BMW i Ventures has launched a $300 million venture fund. The new fund will invest in early to mid-stage start-ups operating in the sustainability, transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain industries.
Mountain View, CA (June 30, 2021)… BMW i Ventures announced today the creation of a new $300 million venture capital fund with a strong focus on sustainability. The new fund will invest in early to mid-stage start-ups operating in the sustainability, transportation, manufacturing, and supply chain industries. This marks BMW i Ventures’ second dedicated investment fund, which is fully backed by BMW Group.
The creation of a new fund with a strong focus on sustainability illustrates both BMW Group’s continued commitment to BMW i Ventures as an independently operating financial VC, and reinforces the company’s commitment to sourcing and investing in environmentally friendly and sustainable technologies.
“Over the years, BMW i Ventures has provided considerable strategic value – not only to the companies it invests in, but also to the BMW Group,” said Dr. Nicolas Peter, BMW Group member of the board of management, finance. “Further, the financial success of Fund I and the collaboration between the portfolio companies and various business units of the BMW Group impressively illustrates the success of the model.”
The new fund will operate in parallel to Fund I, furthering BMW i Ventures’ mission, and increasing the firm’s ability to make new investments.
“With Fund II we will refocus our investment thesis to even better serve the needs of the ecosystem and the BMW Group as a whole,” said Marcus Behrendt, managing partner, BMW i Ventures. “Even more than before, circularity and sustainability will play a key role in our investment activities.”
Building on Success.
BMW i Ventures was established as an independent venture capital firm in 2016. The company has since invested in approximately 50 early to mid-stage startups, many of which are sustainability-focused companies including Boston Metal, ChargePoint, Prometheus, Proterra, PureCycle, Solid Power, and Turntide.
“Our goals are to invest smartly and to serve as strategic partners – both for our portfolio companies and for the BMW Group,” said Kasper Sage, managing partner, BMW i Ventures. “The performance of Fund I being in the top quartile of venture capital firms globally, is a great validation of our work.”
Of the investments made in Fund I, BMW i Ventures has enabled seven companies to go public so far.
Alongside the creation of this new fund, BMW i Ventures also announced that Marcus Behrendt and Kasper Sage were named the two new managing partners of BMW i Ventures as Dr. Ulrich Quay will move into a new role at BMW Group in Munich, Germany. With the inception of Fund II, Baris Guzel was also promoted to partner.
“I’m proud of what we have built with BMW i Ventures over the years,” said Dr. Urich Quay. “With Marcus, Kasper and Baris, I am fully confident that we have the right team in place to ensure the continued success of the firm.”
Marcus Behrendt brings over 25 years of expertise in the automotive industry to this leadership position. Before joining BMW i Ventures in 2018, he worked in different management functions in research and development of the BMW Group, as a managing director for a market research company, and in various roles for another automotive OEM.
Kasper Sage has spent most of his career in Silicon Valley as a venture capital investor with previous roles in management consulting, corporate development & partnerships, as well as in working in startup operating roles.
Prior to joining BMW i Ventures in 2017, Baris Guzel worked as an investor at institutional venture capital funds and as an investment banker at top-tier investment banks.
About BMW i Ventures
BMW i Ventures is BMW’s venture capital firm, successfully investing money and resources in startups in the fields of Transportation, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Sustainability. The firm has made over 50 investments over the past years in companies such as Autofi, Blackmore, CelLink, Chargepoint, Graphcore, Urgent.ly, Proterra, PureCycle, Recogni, Solid Power, Tekion, Turntide, Xometry, and many more. BMW i Ventures invests in all stages from seed to growth with a focus on Series A/B. For more information, please visit: www.bmwiventures.com