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Kolonus

Securing and enhancing gated neighborhoods and apartments


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Despite living close by, many neighbors hardly know each other, which makes tackling community problems tough, leaving room for misunderstandings and a lack of collective action.

Let's dive in.


Imagine this

  • You live in a gated neighborhood with security guards as a safety measure.
  • However, guards can access your guests’ personal identification, which contains their home addresses and could potentially share their information.
  • Administrators struggle with collecting payments from residents.
  • Residents have difficulty communicating with neighbors, raising reports, and understanding where their monthly maintenance fees are allocated.
  • With Kolonus, everything comes into one place: generating QR codes for your guests, making payments through their app, and disabling car tags for residents who have not paid their dues.

Explain it like I'm five

Kolonus is a platform that addresses the needs of residents, administrators, and security guards.

  • Administrators can run their operations smoothly by being able to communicate and charge monthly fees to residents.
  • Guards are able to uplift security measures with tools and real-time log information.
  • Residents can facilitate access to guests, chat with neighbors, and manage monthly maintenance fees.

Founders aim to secure gated neighborhoods and enhance community living.


The ABCs

  • Industries: Proptech
  • Headquarters: Monterrey, Mexico
  • Year Operations Started: 2015
  • Team Size: 32
  • Raised: Pre-seed (Raising Seed)
  • Investors: AngelHub & Family offices
  • Business Model: SaaS, monthly fees per household + added services and hardware

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Background check

What we like:

  • Multiple Solutions: Kolonus offers various solutions to residents, security guards, and community administrators through its app. In addition, they also provide 'Kioskos' for controlled access, 'TAKs' for residents' cars, which offer faster access to their homes, and 'Rondinero,' allowing guests to monitor the guard's locations in real-time.
  • Traction: According to the founders, Kolonus is profitable and serves over 100,000 users across Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, and Honduras. Their client retention rate is above 98%.
  • Safety: Gated neighborhoods and apartments are kept safer by tracking security events in real-time, controlling who enters the area, and making it easy for residents, guards, and managers to communicate with each other.
  • Market: Their client distribution ranges from apartments (15%), houses with gated communities (83%), and the rest for offices. They can target a broad range of audiences since their technology adapts to different needs and markets and works with construction companies and resident/building administrators.

Roadblocks:

  • Crowded: In the words of the founder, “Being able to replicate what we did in Nuevo Leon is extremely challenging.” Founders’ primary focus is replicating its dominance in other states and countries.
  • Data Privacy: With sensitive resident and payment data, Kolonus must invest in cybersecurity measures to protect against data breaches and cyberattacks.
  • Customization: Neighborhoods vary in their requirements, and this becomes even more important when expanding to different countries with distinct cultural differences.

The Architects

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