Family vacations are a great way for parents to spend time with their children. But for parents of young children, a relaxing family getaway can quickly become stressful when trying to juggle baby equipment and entertainment gear for their kids. That’s where Babierge comes in. Babierge is the largest baby gear marketplace for travelling families, enabling gig-economy (mostly) moms, called Trusted Partners, to launch their own rental businesses. Babierge rents, delivers and sets up clean, quality baby gear at a family’s hotel, vacation rental, or private home.
The company was founded by Fran Maier, Trish McDermott and Andreas Stenzel. Fran previously co-founded Match.com, where she worked with Trish, and TRUSTe (now TrustArc), where she worked with Andreas. They developed the company after Fran met a mom entrepreneur who built a website to rent extra baby gear that had piled up in her Santa Fe garage. She had her first order-- for over $300-- in a matter of days and went on to build a baby gear rental platform.
But Babierge is more than a baby gear rental service. It trains entrepreneurs to launch profitable side gigs while doing meaningful work they love. Babierge is already operational in 145 markets, and opens new markets weekly. The company is committed to empowering its Trusted Partners to become successful entrepreneurs. On average, Trusted Partners take home $630 monthly before expenses, on the higher end of side-gig incomes.
Babierge’s mission is simple: to delight travelling families. Not only does the company boast amazing reviews, but it does this by emphasizing collaboration, training and support, friendliness, empathy, and a commitment to diversity within its Trusted Partner community. Taken together, Babierge drives extraordinary customer service through highly motivated group of gig entrepreneurs.
The team truly believes there is opportunity for everyone interested in building a business renting baby gear, and is actively launching more Trusted Partners in new markets throughout the US and Canada, as well as building a larger presence in major metros.
The Babierge team hopes to leverage Quake’s accelerator for its network and mentorship. In particular, they are excited to learn from Quake’s vast experience in digital marketing, operating marketplaces, technology and fundraising, as well as garner introductions to potential strategic partners. They also hope to grow their footprint in New York, where there is a huge market for travelling families and Trusted Partners. Overall, Babierge is excited to learn and thrive from being in a community of entrepreneurs. We’re excited to begin this journey with Babierge, and look forward to seeing the company grow.