#DealMonitor – Zolar sammelt 100 Millionen ein – Aaron.ai bekommt 3,5 Millionen – Aumio sammelt 3 Millionen ein


Im #DealMonitor für den 19. Mai werfen wir einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Zolar
+++ Der amerikanische Investor Energy Impact Partners (EIP), GIC, der Staatsfond von Singapur, und Altinvestoren wie Inven Capital, Heartcore Capital, Statkraft Ventures und Pirate Impact Capital investieren 100 Millionen Euro in Zolar. Mit dem frischen Kapital möchte “das Unternehmen den Zugang zu grüner Energie für Hausbesitzende fundamental vereinfachen, den Fachkräftemangel im Handwerk reduzieren und die deutsche Unabhängigkeit von Öl und Gas vorantreiben”. Das Berliner Startup, das 2016 von Gregor Loukidis und Alex Melzer gegründet wurde, bietet Photovoltaikanlagen zum Festpreis an, die Eigenheimbesitzer maßgeschneidert online planen, vergleichen und beauftragen können. Zuletzt wanderten 35 Millionen Euro in Zolar – unter anderem von Energy Impact Partners. Rund 370 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für das Unternehmen. Mehr über Zolar

Aaron.ai
+++ Der Münchener Impact-Investor BonVenture, IBB Ventures und Futury Capital investieren 3,5 Millionen Euro in Aaron.ai. Das Berliner Unternehmen, das  2015 von Tobias Wagenführer, Richard von Schaewen und Iwan Lappo-Danilewski gegründet wurde, setzt auf einen “KI-basierten Praxismitarbeiter, der Arztpraxen entlastet und Patient:innen rund um die Uhr am Telefon hilft, ihr Anliegen zu bearbeiten”. Das frische Kapital soll “neben dem Produkt selbst vor allem in Mitarbeiter:innen investiert werden”.

Aumio
+++ Partech, byFounders sowie die Gründer von Urban Sports Club, Amboss, Vivino und Researchgate investieren 3 Millionen Euro in Aumio. Das Leipziger Startup, das 2020 von Jean Ochel und Tilman Wiewinner gegründet wurde, bringt sich als “Meditations und Achtsamkeits App für die mentale Gesundheit von Kindern” in Stellung. In den Kursen des Startups sollen Kinder, die mit Aufmerksamkeitsproblemen, Wutausbrüchen oder Hyperaktivität zu kämpfen haben, die Chance haben “Herausforderungen im Alltag” zu bewältigen. Im April 2021 war das Startup in der VOX-Show “Die Höhle der Löwen” zu Gast, einen Deal gab es damals nicht.

Predium
+++ btov Partners, 2bX sowie Angel-Investoren wie Maximilian Viessmann (Viessmann), Kristofer Fichtner (Thermondo, ecoworks), Lisa Gradow (Usercentrics), Christoph Zöller (instaffo) und Michael Wax (forto) investieren 1,6 Millionen Euro in Predium. Das PropTech aus München, 2021 von Jens Thumm, Mohamed Ali Razouane und Maximilian Körner gegründet, entwickelt eine “All-in-One Softwarelösung, die ESG-Bilanzen von Gebäuden ermittelt, Maßnahmen zur CO2-Reduktion vorschlägt und diese mit einer Investitionsrechnung hinterlegt”. Das frische Kapital soll insbesondere in “Markterschließung und den weiteren Aufbau des Teams” fließen.

VENTURE CAPITAL

Ananda Impact Ventures
+++ Der Impact-Investor Ananda Impact Ventures verkündet das Final Closing seines vierten Fonds. Im Topf sind nun 108 Millionen Euro – und damit 33 Millionen mehr, als ursprünglich geplant. “Der Erfolg unterstreicht das Interesse des Marktes, Start-ups zu unterstützen, die nicht nur über Impact sprechen, sondern diesen fest in ihre Geschäftsmodelle integriert haben”, teilt der Geldgeber mit. Ananda, 2009 von Johannes Weber und Florian Erber gegründet, investierte in den vergangenen Jahren in Unternehmen wie Arbor, Careship, Klim, Mika, OroraTech und voiio.

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#DealMonitor – Unicorn Grover sammelt 330 Millionen ein – Productsup bekommt 70 Millionen – Warehousing1 sammelt 10 Millionen ein


Im #DealMonitor für den 7. April werfen wir einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Grover 
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Der Climate-Tech-Fonds Energy Impact Partner und Fasanara Capital investieren 110 Millionen Eigenkapital bzw. 220 Millionen Fremdkapital in Grover. “Mit der Eigenkapitalfinanzierung überschreitet Grover erstmals die Milliardenbewertung”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Grover ist damit – wie bereits im aktuellen Insider-Podcast berichtet – ein Unicorn. Im Zuge der investmentrunden investieren auch Co-Investor Partners, Korelya Capital, Mirae Asset-LG Electronics New Growth Fund, Viola Fintech, Assurant, coperion, Media-Fonds German Media Pool und SevenVentures in das Unternehmen. Das Berliner Startup, das insbesondere Unterhaltungselektronik vermietet, wurde 2015 von Michael Cassau gegründet. Der englische Kapitalgeber Fasanara Capital stellte Grover im Rahmen einer sogenannten Asset-Backed-Finanzierung bereits mehr als 1 Milliarde US-Dollar zur Verfügung. “Mit dem frisch eingesammelten Kapital will Grover sein unternehmerisches Ziel, den Zugang zu Technik-Produkten zu revolutionieren, weiter vorantreiben. Zudem plant das Berliner Start-Up-Unternehmen die Expansion in weitere Länder, sowie den massiven Ausbau seiner Abonnentenzahlen in bestehenden Märkten wie Deutschland, Österreich, Spanien, den Niederlanden sowie den USA, beschleunigen”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Mehr über Grover

Productsup 
+++ Bregal Milestone und Nordwind Capital investieren 70 Millionen US-Dollar in Productsup. “Die Investition wird es Productsup ermöglichen, seine Produktentwicklung weiter voranzutreiben, Fusions- und Akquisitionsmöglichkeiten zu nutzen, sein Partnernetzwerk zu stärken und in neue Märkte zu expandieren, um seine Position als führende globale Lösung für den Erfolg im Handel zu festigen.”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das Berliner Unternehmen, das 2010 von Kai Seefeldt und Johannis Hatt gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um “Datenintegration im E-Commerce”. Nordwind Capital und die Deutsche Handelsbank investieren zuletzt 20 Millionen Dollar in das Unternehmen, das von Vincent Peters und Stefan Sonntag geführt wird. Insgesamt flossen nun schon mehr als 115 Millionen Dollar in Productsup. 250 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für Productsup. Mehr über Productsup

Warehousing1
+++ Schenker Ventures, die Logistiktochter Bahn-Tochter DB Schenker, Aster Capital, Wille Finance, HV Capital und Base10 Partners investieren 10 Millionen Euro in Warehousing1 – siehe Handelsblatt. Das Berliner Startup, das 2018 von Nico Szeli, Nils Aschmann und Fabian Sedlmayr in München gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Fulfillment-Service für schnell wachsende E-Commerce-Unternehmen”. HV Capital, Base10 Partners, Discovery Ventures sowie die sennder-Gründer David Nothacker, Nicolaus Schefenacker und Julius Köhler investierten zuvor bereits eine siebenstellige Summe in das Logistik-Unternehmen. Warehousing1 ist das erste Investment von Schenker Ventures. Mehr über Warehousing1

Markt Pilot
+++ Der Kölner Frühphasen-Investor Capnamic Ventures investiert 6,2 Millionen Euro in Markt Pilot. Das junge Unternehmen aus Esslingen, das 2020 von Tobias Rieker und Amin Oumhamdi gegründet wurde, setzt auf eine Software für Maschinenunternehmen, die Wettbewerbspreise und -lieferzeiten von Ersatzteilen automatisiert recherchiert. Mehr als 70 Unternehmen aus dem Segment Maschinen- und Anlagenbau setzen bereits auf die Jungfirma. 58 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für Markt Pilot. 

Legendary Play
+++ Bitkraft Ventures, MTG, 1Up Ventures und Level Up investieren 4 Millionen US-Dollar in Legendary Play. Das Unternehmen aus Berlin, das 2017 von Roman Frank, Philipp Karstaedt und Arvid Hahn als Meta Games gegründet wurde, entwickelt Mobile Games für mobile E-Sports-Fans. “The funding will enable Legendary Play to develop new mobile games designed for the esports audience”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

Optimate 
+++ Das Technologieunternehmen Trumpf investiert 3,2 Millionen Euro in sein Spin-off Optimate. Das Unternehmen aus Stuttgart, das 2020 von Jonas Steiling und Martina Trinczek gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine KI-basierte Softwarelösung, mit der Blechbearbeiter ihre Bauteile verbessern können. Das Ziel dabei ist es, dadurch die Herstellkosten in der Blechbearbeitung zu senken. 7 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für Optimate.

livil
+++ bmp Ventures investiert 1,2 Millionen in livil. Das Startup aus Moers, das 2020 von Nils Frers gegründet wurde, gibt Autofahr:innen die Möglichkeit, E-Mails, Instant Messages und Co. während der Fahrt via Spracheingabe zu nutzen. ??”Man kann sich das modulare Software-System wie einen Adapter vorstellen, der diverse Office-Tools standardisiert und miteinander im Fahrzeug nutzbar macht”, teilt die Jungfirma mit. Zielgruppe sind Privatpersonen als auch Geschäftskunden.

Ceezer
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Picus Capital investiert – wie Ende Januar im Insider-Podcast berichtet – 1 Million Euro in Ceezer. Das ClimateTech aus Berlin, das von Magnus Drewelies, zuletzt Park Now, und Jan Oltmanns, zuletzt BCG, gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “digital-first carbon bank”. Auf der Website heißt es: “Ceezer uses external and proprietary data to help companies seamlessly offset and remove the footprint they cannot currently reduce.”

Goodly Innovations
+++ Bayern Kapital, BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft, ein “Family Office sowie Business Angels” investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in Goodly Innovations. Das Unternehmen aus München, das 2016 von Robert Hoffmeister gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine Augmented-Reality-Systems namens OptiworX, das die Effizienz in der Produktion der Pharma- und Biotech-Industrie verbessern und Kosteneinsparungen ermöglichen soll.

Bling 
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber La Famiglia, Fußballweltmeister André Schürrle und Unternehmerin Verena Pausder investieren in Bling. Das Berliner FinTech, das 2021 von Nils Feigenwinter gegründet wurde, setzt auf eine Konto-Lösung mit Pre-Paid-Karte und App, die sich an Jugendliche und Familien richtet. “Mit Bling bezahlen Kinder & Jugendliche selbständig. Und mit der dazugehörigen App lernen sie den Umgang mit Geld”, teilt das Satrtup zum Konzept mit.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Cylindo 
+++ Das Unternehmen Chaos, das kürzlich aus der Fusion von Enscape und der Chaos Group entstanden ist, übernimmt Cylindo, das auf 3D-Produktvisualisierungen setzt. “Der Zusammenschluss, den die bestehenden Investoren LEA Partners und TA Associates unterstützen, ermöglicht Chaos das umfassende Ökosystem für 3D-Visualisierung weiter auszubauen. Gemeinsam wollen Cylindo und Chaos den Bereich 3D-Visualisierung weiter demokratisieren, indem sie 3D-, Augmented-Reality- und Virtual-Reality-Technologien und -Inhalte leichter zugänglich machen”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

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#DealMonitor – Unicorn Scandit sammelt 150 Millionen ein – instagrid bekommt 33 Millionen – Cosuno sammelt 30 Millionen ein


Im #DealMonitor für den 9. Februar werfen wir einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Scandit
+++ Der Wachstumsfinanzierer Warburg Pincus investiert gemeinsam mit Altinvestoren 150 Millionen Dollar in Scandit. Im Zuge der Investmentrunde wird das Unternehmen mit mehr als 1 Milliarde Dollar bewertet und erreicht somit Unicorn-Status. Das Unternehmen aus Zürich, das 2009 von Christof Roduner, Christian Floerkemeier und Samuel Müller gegründet wurde, ermöglicht Unternehmen Augmented Reality, Barcode-Scanning, Text- und Objekterkennung in ihre Apps zu integrieren. “Mit der neuen Investition wird Scandit Innovationen im Bereich KI/ML und der autonomen Datenerfassung weiter vorantreiben. Außerdem soll die globale Präsenz weiter ausgebaut werden”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. G2VP, Atomico, GV, Kreos, NGP Capital, Salesforce Ventures und Swisscom Ventures investierten zuletzt 80 Millionen Dollar in Scandit. Insgesamt flossen nun schon 300 Millionen Dollar in das Unternehmen.

instagrid
+++ Der amerikanische Energie-Geldgeber Energy Impact Partners (EIP) und Co. investieren 33 Millionen US-Dollar in instagrid. Das Ludwigsburger Startups, das 2018 von Sebastian Berning und Andreas Sedlmayr gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um die “Entwicklung von tragbaren Batteriespeichern und bietet eine mobile Stromversorgung für Menschen, die an temporären Standorten arbeiten”. SET Ventures, der High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), Segnalita Ventures und Co. investieren zuletzt 8,5 Millionen Euro in das Batterie-Startup. Insgesamt flossen nun bereits 45 Millionen Dollar in instagrid. “Das frische Kapital verwendet instagrid, um die Internationalisierung in Europa und den USA voranzutreiben. Zudem wird die Batterieplattform um smarte digitale Services erweitert, um zukünftig maßgeschneiderte, ganzheitliche Energielösungen anbieten zu können”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung.

Cosuno
+++ Der amerikanische Growth-Investor Avenir Growth und die Altinvestoren Spark Capital und Cherry Ventures investieren 30 Millionen US-Dollar in Cosuno. Die Bewertung liegt bei 150 Millionen Dollar. Das junge Unternehmen, das 2019 von Christoph Berner, Fritz Cramer und Maximilian Seifert gegründet wurde, möchte Bauunternehmen helfen, sogenannte Nachunternehmer zu finden. Spark Capital, Cherry Ventures und Co. investierten zuletzt 12,5 Millionen Euro in das ConTech Cosuno. “The new capital will flow into the development of further features and international expansion, beginning first on the European continent”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

South Pole
+++ Temasek aus Singapur und Salesforce Ventures aus San Francisco investieren in South Pole. Das ClimateTech Unternehmen aus Zürich, das 2006 von Renat Heuberger und Christoph Sutter gegründet wurde, setzt auf Klimaschutzlösungen. Die Jungfirma unterstützt “öffentliche und private Akteure dabei, ihre Geschäftsmodelle zu dekarbonisieren und sich wirksam für Klimaschutz zu engagieren”. Die neuen Investoren sollen “South Poles Engagement für den Klimaschutz in Asien bzw. Nordamerika verstärken”.

Mobiko
+++ Der Schweizer Versicherungskonzern Baloise investiert zusammen mit dem Startup Family Office eine siebenstellige Summe in Mobiko. Das Startup, das 2018 von Audi Business Innovation und dem Company Builder mantro gegründet wurde, bietet Unternehmen die Möglichkeit, ihren Mitarbeiter:innen ein Mobilitätsbudget für den Arbeitsweg zur Verfügung zu stellen. Umweltfreundliches Mobilitätsverhalten wird dabei belohnt.

Installion
+++ Der Energiedienstleister enercity investiert in Installion und sichert sich dabei 30 % am Unternehmen. Bei Installion aus Köln, das von Till Pirnay und Florian Meyer-Delpho gegründet wurde, handelt es sich um einen Marktplatz für Installateure. Der Fokus liegt dabei auf der boomenden Energiebranche (Photovoltaik, Energiespeicher etc). Eneco Ventures, der Venture Capital-Ableger des niederländischen Energieversorgers Eneco, investierte zuletzt rund 3,2 Millionen Euro in Installion.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Klara
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Das amerikanische Software-Unternehmen ModMed übernimmt – wie bereits im Insider-Podcast berichtet – Klara. “Klara’s platform is designed to enable collaboration and communication between practice and patient, including how patients discover, select and engage with a provider. The capability for practices and patients to collaborate digitally has never been more important”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das 2013 von Simon Bolz und Simon Lorenz in Berlin gegründete Startup entwickelt einen Kommunikationsdienst für das Gesundheitswesen, das Arztpraxen mit Patienten und anderen medizinischen Anbietern verknüpft. Seit einigen Jahren bearbeitet die Jungfirma von New York aus den amerikanischen Markt. Gradient Ventures, der Investmentableger von Google, Frist Cressey, FirstMark Capital, Lerer Hippeau und Stage 2 Capital, Project A Ventures, Atlantic Labs und Creathor Ventures investierten in den vergangenen Jahren mehr als 30 Millionen Dollar in Klara. Nach unseren Informationen legt ModMed rund 100 Millionen US-Dollar für Klara auf den Tisch.

HQLabs
+++ Der Hamburger Private Equity-Investor BID Equity übernimmt HQLabs. Das Hamburger Startup, das 2012 von Tobias Hagenau, Nils Czernig und Lucas Bauche gegründet wurde, bietet eine Projektmanagement-Software an. Nach eigenen Angaben verfügt die Jungfirma über 700 Kunden. “Das Unternehmen soll als führender Software-Anbieter für Agenturen, digitale Dienstleister, und Beratungen in Europa ausgebaut werden”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Zu den Investoren von HQLabs gehörte in der Vergangenheit insbesondere der Innovationsstarter Fond Hamburg. Die HQLabs-Gründer steigen im Zuge des Exits auf und starten nun mit awork, ursprünglich innerhalb von HQLabs entstanden, durch.

Lomado
+++ Das Unternehmen PremiumXL, ein Online-Händler rund um die Themen Home und Living, übernimmt Lomado, einen Online-Händler mit Fokus auf Badezimmermöbel.  “Mit der Übernahme erweitert PremiumXL sein Angebot an qualitativ hochwertigen Möbeln. Das kombinierte Unternehmen wird die Marke Lomado fortführen und die Möbel der Marke auch in Zukunft über den eigenen Online-Shop sowie verschiedene Online-Markplätze verkaufen”, teilen die Unternehmen mit. Lomado aus Bünde, 2018 gegründet, erwirtschaftete 2021 einen Umsatz “im gut zweistelligen Millionenbereich”. PremiumXL wird von Verdane finanziell unterstützt.

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Noetic Cyber emerges from stealth with $15M led by Energy Impact Partners

Noetic Cyber, a cloud-based continuous cyber asset management and controls platform, has launched from stealth with a Series A funding round of $15 million led by Energy Impact Partners.

The round was also backed by Noetic’s existing investors, TenEleven Ventures and GlassWing Ventures, and brings the total amount of funds raised by the startup to $20 million following a $5 million seed round. Shawn Cherian, a partner at Energy Impact Partners, will join the Noetic board, while Niloofar Razi Howe, a senior operating partner at the investment firm, will join Noetic’s advisory board.

“Noetic is a true market disruptor, offering an innovative way to fix the cyber asset visibility problem — a growing and persistent challenge in today’s threat landscape,” said Howe.

The Massachusetts-based startup claims to be taking a new approach to the cyber asset management problem. Unlike traditional solutions, Noetic is not agent-based, instead using API aggregation and correlation to draw insights from multiple security and IT management tools.

“What makes us different is that we’re putting orchestration and automation at the heart of the solution, so we’re not just showing security leaders that they have problems, but we’re helping them to fix them,” Paul Ayers, CEO and co-founder of Noetic Cyber tells TechCrunch.

Ayer was previously a top exec at PGP Corporation (acquired by Symantec for $370 million) and Vormetric (acquired by Thales for $400 million) and founded Noetic Cyber with Allen Roger and Allen Hadden, who have previously worked at cybersecurity vendors including Authentica, Raptor and Axent. All three were also integral to the development of Resilient Systems, which was acquired by IBM.

“The founding team’s experience in the security, orchestration, automation and response market gives us unique experience and insights to make automation a key pillar of the solution,” Ayers said. “Our model gives you the certainty to make automation possible, the goal is to find and fix problems continuously, getting assets back to a secure state.”

“The development of the technology has been impacted by the current cyber landscape, and the pandemic, as some of the market drivers we’ve seen around the adoption of cloud services, and the increased use of unmanaged devices by remote workers, are driving a great need for accurate cyber asset discovery and management.”

The company, which currently has 20 employees, says it plans to use the newly raised funds to double its headcount by the end of the year, as well as increase its go-to-market capability in the U.S. and the U.K. to grow its customer base and revenue growth.

“In terms of technology development, this investment allows us to continue to add development and product management talent to the team to build on our cyber asset management platform,” Ayers said. 

“The beauty of our approach is that it allows us to easily add more applications and use cases on top of our core asset visibility and management model. We will continue to add more connectors to support customer use cases and will be bringing a comprehensive controls package to market later in 2021, as well as a community edition in 2022.”

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API security startup 42Crunch raises $17M Series A led by Energy Impact Partners

With security top of mind in many companies these days, especially given how many staff work at home, there is one area that remains chronically ignored: that of the world of APIs which power all of the platforms we all use every day.

Now, a significant player in the cybersecurity of APIs is super-charging its offering. 42Crunch, an API security startup, has raised $17 million in a Series A round led by Energy Impact Partners. Adara Ventures also participated.

42Crunch has a ‘micro firewall’ for APIs which aims to protect against attacks listed in the OWASP Top 10 for API Security. It is used by companies such as Mulesoft, Ford Motors, and Qualys.

CEO and Co-Founder of 42Crunch, Jacques Declas said: “What do the recent data breaches at Tesla, Facebook, and Clubhouse have in common? They all came about due to API vulnerabilities. 83% of internet traffic now comes from APIs but traditional firewall approaches are not adapted to cope with the specific threats that APIs create.”

The three French co-founders came up with the idea after being the number of APIs used by customers proliferate.

The normal approach to firewalls – relying on patterns and signatures to detect potential incursions – does not work when it comes to API traffic. 42Crunch claims its platform can individually protect each API, and prevent common cyber-attacks such as injections but also API-specific attacks.

Isabelle Mauny, Co-founder and CTO of 42Crunch, said: “Protecting APIs from threats at runtime is only part of the story. APIs will only be truly secured when security becomes part of the developer’s flow, rather than an afterthought.”

Nazo Moosa, Co-Managing Partner, Energy Impact Partners added: “42Crunch’s ‘shift-left approach’ to the creation of secure-by-design APIs fits strongly with EIP’s vision of protecting global critical infrastructure. The company’s six-digit customer wins last year were catalytic to our decision to lead the round.”

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Tamika Butler, Remix’s Tiffany Chu and Revel’s Frank Reig to discuss how to balance equitability and profitability at TC Sessions Mobility

The race among mobility startups to become profitable by controlling market share has produced a string of bad results for cities and the people living in the them.

City officials and agencies learned from those early deployments of ride-hailing and shared scooter services and have since pushed back with new rules and tighter control over which companies can operate. This correction has prompted established companies to change how they do business and fueled a new crop of startups, all promising a different approach.

But can mobility be accessible, equitable and profitable? And how?

TC Sessions: Mobility 2021, a virtual event scheduled for June 9, aims to dig into those questions. Luckily, we have three guests who are at the center of cities, equity and shared mobility: community organizer, transportation consultant and lawyer Tamika L. Butler, Remix co-founder and CEO Tiffany Chu and Revel co-founder and CEO Frank Reig.

Butler, a lawyer and founder and principal of her own consulting company, is well known for work in diversity and inclusion, equity, the built environment, community organizing and leading nonprofits. She was most recently the director of planning in California and the director of equity and inclusion at Toole Design. She previously served as the executive director of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust and was the executive director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. Butler also sits on the board of Lacuna Technologies.

Chu is the CEO and co-founder of Remix, a startup that developed mapping software used by cities for transportation planning and street design. Remix was recently acquired by Via for $100 million and will continue to operate as a subsidiary of the company. Remix, which was backed by Sequoia Capital, Energy Impact Partners, Y Combinator, and Elemental Excelerator has been recognized as both a 2020 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer and BloombergNEF Pioneer for its work in empowering cities to make transportation decisions with sustainability and equity at the forefront. Chu currently serves as Commissioner of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, and sits on the city’s Congestion Pricing Policy Advisory Committee. Previously, Tiffany was a Fellow at Code for America, the first UX hire at Zipcar and is an alum of Y Combinator. Tiffany has a background in architecture and urban planning from MIT.

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Reig is the co-founder and CEO of Revel, a transportation company that got its start launching a shared electric moped service in Brooklyn. The company, which launched in 2018, has since expanded its moped service to Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Washington, D.C., Miami, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Francisco. The company has since expanded its focus beyond moped and has started to build fast-charging EV Superhubs across New York City and launched an eBike subscription service in four NYC boroughs. Prior to Revel, Reig held senior roles in the energy and corporate sustainability sectors.

The trio will join other speakers TechCrunch has announced, a list that so far includes Joby Aviation founder and CEO JonBen Bevirt, investor and Linked founder Reid Hoffman, whose special purpose acquisition company just merged with Joby, as well as investors Clara Brenner of Urban Innovation Fund, Quin Garcia of Autotech Ventures and Rachel Holt of Construct Capital and Starship Technologies co-founder and CEO/CTO Ahti Heinla. Stay tuned for more announcements in the weeks leading up to the event.

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Startups have about $1 trillion worth of reasons to love the Biden infrastructure plan

The sweeping infrastructure package put forward today by President Joe Biden comes with a price tag of roughly $2 trillion (and hefty tax hikes) but gives startups and the broader tech industry about $1 trillion worth of reasons to support it.

Tech companies have spent the past decade or more developing innovations that can be applied to old-world industries like agriculture, construction, energy, education, manufacturing and transportation and logistics. These are industries where structural impediments to technology adoption have only recently been broken down by the advent of incredibly powerful mobile devices.

Now, these industries are at the heart of the President’s plan to build back better, and the hundreds of billions of dollars that are earmarked to make America great again will, either directly or indirectly, be a huge boost to a number of startups and large tech companies whose hardware and software services will enable much of the work the Biden administration wants done.

“The climate-oriented investment in Biden’s new plan would be roughly ten times what came through ARRA,” wrote Shayle Kann, a partner with the investment firm, Energy Impact Partners. “It would present a huge opportunity for a variety of climate tech sectors, ranging from clean electricity to carbon management to vehicle electrification.”

Much of this will look and feel like a Green New Deal, but sold under a package of infrastructure modernization and service upgrades that the country desperately needs.  Indeed, it’s hard to invest in infrastructure without supporting the kind of energy efficiency and renewable development plans that are at the core of the Green New Deal, since efficiency upgrades are just a part of the new way of building and making things.

Over $700 billion of the proposed budget will go to improving resiliency against natural disasters; upgrading critical water, power, and internet infrastructure; and rehabilitating and improving public housing, federal buildings, and aging commercial and residential real estate.

Additionally there’s another roughly $400 billion in spending earmarked for boosting domestic manufacturing of critical components like semiconductors; protecting against future pandemics; and creating regional innovation hubs to promote venture capital investment and startup development intended to “support the growth of entrepreneurship in communities of color and underserved communities.”

Climate resiliency 

Given the steady drumbeat of climate disasters that hit the U.S. over the course of 2020 (and their combined estimated price tag of nearly $100 billion), it’s not surprising that the Biden plan begins with a focus on resiliency.

The first big outlay of cash outlined in the Biden plan would call for $50 billion in financing to improve, protect and invest in underserved communities most at risk from climate disasters through programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and new initiatives from the Department of Transportation. Most relevant to startups is the push to fund initiatives and technologies that can help prevent or protect against extreme wildfires; rising sea levels and hurricanes; new agriculture resource management; and “climate-smart” technologies.

As with most of Biden’s big infrastructure initiatives, there are startups tackling these issues. Companies like Cornea, Emergency Reporting, Zonehaven are trying to solve different facets of the fire problem; while flood prediction and weather monitoring startups are floating up their services too. Big data analytics, monitoring and sensing tools, and robotics are also becoming fixtures on the farm. For the President’s water efficiency and recycling programs, companies like Epic CleanTec, which has developed wastewater recycling technologies for residential and commercial buildings.

Fables of the reconstruction

Energy efficiency and building upgrades represent by far the biggest chunk of the Biden infrastructure package — totaling a whopping $400 billion of the spending package and all devoted to upgrading homes, offices, schools, veteran’s hospitals and federal buildings.

It gives extra credence to the thesis behind new climate-focused funds from Greensoil Proptech Ventures and Fifth Wall Ventures, which is raising a $200 million investment vehicle to focus on energy efficiency and climate tech solutions.

As Fifth Wall’s newest partner Greg Smithies noted last year, there’s a massive opportunity in building retrofits and startup technologies to improve efficiency.

“What excites me about this space is that there’s so much low-hanging fruit. And there’s $260 trillion worth of buildings,” Smithies said last year. “The vast majority of those are nowhere up to modern codes. We’re going to have a much bigger opportunity by focusing on some not-so-sexy stuff.”

Decarbonizing real estate can also make a huge difference in the fight against global climate change in addition to the its ability to improve quality of life and happiness for residents. “Real estate consumes 40% of all energy. The global economy happens indoors,” said Fifth Wall co-founder Brendan Wallace, in a statement. “Real estate will be the biggest spender on climate tech for no other reason than its contribution to the carbon problem.”

The Biden plan calls on Congress to enact new grant programs that award flexible funding to jurisdictions that take concrete steps to eliminate barriers to produce affordable housing. Part of that will include $40 billion to improve the infrastructure of the public housing in America.

It’s a project that startups like BlocPower are already deeply involved in supporting.

“Get the superhero masks and capes out. The Biden Harris Climate announcement is literally a plan to save the American economy and save the planet. This is Avengers Endgame in real life. We can’t undo the last five years… but we can make smart, massive investments in the climate infrastructure of the future,” wrote Donnel Baird, the chief executive and founder of BlocPower. “Committing to electrify 2 million American buildings, moving them entirely off of fossil fuels is exactly that — an investment in America leading theway towards creating a new industry creating American jobs that cannot be outsourced, and beginning to reduce the 30% of greenhouse gas emissiosn that come from buildings.”

As part of the package that directly impacts startups, there’s a proposal for a $27 billion Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to mobilize private investment, according to the White House. The focus will be on distributed energy resources, retrofits of residential, commercial and municipal buildings; and clean transportation. A focus there will be on disadvantaged communities that haven’t had access to clean energy investments.

Financing the future startup nation

“From the invention of the semiconductor to the creation of the Internet, new engines of economic growth have emerged due to public investments that support research, commercialization, and strong supply chains,” the White House wrote. “President Biden is calling on Congress to make smart investments in research and development, manufacturing and regional economic development, and in workforce development to give our workers and companies the tools and training they need to compete on the global stage.”

To enable that, Biden is proposing another $480 billion in spending to boost research and development — including $50 billion for the National Science Foundation to focus on semiconductors and advanced communications technologies, energ technologies and biotechnology. Another $30 billion is designed to be targeted toward rural development; and finally the $40 billion in upgrading research infrastructure.

There’s also an initiative to create ARPA-C, a climate focused Advanced Research Projects Agency modeled on the DARPA program that gave birth to the Internet. There’s $20 billion heading toward funding climate-focused research and demonstration projects for energy storage, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen, advanced nuclear and rare earth  element separations, floating off shore wind, biofuel/bioproducts, quantum computing and electric vehicles.

The bulk of Biden’s efforts to pour money into manufacturing represents another $300 billion in potential government funding. That’s $30 billion tickets for biopreparedness and pandemic preparedness; another $50 billion in semiconductor manufacturing and research; $46 billion for federal buying power for new advanced nuclear reactors and fuel, cars, ports, pumps and clean materials.

Included in all of this is an emphasis on developing economies fairly and equally across the country — that means $20 billion in regional innovation hubs and a Community Revitalization Fund, which is designed to support innovative, community-led redevelopment efforts and $52 billion in investing in domestic manufacturers — promoting rural manufacturing and clean energy.

Finally for startups there’s a $31 billion available for programs that give small businesses access to credit, venture capital, and R&D dollars. Specifically, the proposal calls for funding for community-based small business incubators and innovation hubs to support growth in communities of color and underserved communites.

Water and power infrastructure 

America’s C- grade infrastructure has problems extending across the length and breadth of the country. It encompasses everything from crumbling roads and bridges to a lack of clean drinking water, failing sewage systems, inadequate recycling facilities, and increasing demands on power generation, transmission and distribution assets that the nation’s electricity grid is unable to meet.

“Across the country, pipes and treatment plants are aging and polluted drinking water is endangering public health. An estimated six to ten million homes still receive drinking water through lead pipes and service lines,” the White House wrote in a statement.

To address this issue, Biden’s calling for an infusion of $45 billion into the Environmental Protection Agency’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act grants. While that kind of rip and replace project may not directly impact startups, another $66 billion earmarked for upgrades to drinking water, wastewater and stormwater systems and monitoring and managing the presence of contaminants in water will be a huge boon for the vast array of water sensing and filtration startups that have flooded the market in the past decade or more (there’s even an entire incubator dedicated to just water technologies).

The sad fact is that water infrastructure in America has largely failed to keep up in large swaths of the country, necessitating this kind of massive capital infusion.

And what’s true for water is also true increasingly true for power. Outages cost the U.S. economy upwards of $70 billion per year, according to the White House. So when analysts compare those economic losses to a potential $100 billion outlay, the math should be clear. For startups that math equals dollar signs.

Calls to build a more resilient transmission system should be music to the ears of companies like Veir, which is developing a novel technology for improving capacity on transmission lines (a project that the Biden administration explicitly calls out in its plan).

The Biden plan also includes more than money, calling for the creation of a new Grid Deployment Authority within the Department of Energy to better leverage rights-of-way along roads and railways and will support financing tools to develop new high-voltage transmission lines, the White House said.

The administration doesn’t stop there. Energy storage and renewable technologies are going to get a boost through a clutch of tax credits designed to accelerate their deployment. That includes a ten-year extension and phase down of direct-pay investment tax credits and production tax credits. The plan aslo calls for clean energy block grants and calls for the government to purchase nothing but renewable energy all day for federal buildings.

Complimenting this push for clean power and storage will be a surge in funding for waste remediation and cleanup, which is getting a $21 billion boost under Biden.

Companies like Renewell Energy, or various non-profits that are trying to plug abandoned oil wells, can play a role here. There’s also the potential to recover other mineral deposits or reuse the wastewater that comes from these wells. And here, too, investors can find early stage businesses looking for an angle. Part of the money frm the Biden plan will aim to redevelop brownfields and turn them into more sustainable businesses.

That’s where some of the indoor agriculture companies, like Plenty, Bowery Farms, AppHarvest could find additional pots of money to turn unused factory and warehouse space into working farms. Idled factories could also be transformed into hubs for energy storage and community based power generation and distribution facilities, given their position on the grid.

“President Biden’s plan also will spur targeted sustainable, economic development efforts through the Appalachian Regional Commission’s POWER grant program, Department of Energy retooling grants for idled factories (through the Section 132 program), and dedicated funding to support community-driven environmental justice efforts – such as capacity and project grants to address legacy pollution and the cumulative impacts experienced by frontline and fenceline communities,” the White House wrote.

Key to these redevelopment efforts will be the establishment of pioneer facilities that demonstrate carbon capture retrofits for large steel, cement, and chemical production facilities. But if the Biden Administration wanted to, its departments could go a step further to support lower emission manufacturing technologies like the kind companies including Heliogen, which is using solar power to generate energy for a massive mining operation, or Boston Metal, which is partnering with BMW on developing a lower emission manufacturing process for steel production.

Critical to ensuring that this money gets spent is a $25 billion commitment to finance pre-development activities, that could help smaller project developers, as Rob Day writes in Forbes.

“As I’ve written about elsewhere, local project developers are key to getting sustainability projects built where they will actually do the most good — in the communities hit hardest by both local pollution and climate change impacts. These smaller project developers have lots of expenses they must pay just to get to the point where private-sector infrastructure construction investments can come in,” Day wrote. “Everyone in sustainability policy talks about supporting entrepreneurs, but in reality much of the support is aimed at technology innovators and not these smaller project developers who would be the ones to actually roll out those technology innovations. Infrastructure investors are typically much more reticent to provide capital before projects are construction-ready.”

Building a better Internet

“Broadband internet is the new electricity. It is necessary for Americans to do their jobs, to participate equally in school learning, health care, and to stay connected,” the White House wrote. “Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds. Americans in rural areas and on tribal lands particularly lack adequate access. And, in part because the United States has some of the highest broadband prices among OECD countries, millions of Americans can’t use broadband internet even if the infrastructure exists where they live.”

The $100 billion that the Biden Administration is earmarking for broadband infrastructure includes goals to meet 100 percent high-speed broadband coverage and prioritizes support for networks owned, operated, or faffiliated with local governments, non-profits and cooperatives.

Attendant with the new cash is a shift in regulatory policy that would open up opportunities for municipally-owned or affiliated providers and rural electric co-ops from competing with prive providers and requiring internet providers to be more transparent about their pricing. This increased competition is good for hardware vendors and ultimately could create new businesses for entrepreneurs who want to become ISPs of their own.

Wander is one-such service providing high speed wireless internet in Los Angeles.

“Americans pay too much for the internet – much more than people in many other countries – and the President is committed to working with Congress to find a solution to reduce internet prices for all Americans, increase adoption in both rural and urban areas, hold providers accountable, and save taxpayer money,” the White House wrote.

 

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ChargerHelp raises $2.75M to keep EV chargers working

The coming wave of electric vehicles will require more than thousands of charging stations. In addition to being installed, they also need to work — and today, that isn’t happening.

If a station doesn’t send out an error or a driver doesn’t report an issue, network providers might never know there’s even a problem. Kameale C. Terry, who co-founded ChargerHelp!, an on-demand repair app for electric vehicle charging stations, has seen these problems firsthand.

One customer assumed that poor usage rates at a particular station was down to a lack of EVs in the area, Terry recalled in a recent interview. That wasn’t the problem.

“There was an abandoned vehicle parked there and the station was surrounded by mud,” said Terry who is CEO and co-founded the company with Evette Ellis.

Demand for ChargerHelp’s service has attracted customers and investors. The company said it has raised $2.75 million from investors Trucks VC, Kapor Capital, JFF, Energy Impact Partners, and The Fund. This round values the startup, which was founded in January 2020, at $11 million post-money.

The funds will be used to build out its platform, hire beyond its 27-person workforce and expand its service area. ChargerHelp works directly with the charging manufacturers and network providers.

“Today when a station goes down there’s really no troubleshooting guidance,” said Terry, noting that it takes getting someone out into the field to run diagnostics on the station to understand the specific problem. After an onsite visit, a technician then typically shares data with the customer, and then steps are taken to order the correct and specific part — a practice that often doesn’t happen today.

While ChargerHelp is couched as an on-demand repair app, it is also acts as a preventative maintenance service for its customers.

Powering up

The idea for ChargerHelp came from Terry’s experience working at EV Connect, where she held a number of roles including head of customer experience and director of programs. During her time there, she worked with 12 different manufacturers, which gave her knowledge into inner workings and common problems with the chargers.

It was here that she spotted a gap in the EV charging market.

“When the stations went down we really couldn’t get anyone on site because most of the issues were communication issues, vandalism, firmware updates or swapping out a part — all things that were not electrical,” Terry said.

And yet, the general practice was to use electrical contractors to fix issues at the charging stations. Terry said it could take as long as 30 days to get an electrical contractor on site to repair these non-electrical problems.

Terry often took matters in her own hands if issues arose with stations located in Los Angeles, where she is based.

“If there was a part that needed to be swapped out, I would just go do it myself,” Terry said, adding she didn’t have a background in software or repairs. “I thought, if I can figure this stuff out, then anyone can.”

In January 2020, Terry quit her job and started ChargerHelp. The newly minted founder joined the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator, where she developed a curriculum to teach people how to repair EV chargers. It was here that she met Ellis, a career coach at LACI who also worked at the Long Beach Job Corp Center. Ellis is now the chief workforce officer at ChargerHelp.

Since then, Terry and Ellis were accepted into Elemental Excelerator’s startup incubator, raised about $400,000 in grant money, launched a pilot program with Tellus Power focused on preventative maintenance, landed contracts with EV charging networks and manufacturers such as EV Connect, ABB and Sparkcharge. Terry said they have also hired their core team of seven employees and trained their first tranche of technicians.

Hiring approach

ChargerHelp takes a workforce-development approach to finding employees. The company only hires in cohorts, or groups, of employees.

The company received more than 1,600 applications in its first recruitment round for electric vehicle service technicians, according to Terry. Of those, 20 were picked to go through training and 18 were ultimately hired to service contracts across six states, including California, Oregon, Washington, New York and Texas. Everyone who is picked to go through training are paid a stipend and earn two safety licenses.

The startup will begin its second recruitment round in April. All workers are full-time with a guaranteed wage of $30 an hour and are being given shares in the startup, Terry said. The company is working directly with workforce development centers in the areas where ChargerHelp needs technicians.

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#DealMonitor – Bitpanda sammelt 170 Millionen ein (und wird zum Unicorn) –  SumUp bekommt 750 Millionen – Rebike sackt 10 Millionen ein


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 16. März werfen wir wieder einen Blick auf die wichtigsten, spannendsten und interessantesten Investments und Exits des Tages in der DACH-Region. Alle Deals der Vortage gibt es im großen und übersichtlichen #DealMonitor-Archiv.

INVESTMENTS

Bitpanda
+++ Valar Ventures, also Peter Thiel, DST Global und Co. investieren 170 Millionen US-Dollar in Bitpanda – siehe TechCrunch. Die Bewertung liegt dem Bericht zufolge bei 1,2 Milliarden Dollar. Damit steigt Bitpanda als erstes österreichisches Startup zum Unicorn auf. Über die Plattform des Wiener Startups können Nutzer insbesondere Bitcoins und Gold handeln. Das FinTech wurde 2014 von Eric Demuth, Paul Klanschek und Christian Trummer gegründet und zählt nach eigenen Angaben mehr als 2 Millionen Nutzer. Valar Ventures, Speedinvest und Hedosophia investierten zuletzt 52 Millionen US-Dollar in Bitpanda. Das Unternehmen ist derzeit in Österreich, Frankreich, Spanien, der Türkei , Italien und Polen aktiv.

Anzeige
+++ In unserem Newsletter Startup-Radar berichten wir einmal in der Woche über neue Startups. Alle Startups stellen wir in unserem kostenpflichtigen Newsletter kurz und knapp vor und bringen sie so auf den Radar der Startup-Szene. Jetzt unseren Newsletter Startup-Radar abonnieren und 30 Tage kostenlos testen!

SumUp
+++ Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital und der Singapurer Staatsfonds Temasek gewähren dem deutsch-britischen Payment-Unternehmen SumUp, das Kartenterminals, mit denen man mit Kreditkarte bezahlen kann, vertreibt, einen Kredit in Höhe von 750 Millionen Euro – siehe FinanceFWD.  SumUp, das 2011 von Daniel Klein, Marc-Alexander Christ, Stefan Jeschonnek und Jan Deepen gegründet wurde, ist derzeit in 33 Ländern unterwegs und beschäftigt über 2.000 Mitarbeiter. 2016 fusionierte das FinTech mit seinem Wettbewerber payleven. Bereits im Sommer 2020 gewährten die SumUp-Investoren dem Unternehmen einen Kredit in Höhe von 50 Millionen. 2019 erhielt das Unternehmen 330 Millionen. SumUp erwirtschaftet im Jahr wohl rund 200 Millionen Euro Umsatz. SumUp gilt schon längst als Unicorn, ohne dass dies bisher offiziell bestätigt wurde.

Rebike Mobility 
+++ Die BayBG Bayerische Beteiligungsgesellschaft investiert gemeinsam mit den Altinvestoren Vorwerk Ventures und STS Ventures 10 Millionen Euro in Rebike Mobility. Das Unternehmen aus Krailling bei München, das 2018 von Thomas Bernik und Sven Erger gegründet wurde, betreibt mit rebike1 einen Marktplatz für den Verkauf von gebrauchten E-Bikes und mit eBike Abo einen Abodienst für angesagte E-Bikes. Vorwerk Ventures und STS Ventures investierten bereits 2019 eine “mittlere einstellige Millionensumme” in das junge Unternehmen. 50 Mitarbeiter wirken derzeit für das Unternehmen. Im vergangenen Jahr erwirtschaftete Rebike Mobility nach eigenen Angaben einen Umsatz in höhe von 7 Millionen Euro. 2021 sind 15 Millionen geplant.

Zolar 
+++ Energy Impact Partners investiert 10 Millionen Euro in Zolar.  “Das Gesamtvolumen dieser Series steigt damit auf 35 Millionen Euro”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das Berliner Startup, das sich selbstbewusst GreenTech nennt, bietet Photovoltaikanlagen zum Festpreis an, die Eigenheimbesitzer maßgeschneidert online planen, vergleichen und beauftragen können. Der tschechische Venture Capital-Geber Inven Capital, Heartcore Capital, Statkraft Ventures, BayWa r.e. Energy Ventures und Partech investierten zuletzt 15 Millionen Euro in Zolar, das 2016 von Gregor Loukidis und Alex Melzer gegründet wurde.

SolarWorX
+++ Canadian Solar, EIT InnoEnergy und die Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in SolarWorX. Das Berliner Startup entwickelt Systeme, um Menschen ohne Strom mit Solarenergie zu versorgen. SolarWorX bietet dazu eine modulare, netzunabhängige Solarlösung namens Solego an. “Die aktuellen Kernmärkte von SolarWorX sind Kamerun, Sambia und Nigeria”, teilt die Jungfirma, die 2017 von Felix Boldt und Jakob Schily gegründet wurde, mit.

EXITS

Otto Wilde
+++ Der bekannte Hausgerätehersteller Miele übernimmt die Mehrheit (75,1 %) der Spezialgrill-Firma Otto Wilde. Das Düsseldorfer Unternehmen, das 2015 von Ulrich Otto Wilde, Nils Wilde, Julia Wilde und Alexander Luik gegründet wurde, beschäftigt derzeit 30 Mitarbeiter. “Neben dem Ausbau des Portfolios steht die weitere Internationalisierung auf der gemeinsamen Agenda”, teilt das Unternehmen, das 2017 in der Vox-Show “Die Höhle der Löwen” auf Investorensuche war, mit. Miele hatte zuletzt auch die Mehrheit an der Berliner Rezepte-App KptnCook übernommen.

perform IT
+++ Das EPR-Unternehmen Asolvi übernimmt den Nürnberger Software-Anbieter perform IT. Für Asolvi ist es die siebte Akquisition seit 2016 und die zweite in Deutschland innerhalb der letzten vier Monate. perform IT, 2003 gegründet, betreibt mit mysalesdrive.com eine Optimierungssoftware für die Bereiche Managed Print Services (MPS) und Büroausstattung.

PODCAST

Insider #97
+++ Schon die neue Insider-Ausgabe mit Sven Schmidt gehört? In der aktuellen Folge geht es um Ralf Wenzel, Gorillas, Elmar Broscheit, Flink, Grovy, Project A Ventures, MeetButter, Finway, mim Technologies, Lottie und den Spac-Boom.

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Startup-Jobs: Auf der Suche nach einer neuen Herausforderung? In der unserer Jobbörse findet Ihr Stellenanzeigen von Startups und Unternehmen.

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Energy Impact Partners has set up an index for climate tech… and it’s crushing the overall market

Given the deluge of climate focused companies flooding public markets, it’s getting hard to keep track of who’s doing what, where they’re traded and how they’re performing. That’s why the folks at Energy Impact Partners have set up an index tracking tech companies that are focused on sustainability, energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For the past few months the firm, whose investors include some of the largest energy consumers and utilities in the world, has been working on setting up the index of representative climate tech offerings that are available on public markets and discovered one thing — these companies are crushing returns compared to the overall market.

Since the beginning of 2020, EIP Climate Index has outperformed NASDAQ by approximately 2.8 times — it’s up 127% compared to 45% for the NASDAQ. Of the companies on the list, about 20 out of the 27 companies are new offerings that have been public less than a year and have outperformed NASDAQ during that period. About16 of them are up over 100% during that time. That’s true even with the overall index down about 20 percent from its January peaks.

The index isn’t actually available for public investment, it’s an educational tool more than anything else, but it does show the breadth of companies working on climate-related solutions and reveals the overwhelming appetite of public market investors to back these companies.

“There’s been a really incredibly positive run in the climate tech run in the public markets and not just from SPACs,” said Shayle Kann, a partner at Energy Impact Partners. “Part of our motivation for creating this climate tech index let’s see if we can put together as diverse a group of companies as possible.”

Included in the EIP index are companies like Beyond Meat, which is a sustainability darling, and businesses that are a bit longer in the tooth like hydrogen fuel cell companies Ballard Power and Bloom Energy. The companies run the gamut from electric storage to renewable energy production, to vehicle charging and infrastructure to alternative protein providers.

“The idea was, how was the sector, if you include all this stuff, performing as a whole. We created this index and tried to be inclusive. It has been dramatically outperforming the market.”

While the EIP list is intended to be informative, there’s no reason someone couldn’t take this index and turn it into an exchange traded fund for the industry. Most of the ETFs that are currently on the market are focused narrowly on energy production, or infrastructure, this index is potentially the first to track the broadly diversified world of companies focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

There are even additive manufacturers in the mix like Desktop Metal, which Kann said had a huge climate component to its technology.

“Additive manufacturing has a fairly strong climate case in reduced waste, reduced transportation, electrification of the manufacturing process,” Kann said. 

It’s also a signal that early stage private investors can take note of too, said Kann.

“It provides a broader pathway to public markets. The companies that see their share prices run up here. What it suggests for us and for everybody else in this venture capital world is the exit pathways are improved when this index does well,” he said. 

 

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Dragos raises $110M Series C as demand to secure industrial systems soars

Cybersecurity firm Dragos has raised $110 million in its Series C, almost triple the amount that it raised two years ago in its last round.

Dragos was founded in 2016 to detect and respond to threats facing industrial control systems (ICS), the devices critical to the continued operations of power plants, water and energy supplies, and other critical infrastructure. The company’s threat detection platform — its moneymaker — helps companies with industrial control systems defend against hackers trying to get into important operational systems. Its platform kicks out hackers that could shut down manufacturing lines or control energy supply systems, while its research arm keeps tabs on the hackers that can break into these highly complex and segmented industrial networks in the first place.

The startup’s latest round was led by National Grid Partners and Koch Disruptive Technologies, with both firms adding a member each to Dragos’ board. The round also saw participation from Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, as well as return investors Allegis Cyber, Canaan Partners, DataTribe, Energy Impact Partners and Schweitzer Engineering Labs.

This latest round of funding will help the company with its go-to-market efforts, as well as growing its customer support team with 30 staff and building up its sales and marketing team. Lee said the company’s priority had been to work on its threat platform, and less selling it.

About one-third of the company’s employees work in software engineering to build its threat platform.

Dragos founder and chief executive Robert Lee said the pandemic, which forced vast swathes of the world to work remotely from home under lockdown restrictions, served as a wake-up call for companies with critical infrastructure.

“When you’re talking about critical infrastructure sites and people’s utilities, you need to put your best foot forward on the tech first,” he said.

Many companies were already trying to adapt with the digital age, but Lee said many companies realized they had underinvested in ICS security.

Dragos team picture

A team photo of Dragos employees. Image Credits: Dragos

Based just outside Washington D.C., Dragos now has over 220 employees and will be adding more, close to doubling its headcount since last year, and adding new offices in Melbourne, Dubai and in the United Kingdom.

Lee said the U.K.’s transition out of the European Union would all but ensure that the new U.K. office could not serve as an EU hub for the company, but that it was necessary to “to go where the problems are.”

Another one of those places is Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, where Dragos has an office and now draws an investment. Saudi oil and gas manufacturing plants have been the target of several cyberattacks, including the Trisis malware in 2017 that shut down one of the kingdom’s biggest petrochemical plants. But the country has faced extensive criticism for its human rights record by international rights groups. Lee said the company works to protect infrastructure that serves civilians and has actively rejected military contracts that would fall afoul of those values. “I don’t want to put asterisks on that mission,” he said.

Lee told TechCrunch that the company has grown at a rapid pace since it was founded four years ago.

“Our goal was never to get acquired,” he said. Echoing remarks he made last year, Lee said that the company’s plan was to continue growing and investing in the problems that Dragos sees — with an eventual goal to take the company public. “But we’re not rushed,” he said.

“The hallmark of Dragos being successful won’t be a successful IPO,” said Lee. “The hallmark will be having validated and built the market large enough that there can be other companies that come behind us serving the other more niche aspects of the ICS market and building out the community, and making sure our infrastructure is safer.”

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ClassPass co-founder Sanjiv Sanghavi joins Arcadia, bringing consumer marketing savvy to clean energy

“Helping navigate the elusiveness of product market fit” is how Sanjiv Sanghavi, the co-founder of ClassPass and itinerant startup executive describes his roles at different companies. 

From ClassPass through Knotel, Sanghavi has shepherded several businesses to growth and over a billion dollar valuations, now he’s looking to bring that branding and marketing savvy to the world of renewable energy as the new chief product officer at Arcadia.

The company encourages renewable energy development by offsetting its customers’ electricity usage by buying an equivalent amount of renewable power or investing in renewable energy projects that provide renewable credits to offset fossil fuel usage.

Sanjiv Sanghavi, ClassPass co-founder and now chief product officer at Arcadia. Image Credit: Arcadia

We founded Arcadia to aggregate the power of consumer demand to fight climate change,” said Kiran Bhatraju, the founder and chief executive at Arcadia, in a statement. “Sanjiv’s deep knowledge of creating and building engaging consumer products will be crucial in the coming years to help us continue to build a world-class home energy experience that people love, and the planet needs.”

Sanghavi will be integral to Arcadia’s expansion into the northeast as it looks to grow its footprint across the United States.

Over the past six months Arcadia has steadily built out its presence across the Atlantic seaboard as it staffs its New York office. The company added a senior vice president of design who previously worked at DoorDash, WeWork, and PayPal, Josh Abrams, and is actively hiring. 

I was drawn to Arcadia because of its lasting power; I wanted to build something that would make an impact for generations,” said Sanghavi. “I believe that what Arcadia is doing is astounding — we’re building a bridge from the people who are generating renewable energy to those who want to do something good.”  

 The company has raised $70 million to date, according to Crunchbase, from investors including G2VP, BoxGroup, Wonder Ventures and Energy Impact Partners. 

 

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NS1 nets $40M “true coronavirus fundraise” amidst surging customer demand

Apparently, the internet is still popular.

With the novel coronavirus marooning people at home for work and play, those “tubes” carrying our data back and forth have become ever more important to our livelihoods. Yet while we often as consumers think of the internet as what we buy from a service provider like Spectrum or TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon, the reality is that businesses need key network services like DNS and IP Address Management in order to optimize their performance and costs.

That’s where New York City-based NS1 has done particularly well. My colleague Ron Miller first covered the company and its founding story for us two years ago, as part of our in-depth look at the New York City enterprise software ecosystem. Fast forward two years, and NS1 couldn’t be doing better: in just the first quarter of this year, new customer bookings were up 159% year over year according to the company, and it currently serves 600 customers.

That traction in a critical infrastructure segment of the market attracted the attention of even more growth capital. Today, the company announced that Energy Impact Partners, which has traditionally invested in sustainable energy startups but has recently expanded into software and internet services, is leading a $40 million Series D round into the startup, bringing its total fundraising to date to $125 million. The round was led by Shawn Cherian, a partner at EIR who just joined the firm at the beginning of June (nothing like getting a deal done your first day on the job).

Kris Beevers, cofounder and CEO of NS1, said that COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the startup’s growth the past few months. “For example, [a] large software customer of ours [said] that our number two KPI for our coronavirus task force is network performance and saturation as managed by NS1.” Customers have made network management significantly higher priority since degradations in latency and reliability can dramatically limit a service’s viability for stay-at-home workers and consumers.

NS1’s Founding Team

“The quip that I have used a few times recently is digital transformation initiatives have compressed from five or ten years down to months or a year at this point. Everybody’s just having to accelerate all of these things,” Beevers said.

The company has doubled down on its key tools like DNS and IP management, but it has also launched new features using feedback from customers. “For example, we launched a VPN steering capability to help our customers optimize their VPN footprints because obviously those suddenly are more important than they’ve ever been,” he said. Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow employees to login to their company’s network as if they were physically present in the office.

While NS1 had money in the bank and increasing appetite from customers, the company was also starting a fundraise in the middle of a global pandemic. Beevers said that it was hard at first to get momentum. “April was a dead zone,” he said. “All the VCs were sort of turtle up.”

The tide began to turn by early May as VCs got a handle on their portfolios and started to survey where the opportunities were in the market given the lessons of the early days of COVID-19. “We actually started to get a huge amount of inbound interest in early May timeframe,” he said.

“Call it like a true coronavirus fundraise,” Beevers explained. It was “end to end like less than a month getting to know [Cherian] to term sheet, and all virtual. Partner meeting was all virtual, diligence all virtual. Not a single in-person interaction in the whole fundraising process, and that was the case with everybody else who was involved in the round too, so all the folks that didn’t in the end write the winning term sheet.”

What made Cherian stand out was Energy Impact Partners’ portfolio, which touches on energy, industry and IoT — sectors that are increasingly being digitized and need the kind of internet infrastructure services that NS1 provides. Also, Cherian led a round into Packet, which is a fellow NYC enterprise company that sold to Equinox for more than $300 million. Packet’s founder Zac Smith and Beevers worked together at Voxel and are part of the so-called “Voxel mafia” of infrastructure engineers in Manhattan.

With the new funding, NS1 intends to continue to expand its traction in the network layer while also doubling down on new markets like IoT.

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Urbint, a provider of field safety information for utilities, raises $20 million

Urbint, a developer of a field safety information service for industrial workforces, has raised $20 million in a new round of funding as it looks to expand its research and development capabilities, grow internationally, and develop services for new industrial categories.

With the bulk of its business in the North America utility market, it was time for the company to expand its geographic horizons, something that it should be able to do with the addition of the venture arm of the UK-based utility company National Grid as one of its backers.

Other investors in the company’s $20 million round include Energy Impact Partners, Piva and Salesforce Ventures .

“A few years ago, we saw that utilities were facing an overwhelming number of threats in the field, stemming from aging infrastructure, extreme weather, and workforce turnover, and didn’t have adequate tools to make informed risk-driven safety decisions,” said Corey Capasso, the founder and chief executive of Urbint, in a statement. “We built Urbint to arm them with predictive AI to stay one step ahead. The pandemic has only intensified this need as dangers to infrastructure and essential workers increase and resources are strained. This investment will grow our reach to keep even more communities safe.”

The company also said it will work to improve its diversity and inclusion efforts as it considers where to allocate its resources, Capasso said in an interview with TechCrunch .

Urbint works by aggregating information around various risks that field workers might face including data around weather, planned construction, and even incidence of infection or disease spread (a new addition in response to the COVID-19 epidemic in the US), according to Capasso.

The company currently counts 40 utilities in the US among its customer base and the new capital will help expand beyond that base, Capasso said.

“Not only are we an investor in Urbint, but National Grid also uses Urbint’s technology to predict and prevent safety incidents, keeping the community safe,” said Lisa Lambert, Founder and President of National Grid Partners, in a statement. “AI safety technology is especially vital to reduce risk during this pandemic, and we’re proud to grow our investment in Urbint.”

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Top cybersecurity VCs share how COVID-19 has changed investing

The coronavirus pandemic is, without doubt, the greatest challenge the world has faced in a generation. But the wheels of the world keep turning, albeit slower than during normal times.

But where the world has faced challenges, the cybersecurity industry remains largely unscathed. In fact, some cybersecurity businesses are doing better than ever because cybersecurity has emerged as one of the few constants we all need — even during a pandemic.

The vast majority of the global workforce is (or has been) working from home since the start of the lockdown, and the world had to quickly adjust. Tech companies pushed their technology and services to the cloud. Businesses had to shift from not just securing their office network but also preventing threats against their highly distributed employees working from their own homes. And, hackers are retooling their attacks to be coronavirus themed, making them far more likely to succeed.

All of these things — and more — need security. Or, as one investor told us: “Many of these trends were already underway, but COVID-19 is an accelerant.” That’s helped cybersecurity firms weather the storm of this pandemic.

We spoke to a dozen cybersecurity VCs to hear their thoughts on how COVID-19 has changed the investment landscape:

Here’s what they told us. (Answers have been edited for clarity.)

Ariel Tseitlin, Scale Venture Partners

Security budgets haven’t been affected nearly as much as broader IT spend. We continue to see existing portfolio companies raise follow-on financings, and we continue to meet with companies for new potential investments. The big change in my criteria for new investments is that a company must be able to continue growing in the current environment. We don’t know how long this downturn will last, so I don’t buy into the promise of “as soon as the economy recovers, growth will resume.”

Shardul Shah, Index Ventures

On Microsoft’s last earnings call, chief executive Satya Nadella said: “As COVID-19 impacts every aspect of our work and life, we have seen two years worth of digital transformation in two months.” This acceleration has actually created momentum for a number of cybersecurity businesses, which is why the best companies continue to draw significant interest from investors. I serve on the board of security firm Expel, which raised $50 million in the middle of this crisis.

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