BitStone Capital welcomes additional investors to the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund

Basler Versicherungen, denkmalneu and Dr. Giesen Family Office join the group of investors.

Cologne, January 14, 2022: BitStone Capital welcomes additional investors to the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund. With Basler Versicherungen, denkmalneu and Dr. Giesen Family Office, further innovative partners join the investor circle of the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund, which combines the exceptional expertise and capital of leading German construction and real estate players under one roof.

With the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund, BitStone Capital has been able to invest in pioneering PropTech & Construction Tech start-ups such as aedifion, Aeditive, Doozer, Plan4, smino and upmin in the “Seed” to “Series A” phase.

BitStone Capital investors and partners already include leading entrepreneurs and innovation drivers from all sectors of the German real estate & construction industry, including Art-Invest Real Estate, Daniel Arnold, the founder of Deutsche Reihenhaus, Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, FMC Real TechGoldbeck, the Knauf family, Landmarken AG, Sahle Wohnen , Sontowski & Partner and the Zech Group, as well as industry experts Jan Bettink, Alexander Hesse, Jürgen Probst, Marc Stilke and Mario Caroli.

“Our new partners Basler Versicherungen, denkmalneu and Dr. Giesen Family Office ideally add to the existing circle of investors with their complementary expertise. With our investors and partners, we have created an exclusive and efficient network to accompany promising start-ups in the real estate industry,” explains Kai Panitzki, Managing Partner of BitStone Capital.

About BitStone Capital

BitStone Capital is a venture capital investor focusing on innovative and sustainable technology companies in the real estate and construction sector. Beyond financing, BitStone Capital catalyzes the growth of its Real Estate- and Construction-Tech portfolio companies with its extensive network, unique industry know-how and -access, as well as specific expertise in new technologies. With its investments, BitStone Capital would like to make a contribution to the sustainable and future-proof transformation of the real estate and construction industry.

aedifion sammelt weitere Millionen ein

  • Drees & Sommer, BeyondBuild, Bauwens X sowie MOMENI erweitern Investorenkreis aus BitStone Capital, Phoenix Contact und Business Angels
  • Frisches Kapital fließt in die konsequente Weiterentwicklung der Software zur Verbesserung des CO2-Profils von Bestands- und Neubau-Immobilien
Das aedifion-Führungsteam
(v.l.n.r: Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fütterer, Felix Dorner, Dr. rer. nat. Jan Henrik Ziegeldorf)

Köln, 13.12.2021 – Der Smart Building-Spezialist aedifion GmbH hat in einer Pre-Series-A-Finanzierungsrunde weiteres Wachstumskapital von einflussreichen, branchennahen Investoren erhalten. Der siebenstellige Betrag wird genutzt, um die Dekarbonisierung von Immobilienportfolios digital voranzutreiben.

ESG-Konformität sicherstellen

„Gebäudeeffizienz ist der größte Hebel zur Erreichung der Klimaziele. In den meisten Gebäuden können wir ohne zusätzliche Hardware-Investitionen sofort loslegen“, erläutert aedifion-CEO Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fütterer. „Auf mehr als 1.000.000 m² ist unsere Plattform bereits im Betrieb, um kontinuierlich und nachhaltig Einsparpotentiale zu realisieren, ESG-Konformität sicherzustellen und damit Immobilien zukunftssicher zu machen. Mit Unterstützung unserer alten und neuen Investoren erschließen wir diesen Zukunftsmarkt jetzt noch schneller und leisten einen wesentlichen Beitrag in Richtung Klimaneutralität.“

Um den Klimawandel zu bremsen, muss rasch gehandelt werden. Als einziger Sektor in Deutschland hat der Immobilienbereich im vergangenen Jahr die Ziele im Klimaschutzplan 2050 nicht erreicht. Die Folge: Die Anforderungen sowohl an den Bestand als auch an Neubauten werden in den nächsten Jahren stark steigen. Mit dem Plug-and-Play Ansatz der aedifion Cloud-Plattform wird der technische Gebäudebetrieb automatisiert analysiert und permanent optimiert. Der Einsatz der Lösung kann mehrere Tonnen CO2 pro Gebäude und Jahr einsparen und refinanziert sich innerhalb weniger Monate.

Große Potentiale für Bestand und Neubau

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bauer, verantwortlicher Partner seitens der Drees & Sommer SE, unterstreicht das Potenzial der weiteren Zusammenarbeit: “Die CO2-Reduktion in jedem Portfolio beginnt mit einer effizienten Datenerfassung und einer zielgerichteten Analyse und Optimierung der bestehenden Anlagentechnik. Danach kann sinnvoll entschieden werden, mit welchen Investitionen in einer Modernisierungs- oder Sanierungsstrategie weitere Reduktionen zu erreichen sind. aedifion liefert diese Daten als Entscheidungsgrundlage, auch in verschiedenen Drees & Sommer-Gebäuden und Projekten.”

Neben Drees & Sommer, BeyondBuild, Bauwens X und MOMENI Digital Ventures nehmen mit Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures und BitStone Capital auch die Investoren der Seed-Runde an der nun geschlossenen Wachstumsfinanzierung teil.

Seit 2017 widmet sich aedifion der automatisierten Optimierung von Gebäudetechnik auf Grundlage langjähriger Forschung an der RWTH Aachen University. Die Cloud-Plattform des Unternehmens findet Anwendung bei über 50 namhaften Kunden, darunter Art-Invest Real Estate, Commerz Real und ECE.

Über aedifion

Die aedifion GmbH ist ein wachstumsstarkes PropTech aus Köln und betreibt mit über 30 Mitarbeitenden die führende Cloud-Plattform zur Optimierung von Nichtwohngebäuden. Die intelligente, KI-basierte Software analysiert und regelt autonom den Gebäudebetrieb so, dass die Energieeffizienz und der Komfort gesteigert, die CO2-Emissionen reduziert und die Betriebskosten minimiert werden.

Über Drees & Sommer

Als führendes europäisches Beratungs-, Planungs- und Projektmanagementunternehmen begleitet Drees & Sommer private und öffentliche Bauherren sowie Investoren seit mehr als 50 Jahren in allen Fragen rund um Immobilien und Infrastruktur – analog und digital. Durch zukunftsweisende Beratung bietet das Unternehmen Lösungen für erfolgreiche Gebäude, renditestarke Portfolios, leistungsfähige Infrastruktur und lebenswerte Städte an. In interdisziplinären Teams unterstützen die 4.000 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter an weltweit 43 Standorten Auftraggeber unterschiedlichster Branchen. Alle Leistungen erbringt das partnergeführte Unternehmen unter der Prämisse, Ökonomie und Ökologie zu vereinen. Diese ganzheitliche Herangehensweise heißt bei Drees & Sommer “the blue way”.

Über BeyondBuild & Bauwens X

BeyondBuild ist die Digitalisierungsplattform für Immobilien und bietet mit strategischen Investmentpartnern ganzheitliche Lösungen für Digitalisierung und Nachhaltigkeit von Immobilien. Hierfür investieren BeyondBuild und Bauwens X in führende Technologieunternehmen, oder bauen diese gemeinsam mit den Gründern auf. Wir bieten Kapital mit Mehrwert und verstehen uns als Launchpad für innovative Technologie und operative Geschäftsmodelle. Ziel ist, ein ganzheitliches Beteiligungsportfolio aufzubauen, das mit einem Ökosystem-Ansatz den Goldstandard für Gebäude und Quartiere von morgen setzt.

Über MOMENI

Die im Jahr 2004 gegründete, inhabergeführte und bundesweit agierende MOMENI Gruppe ist als einer der führenden Investment Manager spezialisiert auf die Entwicklung sowie das Management hochwertiger Immobilien in den Innenstadtlagen deutscher Großstädte. Die MOMENI Gruppe investiert in verschiedenen Strukturen mit lokal sowie international renommierten Partnern und pflegt beste Beziehungen zu erstklassigen Adressen der Finanzwelt. In den vergangenen Jahren hat die MOMENI Gruppe ein Gesamtvolumen in Höhe von mehr als 6 Mrd. Euro investiert.

Über Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures

Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures agiert als unabhängige Corporate Venture Capital Gesellschaft der weltweit tätigen Phoenix Contact Gruppe, die im Bereich der Elektrotechnik und Automatisierung erfolgreich etabliert ist. Der Unternehmensfokus der Gesellschaft richtet sich auf die Finanzierung von Unternehmen, die sich in der Start-Up bis Second Stage der Unternehmensentwicklung befinden. Neben dem finanziellen Investment unterstützt das Unternehmen auch mit dem Branchen- und Prozessnetzwerk der Phoenix Contact Gruppe.

Über BitStone Capital

BitStone Capital ist ein Venture Capital Investor mit Fokus auf innovative und nachhaltige Technologieunternehmen in der Bau- und Immobilienwirtschaft. Über die Finanzierung hinaus katalysiert BitStone Capital das Wachstum seiner Real Estate- und Construction-Tech Portfoliounternehmen mit seinem weitreichenden Netzwerk, einzigartigem Branchen-Know-How und -Zugang sowie spezifischer Expertise in neuen Technologien. Mit seinen Investitionen möchte BitStone Capital einen Beitrag zur nachhaltigen und zukunftsfähigen Transformation der Bau- und Immobilienwirtschaft leisten.

BitStone Capital announces Second Closing of Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund

Further innovative companies join the competent partner circle

Thomas Knaack enriches the team as Venture Partner

Cologne, November 3, 2021: BitStone Capital today announces the second closing of the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund. With Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, Sahle Wohnen and Sontowski & Partner, further innovative entrepreneurial families join the partnership of the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund, which combines the exceptional expertise and capital of leading German construction and real estate entrepreneurs under one roof. The Cologne-based investment specialist is thus increasing its assets under management to a mid-double-digit million amount and has already exceeded the target volume for its second fund with this closing. Thomas Knaack, Business Angel and Managing Director of Rotonda Investor Office, will contribute his extensive expertise in early-stage investments and a broad network of German entrepreneurs as a Venture Partner.

With the Real Estate and Construction Tech Fund, BitStone Capital has been able to invest in pioneering PropTech & Construction Tech start-ups such as aedifion, Aeditive, Doozer, Plan4, smino and upmin in the “Seed” to “Series A” phase.

BitStone Capital investors and partners already include leading entrepreneurs and innovation drivers from all sectors of the German real estate & construction industry, including Art-Invest Real Estate, Daniel Arnold, the founder of Deutsche Reihenhaus, FMC Real Tech, Goldbeck, the Knauf family, Landmarken AG and the Zech Group, as well as industry experts Jan Bettink, Alexander Hesse, Jürgen Probst and Mario Caroli.

“Our new partners Dr. Hettich Beteiligungen, Sahle Wohnen and Sontowski & Partner ideally complement the existing investor base with their corresponding expertise to identify and validate exciting technology solutions that have the potential to transform the industry,” explains Manfred Heid, Managing Partner of BitStone Capital.

Thomas Knaack, who has already accompanied numerous start-ups in their scaling phase as a very active business angel, will support BitStone Capital in the future to develop the portfolio in a targeted manner and open up opportunities for next growth steps with his entrepreneurial network in the Rotonda Business Club, among others.

“We are very excited to work with Thomas and the new investors to develop sustainable start-ups and implement their solutions. Especially new technologies provide answers to urgent questions about improving our climate footprint and the sustainable use of resources. New markets and exciting business models are emerging,” emphasizes Kai Panitzki, Managing Partner of BitStone Capital.

After the second closing, the Real Estate & Construction Tech Fund will continue to offer selected partners the opportunity to invest in the transformation of the industry until the end of the year, thus not only making a lucrative investment, but also offering the chance to actively shape the change.

About BitStone Capital

BitStone Capital is a venture capital investor focusing on innovative and sustainable technology companies in the real estate and construction sector. Beyond financing, BitStone Capital catalyzes the growth of its Real Estate- and Construction-Tech portfolio companies with its extensive network, unique industry know-how and -access, as well as specific expertise in new technologies. With its investments, BitStone Capital would like to make a contribution to the sustainable and future-proof transformation of the real estate and construction industry.

smino closes series A financing round of CHF 3 million from major investors

Rapperswil, 30 September 2021 smino has secured investment from leading German PropTech VC BitStone Capital and major Swiss venture capital investors in a oversubscribed Series A financing round. The Swiss construction project platform provider will now have CHF 3.1 million of capital to invest in expanding its international operations and developing the platform.

Swiss PropTech startup smino provides a central hub for a variety of construction projects which significantly enhances collaboration between project teams, creating a data depository and increasing efficiency of construction projects. Over 17,000 clients already use smino to focus on the core responsibilities of their projects and use more effective workflows.

To pursue market leadership in open BIM project management, smino has secured financing of CHF 3.1 million following the Series A round. The lead investor is BitStone Capital. Further investors are EquityPitcher Ventures, Swiss Startup Capital, Session VC, Swiss Immo Lab, AXEPT Business Software AG and Conreal.

“The smino team impressed us and our partners with their all-in-one software solution for construction project management. We are delighted to be on board as they expand into new markets and continue to enhance their digital project management platform”, said Manfred Heid, Managing Partner of BitStone Capital.

Digital innovation convinced investors

The innovative platform smino is gaining demand as a digital tool for the planning and execution of construction projects. “The investors were impressed by the innovative platform and by the stellar growth figures which have made smino the leading provider of digital construction solutions on the Swiss market” continued Manfred Heid.

“smino has managed to generate rapid growth and become a key player in the construction industry. They’re now expanding, and we’re convinced that this outstanding team has what it takes to rapidly succeed”, added Guy Giuffredi from Swiss Startup Capital.

Planned expansion in Switzerland and in Europe

“The brisk construction industry, combined with growing demand for suitable digital solutions for managing construction projects, has created a very attractive market environment for us”, said Silvio Beer, co-founder, and Managing Partner of smino. The founders observe major growth potential for their startup following the successful round of financing. Co-Founder Sandor Balogh explained: “The Series A round will allow us to build upon our market-leading position in Switzerland and expand internationally. In Europe we are establishing a further office in Germany. In addition, the capital will be used to further develop smino technically and functionally.

To this end, more tasks from the construction industry such as Lean Construction and Integrated Project delivery could be enhanced with artificial intelligence.”

About smino:

smino was founded in 2016 by Sandor Balogh and Silvio Beer with the aim of providing a digital tool to help the construction industry overcome everyday challenges. Successful delivery of construction projects and customer satisfaction are their top priority. Their vision of an all-in-one platform to enhance collaboration, information management and efficiency became a reality when smino was launched at the Swissbau 2018 trade fair. The company now has 26 employees, who work hard to ensure that over 17,000 customers across Germany, Austria and Switzerland can focus on what matters most: construction. The smino team fosters close relationships with its customers and partners, with the aim of shaping the future of the construction industry together.

www.smino.ch

Upmin closes financing round of 4 million euros

Berlin-based PropTech start-up Upmin has raised more than €4 million in seed investment in a funding round closed in August. Upmin is newly launched with its platform solution as a modern service provider for real estate owners and tenants.

Henning Frank, Founder and CEO of Upmin

Renowned companies and investors participated in the financing round, including the venture firm P3A Ventures of serial founder Jannes Fischer, the investor Christian Angermayer with his family office Apeiron Investment Group, Germany’s leading venture capitalist for PropTech investments BitStone, the MDAX company Scout24, and Swiss Life, a leading provider of pension and financial solutions. Likewise, investors Marc Stilke, former ImmoScout24 CEO, Christian Gaiser, founder of Numa Stays and Bonial.com, and Jan Sprengnetter, owner of Germany’s largest real estate appraiser, as well as other renowned angel investors participated in the financing round.

Real Estate and Start-up expertise

Founder and CEO of Upmin is Henning Frank. He has 15 years of start-up experience, especially in the areas of strategy and scaling. During this time, he was responsible for three independent startups in the real estate industry, among others, most recently as CEO at online real estate financer ZINSLAND. Prior to that, he worked as Managing Director at real estate broker DAHLER & COMPANY.

“Our goal is clear: We want to be the number 1 for professional property management. After just one year, we are already managing more than 1,000 units throughout Germany. With the financial support of our new partners, we will continue to expand our services and enhance our modern and intelligent solutions. Our focus is on growth – which is why we are reviewing the market for strategic acquisitions and intensively looking for suitable partners in the field of management with whom we can work together locally,” says Henning Frank.

The PropTech start-up intends to use the financing round not only to make strategic acquisitions, but also to accelerate its own growth. Upmin plans to hire around 25 additional employees from the areas of development, sales and administration in the coming months, thus more than doubling the young team.

Revolutionize property management

“The concept of Upmin with holistic services for real estate management convinced us just as much as the industry knowledge and technological know-how of the expert team around Henning Frank. We see enormous growth potential in Upmin and look forward to accompanying the platform on its further growth path,” says Kai Panitzki, Managing Partner BitStone Capital.

Upmin’s mission is to revolutionize the way real estate is managed in a sustainable way. The team focuses in particular on customer satisfaction as well as a simple customer experience. To achieve this, transparency is one of the most important cornerstones. Homeowners and landlords can view all data, activities and progress in their Upmin customer account at any time and from any location or device. To achieve this, the PropTech start-up relies on state-of-the-art technology. The digital platform solution automates and accelerates processes that would otherwise require a lot of manual effort. This saves time and money. Upmin thus offers owners and landlords a complete all-round carefree management package with all the important functions for professional property management. With an optional rental package, Upmin also provides support in the search for tenants – from creating the advertisement to marketing, conducting viewings, acceptance and handover of the property. Upmin’s target group includes, in particular, people who are looking for a central point of contact to bundle and manage all aspects of their property.

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