCG Digital Ventures managing director and partner Urs Rahne, among others.

Further information about Raus can be found here.