Foundamental becomes first construction tech investor with a unicorn in its portfolio

Feb 25, 2021

Berlin/San Francisco/Singapore, February 25, 2021 – Foundamental, the largest global investor in construction technology, today announced that Infra.Market, a technology firm they invested in early on, has raised $100 million in its Series C funding, making it the first construction tech unicorn in South/Southeast Asia. The round, Foundamental participated in, was led by Tiger Global, with the other existing investors Accel Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Evolvence India Fund, and Sistema Asia Fund also investing.

“Infra.Market has built not just the market-leader in the space of procurement for construction, but created an entirely new playbook for manufacturing & distribution of materials, a $200+ Billion market with significant tailwinds. In the process, they have also consistently delivered a rare, best-in-class combination of growth and profitability. We are incredibly proud to be a part of their story”, says Shubhankar Bhattacharya, General Partner at Foundamental and responsible for their Asia Pacific investments.

Infra.Market was founded by Souvik Sengupta and Aaditya Sharda in 2016. They offer a one-stop shop for construction materials and products, combining an asset-light procurement and distribution network with a curated supply chain of manufacturers.

“We are digitally transforming the highly inefficient construction materials supply chain in India by aggregating the capacity of small manufacturers and adding our cutting-edge technology and services stack. We are seeing rapid acceleration in demand as infrastructure and real-estate companies are looking to shift their procurement to get consistent quality and minimise delays”, explains co-founder Souvik Sengupta.

Infra.Market is only the 6th construction-specific unicorn so far and the first of its kind in South/Southeast Asia. “If anyone needed further proof here it is: construction tech is inflecting big time. Infra.Market is the fastest unicorn we have seen so far and a telling proof that new and tech-based business models succeed in construction. It also shows that construction tech is truly global and has left behind its US focus”, Bhattacharya adds.

About Foundamental
Foundamental is the largest global investor in construction technology. We recognize global opportunities across markets, from Asia-Pacific over to Europe to North America, and partner with exceptional founders from the earliest stages throughout their venture life cycle. Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter, or on www.foundamental.com.

About Infra.Market

Infra.Market is an India-based technology company trying to change the way construction and real estate companies procure material for their projects. We are ushering in the next normal in construction: Reshaping the world’s largest ecosystem through technology – every process and every product. We are 300+ strong and headquartered in Mumbai. With centers across India, we have regional offices in Noida, Gurugram, Delhi, Kochi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, and Nashik. www.infra.market

Foundamental co-leads one of Europe’s largest Seed rounds of 2020 for 011h

Barcelona/Berlin, December 14, 2020 – Foundamental, the largest global investor in construction technology, today announced that it has co-led a €10M Seed financing for 011h, a next-generation tech-enabled general contractor for high-quality, affordable and sustainable multi-family homes based in Europe. The company uses technology for the design and construction of sustainable, healthy, and affordable residential buildings. The round is among the ten largest Seed rounds in Europe in 2020.

“We are drawn to founders who fix the general contracting issue with full-service models built around an integrated tech and supplier stack and with sustainable supply chains”, says Patric Hellermann, General Partner at Foundamental.

Lucas Carné, co-founder and co-CEO of 011h, believes “there is a common denominator between all the investors that have put their faith in us. They’re innovative, socially responsible and share our vision of 011h as the best opportunity to revolutionize a sector that they know well.”

José Ojeda, co-founder and COO, notes that “our success will be to achieve a radical transformation of the construction industry we know today into a sector which is more industrial, collaborative, technological, efficient, transparent, and sustainable.” Ojeda added: “Furthermore, the transformation of the industry will help create a range of high-quality homes at affordable prices.”

In the founding team Carné (Privalia) and Ojeda (Lyst, GFG) are joined by José Manuel Villanueva and Josep Barbera (Privalia, Mango), Juan Velayos (Neinor Homes, Renta) and Alex Valls (Social Point).

Over the past 9 months, Foundamental observes a new type of tech-enabled general contractors and home developers in major markets such as the USA, India, Indonesia and now also Europe. Different from earlier companies such as Katerra, who follow an asset-heavy approach, Foundamental observes a shift to asset-light contracting models. Since January 2020, Foundamental estimates that more than $200M of early-stage funding were invested into tech-enabled home-builders. “We see an inflection”, says Hellermann.

011h marks the sixth investment globally that Foundamental has made into tech-enabled home-builders in Asia, North America and Europe. The team’s previous investments in the space include Mighty BuildingsWelcome Homes, and Brick & Bolt.

As to why Foundamental made 011h its first tech-enabled home-builder to back outside Asia and North America, Patric Hellermann said: “The team delivered big successes in home building, supply chain optimization and consumer plays. Their expertise transfers well to build multi-family homes cleaner and faster with their unique platform approach. We are proud to partner with one of the most accomplished founder teams in Europe.”

Foundamental is joined by co-investors A/O PropTech, Giuseppe Zocco, the co-founder of Index Ventures, and Cultivate, the Angel Network founded by Blossom Capital.

About Foundamental
Foundamental is the largest global investor in construction technology. We recognize global opportunities across markets, from Asia-Pacific over to Europe to North America, and partner with exceptional founders from the earliest stages throughout their venture life cycle. Follow the firm via LinkedIn and Twitter, or on www.foundamental.com.

About 011h
011h is a new-generation construction company. The company is revolutionizing the construction industry by using technology to build high-quality smart buildings and create healthy, sustainable lives. Founded in 2020, with an end- to-end construction model, 011h aims to lead the digitalization and industrialization of the construction sector to achieve reduced costs and timescales and greater reliability. 011h’s philosophy relies on the establishment of a new model of collaboration within the construction industry, based on transparency and focusing on people. More on www.011h.com.

About A/O PropTech
A/O PropTech, founded in early 2019 by Swiss entrepreneur Gregory Dewerpe, is the largest Proptech VC firm in Europe, with a current €250mn evergreen capital fund which invests in technology companies transforming real estate into a more digital, efficient, and accessible asset class, by applying innovative technologies and business models. More on www.aoproptech.com.

About Cultivate
Cultivate is an Angel Network made up of founders and operators from European Unicorns, founded by Blossom Capital, and looking to back the most exceptional European Founders. More on www.cultivate.capital.

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