Construction tech startup koppla has raised €1.6 million in seed funding. The platform promises to bring all contractors involved in the process to the same table, resulting in an optimised experience from basement to loft. The Potsdam based startup was founded in April of 2020 at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI) and received a (previously undisclosed) pre-see investment from the HPI seed fund and angel investors in the summer of the same year. With the new funding, koppla plans to expand the technical aspects of their offer as well as make key hires in both tech and sales departments as it targets the top 1,000 construction companies and real estate developers in the DACH region.
Now, let’s call it like it is, koppla is far from alone in this construction site optimisation game; Munich’s Capmo and Berlin’s Cosuno spring to mind. However, where koppla stands apart is in their application of the lean methodology to the construction industry.
Looking at the construction site as a production system (which, it physically and actually is), koppla co-founders Jerome Lange, Lasse Steffen, and Marco Trippler are increasing the stability of, and optimising, the entire building process based on previous experiences. The status quo is a manual, ‘best-guess’ process. Koppla offers a digital and automated solution.
The startup already has some 20+ projects up and running with German contractors including MBN, HABAU and Heitkamp, accounting for a volume of over €500 million.
“With koppla, everything visibly comes together for efficient, streamlined construction. We sourced this very energetic team of founders through our academic network; they have a great tech stack that's evolving into a highly scalable product,” comments Earlybird UNI-X Partner Dr. Philipp Semmer. “We are ready to challenge the incumbents!”