Munich – The Proptech startup Predium has successfully closed its €1.6 million pre-seed funding round. Lead investors are btov Partners and 2bX. Other investors include business angels Maximilian Viessmann (Viessmann Group), Kristofer Fichtner (Thermondo and ecoworks) and Michael Wax (forto). The fresh money will be used for market development and further expansion of the team.
Predium is an all-in-one platform that brings together various process steps for sustainable real estate management in one place. This makes it easier for project developers, property managers and housing companies in particular to define ESG goals for properties, select measures and price the investment financially, practically at the push of a button. Previously, these complex process steps had to be performed individually in a time-consuming manner.
“Predium is the right solution for the real estate industry at the right time. The platform helps to turn the duty of sustainability into an opportunity and to manage real estate in such a way that it does not lose value,” explains investor Maximilian Viessmann, CEO of the Viessmann Group.
From greenwashing to competitive advantage: Implementing ESG correctly
Real estate is responsible for 30 percent of CO2 emissions in Germany and currently causes around 115 million tons of CO2. According to the German Federal Environment Agency, these are to be reduced to 72 million tons of CO2 by 2030. To achieve this, the renovation rate in existing buildings would have to increase from the current one percent to two percent.
Rising energy prices and legal requirements for the sustainable management of real estate are increasing the pressure on the real estate industry. For example, the German government recently agreed to split the CO2 price between tenants and landlords from January 1, 2023. Companies are now trying to quickly develop suitable ESG strategies. For many, this is a major challenge.
“Often, the current CO2 balance of the buildings is missing. In addition, companies cannot refurbish all buildings in the short term. The question arises as to which measures should be implemented at what point in time and what costs and savings these entail over time. The answer to this is currently an expensive and cumbersome mix of Excel and consulting projects. We are changing that with Predium,” Jens Thumm, founder and CEO of Predium Technology explains.
The Predium platform was developed together with Prof. Kunibert Lennerts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as the first all-in-one solution that determines ESG balances, proposes CO2 reduction measures and backs them up with an investment calculation. With these findings, Predium also helps companies to identify economic opportunities in the purchase and sale of real estate. This results in significant competitive advantages for Predium’s customers.
“Companies in the real estate industry will have to manage their assets more proactively in a sustainable manner in the future. Only those companies that achieve ambitious sustainability goals in an economically efficient and sensible manner will be able to survive in the market. This is where Predium comes in with its comprehensive solution,” says Jochen Gutbrod, Partner at btov Partners.
The Munich-based proptech startup Predium was founded in 2021 by Jens Thumm, Mohamed Ali Razouane and Maximilian Körner. Together with Prof. Kunibert Lennerts from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Predium has developed an all-in-one software solution that determines ESG balances of buildings, proposes measures for CO2 reduction and backs these up with an investment calculation. Predium thus enables real estate owners to reconcile sustainability and economic efficiency.