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The digital revolution is still in its infancy, yet even now the
transition from offline businesses to the web is impacting almost every
branch of industry. This development is spawning exciting new business
models with substantial growth potential. This is where Acton invests
growth capital. Our focus lies on companies in the consumer Internet
segment. Our key criteria: potential market leadership coupled with a
functioning, scalable business model and strong entry barriers. Acton is
active in Europe and North America.
Supporting fast-growing companies is our passion. We see ourselves not only as investors, but also as dependable strategic and operational navigators, guiding our portfolio companies as they head for leadership in national and international markets. Our drive is centered on developing these companies in partnership with their founders. And demonstrating sound judgment, enthusiasm and decisiveness en route.
Helping company founders evolve their businesses sustainably – that's what counts for us. We take a long-term approach: our goal is to establish successful business models and genuine brands, and to generate values. Values that last. That is why we engage ourselves in the portfolio companies over several years. By pursuing this investment strategy, we have helped many of our portfolio companies become market leaders – including brands like Mytheresa, Etsy, Zooplus, AbeBooks, HolidayCheck and OnVista.
Since 1999 we have invested more than EUR 350 million in more than 65 Internet-based business models, in the process posting a well-above-average return on four generations of funds. Our own company founders have been working together for over 15 years, and the Acton team as a whole can call on 200 years of investment experience. Moreover, it is ideally networked with both companies and investors. All of these factors have contributed to create one of the most successful European venture portfolios in the consumer Internet segment.
Berlin, 18.12.2018 Vimcar, a Berlin based SaaS startup for fleet management, today announced their $13M Series B round, led by Acton Capital with participation from existing investors Coparion, UVC Partners and Atlantic Labs. This round of financing will further fuel Vimcar’s growth and ambition to build the one-stop fleet management solution for SMBs. With a funding total to date adding up to $21M, Vimcar is on its way to become Germany's most promising connected car startup.
Founded by Andreas Schneider, Christian Siewek and Lukas Weber, Vimcar originally launched with a pure mileage logging product (to track business mileage for taxation purposes), but then quickly extended their offering with a fleet management platform - specifically designed for the needs of small to medium-sized companies. With its easy to use OBD aftermarket hardware and various applications for drivers and fleet managers, Vimcar has already connected more than 50,000 cars. Still focusing on the German market, Vimcar managed to acquire major customers like Allianz, Zalando, Ford, Knauf, Adecco and Deutsche Bahn.
Co-Founder and Managing Director Christian Siewek: “When it comes to business vehicles, the to-do lists for SMBs seem to be endless. Vimcar aims at digitizing the entire vehicle management cycle and already automates many of their customers’ daily routines. We help companies to focus on their actual business instead of wasting time on fleet administration.” Since the Series A financing in March 2017, the product has been continuously extended: today Vimcar does not only allow for compliant mileage logging but also covers route tracking, driver licence checks, contract management, geo-fencing, cost data documentation, fuel card integrations and booking of pool cars.
The funding comes as the company is facing the next level of growth in the B2B market for fleet management. The new capital will be used to accelerate development, to expand its product offerings, as well as for investments into more aggressive sales and marketing activities alongside entering new markets outside Germany. With Acton Capital (investors in Finanzcheck, HomeToGo, Etsy, OnVista and Zooplus), one of the major players in the European VC landscape is investing in Vimcar. According to Managing Partner Dr. Christoph Braun, “Vimcar has built an excellent SaaS solution that is addressing clear pain points of SMEs and is getting a very strong market feedback as a result. Vimcar clearly has the potential to become a core element of tomorrow's business mobility.”
In addition to the Series B funding round, the company announces their compatibility via BMWs direct API (BMW CarData). Compatible BMW vehicles can now use Vimcar products without the need of additional aftermarket hardware. The company views BMWs decision to “open up”as trend-setting for the entire industry and expects other manufacturers to follow. Siewek: “The future of connected cars doesn’t have to be shaped in Silicon Valley. If the German OEMs join forces with innovative startups, they will remain at the forefront of connected vehicle services.“
About Vimcar: Vimcar is a SaaS and IoT startup based in Berlin offering an innovative fleet management solution. The company has already connected more than 50,000 vehicles, among which are large enterprises such as Allianz, Zalando, Ford, Adecco, Knauf and Deutsche Bahn. Vimcar´s target segment however are SMBs with fleets up to 100 cars. The company was founded by Andreas Schneider, Christian Siewek and Lukas Weber after conducting a research project at the University of St.Gallen (Switzerland) when they saw the opportunity of building an independent company offering to connect services cross-OEM. Today the company has more than 90 employees and several major cooperation partners, e.g. Lexware and DATEV (German market leaders for accounting software) or Mediamarkt. For more information please visit vimcar.de/aboutus or vimcar.de/presse