Berlin-based maritime tech venture studio Flagship Founders has announced it closed a funding round of €3.5 million. It will expand its team while continuing to set up and spin-off further ventures.
The round is led by F. Laeisz and includes Starthub Ventures and Flagship Founders' founding partner Auerbach Schifffahrt. Several angel investors are also involved in the round including Jürgen Ringbeck and Philipp Ahrenkiel.
"Flagship Founders successfully connects the start-up scene with the maritime industry. With its existing network, equipped with a solid financial base, Flagship Founders will become an important player in the digital transformation process of the maritime industry," says Niko Schües, CEO of F. Laeisz Group. "The team around Malte Cherdron and Fabian Feldhaus and the previous successes of the already spun-off startups have convinced us. We are pleased to be part of Flagship Founders with immediate effect and to jointly drive digital innovations in the maritime industry."
Flagship Founders was founded in May 2020 to introduce new technologies and innovation to the maritime industry. To date Flagship Founders has three successful spin-outs - Kaiko Systems, Tilla Technologies and zero44.
"The industry wants to modernise and digitalise, and we want to play a decisive role in shaping this development," says Fabian Feldhaus, co-founder and Managing Director of Flagship Founders. "For us, in addition to the financial investment, the expertise and network of our shareholders are particularly important. Our partners from the industry support the development of ideas and provide access to the market. They are therefore an important factor in the success of our startups. The investment in Flagship Founders from F. Laeisz and others among the most traditional Hamburg shipping companies is clear proof that the industry is convinced by our expertise and methodology."