Kindergarten friends turned FSU college roommates Griffin Hamilton and Brandon Cummings now find themselves in the startup founder space after seeing first-hand how messy and complicated facilities management can be.
The underlying operation of any building requires a lot of communication between various stakeholders, be it vendors, internal teams, or external crews. Seeing that existing work order management systems were often nothing more than Excel spreadsheets at best or pen/paper at worst, the Atlanta-based entrepreneurs decided to build their own.
The result was FlowPath, a software startup geared specifically towards those in the facilities management space.
The platform is designed to help customers track work orders, equipment, and manage inventory. FlowPath also connects with Google and Outlook to streamline communication while allowing teams to upload key assets like videos, photos, and time tracking information to make sure operations run smoothly.
Built-in reporting and project management tools help customers intuitively track operational goals and set KPIs. Current customers are also using FlowPath to track repair and warranty information.
Despite launching a facilities-focused startup just weeks before COVID shut down most facilities, the FlowPath team told Hypepotamus that they started to gain traction towards the end of 2020. Key to the traction is the platform’s ability to scale based on the size and need of the customer, Hamilton said in a blog post written by the company.
The team bootstrapped since then and was able to grow the team to eight people through that effort before searching for institutional funding.
“We reached an inflection point for funding when growth started to outpace our bootstrapped ability to maintain a level of service and product we wanted for our customers,” the team said. “We saw an opportunity to add fuel to the fire and found great investors that both believed in our mission and were ready to support us along our journey of transforming the Facilities Management industry.”
They found that fuel from West Coast investors Parade Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, and Heroic Ventures, who joined a $1.2 million seed round this fall. Parade’s Shawn Merani will join FlowPath’s board, according to a statement released by the startup.