The ecological and social economics of the built environment are fundamentally broken. 39% of global CO2 emissions are produced during the construction and operation of buildings, labour productivity in the segment has remained unchanged since World War 2 and the poorest quintile of the European population is paying close to 50% of their income towards rent, making it impossible to break through the cycle into homeownership, while the value appreciation of the asset class over the past years benefitted only a privileged few.
We believe technology combined with entrepreneurial grit has the power to break up obsolete structures and transfer the entire industry for the better.
Pre-Seed to Series A
Between €300k and 3m
Our committed industry team possesses extensive investment experience in the Built World, encompassing both venture capital and real estate investments. Beyond offering industry-specific knowledge and resources to our portfolio companies, we actively engage with influential figures within the sector. By cultivating a diverse network of esteemed national and international industry leaders, such as developers, asset managers, construction companies, and manufacturers of materials and equipment, we actively facilitate access into the industry, fostering strategic partnerships and unlocking commercial synergies.
Buildings are the largest controlled infrastructure in the global economy, yet far from automated compared to other industries such as autonomous driving or manufacturing. In addition to reducing operational overhead and carbon emissions, autonomous buildings will play a critical role in achieving a smart city infrastructure by acting as agents in energy grids, collaborating with utilities and neighbourhood systems, and ultimately forming the backbone for future peer-to-peer networks.
While the circular economy has already become the norm in other industries, we have yet to see it happen for building components and materials. While demand for building materials such as steel are expected to double over the next 30 years, the circular economy will need to account for 45% of net-zero emissions in total. Technological applications in the built world will play a crucial role in maximizing use cycles and recyclability in the built environment. Pre-loved window frames might just be the thing in 2030.
Despite the unprecedented rise in global prosperity, economic growth around the world has led to social dislocation in housing affordability, particularly for many low- and middle-income households. While the ability of the built world to produce and manage buildings cost-effectively is paramount to addressing unaffordability in housing, alternative financing solutions and innovative consumer-driven real estate investment solutions are needed to democratize access to real estate.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of global energy consumption. Currently there are roughly 5000 net-zero buildings on the planet. Ensuring new buildings are sustainable and energy-efficient will be key to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. This enormous change can only be driven by technology and companies that successfully deliver measurable energy efficiency gains in buildings from sustainable design to low-emission equipment and management will be the winners of tomorrow.
With almost 10% of the global GDP, construction is one of mankind's largest industries, yet productivity has remained unchanged over the past 70 years, all the while other industries such as manufacturing have seen a 10x improvement. This sleeping giant is now at a tipping point and we will see dramatic change while the industry catches up with state-of-the-art technology. Leisure space travel has become real, but we don’t know where we parked the excavator? Come on...
As a venture capital investor in digital health, we bring significant value to our portfolio companies through our extensive network of investors and startups in the health sector, providing valuable connections and resources for growth. Additionally, our access to partners enables strategic collaborations and market opportunities. This includes our partnership with CSS, Switzerland’s leading health insurer, which we support in the implementation of its investment activities under the brand of SwissHealth Ventures. With our deep understanding of the industry and track record of successful deals in the segment, we offer expertise and guidance to help our portfolio companies navigate the complex landscape and maximize their potential.