A Cardiff-based global online car rental web-application business has secured the backing of a syndicate of four business angels led by lead investor Eamon Tuhami and venture capital company Fuel Ventures. The six-figure investment has been matched by the Development Bank of Wales’ Wales Angel Co-Investment Fund.
Based at Tec Marina in Penarth, Finalrentals is the brainchild of Ammar Akhtar who is orginally from Pakistan but relocated to the UK from Poland.
With a background in technology building car rental software and websites, Ammar established Finalrentals in Dubai in 2019. Employing a team of eight, half of which are female, the innovative car rental platform is now used by local car rental businesses throughout the world including Canada, the United States of America and United Arab Emirates.
Ammar Akhtar, Founder and Chief Executive of Finalrentals said: “We have worked tirelessly to build the software and get our product known in the market but taking part in the Fintech Wales programme was the catalyst for growth. It gave us a great opportunity to network with the investor community in Wales and benefit from mentorship which has ultimately led to us being able to secure this major investment that will enable us to now scale the business.”
Lead investor and founder of Hwyl.Ventures Eamon Tuhami said: “I was surprised to learn that 52% of the world’s car rental companies are small businesses that struggle to take and make orders online. Ammar and his team have built an innovative platform that has global reach and is already making a difference. It’s been a pleasure to connect him to the ecosystem, see him part of the FinTech Wales Foundry program and introduce him to other angels and funds.”
Tom Preene is Operations Manager for Angels Invest Wales. He added: “As the biggest angel network in Wales, we connect experienced investors with Welsh businesses seeking private investment. Led by experienced investor and business angel Eamon, this particular syndicate will bring real firepower to Finalrentals as one of the world’s best-in-class web applications for car rental providers. We are also pleased to welcome the support of Fuel Ventures.”