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Investments

141

Portfolio Exits

23

Funds

4

Partners & Customers

1

About Lakestar

Lakestar enjoys investing in Internet and technology companies, with a specific focus on business models that can achieve global scale quickly.

Lakestar Headquarter Location

Bahnhofstrasse 18

Zurich, 8001,

Switzerland

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Latest Lakestar News

£10.5m seed funding for warehouse AI robots startup

Jun 27, 2022

£10.5m seed funding for warehouse AI robots startup BotsAndUs, which aims to achieve ‘zero-error warehousing operations’, backed by Lakestar and other leading VCs Share: Intelligence and robotics company BotsAndUs has secured £10.5 million in seed funding to expand its logistics-disrupting solution globally. The London company collects real-time insights using fully autonomous, mobile robots to quickly process pallets at every stage in their journey throughout a warehouse. Triggered by the arrival of goods, the robots capture the volume and condition as they enter and leave the warehouse. The same robots scan goods on shelves and record their location and quantity. Lakestar led the round, with participation from Maersk Growth, Kindred Capital, and Capnamic. “BotsAndUs is already paving the way for artificial intelligence and robotics to completely transform logistics,” said co-founder and CEO Andrei Danescu. “Our integrated AI and robotics platform is helping companies boost their performance and unlock their full potential. We’re confident we can make our vision a reality: transforming logistics on a global scale with real time data to eliminate errors and enhance performance across all steps.” BotsAndUs has already won key customers across various industries. In addition to Maersk and Huboo, BotsAndUs works with Menzies Aviation, the air cargo company that services more than 200 airport locations, including at Europe’s largest airport, London Heathrow. The company recently entered into a partnership with Maersk – the global integrator of container logistics, to collaborate with Maersk’s warehousing and contract logistics division, initially in one of their warehouses, exploring automating inventory management and acceptance processes, and with time to improve customers’ visibility and access to inventory across facilities. With the fresh capital, BotsAndUs is targeting markets including Germany, France, Nordics, USA, and Canada and driving product development. “More than 80% of warehouses have no automation at all. With warehouses expected to grow by 50% by 2025 and labour shortages of over 30%, automation clearly holds the key to ensuring logistics operations are as optimised as possible,” said Lakestar partner Christoph Schuh. “Logistics is an industry that always faced margin pressures and little means to invest into digital infrastructure. BotsAndUs real-time data capture abilities create this infrastructure and the basis for long term automation of warehousing operations. “We’re delighted to join the stellar team on their journey to transform logistics and enable companies to perform at their best.”

Lakestar Investments

141 Investments

Lakestar has made 141 investments. Their latest investment was in BotsAndUs as part of their Seed VC - II on June 6, 2022.

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Lakestar Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

6/23/2022

Seed VC - II

BotsAndUs

$13M

Yes

2

6/21/2022

Seed VC - II

Validio

$15M

Yes

2

6/9/2022

Seed VC

Graswald

$1.33M

Yes

2

5/5/2022

Series E

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$99M

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10

4/12/2022

Series C

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$99M

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10

Date

6/23/2022

6/21/2022

6/9/2022

5/5/2022

4/12/2022

Round

Seed VC - II

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Series E

Series C

Company

BotsAndUs

Validio

Graswald

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Amount

$13M

$15M

$1.33M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

2

2

10

10

Lakestar Portfolio Exits

23 Portfolio Exits

Lakestar has 23 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was PlusDental on May 20, 2022.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

5/20/2022

Acquired

$99M

1

4/13/2022

Corporate Majority

$99M

2

4/12/2022

Acquired

$99M

6

1/27/2022

Corporate Majority

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$99M

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10

12/31/2021

Corporate Majority

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$99M

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10

Date

5/20/2022

4/13/2022

4/12/2022

1/27/2022

12/31/2021

Exit

Acquired

Corporate Majority

Acquired

Corporate Majority

Corporate Majority

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

1

2

6

10

10

Lakestar Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Lakestar has 4 funds, including Lakestar Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

2/25/2020

Lakestar Fund

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

Closed

$735M

1

12/5/2018

Lakestar Growth I

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$99M

10

8/23/2015

Lakestar II

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$99M

10

7/2/2013

Lakestar I

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$99M

10

Closing Date

2/25/2020

12/5/2018

8/23/2015

7/2/2013

Fund

Lakestar Fund

Lakestar Growth I

Lakestar II

Lakestar I

Fund Type

Multi-Stage Venture Capital

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Status

Closed

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Amount

$735M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

Lakestar Partners & Customers

1 Partners and customers

Lakestar has 1 strategic partners and customers. Lakestar recently partnered with Crypto Valley on May 5, 2018.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

5/14/2018

Partner

Switzerland

Lakestar to chair new “Venture Building” Working Group. Crypto Valley Association Announces Strategic Partnership with Lakestar, Unlocking Technology Scaling Expertise For Members - Crypto Valley Association

Through its partnership with Lakestar , the Crypto Valley Association will greatly benefit in its work as an independent , nonprofit association building one of the world 's leading blockchain and cryptographic ecosystems .

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Date

5/14/2018

Type

Partner

Business Partner

Country

Switzerland

News Snippet

Lakestar to chair new “Venture Building” Working Group. Crypto Valley Association Announces Strategic Partnership with Lakestar, Unlocking Technology Scaling Expertise For Members - Crypto Valley Association

Through its partnership with Lakestar , the Crypto Valley Association will greatly benefit in its work as an independent , nonprofit association building one of the world 's leading blockchain and cryptographic ecosystems .

Sources

2

Lakestar Team

5 Team Members

Lakestar has 5 team members, including current Chief Technology Officer, Investment Partner, Stephen Nundy.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Klaus Hommels

Founder

Current

Stephen Nundy

Chief Technology Officer, Investment Partner

Current

Mika Salmi

Accel, The Raine Group, CreativeLive, Sequoia Capital, Viacom, Getty Images, RealNetworks, Sony Music Entertainment (USA), EMI Group, Marcus & Millichap, and Bankers Trust

Managing Partner

Current

Felix Zipse

Chief Financial Officer

Former

Mark Schmitz

General Partner

Former

Name

Klaus Hommels

Stephen Nundy

Mika Salmi

Felix Zipse

Mark Schmitz

Work History

Accel, The Raine Group, CreativeLive, Sequoia Capital, Viacom, Getty Images, RealNetworks, Sony Music Entertainment (USA), EMI Group, Marcus & Millichap, and Bankers Trust

Title

Founder

Chief Technology Officer, Investment Partner

Managing Partner

Chief Financial Officer

General Partner

Status

Current

Current

Current

Former

Former

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