Based in Helsinki Helen Ventures launched its 50 million euro fund a few years ago to invest in startups with the most innovative and transformative solutions in the sectors of energy, e-mobility, circular economy, decarbonization and digital solutions. As a member of Helen Ltd, an energy company, the venture capital firm joined Series A of node.energy, the energy transition startup. The startup raised 7 million euros in total. node.energy builds SaaS solutions for the planning and management of decentralized energy systems for commercial and industrial real estate. BitStone Capital, 10x founders, BonVenture joined the round as new investors. With them, its existing investors including High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and renowned business angels also participated in the German startup’s funding round, which allows them to invest in its software and platform.
Helen Ventures invests in energy transition startup node.energy
Energy transition startup node.energy raises €7m in Series A funding. A total of four new investors are joining the company, including Helen Ventures. Existing investors such as High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and renowned business angels are once again providing fresh capital.
The four new Series A investors were consciously selected. The funding round is led by Cologne-based VC BitStone Capital, the leading PropTech fund with strong expertise in the real estate sector. As co-investors, 10x Founders bring extensive experience in the software-as-a-service industry and impact investor BonVenture has a clear focus on sustainability. As an international energy investor, Helen Ventures is also participating in the financing round.
“Recent events further reinforce the importance of distributed energy solutions. node.energy’s software solution provides tools to simplify the processes needed to share sustainable energy. The solution provides an essential building block to enable a smooth transition to a more climate-friendly energy world as well as to build a more independent energy infrastructure,” said Doctor Terhi VapolaVice President, Director and Founder of Helen Ventures.
The “opti.node” software developed by node.energy simplifies the management of wind and solar power plants. As the “digital lubricant of the energy transition”, opti.node supports the fulfillment of many bureaucratic requirements, in particular: invoicing, tax forms and notifications to authorities can be easily created automatically with opti.node. The software is already used to manage around 10,000 wind and solar power plants, making node.energy the market leader in Germany.
However, for Matthias Kargerfounder and CEO of node.energy, this is just the beginning: “The future energy supply will be based on millions of renewable energy plants and each larger building will also be a power plant. Many new providers, such as property managers and citizen energy cooperatives, are driving change with new business models. In doing so, they are regularly confronted with the complicated rules and bureaucratic requirements of the energy market. This translates into huge market potential and new growth opportunities for us.
“Rising energy and CO2 prices and the desire for security of supply make renewable energy installations for real estate more attractive than ever. node.energy makes it easy for professional owners to assess this potential and operate plants successfully and with full legal certainty. I am happy to support the team in this socially important task,” Explain Marc StilkeVenture Partner at BitStone Capital and future Advisory Board Chairman at node.energy.
node.energy will therefore invest the seven million euros received in Series A in the further development of the software. The goal is to create a comprehensive software platform that enables professional plant operators in the commercial and real estate sectors to easily implement new business models such as direct solar power (e.g. electricity from tenants or power purchase agreements/PPA) and self-supply. . To this end, the software will be supplemented with additional functions and extended to an end-to-end solution platform.
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