German Proptech Firm Sensorberg Closes Multi-Million Euros Financing Round
New investors BAUWENS digital, SIGNA Innovations, and SURPLUS Invest join Sensorberg
Fresh capital secures further expansion and product investment for holistic digitalization of buildings
Berlin, 15 January 2019 – Sensorberg, the Berlin-based proptech company specializing in the holistic digitalization of office and residential real estate, from building access, to interactive communications, centralized facility management, sensors and digital lockers, has closed a new financing round for a mid-single-digit million Euro amount and added a number of strategic tech investors to its equity base.
Specialist proptech investors BAUWENS digital GmbH, the technology division of the BAUWENS Group, and SIGNA Innovations, a subsidiary of the SIGNA Group, and SURPLUS Invest GmbH, a venture capital company specializing in the proptech field, participated among existing shareholders in the latest financing round and joined Sensorberg for the first time
Michael von Roeder, CEO of Sensorberg, said: “The demands being placed on real estate in today’s ever more connected world are changing dramatically and buildings themselves have to become more intelligent, which offers enormous potential in terms of efficiency and cost savings. Sensorberg’s technology achieves this by integrating the real-time management of the physical space with the daily requirements of the user to create a truly networked system that goes far beyond traditional bricks and mortar. Our leadership in this field has been recognized by the caliber of the new specialist proptech investors we have attracted in our latest financing round.”
Sensorberg’s technology is based on an open platform, which combines controlled access, sensor technology, and an entire building management system. The proptech company provides both the hardware and software and these components can be coupled with all common third-party systems. Real estate owners and operators can thereby use targeted data analysis to make property management more effective and efficient, with users, for example, able to regulate temperature, open digital lockers, or book meeting rooms via any mobile device.
Once installed in a new or existing building, the platform can be expanded at any time, with a wide range of features available from external providers.
Alexander Jacobi, managing partner at BAUWENS, said: “Sensorberg is an important anchor investment for us and a central component of our smart properties of tomorrow. Sensorberg is already being used in our current projects and we are pleased that digitalization is becoming a reality in the real estate industry.”
Jürgen Fenk, CEO of SIGNA Innovations and a member of the executive Board of the SIGNA Group, added: “With its integrated solutions, Sensorberg is making a significant contribution to the digitalization of the real estate industry and is clearly ahead of other providers in terms of compatibility and openness. We see the strategic partnership with Sensorberg as an opportunity to actively advance and shape the transformation of the industry and of course this also applies to our own assets.”
Jannis Roser, managing partner at SURPLUS Invest GmbH, said: “Sensorberg has the potential to establish itself as the tech platform of the real estate industry. Through data-driven analysis and the interaction of hardware, app and platform components, Sensorberg enables users to more efficiently control and utilize buildings of all types. The company is setting new smart building standards in Germany and we are delighted to be part of this exciting journey together with Michael von Roeder and his team.”
Both SIGNA’s Fenk and SURPLUS Invest’s Roser will become members of Sensorberg’s advisory board.
About SENSORBERG GmbH
Sensorberg GmbH, based in Berlin, develops hardware and software for the digitalization and automation of buildings. The proptech specializes in solutions for co-working spaces, commercial and residential real estate, and self-storage. Sensorberg installs access control systems and equips buildings with a comprehensive digital infrastructure, enabling simple and transparent control of all building processes via smartphone or tablet. Use cases include room booking, temperature control, the opening of lockers, visitor management, etc. The intelligent technology can be connected to all existing management systems. By evaluating the collected data, operators or owners can manage their buildings more effectively and efficiently. When implementing individually tailored building solutions, Sensorberg is able to fuse multiple manufacturers and access systems by connecting them to the open IoT platform. The proptech currently employs 30 people.
About BAUWENS digital GmbH
With BAUWENS digital, BAUWENS continues its successful history as a pioneer. Founded in 1873 as a family business with Cologne roots, we combine decades of experience, competence and market knowledge with the new opportunities in digitalization. We invest in trend-setting business models around the real estate industry – always with the focus to change the future of the industry with smart technologies and increase the comfort of users.
About SIGNA Innovations
SIGNA sees digitalization as an opportunity and wants to become a pioneer and driver of digital services and new business models. The aim of SIGNA Innovations Selection AG is to build up and accelerate start-ups and their business models with capital, our own resources, know-how, and network and to integrate innovative products into the SIGNA value chain.
About SURPLUS Invest GmbH
SURPLUS Invest is a venture capital company based in Munich with a focus on B2B SaaS and proptech. SURPLUS Invest invests in business models that operate in dynamic growth markets and offer sustainable added value for their customers. As an early-stage investor, SURPLUS Invest is constantly on the lookout for impressive founders whose products will sustainably redefine markets.