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The Generalist vs. Specialist investor takes on Constru-Tech in 2024
We bring together two distinct perspectives on the burgeoning construction tech market. Our very own Patric Hellermann from Foundamental and Enrico Mellis from generalist investment firm Lakestar discuss different investor logics for Constru-Tech in 2024 and going forward.
Articles
Markets Observatory
AI, EVs and IPOs: What it tells us about construction trends
From billion-dollar unicorns in India to America's EV infrastructure push, the construction landscape is shifting. In this episode, we dive into InfraMarket's success, the challenges of electrifying everything, and the future of AI in construction.
Podcast
Markets Observatory
Furniture manufacturing: India's next cross-border B2B unicorn opportunity?
The global furniture manufacturing market has witnessed substantial growth in recent years, mostly driven by factors such as rising urbanization and increasing disposable incomes.
Articles
Asia-Pacific
Markets Observatory
Picking your next investor for your Constru-Tech startup? Consider these 7 steps and avoid harmful mistakes
036 | Navigating the VC Landscape⎟How to Choose the Right Investor for Your (Constru-Tech) Startup
Practical Nerds
Frameworks | Models
EU.VC interview with Foundamental: On investing in the recreation of the real world
A very deep-dive with Andreas, host of EU.VC, on Foundamental markets, core convictions, investment strategy, and the quirks that Foundamental finds so sexy about the AECS markets.
Podcast
Inside Foundamental
Thesis: Warehousing for Construction?
Construction is a supply chain game. The first principle is that it will always need buffering. Today, the site is the buffer. Tomorrow? For years we have been discussing this interesting opportunity in construction. It's time a dedicated founder diligenced this opportunity, and found out whether this thesis is for real.
AEC_VC
Frameworks | Models
Chemical manufacturing in India: A buzzing space
India's chemical manufacturing industry is a vital part of the nation's economy, projected to triple its global market share by 2040. The specialty chemicals segment stands out as the most robust, consistently showing a net trade surplus, driven by competitive labor costs and a favorable business environment. Ambitious entrepreneurs are seizing this opportunity by building B2B contract manufacturing marketplaces, providing R&D, quality assurance, and working capital financing to make SME manufacturers export-ready.
Articles
Asia-Pacific
Markets Observatory
Ofload raises $31M to support new supply chain analytics platform
The newly launched Carbon Analytics Platform (CAP) is Australia’s first fully automated solution for companies to measure carbon output through their supply chain. To launch the product, Ofload closed a $31 million financing deal, led by Yarra Capital Management with King River Capital and Jungle Ventures also reinvesting. The latest funding round values Ofload at $350 million, which is a value increase of more than 200 per cent in under two years.
Press
A-NZ
Supply | Marketplaces
Streaming Our New Community Letter: The Next 5 Years Of Foundamental and AEC-Tech
035 | Chasing Vertical Singularities | The Next 5 Years Of Foundamental and AEC-Tech | Streaming Our New Community Letter
Practical Nerds
Frameworks | Models
MARS doubles down on Infra.Market with new $50M investment at $2.5B valuation
MARS Unicorn Fund, a joint venture between AI-driven fund Liquidity Group and Japanese bank MUFG, is an existing backer of the Mumbai-headquartered startup, having invested $50 million in it in 2022. The new investment, a primary fundraise (structured with both debt and equity) by Infra.Market’s Singapore unit, values the startup at $2.5 billion — retaining the 2021 Series C’s valuation.
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Asia-Pacific
Supply | Marketplaces
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