Two Minutes with Thomas Gourgand, Co-Founder of Spacee

Thomas Gourgand, Co-Founder of Spacee

We sat down with Thomas, the Co-Founder of Spacee to find out more about his startup and his Remarkable experience so far.

Spacee is an online platform that links the supply and demand of accessible accommodation and workplaces.

What inspired you to start this?

Madeleine (Madi), CEO, came up with the idea after more than six years working in the care industry. The original idea was to link people with disability to specialist housing but this quickly grew to the general housing market in order to democratise accessibility.

how did you get involved?

I knew Madi’s family before I moved from France to Australia but we met properly once I arrived in 2015. Madi and I worked on our first startup for more than a year but we realised that only a scalable tech solution would enable us to create the business we dreamed of. In early 2017, we met in a cafe to talk about a new idea Madi had. The idea was an online listing platform for specialist disability accommodation. Once I’d heard about the thousands of kids being placed in aged care because of the fact that they couldn’t find any accessible homes, I was on board. Since then, the idea has evolved into a scalable platform that includes every accessible property.

What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building Spacee and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this?

Our main challenge is to change the perception of accessibility within the real estate market. Remarkable and its partners can help us with shifting this perception in Australia and around the world.

What parts of the Remarkable accelerator are you most looking forward to? Are there any parts of the program that you’re nervous about?

Sales and Investability are important factors that we need to master and Demo Day is the part I’m most nervous about for us but we can handle it!

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend to others?

I would recommend “Zero to One” by Peter Thiel; “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and “ColdFusion”, an Australian Youtuber focusing on the latest tech trends and company stories. TechCrunch and The Verge are also good online publishers.