One year after investment eCAPITAL V portfolio company 1KOMMA5° seen as next unicorn

The specialist for climate technology 1KOMMA5°, a portfolio company of eCAPITAL´s latest fund eCAPITAL V, was founded in the summer of 2021 by entrepreneurs and industry experts with the goal of enabling people in Germany to live a CO2-free life.

In doing so, 1KOMMA5° participates in particularly innovative craft businesses in the fields of photovoltaics, electricity storage, charging infrastructure and heat pumps. This strengthens regional craftsmanship and ensures high-quality advice and installation for customers. In addition, 1KOMMA5° is connecting and controlling decentralized generation systems via its software platform “Heartbeat”. The goal is to fully exploit the potential of the decentralized energy transition by connecting them to a virtual power plant. With this the customers have for example the opportunity to buy cheap electricity produced by wind turbines in order to improve the return of their investment.

Today – less than two years after its start and one year after the A-round led by eCAPITAL – the company has 44 locations, employs 1,000 climate protection experts and has installed nearly 55,000 climate-neutral energy systems. Initial successes on the way to the vision of “providing everyone with affordable and easy access to the best climate technologies.” (CEO and co-founder Philipp Schröder). Successes, however, that also already suggest great things to come and lead Arno Schütze of Handelsblatt to see 1KOMMA5° as the next German unicorn. ”

The full article by Arno Schütze titled “Energy start-up 1Komma5 Grad prepares financing round – unicorn status possible” was published by Handelsblatt on March 6, 2023. You can read it in German here.

A detailed interview with 1KOMMA5° co-founder Philipp Schröder about 1KOMMA5° and his vision significantly reduce the electricity price for private homes was published on March 8, 2023. You can read the interview in German here.

Founded in 1999, eCAPITAL is an entrepreneur-led venture capital investor focusing on early- and growth-stage deep-tech companies with a positive impact on society. eCAPITAL is based in Germany and invests with its own funds with a total volume of over € 340 million in the areas of Sustainability, Enterprise Software, Cybersecurity, IoT and New Materials. In addition to financial resources, eCAPITAL offers its portfolio companies strategic support and access to an international network of entrepreneurs, scientists, investors and founders and was lead investor in various deep-tech companies such as sonnen, Novaled or Jedox, which were sold very successfully to international strategists or investors.

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