PropTech aedifion raises further millions
- Drees & Sommer, BeyondBuild, Bauwens X as well as MOMENI extend group of investors including BitStone Capital, Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures and Business Angels
- Fresh capital invested in the consistent further development of the software to improve the CO₂ profile of existing and new properties
Cologne, Germany, December 13, 2021
Smart building specialist aedifion GmbH has received further growth capital from influential, industry-related investors in a pre-series A financing round. The seven-digit amount will be used to push the decarbonization of real estate portfolios digitally.
Ensuring ESG compliance
"Building efficiency is the biggest lever for achieving our climate objectives. In most buildings, we are able to start immediately without additional hardware investments," explains aedifion CEO Dr.-Ing. Johannes Fütterer. "On more than 1,000,000 m², our platform is already in operation to continuously and sustainably realize savings potential, ensuring ESG compliance and thus making real estate future-proof. With the support of our old and new investors, we are tapping into this future market even faster now and making a significant contribution towards climate neutrality."
To slow down climate change, action must be taken quickly. Last year, the real estate sector was the only sector in Germany not to meet the targets in the Climate Protection Plan 2050. As a result, the requirements for both existing and new buildings will rise sharply in the coming years. With the plug-and-play approach of the aedifion cloud platform, technical building operations are analyzed automatically and permanently optimized. The use of the solution can save several tons of CO₂ per building and year and refinances itself within a few months.
Huge potential for existing and new buildings
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bauer, responsible partner on the part of Drees & Sommer SE, underlines the potential of further cooperation: "CO₂ reduction in any portfolio begins with efficient data collection and targeted analysis and optimization of existing plant technology. After this, it can be sensibly decided which investments can be used to achieve further reductions in a modernization or refurbishment strategy. aedifion provides this data as a basis for decision-making, including in various Drees & Sommer buildings and projects."
In addition to Drees & Sommer, BeyondBuild, Bauwens X and MOMENI Digital Ventures, the seed round investors Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures and BitStone Capital are also participating in the now closed growth financing.
Since 2017, aedifion has been dedicated to the automated optimization of building technology based on many years of research at RWTH Aachen University. The company's cloud platform is used by over 50 well-known customers, including Art-Invest Real Estate, Commerz Real and ECE.
aedifion GmbH is a fast-growing PropTech based in Cologne, Germany, and operates the leading cloud platform for the optimization of non-residential buildings with more than 30 employees. The intelligent, AI-based software autonomously analyzes and regulates building operations in a way that increases energy efficiency and comfort, reduces CO₂ emissions, and minimizes operating costs.
ABOUT DREES & SOMMER
As a leading European consulting, planning and project management company, Drees & Sommer has been supporting private and public clients and investors in all matters relating to real estate and infrastructure - analog and digital - for more than 50 years. Through forward-looking consulting, the company offers solutions for successful buildings, high-yield portfolios, high-performance infrastructure, and livable cities. In interdisciplinary teams, the 4,000 employees at 43 locations worldwide support clients from a wide range of industries. The partner-managed company provides all its services on the premise of combining economy and ecology. This holistic approach is called "the blue way" at Drees & Sommer.
ABOUT BEYONDBUILD & BAUWENS X
BeyondBuild is the digitalization platform for real estate and, together with strategic investment partners, offers holistic solutions for digitalization and sustainability of real estate. For this purpose, BeyondBuild and Bauwens X invest in leading technology companies, or build them together with the founders. We offer capital with added value and see ourselves as a launchpad for innovative technology and operational business models. The goal is to build a holistic investment portfolio that uses an ecosystem approach to set the gold standard for tomorrow's buildings and neighborhoods.
Founded in 2004, the owner-managed and nationwide operating MOMENI Group is one of the leading investment managers specializing in the development as well as the management of high-quality real estate in inner-city locations of major German cities. The MOMENI Group invests in various structures with locally as well as internationally renowned partners and maintains the best relationships with first-class addresses in the financial world. In recent years, the MOMENI Group has invested a total volume of more than 6 billion euros.
ABOUT BITSTONE CAPITAL
BitStone Capital is a venture capital investor focused on innovative and sustainable technology companies in the construction and real estate industries. Beyond financing, BitStone Capital catalyzes the growth of its real estate and construction tech portfolio companies with its extensive network, unique industry knowledge and access, and specific expertise in emerging technologies. With its investments, BitStone Capital aims to contribute to the sustainable and future-proof transformation of the construction and real estate industry.
ABOUT PHOENIX CONTACT INNOVATION VENTURES
Phoenix Contact Innovation Ventures acts as an independent corporate venture capital company of the globally active Phoenix Contact Group, which is successfully established in the field of electrical engineering and automation. The company's corporate focus is on financing companies that are in the start-up to second stage of corporate development. In addition to financial investment, the company also supports Phoenix Contact Group with its industry and process network.
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