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Chinese Umbrella-Sharing Startup to invest in 30 million Brollies after Losing Most of its initial 300,000

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A China-based umbrella-sharing startup Sharing E Umbrella has said that it is investing an additional 30 million umbrellas after losing most of its initial 300,000 weeks after it launched, SCMP reports.

The startup allows users rent umbrellas with an app after which they get a code through which they insert to open the umbrella.

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After seeing bike-sharing apps take hold around the country, the founder Zhao Shuping “thought that everything on the street can now be shared.”

Unlike bicycles which can be parked anywhere, “with an umbrella you need railings or a fence to hang it on,” Zhao said.

Unsure of how to return the umbrellas, most users simply took them home.

Investors had put in 10 million yuan ($1.47m) in April when the company launched. E Umbrella charged customers 19 yuan ($2.90) per umbrella deposit and an additional half yuan ($0.07) per 30 minutes, for umbrellas bought for 60 yuan ($8.82) each.

The additional 30 million umbrellas are to be available around cities in China by the end of the year.

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5 Comments

  1. titi

    July 12, 2017 at 8:11 am

    imagine this on the street of lagos !!!!!!!! innovation no longer refers to the big things, it is in the seemingly mundane everyday task.

  2. Gandalf the Grey

    July 12, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Has he figured out how they can return the umbrellas? Does it rain every day there to justify that sort of investment? Questions…

  3. Bukie

    July 12, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    What an idea!

  4. Abominable snow girl

    July 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Hilarious??

  5. adeyeye ayobami

    November 18, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Who could have believed a small thing like umbrella will become investment opportunities around the world? That’s interesting.

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