BlaBlaCar receives 'record' new investment

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By Euronews
BlaBlaCar receives 'record' new investment

The car-sharing group BlaBlaCar says it’s had $200 million (177 million euros) in new investment – said to be a record for a young French start-up.

The Paris-based company has taken funding from venture capital firms in the US and Sweden.

It reportedly becomes part of a privileged group of private tech start-ups valued at more than a billion dollars.

BlaBlaCar pairs up motorists with passengers wanting to travel and is in the forefront of the sharing economy.

It has been growing 100 percent each year in Europe – with 10 percent of the population in its home country of France said to have signed up.

It has 20 million members and operates in 19 countries.