posted on 18 Jun 2020
Geekplus Technology, a Chinese unicorn that uses AI and robotics to build smart logistics solutions, has closed over $200 million in a Series C round of financing.
The Series C round consists of two tranches of capital injections. The company recently completed a Series C2 round led by Beijing-based private equity firm V Fund. Temasek-backed Vertex Growth Fund and China-focused growth-stage investment firm Redview Capital participated in the deal.
In the first tranche of the Series C round, Geekplus raised a Series C1 round led by global venture capital firm GGV Capital and Dan Sundheim’s D1 Capital Partners, with participation from Warburg Pincus in June 2019.
The company, in which Warburg Pincus first invested in 2017, entered the unicorn club with a valuation of at least $1 billion in November 2018, according to CB Insights’ unicorn list.
Founded in 2015 and also known as “Geek+,” Geekplus is a technology company that integrates robotics, AI, big data, cloud computing, and Internet of Things (IoT) to provide smart robotics solutions and services to enable the automated operations of warehouses and factories.
Beijing-based Geekplus offers AI-based products and solutions for “cargo-to-man” picking, intelligent moving & sorting, as well as automated forklifts to help customers achieve highly-automated or unmanned warehousing, logistics, and manufacturing operations.
The company now delivers products to nearly 300 brands across over 20 countries and regions, including Nike, Walmart, Japan’s Toyota, French sporting goods retailer Decathlon Group, and American-founded German courier DHL. Its clients are largely from the fields of apparel, e-commerce, retail, third-party logistics, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, and automotive.
Geekplus completed a $150-million Series B round led by Warburg Pincus in November 2018. Existing investors including Chinese venture capital firm Volcanics Venture and Vertex Ventures re-upped in the round. It also raised a $60-million Series Pre-B round in July 2017.
Source: Dealstreet Asia
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Tam Hock Chuan, managing director of Vertex Growth said: “The adoption of Taranis’ solutions will help growers and crop consultants to detect, analyse and treat crop issues at their earliest signs, taking preventive measures with unprecedented precision. This will give them a higher degree of control over their crop yield than ever before, particularly relevant in Asia where the agriculture sector has a relatively lower yield per hectare compared to global benchmarks.”