Blickfeld, the start-up developing breakthrough high performance and mass-producible LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensing technology, has announced the extension of its Series A funding to $31 million. New Future Capital (NFC), a private equity firm that provides growth capital primarily in Asia, North America, and Europe, was won as a new investor.
The extension of financing comes at a time of significant growth for Blickfeld’s business, as well as its expansion into new markets. The company plans further development of sensors and software which continue to revolutionize the reliable capturing and utilization of 3D data.
Founded in 2017, Blickfeld develops and produces LiDAR sensors and perception software, its solutions providing high-resolution 3D environmental information enabling groundbreaking applications spanning from autonomous transportation and mobility, through to smart cities, industrial use, and security.
Since the last funding, Blickfeld has already taken significant steps forward in launching products to market, including the series production launch of its versatile 3D-LiDAR sensors, Cube 1 and Cube Range 1, for multiple industrial applications. The company also executed multiple large-scale rollout projects, such as passenger flow detection at airports and volume measurement of bulk material in product warehouses.
In addition to the company’s current resellers in 13 countries, the new financing round will support the opening of offices in the U.S. and Asia, therefore promoting Blickfeld’s international foothold. The new offices will be dedicated to expanding Blickfeld’s network of integrators thus making products accessible in applications worldwide faster and in larger quantities, serving the growing demand in the U.S. and Asia as key markets. Alongside growth into new markets, the number of employees will rise significantly with a focus on the sales team.
Early in 2022, Blickfeld will add to its product range with new breakthrough perception software technology with features including object detection, classification, tracking, and counting. Fields of application for this new product include the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry, smart traffic, security, and people analytics.
“The additional funding in this round of investment signals the continued confidence our investors hold in our vision to capture and analyze the world with a comprehensive solution,” said Dr. Mathias Müller, co-founder and CEO of Blickfeld. “We are proud to say that our solutions are now being utilized by businesses and organizations across the globe. Now we are accelerating on our journey of internationalization and strive to further diversify our unique product range through this funding. Our new investor NFC’s strong network in Asia and the U.S. will be of great value for Blickfeld to gain a firm foothold in the U.S. and Asia quickly and substantially.”
Jörg Strauß, Senior Vice President & General Manager Business Line Visualization & Laser at ams OSRAM, said, “As a long-term partner, we have been supporting Blickfeld from the beginning. Combining their proprietary MEMS technology with our industry leading 905 nm Edge Emitting Laser components, Blickfeld’s sensors show the capabilities of scanning LiDAR technology in real-world use cases and in industrial scale. We are looking forward to accompany their growth path in the future.”
Tiffany Luo, CEO at New Future Capital, added, “We are delighted to be supporting Blickfeld during this exciting period of growth. The opportunities ahead for the business and its technology in providing groundbreaking new perspectives for major industries across the globe are inspiring. We look forward to bringing in our expertise and broad network in the U.S. and Asia and being a part of the company’s successes as it enters new markets and continues to demonstrate its market potential.”