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Chicago-based Proptech firm Mezo, which focuses on residential property maintenance, has raised $6 million in a seed round

Property Maintenance Platform Mezo Raises $6M in Seed Round

Chicago-based Mezo, provider of an AI-based platform for property maintenance,  completed a $6-million seed investment co-led by Chicago Ventures and Building Ventures, with participation from The 81 Collection and notable angels. The company’s technology currently serves more than 70,000 residents of single-family rental, multifamily and student housing properties. 

“Despite being the largest controllable cost center for rental property owners, residential maintenance remains a black box,” said CEO Mike Travalini. “Renters often struggle to accurately articulate what is wrong, like identifying a ‘broken toilet’, when a technician needs more information to assess with certainty that it is actually a ‘bad flapper valve.’ This subtle difference wastes resources in the form of unprepared workers who show up lacking the parts needed to make the fix, requiring additional time and cost.” 

Mezo was co-founded in 2020 by Travalini, a former executive at what is now Invitation Homes; John Botica; and Erin Karam. 


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