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PlanRadar raises €30m for global expansion

8 March 2020 | By Andrew Pring

PlanRadar, a leading software-as-a-service solution for digital documentation and communication in construction and real estate projects, has secured €30m in venture capital – or so-called Series A funding.

Insight Partners, one of the largest global software investors headquartered in New York, led this investment round, with e.ventures and existing investors Cavalry Ventures, Berliner Volksbank Ventures and aws Gründerfonds also participating.

Insight has a strong track record in the project management software area, including Primavera, which was acquired by Oracle, and has extensive experience in helping software companies in the DACH region scale internationally, including Vienna-based Tricentis, a global leader in automated software testing.  

This capital is earmarked for strategic expansion into nine new territories worldwide and deepening its foothold into its already-established markets.

You can expect to see further technological innovation and growth, increased savings for customers on a global scale, and a real shift in the way construction and real estate looks at handheld technology.– Ibrahim Imam, PlanRadar

PlanRadar is used for construction documentation, defect and task management, certifications, maintenance, handovers, and more. Via a web application (for all browsers) and by means of apps for all smartphones and tablets (iOS, Android, Windows), the acquisition, documentation, communication and tracking of any kind of information is made possible on the basis of a digital floor plan or architectural plan.

The company, headquartered in Vienna, has more than 7,000 customers from 43 different countries.

Thomas Krane, principal at Insight Partners, said: “As the world of construction and property management undergoes a fundamental shift toward a digital future, PlanRadar has become a trusted partner in the industry, enabling their customers to build better buildings and ensure infrastructure works are on time and on budget. Our investment underscores the confidence we have in PlanRadar’s category-leading technology, and we look forward to supporting them as they scale up and continue their global expansion.”

Sander van de Rijdt, co-CEO and co-founder of PlanRadar, said: “We’ve dedicated our work to digitising an industry that remains overly reliant on pen and paper. 70% of our users’ report moving to PlanRadar from offline data collection. The sector has always suffered a reluctance to modernise on-the-ground communication, so an investment like this from such renowned investors is an indication of real belief in what we’ve created with PlanRadar.”

He continued: “It’s never easy to transform a sector, but with this boost of confidence and significant investment, we can continue our mission to transform the industry on a global scale. We appreciate the support and operational expertise of Insight Partners’ Onsite team and all our investors as we enter the next phase of PlanRadar’s journey.”

Ibrahim Imam, Co-CEO and co-founder of PlanRadar, said of the investment: “Last year was fantastic for the PlanRadar team across borders, and with this new capital we are eager to take this success even further. You can expect to see further technological innovation and growth, increased savings for customers on a global scale, and a real shift in the way construction and real estate looks at handheld technology.

“Our technology transcends language and age barriers on our construction and real estate sites – two of the biggest barriers – so the potential for adoption is huge.”

He continued: “Together with Insight Partners, e.ventures, and our existing investors we have found the optimal setup to accelerate growth and make PlanRadar the new global standard for communication and documentation in construction and real estate projects.”

Christian Miele from e.ventures said: “We are delighted to have a part to play in delivering the next stage of growth for PlanRadar. It has had a hugely successful year in 2019 and we are looking forward to strengthening their capabilities to further disrupt the sector.”

Stefan Walter, Managing Partner of Cavalry, added: “The digitalisation of the construction industry has gained enormous momentum in recent years. As a pioneer in the German-speaking markets, PlanRadar is ideally positioned to meet the high demand of international clients.”

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