#DealMonitor – 1Komma5 sammelt 200 Millionen ein – Superlist bekommt 10 Millionen – Mubadala Capital investiert re:cap.


Im #DealMonitor für den 11. 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

1Komma5
+++ eCapital, btov Ventures, Porsche Ventures, Eurazeo, Blue Elephant Ventures, die Family Offices Haniel und Schürfeld sowie Jan Klatten investieren 200 Millionen Euro in 1Komma5 – siehe Handelsblatt. Das Hamburger Unternehmen, das 2021 von Phillipp Schröder, ehemals Tesla-Deutschlandchef und ehemals Geschäftsführer des Solar-Batterieherstellers Sonnen, Micha Grüber sowie Jannik Schall gegründet wurde, setzt auf einen “One-Stop-Shop” für Vertrieb, Installations- und Serviceleistungen rund um Solar, Stromspeicher und Ladeinfrastruktur. Das Startup möchte dabei Know How selbst einkaufen, indem es Mehrheitsbeteiligungen an Fachbetrieben erwirbt. Porsche Ventures und mehrere Family Offices investierten zuletzt bereits “bis zu 100 Millionen Euro” in 1Komma5. Insgesamt sammelte der Enpal-Wettbewerber somit bisher rund 300 Millionen ein. In diesem Jahr möchte das Unternehmen einen Umsatz in Höhe von bis zu 200 Millionen Euro einfahren. 420 Mitarbeiter:innen arbeiten derzeit für 1Komma5. Die Bewertung von 1Komma5 ist nicht bekannt, dürfte aber dreistelligen Millionenbereich liegen. Mehr über 1Komma5 

Superlist
+++ Jetzt offiziell: EQT Ventures und die Altinvestoren investieren – wie Ende März im Insider-Podcast berichtet –  10 Millionen Euro in Superlist – siehe Linkedin. Die Post-Money-Bewertung liegt nach unseren Informationen bei rund 60 Millionen Euro. Das Berliner Startup Superlist, das von Christian Reber, Steffen Kiedel, Marcel Käding und Ben Kubota gegründet wurde, ist quasi der offizielle Nachfolger der beliebten Wunderlist-App. In der Selbstbeschreibung heißt es zum Konzept: “Supercharged productivity for teams of the future”. Cherry Ventures, der Visionaries Club und Freigeist investierten bereits zuvor in der junge Unternehmen. Mehr über Superlist

re:cap
+++ Mubadala Capital investiert eine siebenstellige Summe in re:cap. “Das neue Kapital wird in den weiteren Ausbau des Teams und des Produktes sowie in die Erschließung neuer europäischer Märkte vom Startpunkt Deutschland aus investiert”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das Berliner Startup, das von Paul Becker und Jonas Tebbe, die zuvor den Vermögensverwalter Liqid aufgebaut haben, positioniert sich ähnlich wie das Vorbild Pipe als “digitale Marktplatzlösung zur Finanzierung von Unternehmen mit regelmäßigen, wiederkehrenden Einnahmeströmen (Recurring Revenues)”. Zuletzt sammelte das Unternehmen 100 Millionen Euro Eigen- und Fremdkapital ein. Mit dem Einstieg von Mubadala Capital steigt der Eigenkapitalanteil in dieser Investmentrunde auf 13,3 Millionen Euro. Mehr über re:cap

Lexital
+++  Der Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS) und Business Angel Michael Atug investieren in Lexital. Das LegalTech aus Leipzig, das von Michael Opre und Tino Kroupa gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine Software, die es Online-Händlern erlaubt, “rechtzeitig zu erkennen und sicher zu bannen”. Zum Konzept heißt es weiter: “Auch bei der Fehlerbehebung lässt dich Lexi nicht allein: Neben juristisch fundierten Handlungsempfehlungen gibt sie dir gratis Rechtstexte mit an die Hand”.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Holmi
+++ Die Wien Taxivermittlung 31300 übernimmt die Mehrheit an Holmi, eine Alternative zu Uber – siehe Trending Topics. “Die beiden Gründer Gunz und Matthias Kalb bleiben mit den restlichen Anteilen an Bord und in der Geschäftsführung”, heißt es im Artikel.

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#DealMonitor – #EXKLUSIV EQT investiert in Superlist – Cherry setzt auf Klar – 468 Capital investiert in True Beauty


Im #DealMonitor für den 22. März 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

Dance
+++ TriplePoint Capital stellt dem Berliner Mobility-Startup Dance eine Kreditfinanzierung in Höhe von 20 Millionen bereit. Dance, das 2020 von Alexander Ljung und Eric Quidenus sowie Jimdo-Macher Christian Springub gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Subscription-Service für E-Bikes. “Unsere Mitglieder profitieren von einem unvergleichlichen Fahrerlebnis und erhalten ihr persönliches E-Bike zur monatlichen Miete bis an die Tür geliefert”, heißt es zum Konzept. Eurazeo, HV Capital, BlueYard, Planet A Ventures und diverse Angel-Investor:innen investierten bereits mehr als 35 Millionen US-Dollar in Dance. Mehr über Dance

Superlist
+++ EQT Ventures und die Altinvestoren investieren nach unseren Informationen 10 Millionen Euro in Superlist. Die Post-Money-Bewertung liegt bei rund 60 Millionen Euro. 
Das Berliner Startup Superlist, das von Christian Reber, Steffen Kiedel, Marcel Käding und Ben Kubota gegründet wurde, ist quasi der offizielle Nachfolger der beliebten Wunderlist-App. In der Selbstbeschreibung heißt es zum Konzept: “Supercharged productivity for teams of the future”. Cherry Ventures, der Visionaries Club und Freigeist investierten bereits zuvor in der junge Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Klar
+++ Der Berliner Frühphaseninevstor Cherry Ventures investiert nach unseren Informationen eine siebenstellige Summe in Klar. Hinter dem Münchner Startup Klar, das von Cillié Burger, Maximilian Rast und ottonova-Gründer Frank Birzle gegründet wurde, verbirgt sich eine BI-Lösung für E-Commerce-Marken. “We are building a data platform that is tailored to the needs of growing e-commerce brands. Fast to set-up and easy to maintain”, heißt es in Stellenanzeigen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

True Beauty
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber 468 Capital investiert nach unseren Informationen in True Beauty, das neue Projekt von den beiden Seriengründern Charles von Abercron (Glossybox, Orange Brands) und Felix Lobkowicz (eve Sleep, The Good Us, Zesox). Das junge Unternehmen kümmert sich nach eigenen Angaben um “Beauty-, Wellness- und Personal-Care-Produkte”. Das Vorbild ist dabei wohl das amerikanische Unternehmen Beauty Pie (Slogan: “Luxury Makeup & Skincare Products Direct”. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Kertos
+++ Der Münchner Geldgeber 10x Founders investiert nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit wefox-Gründer Fabian Wesemann, Gorillas-Gründer Ronny Shibley und LionCorn Capital  eine siebenstellige in Kertos. Die Münchner Jungfirma Kertos kümmert sich um die Automatisierung von Prozessen rund um das Thema Datenschutz. “Die Kertos-Plattform ermöglicht es, Aufgaben abteilungsübergreifend einfach und effizient zu bearbeiten – transparent, automatisiert und sicher”, teilt das Startup mit. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Neural Concept
+++ Alven, Aster sowie die Altinvestoren High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) und Constantia New Business (CNB) investieren 9,1 Millionen US-Dollar in das Schweizer Software-Startup Neural Concept. Das Unternehmen, Entwickler eines Deep-Learning-Systems für computergestützte Konstruktion und Design (CAD), wurde 2018 von Pierre Baqué als Spin-off aus dem Computer Vision Labor der EPFL gegründet.

Tacto
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Cherry Ventures, die Altinvestoren UVC Partners und Visionaries Club sowie Business Angels wie Hanno Renner (Personio), Michael Wax (Forto) und Johannes Reck (GetYourGuide) investieren – wie bereits Ende Februar im Insider-Podcast berichtet – in Tacto. Im Rahmen der Seed-Finanzierungsrunde fließen 5,3 Millionen Euro in das Startup. Beim Unternehmen aus München, das 2020 von André Petry, Nico Bentenrieder und Johannes Groll gegründet wurde, dreht sich alles um das ganz große Thema Beschaffungswesen.

Mistho
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Lightbird, Global Founders Capital (GFC), Fin Capital, Nauta Capital sowie Business Angels wie Kai Hansen, Stefan Tietze und Ante Spittler investieren – wie bereits Ende Februar im Insider-Podcast berichtet – in Mistho, ein Projekt von Flash Ventures. Im Rahmen der Seed-Finanzierungsrunde fließen 3 Millionen Euro in das FinTech. Das Unternehmen aus Berlin, das 2021 von Maximilian Czymoch, Paolo Antonio Rossi und Shervin Panahi gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Open Payroll API”.

Solandeo
+++ Brandenburg Kapital investiert in das Smart Services-Unternehmen Solandeo. Das Berliner Unternehmen, setzt seit 2013 auf Smart Metering Lösungen sowie intelligente Prognose- und Analytikprodukte. “In einem ersten Schritt hatte bereits die EWE AG im Juni 2021 in das Unternehmen investiert, ebenso wie die Bestandsgesellschafter. Der Gesamtumfang der Finanzierungsrunde beläuft sich auf rund 7  Millionen Euro”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

Saturo
+++ Die Biogena Group, ein österreichischer Anbieter für Mikronährstoffe, investiert eine sechsstellige Summe in Saturo. Das Unternehmen, 2017 von Hannes Feistenauer und Joerg Hauke gegründet, setzt auf “vollwertige Komplettnahrung” in Form von Trinkmahlzeiten, Pulvern und Riegeln.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Billomat 
+++ Der Dresdener Finanzdienstleister aifinyo, früher als Elbe Finanzgruppe bekannt, übernimmt das FinTech Billomat. “Die Übernahme der Gesellschaftsanteile erfolgt zum Teil durch Kauf von Anteilen und zum Teil durch Einbringung der Anteile im Rahmen einer Sachkapitalerhöhung durch Ausgabe von neuen Aktien. Hierfür soll das Grundkapital der aifinyo AG durch Ausgabe von 155.417 neuen Aktien unter Ausschluss des Bezugsrechts für die Aktionäre auf insgesamt 4.048.670 Aktien erhöht werden”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

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#DealMonitor – Sharpist sammelt 23 Millionen ein – Voila bekommt 10 Millionen – Rebelle geht an die Börse


Im #DealMonitor für den 15. 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

Sharpist
+++ Endeit Capital, Capnamic Ventures, Founders Future, Porsche Ventures, Business Angels wie Julien Codorniou, sowie die Altinvestoren Vorwerk Ventures und btov Partners investieren 23 Millionen US-Dollar in Sharpist. “Das frische Kapital wird in das Produkterlebnis und die europäische Expansion fließen”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.  Das Berliner Startup, das 2018 von Dominik Lahmann, Fabian Niedballa und Hendrik Schriefer gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um das mobile Coaching von Führungskräften. In den vergangenen Jahren flossen bereits mehr als 10 Millionen Euro in Sharpist – unter anderem von Vorwerk Ventures, btov Partners und APX . 100 Mitarbeiter:innen wirken derzeit für die Jungfirma. Tipp: Die Sharpist-Gründer waren zuletzt auch in unserem Interview-Podcast zu Gast. Hört mal rein! Mehr über Sharpist

Voila
+++ EQT Ventures, FoodLabs, Shio Capital und Business Angels wie Roger Hassan investieren 10 Millionen US-Dollar in Voila. Das Berliner Startup, das 2021 von Julius Wiesenhütter, Florian Berg, und Mostafa Nageeb gegründet wurde, bringt seinen Nutzer:innen Restaurants nach Hause – bundesweit. Das Motto dabei lautet “Home Fine Dining”. In der Eigenbeschreibung heißt es: “Wir verbinden die besten Köche und Food Lover, um eine gehobene kulinarische Inhouse-Erfahrung zu Hause zu ermöglichen”. Mehr über Voila

Einhundert Energie 
+++ Das Telekommunikationsunternehmen EWE, die NWR Bank, der Schweizer Impact-Investor Übermorgen Ventures und Clima Now investieren 6,5 Millionen Euro in Einhundert Energie. Das Unternehmen aus Köln, das 2017 von Markus Reinhold und Ernesto Garnier gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um “softwarebasierte Anwendungen für skalierbare, digitale Mieterstromlösungen”. “Diese Finanzierungsrunde ermöglicht es Einhundert, das enorme Wachstumspotenzial zu heben und somit die Dekarbonisierung des Immobiliensektors voranzutreiben”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Mehr über Einhundert Energie 

AlgoTrader
+++ SBI Investment, Fenbushi Capital, Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital und C3 EOS VC Fund  investierten 4,9 Millionen US-Dollar in Algotrader- Das FinTech mit Sitz in Zürich, das 2014 von vom IT-Spezialisten und Ex-Banker Andy Flury gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um den Handel von Wertschriften und Krypto-Assets. Insgesamt flossen nun schon 12 Millionen Dollar in die Jungfirma, deren Wurzeln bis ins Jahre 2009 zurückreichen. Algotrader wurde ursprünglich für den Handel mit Optionen entwickelt.

Hydrogrid
+++ Der niederländische Geldgeber SET Ventures und Altinvestor CNB Capital investieren in Hydrogrid. Die Jungfirma aus Wien bietet eine Steuerungssoftware für Wasserkraftwerke an. “With the current investment round the company now aims to further strengthen its leading position in Europe”, teilt das Unternehmen mit.

STOCK MARKET

Rebelle
+++ Das Hamburger Unternehmen Rebelle, ein Marktplatz für Secondhand Designermode, plant einen IPO am Nasdaq First North Growth Market in Stockholm. “Das IPO-Angebot richtet sich ausschließlich an Privatanleger in Schweden und Dänemark sowie an qualifizierte Investoren in Schweden und in anderen europäischen Staaten. Das Angebot besteht aus neu ausgegebenen Aktien. Das Unternehmen plant die Erlöse in erster Linie für weiteres Wachstum einzusetzen”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Zu den Investoren des Unternehmens, das 2013 von Cécile Wickmann und Max Schönemann gegründet wurde, gehören die HCS Beteiligungsgesellschaft, Friheden Invest, North-East Venture, Mediaset und der High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). In den vergangenen Jahren flossen rund 25 Millionen Euro in das Unternehmen. 2021 erwirtschaftete Rebelle netto einen “Marktplatzumsatz von rund 26 Millionen Euro” – siehe Handelsblatt. Bis 2025 möchte das Unternehmen, das weiter rote Zahlen schreibt, 100 Millionen Euro Umsatz erwirtschaften. Der IPO soll rund 19 Millionen Euro in die Kasse von Rebelle bringen. Mehr über Rebelle

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#DealMonitor – #EXKLUSIV G Squared investiert in Jokr – Speedinvest setzt auf Aveo – Picus Capital investiert in Rex


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 26. November 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

Jokr
+++ Der amerikanische Gorillas-Investor G Squared investiert nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit Altinvestoren 200 Millionen US-Dollar in Jokr. Die Pre-Money-Bewertung des schnellen Lebensmittellieferdienstes liegt bei 1 Milliarde Dollar. Damit ist Jokr nach Gorillas und Flink das neueste Quick Commerce-Grownup mit deutschen Wurzeln. Erst im Oktober investierte Instacart-Geldgeber G Squared in das Berliner Unternehmen Gorillas. Hinter Jokr steckt unter anderem Foodpanda-Gründer Ralf Wenzel, zuletzt Managing Partner bei SoftBank. Tiger Global, GGV Capital, Balderton Capital, Softbank und HV Capital investierten zuletzt 170 Millionen Dollar in das junge Unternehmen, dass seinen Sitz formal in Luxemburg hat und das Quick Commerce-Konzept insbesondere in Emerging Markets bringen möchte. Mehr im Unicorn-Artikel

Aveo
+++ Der Wiener Early-Stage-Geldgeber Speedinvest investiert nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit mehreres Angel-Investoren in Aveo – 16 %. Das Berliner Startup, das 2021 von Robin Dechant, ehemals Point Nine Capital, und Marco Holst, zuletzt Zeiss und Siemens, gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um die Weiterbildung von Mitarbeiter:innen. Der Fokus liegt auf Manufacturing-Unternehmen. “The course consists of online workshops, video lessons, exercises, case studies, and templates. We’ll give you pre-work before the course and provide you with ongoing feedback. This will ensure the best learning experience possible and enable you to use your learnings directly for your daily work. The expected workload per week is between 2-4 hours”, heißt es in der Selbstbeschreibung. Speedinvest hält nun rund 16,2 % am jungen Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Nelly
+++ Die (ehemaligen) Finleap-Macher Ramin Niroumand und Michael Hock investieren nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit Business Angels wie Robert M. Maier, Feliks Eyser und Verena Pausder sowie Influencerin Diana zur Löwen eine siebenstellige Summe in Nelly. Das Berliner Startup, das von Lukas Eicher, Niklas Radner, Rasmus Schults und Laurids Seibel gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Signatur- & Abrechnungstool für Arztpraxen”. Mit der Software lassen sich Dokumente, Unterschriften und Zahlungen in Praxen digitalisieren. Niroumand kündigte zuletzt seinen Ausstieg bei Finleap an. Stattdessen schiebt er nun einen Wagniskapitalgeber mit dem Fokus auf junge FinTech-Firmen an. Als Name war zunächst leapX Partners angedacht. Derzeit firmiert der Geldgeber unter dem Namen Embedded Capital. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Amuzed
+++ Lesara-Gründer und E-Commerce-Investor Roman Kirsch investiert nach unseren Informationen gemeinsam mit den Otto Wilde Grillers-Gründern Alexander Luik und Nils Frederik Wilde in Amuzed. Das Startup, das 2021 von Phil Knierim (Ex-Brand Manager bei Otto Wilde), Maria Joite und Finn zur Mühlen gegründet wurde, verbindet NFT und die Welt der Musik. Auf der Website heißt es: “Sammle Deine Lieblingskünstler und tritt gegen andere Spieler an, um Belohnungen und Zugang zu exklusiven Inhalten zu erhalten”. Kirsch hält nun rund 16,7 % am jungen Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Rex
+++ Der Münchner Geldgeber Picus Capital investiert nach unseren Informationen in Rex. Das Startup, das von Jonathan Lösing gegründet wurde, versteht sich als “Tierarztpraxis des 21. Jahrhunderts”. Das junge Unternehmen schreibt in eigener Sache: “Wir schaffen ein System, das alle Prozesse einfach abbildet – einfache Terminverwaltung, Patientenakte und Abrechnung. 100% des Tages am Telefon – das ist Vergangenheit”. Mit felmo, Tierarzt Plus Partner und doc4pets digitalisieren aber schon einige Unternehmen das Tierarztsegment. Picus hält nun 33,3 % am jungen Unternehmen. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Timeless
+++ Der schwedische Geldgeber EQT Ventures und Altinvestoren wie Porsche Ventures, EOS VC und La Roca Capital investieren 12 Millionen Euro in Timeless – siehe FinanceFWD. “Die Bewertung liegt bei rund 35 Millionen Euro, wie aus dem Handelsregister hervorgeht”, heißt es im Bericht. Auf Timeless, das von Jan Karnath, Andreas Joebges und Malte Häuslergegründet wurde,können Onliner ab 50 Euro in Sneaker und Luxus-Objekte wie Uhren investieren. “Mit der Tokenisierung dieser Collectibles ermöglicht Timeless den Zugang zu diesen Luxusartikeln für eine breite Zielgruppe”, teilt das Berliner NFT-Startup mit. Das Team betreibt zudem Gapless eine Blockchain-Plattform für Fahrzeuge.

Bringman
+++ Edeka Südwest, eine Regionalgesellschaft der Edeka-Gruppe, investiert rund 1 Million Euro in den Lieferdienst Bringman – siehe Lebensmittelszeitung. Das Startup aus Offenburg, das von Timo Vetter und Julian Graf gegründet wurde, kauft in lokalen Edeka-Märkten vor Ort ein und liefert die Waren aus. Bringman liegt innerhalb von drei Stunden oder zu einem gewünschten Liefertermin aus.

flowplace
+++ Der Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen (TGFS) investiert gemeinsam mit trivago-Gründer Rolf Schrömgens in flowplace. Das Leipziger Startup, das 2021 von Daniel Tröger und Mitch Senf gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Talentmatching-Plattform. “flowplace ist der Ort, an dem Talente sichtbar werden und Menschen produktiv zusammen kommen. Daraus entsteht eine Win-Win Situation, die deine Organisation zum natürlichen Wachstum führt”, teilt das Unternehmen in eigener Sache mit.

Sodex
+++ Die Shpock-Gründer Armin Strbac und Katharina Klausberger investieren in Sodex. Das Startup aus Tschagguns, das von Bernhard Gantner, Raphael Ott und Ralf Pfefferkorn gegründet wurde, rüstet Bagger zu autonomen Baufahrzeugen auf. Auf der Website heißt es: “Sodex Innovations ermöglicht es, jedem Unternehmen, essentielle Bauprozesse zu vereinfachen und zu automatisieren. Sodex-Systeme optimieren, digitalisieren und automatisieren Bagger, ohne Einschränkungen für Fahrer und Unternehmen”.

STOCK MARKET

Volocopter
+++ Das Flugtaxi-Startup Volocopter bläst seinen SPAC-IPO ab – siehe FinanceFWD. “Die Zahlen und Fakten machen in den letzten Wochen und Monaten leider mehr als deutlich, dass der aktuelle Zeitpunkt denkbar ungu?nstig fu?r eine erfolgreiche SPAC Transaktion ist”, heißt es dem Bericht zufolge in einem Investorenbrief. BlackRock, Avala Capital, Atlantia, Continental, Jericho Capital und Tokyo Century sowie alle Alt-Investoren investieren zuletzt 200 Millionen Euro in das Flugtaxi-Startup Volocopter, das 2011 von Stephan Wolf und Alexander Zosel gegründet wurde. Insgesamt flossen bereits schon 322 Millionen in Volocopter. Das Unternehmen entwickelt elektrisch angetriebenen senkrecht startenden Flugtaxis, um Passagiere zu transportieren. Volocopter beschäftigt derzeit in Bruchsal, München und Singapur über 300 Mitarbeiter.

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#DealMonitor – Ardian investiert in Berlin Brands Group – AnyDesk bekommt 70 Millionen – Tesvolt sammelt 40 Millionen ein


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 17. November 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

Berlin Brands Group
+++ Die Privat-Equity-Firma Ardian investiert 100 Millionen US-Dollar in die Berlin Brands Group (BBG) – siehe Handelsblatt. “Die Investmentgesellschaft erhält dafür eine Minderheitsbeteiligung. Mehrheitsgesellschafter bleibt Peter Chaljawski mit seinem Gründerteam. Zweitgrößter Gesellschafter ist Bain Capital”, teilt BBG zum Investment mit. Spannend dabei: Ardian ist gerade erst bei BBG ausgestiegen.  Das Privat-Equity-Unternehmen Bain Capital investierte im September 700 Millionen US-Dollar Eigen- und Fremdkapital in BBG und kaufte dabei auch den 40-Prozent-Anteil des vorherigen Investors Ardian auf. Im Zuge der Transaktion wurde der D2C-Pionier, zu dem Marken wie Klarstein, auna und gehören, mit mehr als 1 Milliarde US-Dollar bewertet und erreichte damit Unicorn-Status. BBG erwirtschaftete 2020 einen Umsatz in Höhe von 334 Millionen Euro. Über 900 Mitarbeiter:innen wirkten derzeit für das Unternehmen. Als Ardian 2015 zum ersten Mal bei BBG eingestiegen ist, lag der Umsatz gerade einmal bei 70 Millionen Euro. Mehr über die Berlin Brands Group

AnyDesk
+++ Jetzt offiziell: General Atlantic, Insight Partners, EQT Ventures und Possible Ventures investieren 70 Millionen US-Dollar in AnyDesk. Das junge Unternehmen aus Stuttgart möchte quasi TeamViewer als erste Adresse für den Fernzugriff auf Rechner ablösen. Insight Partners, EQT Ventures sowie Business Angels wie Chris Hitchen und Andreas Burike investierten in den vergangenen Jahren bereits in AnyDesk. Die Bewertung liegt bei rund 600 Millionen Dollar – siehe TechCrunch. Bereits Ende September hatten wir im Insider-Podcast über den geplanten Einstieg von General Atlantic bei AnyDesk berichtet. Mehr über Anydesk

Hakuna
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber Visionaries Club und Discovery Ventures investieren nach unseren Informationen in Hakuna. Das Startup, das von den beiden abracar-Gründern Sebastian Jost und Orhan Köroglu gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um die Vermittlung von Versicherungen. Das Unternehmen hört auf den Namen Product Protection JKM. Die Hauptstädter sicherten sich aber bereits die Marken Hakuna und hellohakuna. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Patronus
+++ Cavalry Ventures, UVC Partners und DN Capital investieren nach unseren Informationen in Patronus. Das Berliner Startup, das 2020 von Ben Staudt und Tim Wagner gegründet wurde, setzt auf einen digitalen Hausnotruf in Form einer Uhr. In der Selbstbeschreibung heißt es: “Die Patronus-Uhr hat alles, was Sie von einem Hausnotruf erwarten. Immer zur Stelle, wenn Hilfe gebraucht wird”. Mehr im Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Tesvolt 
+++ Ein Investorenkonsortium unter Führung der Liechtenstein Gruppe – eine Unternehmensgruppe im Besitz der Fürstenfamilie Liechtenstein – investiert 40 Millionen Euro in Tesvolt. Das Unternehmen aus Wittenberg, das von Simon Schandert und Daniel Hannemann gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um Energiespeicherung im gewerblichen und industriellen Bereich. “Mit den finanziellen Mitteln wird Tesvolt seine internationalen Aktivitäten forcieren und seinen Fokus auf innovative Produkte konsequent weiterverfolgen”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung.

Daedalus
+++ Addition und Altinvestor Khosla Ventures investieren 11,5 Millionen US-Dollar in das deutsch-amerikanische KI-Startup Daedalus. Das Unternehmen mit Sitz in Karlsruhe und San Francisco, das von Jonas Schneider gegründet wurde, baut “autonome und sofort rekonfigurierbare Fabriken mit softwaregesteuerter Fertigung und KI-gestützten Robotern”. In der Presseaussendung zum Investment heißt es: “The investment will support the company on its mission to revolutionize manufacturing by making automation economically feasible for companies of all sizes and independent of manufacturing technologies”.

unea 
+++ Nach Philipp Westermeyer (OMR), Marcus Börner (OptioPay, reBuy), Daniel Khachab (choco), Benita Krahforst (Ex-Partner Burda Ventures), Moritz Kreppel (Urban Sports Club) und Torben Schreiter (Signavio) investiert nun auch Jérôme Cochet in unea. Das Berliner AdTech-Startup, das 2021 vom Roq.ad-Gründer Richy Ugwu gegründet wurde, entwickelt eine Software, “die es jedem Business ermöglicht, die eigenen Werbeflächen selbstständig und skalierbar zu monetarisieren”.

ContentBay
+++ Ex-Sky-Vorstand Holger Enßlin investiert in ContentBay. Das Startup aus München, das von Oliver Skelton gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als Marktplatz für Programminhalte. “Ziel ist es, den Handel von audiovisuellen Inhalten aller Art auf Basis einer umfassenden Datenbank mit intelligenten Such- und Analyse-Funktionen effizienter und zielgenauer zu gestalten”, teilt die Jungfirma mit.

Digitalstage.io
+++ Flori Ventures investiert eine sechsstellige Summe in Digitalstage.io. Das Startup aus Berlin, das 2020 von Richard Harless, dem ehemaligen Deutschland-Chef von Shazam, gegründet wurde, möchte digitale Fan-Erlebnisse schaffen. Die “Fan Experience” von Live-Konzerten, Meet-and-Greets, Schallplattenläden und Merchandise-Ständen soll dabei in einen gemeinsamen digitalen Raum übertragen werden.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Sanubi
+++ Das Unternehmen Schülke & Mayr, das im Segment Infektionsprävention und Hygienelösungen unterwegs ist, übernimmt Sanubi, ein junger Online-Anbieter für erstattungsfähige Produkte im Pflegesektor. “Eigentümer von Schülke ist EQT Partners, ein führender europäischer Private-Equity-Fonds. Der Erwerb der Sanubi-Anteile ist eine strategische Investition für Schülke/EQT”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Schülke + Mayr übernahm zuletzt auch proSenio. Zur Jungfirma gehören Pflegebox, ein Versand von Pflegehilfsmitteln sowie Marken wie hoerhelfer, aktivwelt und sehhelfer. Sanubi, 2014 von Carsten Lebtig und Fabian Lemke gegründet, wurde unter anderem von DvH Ventures finanziell unterstützt.

VENTURE CAPITAL

SmartCityHouse
+++ In Osnabrück geht mit SmartCityHouse ein neuer Accelerator und Company Builder an den Start. “Ziel unseres Programmes ist es, euch Raum für ihre Geschäftsmodelle zu geben und euch auf dem Weg zu einem erfolgreichen Unternehmen zu begleiten. So möchten wir Innovationen voranbringen, die das Zusammenleben der Menschen in der Stadt von Morgen smarter und lebenswerter machen sowie die Lebensqualität und Nachhaltigkeit in der Stadt und Region Osnabrück fördern”, teilt der Startup-Förderer mit.

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#DealMonitor – Frontify sammelt 50 Millionen ein – Flexcavo bekommt 7,5 Millionen – Lena Gercke investiert in 26 Homes


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 27. September 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

Frontify 
+++ Revaia (ehemals Gaia Capital Partners) und High Sage Ventures sowie die Alt-Investoren EQT Ventures, Blossom Capital und Tenderloin Ventures investieren 50 Millionen US-Dollar in das Schweizer Startup Frontify. Das Unternehmen, das 2013 von Roger Dudler in St. Gallen gegründet wurde, betreibt eine Plattform, über die Unternehmen ihren Markenauftritt verwalten können. EQT Ventures, Blossom Capital, Datartis Ventures und Tenderloin Ventures investierten zuletzt bereits 22,3 Millionen Dollar in Frontify. Über 200 Mitarbeiter:innen wirken bereits für die Jungfirma. Zu den Kunden von Frontify gehören unter anderem Lufthansa, KIA, Vodafone, Maersk, Dyson und Allianz. Mit dem frischen Kapital möchte das Unternehmen “das Wachstum weiter vorantreiben – sowohl in der Produktforschung und -entwicklung als auch bei der Einstellung von Talenten in den USA, der Schweiz und darüber hinaus, um das derzeitige Team zu verstärken”. Mehr über Frontify

Flexcavo 
+++ VR Ventures, Picus Capital, Rivus Ventures und FJ Labs sowie Business Angels wie Felix Jahn, Max-Josef Meier, Florian Huber, Florian Seubert und die Alasco-Gründer investieren 7,5 Millionen in Flexcavo. Bei Flexcavo aus Berlin, das von Picus Capital angeschoben wurde, dreht sich alles um das Mieten von Baumaschinen. “Wir kombinieren unsere Mietflotte mit innovativer Technologie, um gemeinsam mit Ihnen den Einsatz von Baumaschinen zu optimieren”, teilen die Jungunternehmer mit. “Das neue Kapital soll vor allem in den Ausbau des Teams, die Weiterentwicklung der Software sowie den deutschlandweiten Ausbau des Netzwerks für Baumaschinenvermietung fließen”, teilt das ConTech, das von Benedict Aicher und Leonhard Fricke gegründet wurde, mit.

RemNote
+++ General Catalyst, 468 Capital, Soma Capital und Dorm Room Fund investieren 3 Millionen US-Dollar in das deutsch-amerikanische Startup RemNote. Das Unternehmen aus Boston, das von 2020 von Deutschen Moritz Wallawitsch und dem US-Amerikaner Martin Schneider gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als “Online-Umgebung für Lernen und Wissensvermittlung”. Das frische Kapital soll “für laufende Produktinnovationen und den Ausbau des Teams aus Ingenieuren, Designern und Forschern verwendet” werden.

26 Homes
+++ Amorelie-Gründerin Lea-Sophie Cramer und Model Lena Gercke investieren nach unseren Informationen eine unbekannte Summe in 26 Homes. Das Berliner Startup, das von Dorothea Metasch gegründet wurde, beschreibt sich als “neuen Weg, um Immobilien zu entdecken”. Zum Konzept, das über einen Newsletter funktioniert, heißt es weiter: “Wir sind der Follow-Button für Eigentumswohnungen”. #EXKLUSIV

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Port
+++ Das New Yorker Unternehmen Commsor übernimmt Port. Das Berliner Startup, das 2020 von Jake Stott, Nick Dijkstra und Kevin Dykes gegründet wurde, kümmert sich um Community-Wachstum. In der Eigenbeschreibung heißt es: “Navigate your community. Port helps you grow, engage, and retain your members. Wherever they are”. Die Hauptstädter schreiben: “It was totally unexpected that only 18 months into our voyage, we would receive an acquisition offer we couldn’t refuse”.

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#DealMonitor – Formo sammelt 50 Millionen ein – Lhotse bekommt 5 Millionen ein – Übernahmekampf um zooplus


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 13. September 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

Formo
+++ EQT Ventures, Elevat3 Capital und Lowercarbon Capital investieren 50 Millionen US-Dollar in Formo. Das Berliner Startup, das früher als Legendairy Foods bekannt war, wurde 2019 von Raffael Wohlgensinger und Britta Winterberg gegründet. Formo setzt dabei voll und ganz auf künstlichen Käse. “By making milk proteins using microorganisms instead of cows, we figured we could bust some of the most damaging elements of our relationship with food”, heißt es zum Konzept.  “This new funding will allow us to turbomegacharge our progress — pulling in more of the best brains around, move into a new Formo HQ, accelerate our research, get the world tasting our cheeses and build up capacity to produce proteins at serious scale. We are taking the dairy parlour of the future microscopic and then back up to a size that can get in the ring with industrial dairy, gloves off”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Atlantic Food Labs investierte bereits 2019 in die Foodfirma.

Lhotse
+++ Cavalry Ventures und Altinvestor Paua Ventures sowie Angel-Investoren wie Patrick Andrae, Felix Jahn, Philipp Klöckner, Christopher Oster und Katharina Gehra investieren 5 Millionen Euro in Lhotse. Das Berliner Startup, das von 2020 Henning Hatje, Jan Berssenbruegge und Can Akin gegründet wurde, bringt sich als “Plug & Play-Cloud-Anwendung für den nicht-strategischen Einkauf” in Stellung. “Kollaborative Anforderungen, skalierbare Lieferantensuche sowie vereinfachte Angebotskonsolidierung helfen dem Kunden passende Lieferanten mit den besten Preisen zu finden”, heißt es zum Konzept.

Retamo 
+++ Das Unternehmen Conversion Maker, das sich um Conversion Optimierung kümmert, investiert in Retamo. Das Startups aus Offenburg, das 2020 von Nico Trittmacher, Konstantin Kopf, Raphael Kempf und Joe Krumhard gegründet wurde, bietet eine Review Management-Software für Unternehmen an. Das Startup ermöglicht damit “die plattformübergreifende Überwachung, Generierung, Vermarktung und Auswertung von Online-Kundenbewertungen eines Unternehmens”.

OceansApart 
+++ Auch die chinesische Private-Equity-Firma Auster Capital investiert in OceansApart. Die schwedische Private-Equity-Firma Altor übernahm gerade erst die Mehrheit an der Berliner D2C-Marke. “We are delighted to be partnering with our new shareholders Auster Capital and Altor as long-term partners and are excited to drive the internationalization of oceansapart”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das 2018 gegründete Unternehmen setzt voll und ganz auf Sportklamotten.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

zooplus
+++ Der amerikanische Finanzinvestor Hellman & Friedman plant weiter die Übernahme des Online-Tiershops zooplus. Inzwischen ist der Finanzinvestor bereit, 3,3 Milliarden Euro für das Unternehmen zu zahlen. Beim ersten Gebot waren es nur rund 3 Milliarden. Das Unternehmen, 1999 gegründet, erwirtschaftete 2020 einen Umsatz in Höhe von 1,8 Milliarden Euro, das operative Ergebnis (EBITSA) stieg um rund 50 % auf 63,3 Millionen Euro. Hellman & Friedman beteiligte sich in der Vergangenheit bereits mehrmals an deutschen Unternehmen – darunter AutoScout24. Neben Hellman & Friedman interessieren sich auch EQT und KKR für zooplus.

Luke Roberts
+++ Der Münchner Designleuchtenhersteller Occhio übernimmt das Wiener Leuchten-Startup Luke Roberts. Das junge Unternehmen wurde 2014 von Robert Kopka und Lukas Pilat gegründet. “Ziel des Zusammenschlusses ist es, gemeinsam innovative Konzepte und Features zu entwickeln und dem Kunden neue Wege der Interaktion mit Licht zu ermöglichen”, teilen die Unternehmen mit. Zu den Investoren der Jungfirma gehörten unter anderem Runtastic-Gründer Florian Gschwandtner, trivago-Gründer Rolf Schrömgens sowie Stefan Peukert und Daniel Schütt, die Gründer von Masterplan.com.

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#DealMonitor – Bain Capital investiert 700 Millionen in BBG – Vectornator sammelt 20 Millionen ein – Arive bekommt 6 Millionen


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 2. September 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

Berlin Brands Group
+++ Das Privat-Equity-Unternehmen Bain Capital setzt voll und ganz auf die Berlin Brands Group (BBG). Zunächst einmal übernimmt Bain Capital den 40-Prozent-Anteil des bisherigen Investors Ardian. Im Zuge der Transaktion wird D2C-Pionier BBG mit mehr als 1 Milliarde US-Dollar bewertet und erreicht damit Unicorn-Status. Details nennt das erfolgreiche E-Commerce-Unternehmen, zudem Marken wie Klarstein, auna und gehören, nicht. Mehrere Quellen – unter anderem manager magazin und Bloomberg – nennen 1,2 Milliarden Dollar als Bewertung. Doch damit nicht genug! “Darüber hinaus hat sich BBG eine Eigen- und Fremdkapitalfinanzierung in Höhe von 700 Millionen US-Dollar gesichert, um Wachstum zu finanzieren”, heißt es in der Presseaussendung. Mehr im ausführlichen Artikel zum Unicorn-Investment

Vectornator
+++ EQT Ventures, 468 Capital und Business Angels wie Bradley Horowitz, Jonathan Rochelle, Charles Songhurst und Lutz Finger investieren – wie im Juli im Insider-Podcast berichtet – 20 Millionen US-Dollar in Vectornator. Die Post-Money-Bewertung liegt nach unseren Infos bei rund 100 Millionen Dollar. Das Berliner Unternehmen wurde 2017 von Vladimir Danila und Marc Zacherl gegründet. Mit Hilfe von Vectornator können Designer Logos, Kunstwerke, Flyer, Webseiten und vieles mehr erstellen. “With this investment, we’ll be able to take Vectornator to the next level and invest in Vectornator’s future”, teilt das Startup mit. HV Capital, Mirko Novakovic (Instana), Martin Sinner (Idealo) und Philip Magoulas investierten zuletzt rund 5 Millionen Euro in das Startup. Mehr über Vectornator

Arive
+++ Jetzt offiziell: Balderton Capital, La Famiglia und 468 Capital investieren – wie Anfang August im Insider-Podcast berichtet – 6 Millionen Euro in Arive. Die Bewertung liegt nach unseren Informationen bei rund 25 Millionen Euro (Post-Money). Das Startup aus München bringt das FastAF-Konzept nach Deutschland. Die Jungfirma, die von Linus Fries und Maximilian Reeker gegründet wurde, möchte Händlern mit Hilfe von Micro Fulfilment Centern und einer Marktplatz-App eine günstige Option für Lieferungen unter 60 Minuten anbieten. Dabei geht es gezielt nicht um Lebensmittel, sondern andere E-Commerce-Produkte. Mehr über Arive

UnitPlus
+++ Mehrere Business Angel – darunter Christian Rebernik, Katrin Stark und Lothar Eckstein investieren “einen Betrag von etwas unter 1 Million Euro” in UnitPlus – siehe FinanceFWDDas Berliner FinTech UnitPlus, das von Sebastien Segue, Fabian Mohr und Kerstin Schneider gegründet wurde, setzt auf ein Bankkonto, bei dem das vorhandene Geld in ETFs angelegt wird. Über die dazugehörige Mastercard können die Nutzer:innen dabei quasi mit ihrem angelegten Geld Shoppen gehen.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Secra
+++ Das Berliner Grownup HomeToGo, eine Suchmaschine für Ferienunterkünfte, steigt bei Secra, einem Softwareanbieter in der Unterkunftsvermarktungsbranche, ein. Zunächst sichert sich das Travel-Satrtup 19 % am Unternehmen aus Sierksdorf . “Based in the Bay of Lübeck, Germany, Secra’s shareholders and managing directors, Christoph Rakel and Sebastian Krüger, lead a team of 37 developers, designers, copywriters, and marketing/communication specialists. The parties involved have agreed not to disclose the purchase price for the acquisition”, teilen die Unternehmen mit. Mehr über HomeToGo

VENTURE CAPITAL

Innovis VC
+++ In München geht die studentischen Gründer-Initiative Innovis VC an den Start. Das Motto dabei lautet: “The intersection of start-ups, students and investors is our area of impact – and where we connect, empower, and educate”. Innovis VC ist aus dem Munich Student Venture Club hervorgegangen.  “Mit ausgebildeten Analysten und starkem Netzwerk aus Universitätsnähe, arbeitet Innovis mit Partnern schon heute bei Leadsharing über eine eigens entwickelte Plattform zusammen und unterstützt bei Due Diligence sowie Market Research-Projekten”, teilen die Macher mit.

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UK-based Heroes raises $200M to buy up more Amazon merchants for its roll-up play

Heroes, one of the new wave of startups aiming to build big e-commerce businesses by buying up smaller third-party merchants on Amazon’s Marketplace, has raised another big round of funding to double down on that strategy. The London startup has picked up $200 million, money that it will mainly be using to snap up more merchants. Existing brands in its portfolio cover categories like baby, pets, sports, personal health and home and garden categories — some of them, like PremiumCare dog chews, the Onco baby car mirror, gardening tool brand Davaon and wooden foot massager roller Theraflow, category best-sellers — and the plan is to continue building up all of these verticals.

Crayhill Capital Management, a fund based out of New York, is providing the funding, and Riccardo Bruni — who co-founded the company with twin brother Alessio and third brother Giancarlo — said that the bulk of it will be going towards making acquisitions, and is therefore coming in the form of debt.

Raising debt rather than equity at this point is pretty standard for companies like Heroes. Heroes itself is pretty young: it launched less than a year ago, in November 2020, with $65 million in funding, a round comprised of both equity and debt. Other investors in the startup include 360 Capital, Fuel Ventures and Upper 90.

Heroes is playing in what is rapidly becoming a very crowded field. Not only are there are tens of thousands of businesses leveraging Amazon’s extensive fulfillment network to sell goods on the e-commerce giant’s Marketplace; but some days it seems we are also rapidly approaching a state of nearly as many startups launching to consolidate these third-party sellers.

Many a roll-up play follows a similar playbook, which goes like this: Amazon provides the Marketplace to sell goods to consumers, and the infrastructure to fulfill those orders, by way of Fulfillment By Amazon and its Prime service. Meanwhile, the roll-up business — in this case Heroes — buys up a number of the stronger companies leveraging FBA and the Marketplace. Then, by consolidating them into a single tech platform that they have built, Heroes creates better economies of scale around better and more efficient supply chains, sharper machine learning and marketing and data analytics technology, and new growth strategies. 

What is notable about Heroes, though — apart from the fact that it’s the first roll-up player to come out of the UK, and continues to be one of the bigger players in Europe — is that it doesn’t believe that the technology plays as important a role as having a solid relationship with the companies it’s targeting, key given that now the top Marketplace sellers are likely being feted by a number of companies as acquisition targets.

“The tech is very important,” said Alessio in an interview. “It helps us build robust processes that tie all the systems together across multiple brands and marketplaces. But what we have is very different from a SaaS business. We are not building an app, and tech is not the core of what we do. From the acquisitions side, we believe that human interactions ultimately win. We don’t think tech can replace a strong acquisition process.”

Image Credits: Heroes

Heroes’ three founder-brothers (two of them, Riccardo and Alessio, pictured above) have worked across a number of investment, finance and operational roles (the CVs include Merrill Lynch, EQT Ventures, Perella Weinberg Partners, Lazada, Nomura and Liberty Global) and they say there have been strong signs so far of its strategy working: of the brands that it has acquired since launching in November, they claim business (sales) has grown five-fold.

Collectively, the roll-up startups are raising hundreds of millions of dollars to fuel these efforts. Other recent hopefuls that have announced funding this year include Suma Brands ($150 million); Elevate Brands ($250 million); Perch ($775 million); factory14 ($200 million); Thrasio (currently probably the biggest of them all in terms of reach and money raised and ambitions), HeydayThe Razor GroupBrandedSellerXBerlin Brands Group (X2), Benitago, Latin America’s Valoreo and Rainforest and Una Brands out of Asia. 

The picture that is emerging across many of these operations is that many of these companies, Heroes included, do not try to make their particular approaches particularly more distinctive than those of their competitors, simply because — with nearly 10 million third-party sellers today on Amazon globally — the opportunity is likely big enough for all of them, and more, not least because of current market dynamics.

“It’s no secret that we were inspired by Thrasio and others,” Riccardo said. “Combined with Covid-19, there has been a massive acceleration of e-commerce across the continent.” It was that, plus the realization that the three brothers had the right e-commerce, fundraising and investment skills between them, that made them see what was a “perfect storm” to tackle the opportunity, he continued. “So that is why we jumped into it.”

In the case of Heroes, while the majority of the funding will be used for acquisitions, it’s also planning to double headcount from its current 70 employees before the end of this year with a focus on operational experts to help run their acquired businesses. 

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Single.Earth to link carbon credits to crypto token market, raises $7.9M from EQT Ventures

Here’s the theory: Instead of linking carbon and biodiversity credits to the sale of raw materials such as forests, which cause CO2, what if you linked them to crypto tokens, and thus kept these CO2-producing materials in the ground?

That’s the theory behind Single.Earth, which has now raised a $7.9 million seed funding round led by Swedish VC EQT Ventures to, in its own words, ‘tokenize nature’. Also participating in the round was existing investor Icebreaker, and Ragnar Sass and Martin Henk, founders of Pipedrive. The funding will be used to launch its marketplace for nature-backed MERIT tokens.

Single.Earth says its ‘nature-backed’ financial system will use using MERIT tokens. And given the market for carbon credits is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion by 2030 and crypto surpassed a $2 trillion market cap in 2021, their plan might just work.

It plans to build a ‘digital twin’ of nature that reveals how much any area of ecological significance in the world absorbs CO2 and retains biodiversity. Using environmental data such as satellite imagery, it aims to build global carbon models on which to base its token marketplace, generating profits through carbon compensations, ‘mining’ a new MERIT token for every 100 kg of CO2 sequestered in a specific forest or biodiverse area.

The MERIT tokens are then used to trade, compensate for a CO2 footprint, or contribute to climate goals (as the token is ‘used up’ and cannot be traded anymore). Companies, organisations, and eventually individuals will be able purchase these tokens and own fractional amounts of natural resources, rewarded with carbon and biodiversity offsets. The company says the market for carbon credits is estimated to be worth more than $50 billion by 2030.

Because of the traceability of blockchain and its link to a tradable token, payment to landowners would be immediate.

Single.Earth was co-founded in 2019 by CEO Merit Valdsalu and CTO Andrus Aaslaid. Valdsalu said: “Nature conservation is scalable, accessible, and makes sense financially; what’s more, it’s vital to engineer a systematic change.”

Sandra Malmberg, Venture Lead at EQT Ventures, added: “Oil was the new gold, data the new oil; now, nature is now the most precious and valuable resource of all. A company having a hectare of forest saved as a key metric to scale is a company we are thrilled to back. Disrupting the economy and financial markets with a new tradable and liquid asset class that has a positive impact on the environment is an irresistible investment.”

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#DealMonitor – #EXKLUSIV Raisin/Deposit Solutions-Fusion: Bewertung liegt bei 2,5 Milliarden – EQT Ventures investiert in Vectornator


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 1. Juli 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.

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Raisin/Deposit Solutions
+++ Die beiden FinTechs Deposit Solutions (Zinspilot) und Raisin (WeltSparen) gehören inzwischen – wie bereits berichtet – zusammen. Der Zusammenschluss erfolgt im Verhältnis 60 (Raisin) zu 40 % (Deposit Solutions). Das fusionierte Unternehmen wird nach einer Übergangszeit von Raisin-Gründer Tamaz Georgadze geführt. Deposit Solutions-Chef Tim Sievers wird das Unternehmen zum Jahresende verlassen. Das neue Unternehmen wird im Zuge der Fusion nach unseren Informationen mit 2,5 Milliarden Euro bewertet.  Wie zu hören ist, plant das FinTech bereits eine neue Investmentrunde. Mehr im  Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

INVESTMENTS

Vectornator
+++ EQT Ventures investiert einen zweistelligen Millionenbetrag in Vectornator. Zusätzlich sind auch Secondaries, bei denen Altinvestoren Anteile verkaufen, geplant. Linearity wurde 2017 von Vladimir Danila und Marc Zacherl gegründet. Mit Hilfe von Vectornator können Designer Logos, Kunstwerke, Flyer, Webseiten und vieles mehr erstellen. Die Post-Money-Bewertung liegt bei 120 Millionen Euro. Zu den bisherigen Investoren zählen unter anderem 468 Capital, HV Capital und diverse Angel-Investoren wie Martin Sinner. Mehr im  Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Valyria
+++ Picus Capital investiert im Rahmen eines Convertibles rund 4 Millionen Euro in Valyria. Das Berliner PropTech, das insbesondere von Robin Behlau, Gründer von Käuferportal (inzwischen als Aroundhome bekannt) vorangetrieben wird, kümmert sich um den Kauf und Verkauf von Mehrfamilienhäusern. Valyria kombiniert dabei “die neueste Technologie mit Expertise”. Mehr im  Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Hashtag You
+++ Tengelmann Ventures (und nicht der Nachfolger Cusp Capital), der Konsumgüterkonzern Henkel, Fynveur, Founders First Capital und mehrere Angel-Investoren investieren in Hashtag You. Das junge Unternehmen, das 2018 von Akos Piffko, Ankur Bansal und Sascha Dexler, die zuvor bei Invincible Brands aktiv waren, gegründet wurde, baut Direct to Consumer-Marken wie Ava & May auf. Henkel kennt sich im D2C-Segment bereits aus, das Unternehmen kaufte Invicible Brands zuletzt die Marken HelloBody, Banana Beauty sowie Mermaid+Me ab. Mehr im  Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Voila
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber Atlantic Food Labs investiert in Voila. Das Berliner Startup bringt seinen Nutzer:innen Restaurants nach Hause – bundesweit. Das Motto dabei lautet “Home Fine Dining”. In der Eigenbeschreibung heißt es: “Wir verbinden die besten Köche und Food Lover, um eine gehobene kulinarische Inhouse-Erfahrung zu Hause zu ermöglichen”. Voila wurde von Florian Berg (Fachkraft1) und Julius Wiesenhütter (früher bei Foodora, Caterwings und Delivery Hero akiv) gegründet. Mehr im  Insider-Podcast #EXKLUSIV

Checkly
+++ CRV und Altinvestoren wie Accel, Mango Capital und Guillermo Rauch investieren 10 Millionen Dollar in Checkly. Das 2018 von Hannes Lenke, Tim Nolet und Timo Euteneuer in Berlin gegründete Unternehmen positioniert sich als Monitoring-Plattform für Entwickler. Checkly ermöglicht es DevOps- und Engineering-Teams, API-Monitoring und Frontend-Tests auf über 20 globale Rechenenzentren durchzuführen. 2020 flossen bereits 2,25 Millionen in das Remote-First-Unternehmen.

Yamuntu
+++ Angel-Investoren wie Rolf Schrömgens (trivago), Philipp Frenkel (Mister Spex), Robert Kabs (moebel.de) und Yang Zou (Freachly) investieren eine niedrige siebenstellige Summe in Yamuntu. Das Hamburger Startup, das von Woundioun Sissoko, Nouri Alexander Hilscher und Oliver Krause gegründet wurde, macht Online-Shopper:innen zu Markenbotschaftern. “Der User verdient mit seiner Instagram Story Geld. Einfach die App herunterladen, bei einem der Partnershops das neue Lieblingsprodukt einkaufen und sobald das Produkt ankommt, über die App eine Story/Tiktok dazu posten”, teilt das Startup zum Konzept mit.

The Base
+++ 32nd Floor, ein Investmentableger der  skandinavischen Skjerven Group, und GDC Ventures (gehört zur Depot-Mutter Gries Deco Company), investieren 5 Millionen Euro in den Berliner Coliving-Anbieter The Base. “Das frische Kapital ermöglicht es uns, diese Expansion aktiv voranzutreiben, die gegenwärtigen – einzigartigen – Chancen am Immobilienmarkt zu nutzen und The Base europaweit als führende Coliving-Brand zu etablieren”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Das Unternehmen wurde 2019 von Florian Färber gegründet.

INVESTMENTS

Icon Ventures
+++ Die Mobile-Marketing-Agentur Icon Group, früher als Iconmobile bekannt, legt mit Icon Ventures einen Venture-Capital-Fonds auf, im Topf sind 30 Millionen Euro – siehe TechCrunch. “The icon ventures VC fund will be accompanied by new company arm: ‘icon impact’, the continuation of iconmobile’s well-established product and experience innovation arm”, heißt es im Artikel.

Achtung! Wir freuen uns über Tipps, Infos und Hinweise, was wir in unserem #DealMonitor alles so aufgreifen sollten. Schreibt uns eure Vorschläge entweder ganz klassisch per E-Mail oder nutzt unsere “Stille Post“, unseren Briefkasten für Insider-Infos.

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

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#DealMonitor – Lukasz Gadowski und Co. investieren 15 Millionen in Incari – wajve sammelt 5 Millionen ein – Project A investiert in Priceloop


Im aktuellen #DealMonitor für den 10. Juni 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

Incari
+++ Seriengründer und Investor Lukasz Gadowski (Team Europe) investiert gemeinsam mit weiteren Investoren 15 Millionen Euro in Incari. Das Berliner Unternehmen, das von Osman Dumbuya gegründet wurde, ist im Segment Mensch-Maschine-Schnittstellen (HMI) unterwegs. Incari bietet seinen Nutzer:innen “eine komfortable Bedienoberfläche, um komplexe Interfaces ohne Programmierkenntnisse zu gestalten”. Incari ging 2021 aus dem Unternehmen CGI-Studio hervor, das bisher im Automobilsegment unterwegs war. Nun soll das Unternehmen auch andere Branchen angehen.”Die Gründer werden mit den Investoren um Lukasz Gadowski das Unternehmen auf die nächste Stufe des Wachstums führen, nachdem es in der Frühphase durch Angel-Investoren, unter anderem Wunderkind von Armin Pohl, unterstützt wurde”, teilt die Jungfirma mit.

wajve 
+++ EQT Ventures, 468 Capital, OMR, Lucas von Cranach (OneFootball), Roland Grenke (Dubsmash, Acapela Group) und Christian Gaiser (Cosi) investieren 5 Millionen Euro in wajve. Mit wajve setzen Bastian Krautwald und David Meyer, die Gründer des erfolgreichen Unternehmens DeineStudienfinanzierung, auf eine Finanzapp, die sich an die Generation Z richtet. Das neue Smartphone-Bank soll dabei “Banking, Beratung und Bildung in einer App bündeln”. Das Berliner FinTech teilt dazu mit: “Mit der Finanzierung soll das Roll-out der Plattform für die ersten Kunden in Deutschland beschleunigt werden, bevor sie in andere europäische Märkte expandiert”.

EqualTo
+++ Der Berliner Geldgeber Cavalry Ventures, Amaranthine, First Momentum Ventures, helloworld.vc und mehrere Angel-Investoren aus dem Umfeld von Saarbrücker21 sowie Felix Jahn (McMakler), Dieter Buchl und Stephen Weich (Flaschenpost.de), und Phil Chambers (Peakon) investieren 3,5 Millionen Euro in EqualTo. Das Startup aus Freiburg, das 2020 von Gijs Hubben, Diarmuid Glynn und Kim Bergstrand gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als No-Code-Lösung für Vertriebsprovisionen. Zu den Kunden gehören Unternehmen wie McMakler, UXCam und Solvemate.

Priceloop
+++ Der Berliner Kapitalgeber Project A Ventures investiert in Priceloop. Das Berliner Startup, das 2020 vom Contorion-Gründer Richard Schwenke und Dat Tran (zuletzt unter anderem Head of AI, Axel Springer) gegründet wurde, positioniert sich als KI-gestützte Software zur Optimierung von Verkaufspreisen. “Priceloop helps e-commerce and retail companies to be more successful by using data-driven pricing decisions”, heißt es in der Selbstbeschreibung der Jungfirma.

Achtung! Wir freuen uns über Tipps, Infos und Hinweise, was wir in unserem #DealMonitor alles so aufgreifen sollten. Schreibt uns eure Vorschläge entweder ganz klassisch per E-Mail oder nutzt unsere “Stille Post“, unseren Briefkasten für Insider-Infos.

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

Foto (oben): azrael74

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EQT Ventures promotes Laura Yao to partner; hires Anne Raimondi as operating partner

EQT Ventures, an investment firm based in Europe, which has raised over €1.2 billion ($1.4B USD) announced that it has promoted Laura Yao to partner. At the same time, the firm announced it recently hired Anne Raimondi, former SVP of Operations at Zendesk as operating partner.

The company is based in Stockholm with offices in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and Luxembourg. Yao is based in the U.S. office in San Francisco, where she has been working for three years prior to her recent promotion to partner. She says that the company tends to hire people with operator experience because they relate well to the founders of startups they invest in.

“Our goal is to partner with the most ambitious and boldest founders in Europe and the US and kind of be the investors that we all wish we’d had when we were on the other side of the table,” Yao told me.

Yao’s background includes co-founding a startup called The PhenomList in 2011. While she is responsible for looking for new investments, Raimondi works with the existing portfolio of companies, particularly B2B SaaS companies, helping them with practical aspects of building a startup like go-to-market strategy, organizational design, hiring executives and other components of company building.

“I joined earlier this year as an operating partner, so I’m not on the investing side but actually focused on working with existing portfolio company founders as they grow and scale,” Raimondi said.

Unfortunately, female partners like Yao and Raimondi remain a rarity in most venture firms with a Crunchbase report from last April finding that just 3% of investors are women, and that over two-thirds of firms don’t have a single woman as a partner.

EQT has a 50/50 male to female employee ratio, although the partners were all male until Yao was promoted and Raimondi hired. That makes two of 6 as the company attempts to make the investment team reflect the rest of the company and the population at large.

Part of Raimondi’s job is talking to startups about building diverse and equitable organizations and she and Yao know the company needs to model that. She says that thriving startups understand on the product side that to build a successful product, they start with a hypothesis, then develop targets and metrics to test, learn, and then iterate.

She says that they need to do the same thing to build a diverse and inclusive company. That starts with defining what diversity and inclusion looks like and setting up metrics to measure their progress.

“You evaluate [your diversity goals] and hold [the company] accountable to what you’ve signed up for. If you don’t meet them, [you look at] what can you do to improve them. Then you look at how you keep iterating, and then constantly measuring the employee experience across many dimensions, including not only diversity, but the important part of belonging,” Raimondi said.

Both women say their company does a good job at this, and their hiring/promotion proves that. Yao says that the organization as a whole has created a comfortable and inclusive culture. “It’s very collaborative and egalitarian. Anyone can say whatever’s on their mind. It’s very non-hierarchical and a comfortable place for a woman to work. I felt immediately welcomed and that my ideas were welcome immediately,” she said.

The company portfolio includes startups in the US and Europe and the firm sees itself as a bridge between the two locations. Among the companies EQT has invested in include bug bounty startup HackerOne, website building technology Netlify, and quantum computing startup Seeqc.

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TreeCard raises $5.1M seed to plant trees as you spend

TreeCard, a U.K. yet-to-launch fintech offering a spending card made out of wood and the promise to fund reforesting via the interchange fees generated, has raised $5.1 million in seed funding. The round is led by EQT Ventures, with participation from Seedcamp and Episode 1.

Angel investors also backing the startup include Matt Robinson (founder of GoCardless), Paul Forester (founder of Indeed) and Charlie Delingpole (founder of ComplyAdvantage). TreeCard says the funding will be used to hire talent, support the roll-out of its product across the U.K. and to expand into the U.S. and “key European markets”.

Aiming to become a “leading green finance brand”, TreeCard was founded in August 2020 by Thiel fellow Jamie Cox (who previously co-founded Cashew), Gary Wu and James Dugan. The team hit onto the idea of swapping loyalty points or cash back for tree planting, in a bid to create a fintech proposition with more societal impact.

Once signed up, you link the TreeCard app to your current bank accounts so you can begin routing your spending through the Mastercard-powered TreeCard. Purchases you then make — or, specifically, a portion of the card transaction fees your spending generates — is then put toward tree planting projects run by green search engine Ecosia, which is also a pre-seed investor in TreeCard.

“[At a] high level, the climate crisis is the biggest existential risk that humanity has faced in the last 200,000 years; we believe directing the flow of consumer finances is the most powerful way to affect change,” CEO Cox tells me. “We’re building a finance company that allows consumers to not just to do less damage with their spending, but to actively improve the world.

“We are building a free spending card that allows consumers to spend more responsibly. The card uses interchange to reforest as they spend and sophisticated analytics to help them identify healthy spending as well as destructive ones”.

Of course, consumer card interchange fees in the U.K./EU are very low compared to the U.S. Offering a spending card and account isn’t without overhead, so it isn’t clear how sustainable TreeCard could be on interchange revenue alone. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S., where generated fees are higher, is seen as a key launch market for the startup.

“Interchange fees in the U.S. are significantly higher than in the EU so this presents a sufficient revenue opportunity for us to perform our reforestation investments and cover marketing and management costs,” explains Cox. “In the EU we’re going to be partnering with an existing retail bank who will provide all our banking infrastructure for free. This will mean that, even though our interchange fee cut is lower, it will be sufficient to cover our costs in the EU. We will announce the name of the bank shortly”.

Meanwhile, early backer Ecosia is described by the TreeCard founder as its “mother” company. “They’re our closest partner and we’ll be working very closely with them as we grow,” Cox says. “They invested the first cheque into the company and will be doing all our tree planting for us. Ecosia’s marketing team is extremely experienced and they will be helping us use their search engine as a core channel for user acquisition over the next few years”.

Comments Tom Mendoza, deal partner at EQT Ventures: “TreeCard has the potential to become a leading green finance brand, going where no brand has gone before in creating a de facto platform for impactful financial management. At EQT Ventures, we’re increasingly aware of the environment and the impact that our investments have on the world around us, so we’re really excited to support the TreeCard team, who are actively working with the financial system to create a better future for the planet”.

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8 investors discuss Stockholm’s maturing startup ecosystem

In the realm of European startup ecosystems, Sweden — largely Stockholm — ranks very close to the behemoths of London, Paris and Berlin. And with 10 million people, the nation certainly punches above its weight, having produced unicorns such as Spotify and Klarna, to name only two.

As a result, the eight investors we surveyed are characteristically bullish about the future, despite a pandemic strategy that became more restrictive in the second half of last year.

Sweden’s initially laissez-faire approach to controlling COVID-19 might have helped its tech ecosystem ride out the uncertainty. “Sweden is more open and is ahead of the pandemic curve, so more people are coming here than the other way around,” said Jacob Key, founding partner with Luminar Ventures.

Several people we spoke to said they saw green shoots regarding revenue growth and retention in their portfolio companies as founders adapted to the pandemic. Areas that are benefitting include digital health and remote work for obvious reasons, but given Sweden’s strength in fintech and gaming, those sectors are both well positioned to thrive.

As consumers become more desirous of sustainability, responsible shopping, green travel and plant-based food alternatives “will likely contribute to a surge in companies in this space,” said Sofia Dolfe of Index Ventures.

Oversaturated areas are media/adtech and wellness/fitness apps.

Some of the trends these investors are excited about include deep tech, AI, machine learning, healthcare/medtech, industrial IoT, energy storage and energy-efficient power generation, robotics, intelligent production and additive manufacturing.

“I think there is a lot of interesting stuff coming out of Stockholm and accelerating with all recent success stories,” said VNV Global’s Bjorn von Sivers.

Here’s who we spoke to:


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Jacob Key, founding partner, Luminar Ventures

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
AI automation, democratization, SMB SaaS.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
Hiberworld.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
Real-time sustainability health trackers for both consumers and businesses.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
Super dedicated and talented team going after major problems.

Which areas are either oversaturated or would be too hard to compete in at this point for a new startup? What other types of products/services are you wary or concerned about?
Adtech companies, consumer lending companies, e-commerce retail, niche problems.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
100% in the broader Swedish ecosystem.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
Gaming, fintech, applied AI, security, e-health. Mindler, Insurello, Hiberworld, Greenely, Normative, Marcus Janback, Tanmoy Bari.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
Strong momentum, more and more serial founders and experienced founders, strong broader ecosystem, product and tech-led founders with a global view.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
Sweden is more open and is ahead of the pandemic curve so more people coming here than the other way around.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
Travel, mobility, nice-to-have SaaS, recruiting. They should focus on work, event, travel 2.0 security, sustainability, e-health and entertainment.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
Not really. Focus on resourceful execution, digital-first sales, extend runway. Biggest worry is a much cooler investment climate.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
E-health, gaming, remote work, fintech.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
Founders seem even more dedicated, digital transformation happens much faster.

Bjorn von Sivers, partner, VNV Global

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
Business models with strong network effects. Mobility and micromobility services, Digital health, online marketplaces.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
SWVL, Babylon Health, Voi Technology.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
Startups addressing climate change, either indirect or direct. I think it will grow immensely over the coming years.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
Business models with strong network effects.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
VNV Global has a global mandate. Approximately 10% of the portfolio is Sweden/Stockholm based.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
Any consumer service coming out of Stockholm eco system. In the portfolio I would highlight Voi Technology and Fredrik Hjelm (micromobility) and Grace Health founded by Estelle Westling and Thérèse Mannheimer that is building a digital health clinic for women in emerging markets.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
I think there is a lot of interesting stuff coming out of Stockholm and accelerating with all recent success stories. Spotify, iZettle, etc.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
It will probably increase a bit, but not significantly.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
International travel still has a lot of uncertainty and low visibility. Digital health and micromobility is defiantly seeing unprecedented demand.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
Not really impacted our strategy. I would say founders think a lot about the funding climate and how to best plan in this lower visibility environment.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Yes, all across the portfolio.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
The fast recovery in our mobility businesses, which essentially saw activity drop significantly in late March/early April and has rebounded strongly since May

Ashley Lundström, partner, EQT Ventures

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
I’m personally excited about investing in teams solving important problems — the ones that affect disadvantaged populations, society at large, the environment, etc. And the exciting part is that we’re seeing more and more of this — especially from serial entrepreneurs who have built companies, maybe even had good exits and now want to dedicate their skills to meaningful journeys.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
It actually hasn’t been announced yet as we literally closed a few days ago and it’s one that our AI platform Motherbrain pointed us to. It’s one of those companies that when you hear about what they’re building you just say, “Oh of course, that’s a no-brainer.” It’s a great example of a product-led company seeing strong organic growth from a global user base and we’re chomping at the bit to start working together. Prior to this, my latest most exciting investment is Anyfin. Anyfin is a prime example of the potential of Stockholm’s second generation teams, coming out of the Swedish unicorns iZettle, Klarna and Spotify. They’re a fintech building financial wellness products for users who need it the most. They’ve started with targeting interest rates head-on via a refinancing product and are launching more products and markets with the Series B funding raising they secured this spring.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now? What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
I’m keen to see teams who combine market experience with startup experience. All too often teams are either one or the other and I’d love to see a team come together where one co-founder says, “I know this problem inside-out because I’ve lived it” and another co-founder who says, “I know how to build and bring ideas to life.” This combo would be really powerful. Over and above that, I’m generally focused on investing in teams solving problems that are shared by huge bases — either consumers or the long tail of B2B. One must in my book is that the product has to be consumer grade. This is obvious for consumer (although not always a given), but it’s something that we’ve become religious about in B2B too.

Which areas are either oversaturated or would be too hard to compete in at this point for a new startup? What other types of products/services are you wary or concerned about?
We’re in the business of exceptions so I find it hard to rule out a category altogether due to competition. That being said, there are always sectors where it’s tricky to envision a winner-takes-all or winner-takes-most, for structural reasons, such as some types of recruiting or staffing, D2Cs or digital health services.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
Our strategy is to be local with locals and we invest broadly across Europe and, in specific cases, in the U.S. So, while personally my time’s spent somewhat weighted toward the Nordics, more than 50% of the companies I work with are outside the Nordic countries. Motherbrain has helped us flatten geographies further, discovering great startups regardless of where they’re located, and we regularly invest in great teams outside our local ecosystems.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
There’s a lot of talent for consumer products coming out of the Nordics — particularly fintech in Stockholm (Tink, Anyfin, Brite), gaming in Finland (Small Giant Games, Reworks, Traplight), and a range of products out of Copenhagen including edtech and health tech (Eduflow, Corti). The great engineering talent we have in this region is also producing incredibly strong tech teams — particularly in Finland, such as Varjo, Speechly and Robocorp. We’re even starting to see some interesting activity in quantum computing (e.g., IQM) in the region. There are also some moonshot companies coming out of the Nordics that we’re excited about long term, such as Solein, Einride, Heart Aerospace and Northvolt.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
The Nordic countries continue to punch above their weight and I am confident that this trend will continue — meaning the investment opportunities will be many. As the ecosystems mature, the quality will continue to improve, which also speaks to this trend over time. Historically, downturns have produced strong tech companies, so I wouldn’t be surprised if investors are keeping a close eye on the region to make sure they get the chance to back some of the most seasoned entrepreneurs who will most certainly be looking for ways to make the most of the current climate.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
I believe we’ll see more remote teams, absolutely. However, I still think the hubs will be strong and important pieces of the ecosystem and I don’t think we’ll see these cities shrinking by material numbers. Though if people leave the most expensive cities, who could blame them? I do, however, think we’ll see a more sharp trend of teams that were fairly local in the past, expanding to new geographies. And what may happen is that in itself will reveal new talent pools, which over the long term could create more hubs.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
Tech is in a great position overall because businesses are generally either working on digitization, which is seeing acceleration out of COVID-19 … so tech falls clearly on the right side of that line, or green field modern or even futuristic ideas. Of the latter, of course, some of these ideas are nice-to-haves, which struggle when consumers are facing tough financial situations, but plenty are services that we believe we’ll see working out long term. Of course anything physical, where the team isn’t able to adapt the product quickly, like events or exercise services, will face temporary dips, but if these companies were originally betting on long-term trends, we believe that they’ll still be in good positions going forward.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
COVID-19 hasn’t affected our strategy, but it has helped us keep our eye on the ball in terms of making sure we stick to our strategy and stay mindful of our own runway — funds have that too! The advice to our founders has been the following: (1) Extend the runway so you keep your options open, and then (2) be as aggressive as you possibly can. We’re encouraging teams to act quickly — both in terms of making internal decisions and in getting products to market to test them out. Our founders’ biggest worries are uncertainties around how long “this” will all last — and our advice here is that they should operate as they always do and not wait for things to change, rather be ultrarelevant in the market you’re in.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Yes! We’ve got a couple companies who are really well positioned — particularly Wolt (food delivery) and the mobile games companies we’ve backed (Popcore, Reworks, Traplight, etc.). The current climate is especially favorable for these types of companies, and we’ve got great founders at the wheels who have been able to take advantage of the opportunities presented and who have seen tremendous growth as a result.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
The efforts by the public sector, including healthcare providers, to accelerate digitization has been refreshing. Sectors who have all too often had plenty of excuses for being slow and conservative have suddenly made big leaps — and they’re proud of themselves for having done so! This gives me hope that there will be new or renewed appetites even as things go back to normal.

Any other thoughts you want to share with TechCrunch readers?
The Nordic countries have many great examples of digital tools used by the general public to conduct their everyday lives digitally. I would encourage founders and business leaders to look to these examples and see if there are opportunities to build for other geographies. Scandinavian trendsetting isn’t just for fashion and interior design!

Ted Persson, partner, EQT Ventures

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
My main passion lies in backing ambitious teams solving real problems with real technology. So, pretty deep tech sometimes — the anti-thesis of “yet another B2B SaaS company solving almost the same problem in almost the same way.” I’m also interested in product and design-centric teams using superior UX to democratize something that previously was limited to a privileged few. Currently, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about and doing research into the future of the creative industries, marketing, product design, etc.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
This spring, I’ve led or been involved in four investments across quantum computing, group collaboration and two in the design and development tooling space. None of these have been announced yet though. The last announced investments were Sonantic and Frontify — both very cool companies.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
Edtech is certainly one.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
As we’re looking for outliers, it’s hard to generalize. But I get more excited about companies tying to solve hard problems rather than just piecing together a few APIs (which anyone can do).

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
I personally don’t have a geographical focus and enjoy working with our teams across Europe and the world, but since I live in Sweden, my network is slightly stronger here. Our proprietary AI platform Motherbrain also ensures we find rapidly growing or under-the-radar startups outside of our local ecosystems and networks.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
We’re pretty good at gaming, entertainment, music and fintech in the Nordics. It’s also easier to find really great designers here than in other parts of Europe.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
Yes, for sure. It’s too early to tell, but a couple of portfolio companies have given up on their physical offices and a lot of startup people I know are working from across the country. I for sure think this will lead to a more international climate.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
A lot has been written about this already and, just like every other investor, we’ve spent a fair share of the spring mapping this out. All in all, tech is in a good position.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
There’s been no change in our strategy. There was some initial confusion for obvious reasons and we took a short break to make sure our portfolio was in a good position to endure. Now, we’re back to normal and have made our first investments where we haven’t met the teams physically.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Yes, certainly in a couple of areas, such as food delivery, gaming, remote working and collaboration.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
When people around myself, parents, older relatives, all of a sudden embrace digital tools and ways of working fully.

Sofia Dolfe, principal, Index Ventures

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
I love products that give people a strong feeling of community, of belonging to a group of like-minded people, and a sense of being invested in its success. Users are so passionate about the product that they can’t stop themselves from recommending it to their friends, and their affinity with the brand grows over time. Search for these types of businesses often leads me to consumer businesses and marketplaces that are customer-centric and bring communities together.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
I am interested to hear about new takes on education in a post-COVID world in which people may be more open to challenge the traditional ways of learning.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
I am looking for founders who are inspiring storytellers. So much of building a business is about getting everyone to come along for the ride, from the senior execs joining you, to the customers taking a chance on a young yet unproven business, to investors taking a leap of faith and sharing in your ambition. Founders who are great storytellers, are hungry and dream big from the get-go, and have the humility to know what they don’t know, will be in my view those who have the best chance at making it big.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
Stockholm has historically been at the forefront of both fintech and gaming, and I do think these sectors are well positioned to thrive. Financial services will continue to be transformed, and the modern banking infrastructure in the Nordics makes this an attractive place to start a fintech business. As for gaming, the region has a strong track record and a high concentration of both studios and developer talent, making it a particularly fertile ground for breakout successes. A newer, fast-growing theme in the region is conscious consumption. Stockholm has a long history of eco-friendliness, and the maturity of CSR, responsible shopping, green travel and plant-based food alternatives will likely contribute to a surge in companies in this space. I’m excited to meet with founders who care deeply about this endeavor.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
Stockholm has proven itself to be a strong tech hub, and it has many of the necessary ingredients for continued successes. For one, founders think big and global from the start. Sweden has a population of 10 million, and founders creating category-defining companies know that they must enter other markets to dominate. The scale of companies such as King, Spotify and iZettle has also shown that success is within reach and cultivated a sense of courage among aspiring entrepreneurs. Sometimes the world risks underestimating the Swedes because they tend to be understated but as the track record of Sweden shows, they overdeliver.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
A few weeks ago I saw a handwritten note in the entrance of an apartment building in Stockholm. One of the residents was offering to purchase groceries, medication and other essential items to those unwell or at risk in the building. I’m hopeful that in times of difficulty, we are reminded of the importance of our local communities, of taking responsibility for others, and of how valuable a simple act of kindness can be to building relationships.

Staffan Helgesson, partner, Creandum

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
Transformation of old and large industries such as transportation, construction, real estate, etc. Digital health — we will need to transform current health industry.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
Mavenoid. Automating tech support globally. Ex-Palantir founders.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
Insurance markets have not yet seen the wave of startups that the general fintech industry has seen.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
Crazy ambitious entrepreneurs with their eyes set on disrupting a global market.

Which areas are either oversaturated or would be too hard to compete in at this point for a new startup? What other types of products/services are you wary or concerned about?
Many consumer verticals are tough to penetrate given big tech and related oligopoly. But every time I say that new phenomenal companies emerge. Such as Creandum’s portfolio company Kahoot that just listed in Oslo for $1.5 billion.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
Creandum invests all across EU. No set targets — we just want to find the best entrepreneurs.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
If picking one industry we’re very excited about digital health with Stockholm-based Firstvet and Kry/Livi. (telemedicine for humans and pet owners).

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
Stockholm/Nordics is a very sophisticated ecosystem that consistently keep producing global winners on a regular basis.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
Great companies will increasingly be built anywhere and we as an industry need to adapt. Those venture firms adapting best and fastest will be the winners going forward. I foresee a second green wave, like in the 70s, where people will move out from cities and/or have a dual-home setup.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
Travel and entertainment obviously. But even in these industries there will be winners going forward if they can ride the wave of digitizing (for example, tickets and events).

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
It’s all about access to long-term capital and track record. Creandum’s strategy has not changed at all.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Yes, especially in digital health.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
Closing a fully remote investment. Company called Meditopia — in Turkey of all places :-).

Tanya Horowitz, partner, Butterfly Ventures

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
Deep tech, AI, machine learning, healthcare/medtech, industrial IoT and related cloud services and communication solutions, Energy storage and energy-efficient power generation, robotics, intelligent production, and additive manufacturing.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
Uute Scientific has created a natural product containing a specific mixture of microbes, which can be applied to various consumer products. These products decrease the probability of getting immune-mediated diseases, like asthma or Type 1 diabetes and consequently improve quality of life.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
In the region (Nordics), would like to see more in energy storage, power generation and energy/carbon reduction technologies. Food tech and agtech are an area to look toward given the world’s increasing population. Edtech due to the COVID crisis.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
We are looking for a strong team with unique tech aimed toward a global market.

Which areas are either oversaturated or would be too hard to compete in at this point for a new startup? What other types of products/services are you wary or concerned about?
Media/adtech unless truly unique seem to be oversaturated; also wellness/fitness apps, etc.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
Finland 40%-50%, Sweden 30%+, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Baltics remaining 20%.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
Industries: Health/medical.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
I think in Finland and the entire Nordics there is ample opportunities to invest in stellar teams and technologies that have a global market. The talent pool and support of the startup ecosystems are top notch.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
I do not see startup hubs losing people in the Nordics. I do however see founders coming from geographies outside major cities.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
Obvious is retail, restaurants, service industry. Also education (edtech) should be an area to really look into. Online entertainment (OTT), logistics (food, goods delivery), etc.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
It has only affected it slightly, we were lucky that we were almost at the end of our investment period and our portfolio of companies are set for this current fund vintage. We are the leading seed-stage deep tech investor in the Nordics and therefore most of our companies have fared OK.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Yes, some of our portfolio has benefited from the pandemic, while others suffered with customers initially but seem to be recovered now.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
We are raising Butterfly Ventures Fund IV and started before the pandemic hit. While this has slowed us down slightly, our anchor and other LPs are rock solid and we as a team are committed to getting the first close done ASAP to capitalize with that dry powder in early 2021. While my heart goes out to those who have not been so lucky, personally we have been blessed to not have had direct tragedies related to the pandemic … and my son is happy and healthy and that alone gives me hope everyday.

Any other thoughts you want to share with TechCrunch readers?
Global LPs should really explore Europe more, especially the Nordics!

Sanna Westman, principal, Creandum

What trends are you most excited about investing in, generally?
Well, we typically say that if you invest in trends you’re late to the party … but of course there are some macro movements that are exciting and we monitor closely. For me personally digital health is one of those areas, it’s not new but constantly developing and has of course been further accelerated the past year. Another area that is really interesting are products that help you be a better leader/manager/company. I’m not sure how to productize this but there’s a huge opportunity in amplifying leadership. We’ve seen success with companies giving the individual user superpowers (no-code tools, productivity tools, etc.) but how about helping people scaling themselves and their teams? Remote work has a lot of benefits, but puts new challenges on managers. I also believe we’ll see more quality companies battling climate change in different ways.

What’s your latest, most exciting investment?
SafetyWing — on the intersection of social security and remote work.

Are there startups that you wish you would see in the industry but don’t? What are some overlooked opportunities right now?
There’s plenty more to do within B2B commerce: marketplaces, e-commerce enablers, new ways of financing, etc. Sure there are companies, but no way near as many (good) ones as it should be.

What are you looking for in your next investment, in general?
A short time to “Wow.” Solutions that can give the user an instant value and then continue to add to that value they more they use the product

Which areas are either oversaturated or would be too hard to compete in at this point for a new startup? What other types of products/services are you wary or concerned about?
Mobility and delivery in general is quite crowded. Also open-banking payment solutions has seen a huge surge.

How much are you focused on investing in your local ecosystem versus other startup hubs (or everywhere) in general? More than 50%? Less?
The Nordics is along with DACH one of the key focus markets for Creandum, though there’s no set allocation for any certain geography. We strive to back the best companies regardless of where they’re located.

Which industries in your city and region seem well positioned to thrive, or not, long term? What are companies you are excited about (your portfolio or not), which founders?
Compared to other hubs there is a very high product focus in general, and given that Sweden is a small market the mindset is also international from day one. I think that makes more of a difference than a certain vertical. In terms of exciting companies Kive and Depict are worth keeping eyes on for the very early stages. For the more mature startups Kry and Firstvet are doing great as early enablers of digital health.

How should investors in other cities think about the overall investment climate and opportunities in your city?
Increasingly competitive but also a lot of strong talent.

Do you expect to see a surge in more founders coming from geographies outside major cities in the years to come, with startup hubs losing people due to the pandemic and lingering concerns, plus the attraction of remote work?
Even before the pandemic very few startups in Stockholm had 100% of their workforce in one location anyway, a hybrid setup was and continue to be very common.

Which industry segments that you invest in look weaker or more exposed to potential shifts in consumer and business behavior because of COVID-19? What are the opportunities startups may be able to tap into during these unprecedented times?
As the fund invests with a very long time horizon, +10 years, the short-term impact is not a key concern but of course we think about the long-term effects on e.g., business travel. We tend to look for the opportunities more than the drawbacks though, and there will be opportunities for new companies in industries that have been heavily impacted. It might actually prove to be good timing to disrupt.

How has COVID-19 impacted your investment strategy? What are the biggest worries of the founders in your portfolio? What is your advice to startups in your portfolio right now?
Initially we were cautious around runway and worked closely with the portfolio to make sure they could survive for a longer time should revenues decline and funding not be available. Summing up 2020 though, we were fortunate to look back on a year where many companies had overperformed and were able to raise significant up rounds. Great companies are created in all times and were committed to find the best seed and Series A companies.

Are you seeing “green shoots” regarding revenue growth, retention or other momentum in your portfolio as they adapt to the pandemic?
Definitely. We’ve seen several examples of V-shaped recovery, with revenues bumping back above pre-COVID levels and continuing on that trajectory.

What is a moment that has given you hope in the last month or so? This can be professional, personal or a mix of the two.
The hustle and optimism among entrepreneurs we meet. The “impossible is nothing” attitude is really inspiring.

Who are key startup people you see creating success locally?
I’d say some of the active “stay in the background” angels/mentors that are supporting a new generation such as Joachim Hedenius (Kry, CTO) or Johan Crona. And Susanna Campbell/Cristina Stenbeck who have been very active in their joint investments, often finding opportunities the VCs miss.

#covid-19, #creandum, #ec-europe, #ec-investor-surveys, #eqt-ventures, #europe, #index-ventures, #sweden, #tc

Wolt closes $530M round to continue expanding beyond restaurant delivery

Wolt, the Helsinki-based online ordering and delivery company that initially focused on restaurants but has since expanded to other verticals, has raised $530 million in new funding. The round was led by Iconiq Growth, with participation from Tiger Global, DST, KKR, Prosus, EQT Growth and Coatue.

Previous backers 83North, Highland Europe, Goldman Sachs Growth Equity, EQT Ventures and Vintage Investment Partners also followed on. The new round takes the total amount of financing Wolt has raised to $856 million. Wolt declined to disclose the company’s latest valuation, although we know from the previous D round that the company is one of Europe’s so-called unicorns.

“We operate in an extremely competitive and well-funded industry, and this round allows us to have a long-term mindset when it comes to doubling down on our different markets,” says co-founder and CEO Miki Kuusi in a statement. “Despite the turbulence of 2020, we’ve remained focused on growth, tripling our revenue to a preliminary $330 against a net loss of just $38 million. Compared to the $670 million in new capital that we’ve raised during this year, this puts us into a strong position for investing in our people, technology, and markets when thinking about the next few years ahead”.

Since launching with 10 restaurants in its home city in 2015, five years on Wolt has expanded to 23 countries and 120 cities, mostly in Europe but also including Japan and Israel. More recently, like others in the restaurant delivery space, Wolt has expanded beyond restaurants and takeout food into the grocery and retail sectors. This, says the company, sees it offer anything from cosmetics to pet food and pharmaceuticals on its platform.

“This was mostly a primary raise,” Kuusi tells me when I ask if the new round includes secondary funding (i.e. shareholders that exited to new investors). “We’re not looking to disclose the valuation at this time, but we’ve previously shared that the Series D round that we raised in early 2020 valued that company at above €1 billion,” he adds.

Kuusi says that the latest funding round is based on the belief that local services in the offline world will gradually be brought online by players “that can execute and maintain a great customer experience”. “We started with an exclusive focus on the restaurant, as it’s the biggest local service with an underlying high-frequency use case,” he says. “We quickly learnt that the magical product market fit for bringing the restaurant online was to offer a quick and predictable delivery experience from restaurants that didn’t use to be available for delivery. We do this by handling the complexity of the delivery on the restaurant’s behalf”.

However, this was especially difficult to do efficiently and sustainably in small and difficult home market in the Nordics. To solve this, Wolt needed to build an “optimization-heavy logistics setup for last-mile delivery” that Kuusi says lets the service operate even in “very small cities with low income disparity, limited population density and high labor costs”.

“This means that we can operate efficiently even with relatively low order volumes, enabling us to grow and expand rapidly with much less financing than some of the other players in the market. We simply had no other choice than to do it this way was we came from such a difficult home market”.

On this foundation, Wolt is expanding into other ordering and local delivery verticals, aiming to be what Kuusi dubs as “the everything app” of goods and services. “Today, Wolt is much more than a restaurant delivery service, you can order groceries, electronics, flowers, clothes and many other things on our platform,” he explains. “We believe that the future of how people buy Nike shoes is a few taps on Wolt and some 30 minutes later you get any pair of shoes brought to your door. This is what we strive to make into a reality with our team at Wolt”. (I’m an Adidas guy myself, steadfastly European.)

Asked what he thinks about all the money being pumped into the dark convenience store model, Kuusi says Wolt is investing into its own dark store operation called Wolt Market. “It’s not surprising to also see a growing amount of financing going into this sector,” he admits. “We’re huge believers in a hybrid model where there will be both offline/online retailers as well as focused online retailers in the mix. Obviously the latter category is only getting started, and we should see a massive amount of growth for the coming years ahead”.

#dst, #eqt-ventures, #europe, #fundings-exits, #goldman-sachs-growth-equity, #helsinki, #highland-europe, #pharmaceuticals, #startups, #tc, #tiger-global, #vintage-investment-partners, #wolt

#DealMonitor – finn.auto bekommt 20 Millionen – Wonder sammelt 11 Millionen ein – Simplesurance bekommt 15 Millionen


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

INVESTMENTS

finn.auto
+++ White Star Capital, Rubin Ritter, David Schneider und Robert Gentz (alle zalando) sowie die Altinvestoren HV Capital, Picus Capital, Heartcore und UVC Partners investieren 20 Millionen Euro in finn.auto. Die Bewertung soll bei rund 100 Millionen Euro liegen – wie in unserem Insider-Pocast berichtet. Wie andere Anbieter auch bietet das junge Unternehmen, das von Max-Josef Meier (früher Stylight) gegründet wurde, Autos im Abo an – siehe: “Immer mehr Startups setzen auf Auto-Abos“. Ende Dezember des vergangenen Jahres investierten Geldgeber wie HV Capital, Heartcore Capital, UVC Partners und Picus Capital bereits 8,8 Millionen Euro in das Münchner Startup finn.auto.

Wonder
+++ EQT Ventures und Alt-Investor BlueYard Capital investieren 11 Millionen Euro in das Video-Meeting-Startup Wonder. Das Startup, bisher unter dem Projektnamen Yotribe unterwegs, entwickelt eine Plattform, mit der sich Nutzer in virtuellen Räumen miteinander austauschen können. Anders als beim großen Vorbild Zoom ist es dabei aber jederzeit möglich, sich in Kleingruppen aufzuteilen und untereinander miteinander zu reden. Wonder wurde 2020 von Leonard Witteler, Stephane Roux und Pascal Steck gegründet.

Simplesurance
+++ Altgesellschafter Allianz X investiert – wie sich bereits Ende November andeutete – im Rahmen eines Wandeldarlehens 15 Millionen Euro in simplesurance. Das Berliner Startup in Deutschland als Schutzklick bekannt, gehört zu den ganz großen InsurTech-Pionieren. Mindestens 60 Millionen Dollar flossen zuvor in das Unternehmen, das 2012 an den Start ging. Zuletzt investierten unter anderem die Tokio Marine Holdings (TMHD) und die deutsch-französische Finanzgruppe ODDO BHF Kapital in das Unternehmen. In unserem Insider-Podcast hatten wir beriets Ende November über die Investmentrunde bei Simplesurance berichtet.

asgoodasnew
+++ Der skandinavische Finanzinvestor Verdane, der bereits mehrheitlich an Momox beteiligt ist, plant einen “mit­tel­ba­rern An­teil­s­er­werb” beim Re-Commerce-Anbieter asgoodasnew, zu dem neben asgoodasnew auch WirKaufens gehört. Das entsprechende Vorhaben wurde bereits beim Kartellamt angemeldet. MVP Munich Venture Partners, MCI.PrivateVentures, Ventech, PDV, BFB Wachstumsfonds Brandenburg und SevenVentures investieren 2015 beachtliche 11 Millionen Euro in das Unternehmen, das 2008 von Christian Wolf gegründet wurde. 2018 erwirtschaftete asgoodasnew , das “generalüberholte und geprüfte Gebraucht-Elektronik” kauft und verkauft, einen Umsatz in Höhe von 52,4 Millionen Euro.

WindStar Medical
+++ Der Berliner Kapitalgeber Project A investiert in WindStar Medical. Das Unternehmen entwickelt und vertreibt Medizinprodukte und freiverkäufliche Arzneimittel. Zum Portfolio des Unternehmens zählen erfolgreiche Gesundheitsmarken wie SOS, GreenDoc oder BodyMedica. Oakley Capital übernahm das Unternehmen vor wenigen Wochen (Bewertung: 280 Millionen Euro). “Der Einstieg bei der WindStar Medical Group ist ein Co-Investment, das Project A gemeinsam mit dem Finanzinvestor Oakley Capital durchführt. Oakley Capital unterzeichnete im Oktober eine Vereinbarung zum Erwerb der Mehrheit von WindStar Medical, die zuvor bei der ProSiebenSat1. Tochter NuCom Group lag”, teilt der Geldgeber mit. Seit 2016 gehörte WindStar Medical zu ProSiebenSat. 2018 wurde das Unternehmen unter das Dach der NuCom Group, die mehrheitlich ProSiebenSat1 sowie General Atlantic als Minderheitsinvestor gehört, umgegliedert.

EXITS

InnoGames
+++ Die Modern Times Group (MTG) übernimmt weitere 17 % an der Spieleschmiede InnoGames. Das schwedische Medienhaus hält nun 68 % an InnoGames. “Der Preis für die zusätzlichen Anteile beträgt 106 Millionen Euro. Bestandteil dieser Transaktion ist die Gründung einer neuen Unternehmensgruppe für MTGs gesamtes Gaming-Portfolio, zu dem auch Kongregate zählt”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. MTG stieg 2016 beim Hamburger Unternehmen Innogames ein. Die Bewertung lag damals bei 260 Millionen Euro.

FUSIONEN

Checkyn / recover 
+++ Checkyn aus Hildesheim und recover aus Köln, zwei Startups zur digitalen Kontaktdatenerfassung schließen sich zusammen. recover wurde von Railslove-Macher  Jan Kus ins Leben gerufen. Dietmar Meister gründete Checkyn gemeinsam mit Henning Thöle, Robin König und Dominik Groenen. “Die nächsten Schritte: Zusammenarbeit mit der Corona-Warn-App, Städten und Kommunen”, teilen die Checkyn- und recover-Macher mit. Was man noch wissen muss: “Weder Checkyn noch recover waren und sind darauf ausgelegt sein, besonders profitabel zu sein”.

IPO

Home24 
+++ Der Berliner Möbel-Shop Home24 plant, seinen brasilianischen Ableger Mobly an die Börse zu bringen. “Um eine mögliche, zukünftige Börsennotierung vorzubereiten, reicht Mobly heute erste erforderliche Unterlagen ein. Aufgrund der brasilianischen Kapitalmarktvorschriften wäre Februar 2021 das früheste Zeitraum für einen möglichen IPO. Die finanziellen Mittel aus einem potentiellen brasilianischen Börsengang würden in erster Linie dazu verwendet, die Wachstumsstrategie in Lateinamerika unabhängig von der Finanzierung durch die home24 SE zu beschleunigen”, teilt das Unternehmen mit. Home24 ging 2018 an die Börse.

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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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Vectary, a design platform for 3D and AR, raises $7.3M from EQT and Blueyard

Vectary, a design platform for 3D and Augmented Reality (AR), has raised a $7.3 million round led by European fund EQT Ventures. Existing investor BlueYard (Berlin) also participated.

Vectary makes high-quality 3D design more accessible for consumers, garnering over one million creators worldwide, and has more than a thousand digital agencies and creative studios as users.

With the coronavirus pandemic shifting more people online, Vectary says it has seen a 300% increase in AR views as more businesses start showcasing their products in 3D and AR.

Vectary was founded in 2014 by Michal Koor (CEO) and Pavol Sovis (CTO), who were both from the design and technology worlds.

The complexity of using and sharing content created by traditional 3D design tools has been a barrier to the adoption of 3D, which is what Vectary addresses.

Although Microsoft, Facebook and Apple are making it easier for consumers, the creative tools remain lacking. Vectary believes that seamless 3D/AR content creation and sharing will be key to mainstream adoption.

Designers and creatives can use Vectary to apply 2D design on a 3D object in Figma or Sketch; create 3D customizers in Webflow with Embed API; and add 3D interactivity to decks.

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Caroline Brochado and Sophia Bendz on the boom in Europe’s early- and growth-stage startups

As part of Disrupt 2020 we wanted to look at the contrasting positions of both early and later-stage investing in Europe. Who better to unpack this subject than two highly experienced operators in these fields?

After a career at Spotify and then as a VC at Atomico, Sophia Bendz has rapidly gained a reputation in Europe as a keen early-stage investor. She recently left Atomico to pursue her early and seed-stage passion with Cherry Ventures. Bendz is a prolific angel investor, with a total of over 44 deals in the last 9 years. Her angel investments include as AidenAI, Tictail, Joints Academy, Omnius, LifeX, Eastnine, Manual, Headvig, Simple Feast, and Sana Labs. She is known for being a champion of the femtech space, and her angel investments in that space include Clue, Grace Health, Daye, O School, and Boost Thyroid.

Carolina Brochado, the former Atomico partner and most recently a partner at SoftBank Vision Fund’s London office, recently joined EQT Ventures to help launch EQT’s Growth fund, which is positioned between Ventures and Private Equity. Brochado led investments in a number of promising companies at Atomico,  including logistics company OnTruck, health tech company Hinge Health and restaurant supply chain app Rekki.

After establishing that these two knew each other while at Atomico, I asked Bendz why she headed back into the seed stage arena.

“I’m a trained marketeer and storyteller by heart… What makes me excited is new markets opportunities, people, culture, teams. So with that, in combination with my angel investing, I think I’m better suited to be in the earlier stages of investing. When I was investing before joining Atomico, I said to myself, I want to learn from the best, I want to see how it’s done how you structure the process and how you think about the bigger investments.”

Brochado says the European ‘cat is out of the bag’ as it were:

When I first moved to Europe in 2012 and first joined Atomico, after having been at a very small startup, there was still a massive gap in funding and Europe versus the US. I think you know the European secret is no longer a secret, and you have incredible funds being started at that early stage seed and series A, and because I was here in 2012, I’ve seen the amazing pipeline of growth companies that are coming up the curve, how the momentum of those companies is accelerating and how the market cap of those businesses are growing. And so I just became super excited about helping those businesses scale… I just you now felt like bridging that gap in between ass really exciting and.

One of the perennial topics that come up time and time again is whether or not founders should go with VC partners who have previously been operators, versus those with a finance background.

“Looking back, my years at Spotify, we had great investors, but there were not many of them that had the experience of scaling a big company,” Bendz said. “So, I’m happy to give [a startup] more than just the check in a way that I would have wished I had a sounding board when I was 25 and tackling that challenge at Spotify.”

Brochado concurred: “Having operators in the room is just is an incredible gift I think to a fund and at certain levels, having people that understand you know different forms of financing and different structures can also be incredibly helpful to founders who may not necessarily have that background. So I think that the funds that do it best have that diversity.”

Bendz is passionate about investing in female founders and femtech: “It’s such a massive business opportunity that is completely untapped. We’ve seen it many times when you have a female investment partner [that] the pipeline opens up and you get more deal flow from female founders…. So I think we have a lot of work to do. I think it’s definitely improved a lot in the last couple of years but not enough… That is one of the drivers for why I put my money where my mouth is and invest in lifting the founders, but also because there are incredibly interesting business opportunities… There are so many opportunities and products or services that we will see being developed. When we have a more equal society, and more women, both building their own companies, coding and also investing… I can’t wait to see what that world will look like.”

Brochado’s view is that “even beyond founders… the best managers today are putting a lot of focus on this and I think what’s exciting is, I think we’re past the point where you have to explain to people why diversity matters.”

Is there a post-Series A chasm?

Bendz thinks: “We have more big funds in Europe [now]. We have a really solid ground here in Europe of a, b and c investors.”

Brochado said: “it’s definitely getting better. You don’t hear as many founders say that to do my Series B or my Series C I have to move to the Valley as you used to. But there’s a lot of room still for growth investors in Europe. I think Series B is the hardest round actually because, at seed or series A, you can raise on very early traction or the quality of the management team. At Series B the price goes up but the risk doesn’t necessarily go down as much. And so I think that’s where you really need investors who are sector or thematic focused, who can come with conviction and also some knowledge around the company to really propel that company forward.”

Did they both see European entrepreneurs still making silly mistakes, or has the ecosystem mastered?

Brochado thinks ten years ago was it was hard for European founders as a lot of the talent to scale companies was still in the US. “What you’ve seen is a lot of big companies grow up in Europe, a lot of people come back from the US, and so I think that pool of talent now is larger, which is very helpful. I don’t think it’s yet at the scale of where the US is. But it gives us, you know as investors, a great window of opportunity to help get some of that talent for our portfolio companies.”

The impact of COVID-19

Bendz thinks we will “see a much slower Spring, but… I think it has been overall a good exercise for some companies, and I have not seen a slower deal flow. I’ve actually done more Angel deals this Spring than I normally do… Some businesses have definitely accelerated their whole business concept because of COVID. Investments are being made even though we haven’t met the founders. We’re able to do everything remotely so I think the system is kind of adjusting.”

Brocado’s view is that at the growth stage “there’s been a flight to quality. So actually, the really great companies or the companies that are seeing great tailwinds or companies that will still be category-leading once [have] seen a lot of interest. It’s been a very busy summer, which usually it isn’t usually, particularly at the growth stage… I think a lot of money is still in the system, and has flown into technology. And so if you look at how tech in the public markets has performed it’s performed extremely well. And that includes European public companies and within tech.”

Watch the full panel below.

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Industrial-grade VR company Varjo picks up ~$52M in Series C funding

Varjo, the Finnish startup that has developed a virtual and mixed reality headset capable of “human-eye resolution” for use in various enterprise applications, has closed a $51.7 million in Series C funding.

Backing the round is Tesi, NordicNinja, and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank. Existing investors including Lifeline Ventures, Atomico, EQT Ventures and Volvo Cars Tech Fund have also followed on. It brings total raised by Varjo to around $100 million to date.

The company is also announcing the appointment of Timo Toikkanen, who was previously president and COO of Varjo, as its new CEO. Co-founder and previous CEO, Niko Eiden, becomes CXO where he’ll be tasked with continuing to drive the company’s technology innovations and, notably, remains a board member.

Varjo says the injection of capital will be used to accelerate its global expansion and development of industry-leading hardware and software products. Global enterprise clients using the company’s various headsets include Volvo Cars, Boeing, Audi and Siemens. Applications span immersive astronaut and pilot training, designing “cars of the future”, and streamlining product development.

“We are seeing tremendous demand for virtual and mixed reality use cases, particularly as much of the world continues to work remotely,” says Timo Toikkanen, CEO of Varjo, in a statement. “When you combine the photorealistic resolution and accurate, integrated eye tracking found in our devices with the broad software compatibility we offer, the possibilities for creating, training and running research in immersive environments are endless. With support from our growing group of investors, we look forward to scaling our operations and delivering the cutting-edge technology our customers need to transform the way they work”.

The Series C round follows a number of cited milestones, such as expansion of the company’s global operations and reseller network to over 40 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. This includes the launch of sales and direct shipping to “key markets” including Singapore, Israel, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Varjo has also signed a commercial partnership with MeetinVR to deliver photorealistic virtual collaboration, a much-needed solution for users to be able to collaborate remotely. Can we say the new normal? (sorry, ed.)

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#DealMonitor – Wandelbots bekommt 26 Millionen – zenloop 6,1 Millionen – Doctorly 5,6 Millionen


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

INVESTMENTS

Wandelbots
+++ 83North, Microsofts Investitionsfond M12 und Next47 sowie Paua Ventures, EQT Ventures und Atlantic Labs investieren 26 Millionen Euro in Wandelbots. Das 2017 gegründete Unternehmen, das aus der Fakultät für Informatik der TU Dresden hervorging, entwickelt eine Methode zur Programmierung von Industrierobotern. Gründer von Wandelbots sind Christian Piechnick, Georg Püschel, Maria Piechnick, Sebastian Werner, Jan Falkenberg, Giang Nguyen und Frank Fitzek. Paua Ventures und Co. investieren bereits 6 Millionen in das Dresdener Startup.

zenloop
+++ signals Venture Capital sowie die Bestandsinvestoren Nauta Capital und Piton Capital 6,1 Millionen Euro in zenloop. Insgesamt flossen nun schon mehr als 11 Millionen Euro in das junge Berliner Unternehmen. zenloop, das 2016 von den Flaconi-Gründern Paul Schwarzenholz und Björn Kolbmüller ins Leben gerufen wurde, positioniert sich als SaaS-Lösung für Feedbackmanagement. Rund 50 Mitarbeiter wirken für zenloop.

Doctorly
+++ Speedinvest, Seedcamp, Target Global, Force Ventures und UNIQA Ventures investieren 5,6 Millionen US-Dollar in Doctorly. Das von Samir El-Alami und Nicklas Teicke geführte Unternehmen entwickelt eine Art “Universalsoftware für Arztpraxen”. Auf der Website heißt es: “doctorly vereint alle administrative Aufgaben in einem intuitiven und übersichtlichen Komplettsystem, das den Nutzer mit zahlreichen Features unterstützt”.

Prewave
+++ Der aws Gründerfonds, seed + speed Ventures, Segnalita und Ventech sowie die Bestandsinvestoren IST Cube und Speedinvest investieren eine siebenstellige Summe in Startup Prewave. Das Wiener Unternehmen wurde 2017 von Lisa Smith und Harald Nitschinger gegründet. Prewave “hilft Industrieunternehmen, Ausfallrisiken in deren Lieferketten anhand von öffentlichen Informationen automatisch und frühzeitig zu erkennen”.

Wingly
+++ Der französische Geldgeber Innovacom investiert 3 Millionen Euro in das deutsch-französische Startup Wingly.  Der ehemalige Vize-Bundeskanzler und Ex-Wirtschaftsminister Philipp Rösler, investierte 2018 bereits –  gemeinsam mit Stephane Mayer und trivago-Geldgeber Howzat Partners – 2 Millionen Euro in Mitflugzentrale, die von Lars Klein, Bertrand Joab-Cornu und den Privatpiloten Emeric de Waziers gegründet wurde.

aedifion
+++ Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures investiert eine siebenstellige Summe in aedifion. Das junge Unternehmen entwickelt eine Software, mit der Immobilienbesitzer die Betriebskosten analysieren und im besten Fall senken können. Die Software kommt bereits bei E.ON SE, ROM Technik und der ZWP Ingenieur-AG zum Einsatz. Das Jungunternehmen, das von Johannes Peter Fütterer und Felix Dorner geführt wird, wurde 2019 gegründet. BitStone Capital investierte zuvor bereits in das Kölner PropTech.

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

Foto (oben): azrael74

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No-code industrial robotics programming startup Wandelbots raises $30 million

Dresden, Germany-based Wandelbots – a startup dedicated to making it easier for non-programmers to ‘teach’ industrial robots how to do specific tasks – has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by 83North, an with participation from Next47 and Microsoft’s M12 venture funding arm.

Wandelbots will use the funding to help it speed the market debut of its TracePen, a hand-held, code-free device that allows human operators to quickly and easily demonstrate desired behavior for industrial robots to mimic. Programming robots to perform specific tasks typically requires massive amounts of code, as well as programmers with very specific, in-demand skillsets to accomplish; Wandelbots wants to make it as easy as simply showing a robot what it is you want it to do – and then showing it a different set of behaviors should you need to reprogram it to accomplish a new task or fill in for a different part of the assembly line.

The software that Wandelbots developed to make this possible originally sprung out of work done at the Faculty of Computer Science at the Technical University of Dresden. The startup was a finalist in our TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield competition in 2017, and raised a $6.8 million Series A round in 2018 led by Paua Ventures, EQT Ventures and others.

Wandelbots already has some big-name clients, including industrial giants like Volkswagen, BMW, Infineon and others, and as of June 17, it’ll be launching its TracePen publicly for the first time. The company’s technology has the potential to save anyone who makes use of industrial robots many months of programming time, and the associated costs – and could ultimately make use of this kind of robotics practical even for smaller companies for whom the budgetary requirements of doing so previously put it out of reach.

I asked Wandelbots CEO and co-founder Christian Piechnick via email whether their platform can overcome some of the challenges companies including Tesla have faced with introducing ever-greater automation to their manufacturing facilities.

“The reversals regarding automation were caused by the inflexibility, complexity and cost introduced by automation with robots,” Piechnick told me via email. “People are usually not aware that 75% of the total cost of ownership of a robot comes from software development. The problems introduced by robots were killing the benefit. This is exactly the problem we are tackling. We enable manufacturers to use robots with an unseen flexibility and we dramatically lower the cost of using robots. Our product enables non-programmers to easily teach a robot new tasks and thus, reduces the involvement of hard-to-find and costly programmers.”

TracePen, the device and companion platform that Wandelbots is launching this week, is actually an evolution of their original vision, which focuses more on using smart clothes to fully model human behavior in real-time in order to translate that to robotic instruction. The company’s pivot to TracePen employs the same underlying software tech, but meets customers much closer to where they already are in terms of processes and operations, while still providing the same cost reduction benefits and flexibility, according to Piechnick.

I asked Piechnick about COVID-19 and how that has impacted Wandelbots’ business, and he replied that in fact it’s driven up demand for automation, and efficiencies that benefit automation, in a number of key ways.

“COVID-19 has impacted the thinking on global manufacturing in various ways,” he wrote. “First there is the massive trend of reshoring to reduce the risk of globally distributed supply chains. In order to scale volume, ensure quality and reduce cost, automation is a natural consequence for developed countries. With a technology that leads to almost immediate ROI and extremely short time-to-market, we hit a trend. Furthermore, the dependency on human workers and the workplace restrictions (e.g., distance between workers) increases the demand for automation tremendously.”

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