Berlin, February 20, 2019 - The PropTech startup Vermietet.de receives fresh capital: with a mid-single-digit million amount, the ranks of investors are boosted by AXA, Berlin Technology Holding, Deutsche Bank, main incubator (research and development unit of the Commerzbank Group) and Swiss Life the growth of the real estate management portal. For the first time, the company builder and PropTech VC BitStone Capital are also involved. With the current financing round, Vermietet.de wants to continue to drive the already strong customer growth and to strengthen the platform. The focus is particularly on the integration of commercial real estate service providers, whose offers will supplement the functionalities of Vermietet.de in the future.
Mit der erfolgreich abgeschlossenen Finanzierungsrunde bauen die Freiburger ihre Kapazitäten weiter aus und reagieren so auf die große Nachfrage nach ihren Lösungen für die Bestandsdigitalisierung in der Immobilienwirtschaft. Die dotscene GmbH erfasst mit ihrer Technik für mobiles 3D-Laserscanning Immobilien von innen und außen, vom Boden und aus der Luft. Damit liefert sie vollständige und genaue Planungsgrundlagen zu einem Bruchteil der bisher benötigten Ressourcen. Diese werden beispielsweise von der Wohnungswirtschaft als digitaler Gebäudezwilling oder für Anwendungen im Bereich Industrie 4.0 eingesetzt.
With the successful completion of the round of financing, the Freiburger continue to expand their capacities and respond to the great demand for their solutions for inventory digitization in the real estate industry. With its technology for mobile 3D laser scanning, dotscene GmbH captures real estate from inside and outside, from the ground and from the air. Thus, it provides complete and accurate planning principles for a fraction of the resources previously required. These are used, for example, by the housing industry as a digital building twin or for applications in the area of Industry 4.0.
Hamburg, December 4, 2018. The shipping industry is one of the last global multi-billion dollar industries in which digitization has progressed so far. TecPier GmbH & Co. KG (TecPier) sees high development potential for digital business models in the maritime sector and will invest in selected startups. In addition, the young companies will be supported with operational resources and networked with established industry partners via TecPier. In addition, TecPier supports established companies as an external innovation partner and problem solver for digital transformation processes.
BitStone Capital is an internationally operating investor and company builder who, together with its shareholder Art-Invest Real Estate, not only selectively invests in innovative digital real-asset business models, but also accelerates their development with own resources: network, excellent industry know-how and specific expertise in new Technologies.
The digitization of real assets is progressing rapidly and new, highly attractive growth segments are emerging. This is exactly where BitStone Capital is positioned.
In more than 15 years of professional experience, Kai Panitzki has accumulated a wealth of experience and know-how as an entrepreneur and expert, above all in the technology and finance sector.
After a classic training as a banker and lawyer Kai began his career as an editor at Germany’s largest investor magazine “Der Aktionär”, where he gained valuable insight into the financial markets. In addition, he made intensive contacts with the venture capital scene.
In 1999 he moved to Bonn as a project manager for the BBDO subsidiary “Sponsor Partners”. Just one year later, he founded his own communications agency, from which “Scholz & Friends Düsseldorf” emerged in 2007, which Kai ran until January 2013. In parallel, 2007 he founded a company for press and social media monitoring, the “X-Ray PMD GmbH” and sold it in full to Scholz & Friends in 2009. In 2013, Kai became CEO of Börsenmedien AG, publisher of the investor magazine “Der Aktionär”. Kai took on various supervisory board and advisory mandates within the framework of his activities on the Management Board, some of which he still leads today. In 2015 he became CEO of the listed Finlab AG. Until his move to BitStone, he was responsible for strategy and communications. When Kai is not negotiating exciting deals, he is passionate about family, water sports, and reading many books.
Prior Stations: Börsenmedien AG, BBDO, Scholz and Friends / WPP, Finlab AG
Education: Banker (Sparkasse Köln / Bonn), lawyer (University of Bonn)
Ever since his teenage years, Manfred’s interest has been in special business ideas. With this deep-rooted instinct, he now supports the BitStone founding team in finding attractive investments and subsequent company building. After receiving his financial education, he experienced the visionary way of working of global early-stage investors and their criteria of success with a fund of funds. Immediately thereafter, he was able to contribute this valuable experience to the development of an investment company focused on infrastructure and financial investments. Subsequently, Manfred was instrumental in not only placing this company on the stock market, but ultimately also selling it to an international investor. His next station took him back to the roots, finding spectacular business models, at a company builder. Knowing very well the challenges of a successful launch, he also knows the importance of clear, open words. Mutual trust is “priceless” for him. Living in Cologne he would never deny his Eifel origin. There and in other breathtaking places in the world you can meet him on lonely paths – preferably without cell phone reception – to recharge the batteries.
Prior Stations: Deutsche Bank Private Equity, ADC African Development Corporation, crossbuilders
Education: Banker (Kreissparkasse Euskirchen), Dipl. Kfm. Banking & Finance (TH Cologne), M.Sc. Finance (Frankfurt School), Project & Infrastructure Finance Program (London Business School)
Lea studied economics / finance in Frankfurt am Main. During her studies she gained valuable practical experience, ia. at Deutsche Bank. In the investment team for mutual funds she learned valuable foundations for fund and market analysis, as well as financial market and product knowledge. At FinLab, where she became a working student she deepened her knowledge of FinTechs, venture capital and investment business. What she really fascinates is the always inspirational, innovative and current topics and people she gets confronted with in that business.
As part of the investment team at BitStone Capital Lea is always on the lookout for exciting and innovative business models.
Prior Stations: Deutsche Bank, Finlab AG
Education: B.Sc. Economics, Finance & Accounting (Goethe University Frankfurt) and Université Montpellier
Martin Bressem’s educational background lays within the studies of Media Management and Master of Business Administration with 10+ years of working-experience working at agencies, corporates and launching own startups. Most recently, he co-founded and exited detoxRebels (known by “Die Höhle der Löwen”, VOX) with the aim of inspiring people across the country in a rebellious way for a healthy lifestyle through innovative public events and corporate health management. Now, at BitStone Capital, Martin is Venture Development Manager, oversees portfolio startups and launches investment and company building processes. His core competencies are in the areas of strategic business development, brand building and Marketing.
Prior Stations: Chevrolet Germany, wrw united advertising agency, detoxRebels.
Education: B.A. Media Management (Macromedia University, Cologne), MBA (FOM, Cologne)
Already 30 years ago, Lars founded Flowfact, a software development company specializing in real estate. The focus was on innovative and practice-oriented digital models such as private bidding processes and the “Make Me Move” purchasing strategy. In addition to his many years at Flowfact, he invested in real estate projects and participated as a business angel in successful real estate start-ups, including allthings, Maklaro and vermietet.de.
As a member of the Management Board of Lycos Europe and of Adlink Media AG, which belongs to United Internet AG, Marc gained valuable experience in the internationalization of digital advertising models and in the development of agile product development processes. In 2009 he took over the role of CEO at Immobilienscout-24 and developed the platform into the leading marketplace for real estate. Marc has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2015 and develops digitization strategies for established companies. As an active business angel with a focus on PropTech, he invested in VRNow, Ogulo, Zinsbaustein and vermietet.de and initiated the industry accelerator.
At BitStone Capital, we focus on our portfolio companies. Through close cooperation with the founders, the contribution of our experience in the company building and technology sector as well as in the classic real estate sector, we support our portfolio in the different growth phases. Our knowledge, the network and the very entrepreneurial orientation form the basis of BitStone Capital.
Karlsruhe-based Inreal Technologies GmbH was founded in 2011 by young, technology-loving founders. The PropTech company develops realistic 3D simulations for office and residential real estate. With its high-resolution, customizable virtual reality software, the technology innovation leader enables project developers, builders, and asset managers to virtually tour their customers through planned buildings and refurbishment projects long before they are completed.
The simulations by Inreal Technologies create a clear added value for users: Planning can be presented vividly and in a time-effective manner, there are no costs for expensive prototypes and misunderstandings are avoided right from the start.
BIMsystems GmbH specializes in dealing with the planning method BIM and offers holistic advice to all those involved in the construction project. Innovative solutions are developed together with architects, specialist planners, component manufacturers, general contractors, wholesalers and many other stakeholders.
The focus is on the challenge of working with the parties involved (component manufacturers, architects, specialist planners, facility managers and operators) to jointly develop BIM objects, to ensure automation in the creation, maintenance and internationalization and to fulfill the requirements across the building lifecycle.
BRICKSPACES is a joint investment of BitStone Capital and the AC + X Strategic Investments GmbH of Aachener Grundvermögen. As the largest marketplace for temporary retail spaces, galleries and workspaces, BRICKSPACES currently has more than 1,850 locations in Europe to offer. Thanks to the high-quality interim rental, BRICKSPACES makes a significant contribution to the quality and image of pedestrian zones. BRICKSPACES, with its focus on short-term brokerage of retail stores and event / marketing space, is at the heart of the current transformation in an extremely dynamic market characterized by more and more companies implementing individual marketing and image strategies in the form of pop-up concepts.
Smartengine is a joint investment by BitStone Capital, the Zech Group and Art-Invest Real Estate. The smartengine from wtec GmbH is a revolutionary system that forms the basis of a smart building infrastructure with the help of a fine-meshed sensor network as well as real-time data and control. With smartengine, complex building infrastructures are a thing of the past.
SIMPLIFA is a joint investment with PROPTECH1. Simplifa offers real estate owners an all-round service in the area of elevator management with the help of Smart Building and Internet of Things technologies and already oversees more than 1,000 elevator systems today. Simplifa structures, optimizes and manages the elevator portfolios of its customers. The startup serves owners and elevator service companies as a central point of contact and acts as an expert on an equal footing in negotiations. Each elevator is technically committed and recorded in 360 ° shots to simulate a virtual elevator twin. In the event of system malfunctions, the maintenance company can ensure a much faster and more targeted repair thanks to the “Elevator Twin” without the prior dispatch of a technician. Thanks to Simplifa, the operating and maintenance costs of the lift are regularly reduced by about 30%.
The shareDnC (= share Desk and Coffee) GmbH is a young online company based in Cologne, which was founded in July 2015 and operates with www.shareDnC.com the first German-language and nationwide platform for flexible office solutions. shareDnC brings suppliers together with buyers and provides open jobs and available office space. The platform went live in September 2015. shareDnC currently has 20 employees and is represented in over 150 German and Austrian cities. The startup arranges around 1,000 sightseeing visits per month.
Synavision GmbH was founded by researchers from the TU Braunschweig and RWTH Aachen and develops digital methods of quality management for the construction industry. With its “digital test bench” software, it is possible for the first time to implement the quality assurance of building technology from planning to operation in digital form.
TecPier is the early-stage investor for maritime start-ups based in Hamburg. TecPier was founded by the Bremen-based shipping company Zeaborn, BitStone Capital and Inno Real. In addition to start-up financing, the maritime start-ups at TecPier also receive operational support and networking with the international shipping market. In addition, TecPier is positioning itself as an external innovation center for established companies and offers, among other Things, wqorkshops on the development of digital strategies.
Specializing in mobile 3D laser scanning, dotscene GmbH from Freiburg develops hardware and software for the efficient acquisition of 3D models. Mobile and independent of external references such as e.g. GPS is the laser scanner dotcube 600k developed by the citizens of Freiburg on drones, on foot and on vehicles alike. This is made possible by the Simultaneous Localization And Mapping (SLAM) algorithms of mobile robotics and 3D laser sensors in the field of autonomous driving. Building on this technology, the company creates CAD models, true-to-scale floor plans and façade projections for its real estate clients.
Vermietet.de is the innovative management platform for private property owners and property managers in Germany.The cloud-based software offers a variety of useful features, including automatic control of rental receipts, the collection of revenue and expenditure, the preparation of utility bills and the valuation of residential properties. The Berlin-based PropTech Startup was founded in 2016 by CEO Jannes Fischer and started in March 2017. Since then, Vermietet.de has been financed in several rounds by well-known investors from venture capital and the software and real estate Industry.
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