High-Tech Gründerfonds, Seedfonds Baden-Wuerttemberg and InnoWerft invest in the e-mobility company Chargepartner GmbH
Chargepartner GmbH provides a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform technology that enables business customers to efficiently operate their own electric vehicle charging infrastructure. By focusing on the needs of the charge point operators as well as e-mobility service providers, Chargepartner has developed a modular service solution for the authorization, management and billing of vehicle charging procedures as well as for the management of user contracts. The solutions provided by Chargepartner are white-label, multi-tenant capable and scalable for businesses ranging from a single charging point to multinational customers like SAP or well known fast food chains.
Thanks to the market entry of attractive electric vehicles (EVs) and the advent of mass production of electric cars by all relevant manufacturers, both business and private customers are switching to electric cars. The result is a dramatic improvement of the ecological balance and the cost savings.
Today the management of infrastructure charging equipment lacks transparency, efficiency and ease of use for both operator and user. Handling and billing multiple users on one or many charging spots per day is complex and financially unattractive. Moreover, the charging of EVs can impose temporary peak loads on the local electricity grid which are costly for the site-operator and can exceed the capacities of the local infrastructure. Chargepartner is set to offer intelligent management systems based on SaaS-technology to overcome these hurdles and further pioneer the way for the success of e-mobility.
Thanks to Chargepartner’s software platform, customers such as large corporations, retailers or energy suppliers are now able to manage their charging infrastructure and the e-mobility services in a simple and efficient manner.
“Our software-as-a-service platform reduces customers’ administrative costs and allows the implementation of new business models in the energy sector,” state Frank Thurecht and Thomas Gehler, CEO and CTO of Chargepartner GmbH, regarding the advantages of the new platform.
Chargepartners’ SaaS – or, to be more precise, “Business as a Service” – consists of multi-tenant, white-label software modules, that manage the charging stations and the corresponding user contracts. Chargepartner owes its unique market position to its independence of car manufacturers, energy suppliers and charging station manufacturers. The company, together with other leading providers, takes part in the development of international roaming standards to support full roaming capability.
The investors’ syndicate consists of HTGF as the lead-investor, MBG Baden-Württemberg managing the Seedfonds BW and the Walldorf’s based incubator InnoWerft GmbH.
Hans-Heinrich Siemers, innoWerft’s managing director about Chargepartner: „With Chargepartner’s comprehensive SaaS solution for managing charging infrastructures a necessary prerequisite for the success of e-mobility is fulfilled. E-mobility projects can now be very easily implemented.
“In addition to the intelligent platform solution, we were also convinced by the business model’s international scalability. It allows Chargepartner to attract businesses and corporations world wide and carries with it a substantial growth potential,” adds Dr. Josef Walek, investment manager of MBG Baden-Württemberg, managing the Seedfonds BW.
About MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH
MBG invests in small and medium-sized companies across different industries based in Baden-Wuerttemberg. The investments range from €25,000 up to €2,5 million. The MBG invests in all stages from seed to start-up and later stage. The MBG is a publicly supported private equity firm. It works closely together with the Buergschaftsbank Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH and receives support from the federal state of Baden-Württemberg and the German government.
About Seedfonds BW
Together with the High-Tech Gruenderfonds the Seedfonds BW supports technology companies based in Baden-Wuerttemberg in the early start-up or seed stage with private equity. The investors of Seedfonds BW are the federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs), the L-Bank, LBBW Venture Capital GmbH and MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Wuerttemberg GmbH.
MBG Mittelständische Beteiligungsgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg GmbH
Dr. Josef Walek
Tel.: +49 0711 1645-786
Fax: +49 0711 1645-8786
About innoWerft – Technologie- und Gründerzentrum Walldorf Stiftung GmbH
innoWerft supports hightech and software startups with an attractive network. As a strong partner, innoWerft offers comprehensive services in design, development, and go-to-market activities. In a close cooperation it enables to open up markets for trend-setting IT-solutions. innoWerft provides business infrastructure, coaching- und consulting services and access to financial instruments. innoWerft is coaching partner of High-Tech Gründerfonds.
The shareholders of innoWerft are SAP SE, the city of Walldorf and the FZI – Research Center for Information Technology representing county Baden-Württemberg.
innoWerft – Technoloie- und Gründerzentrum Walldorf Stiftung GmbH
Phone: +49 6227 7349500
About High-Tech Gruenderfonds
High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the KfW Banking Group, as well as strategic corporate investors including ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 576 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 304 million HTGF II).