France-based startup Vianova, an urban mobility platform that facilitates cities’ integration of various forms of mobility, raised USD 3 million in seed round on 15th November.
Investors: Ponooc led the seed round alongside Contrarian Ventures, RATP CI, and Rebel Group. Until now, the company has raised $5.2 million. Additionally, the company anticipates raising a significant Series A round in 2022.
Purpose of funding: In light of the new financing, Vianova can expand both its business development and client support globally, primarily in the United States, Latin America, and Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the firm plans to include new mobility options, such as car-sharing and last-mile logistics, and expand into new vertical markets, such as OEMs, public transportation, and consulting.
Founded in 2017 by Thibault Castagne, Frédéric ROBINET and Thibaud Febvre, Vianova is located in Paris, France. Vianova provides an online platform for integrating all forms of mobility within a city to obtain access to all the data about their mobility needs quickly and transparently. Vianova links cities and operators through a digital layer, fostering collaboration and facilitating the shift toward more sustainable, accessible modes of transportation. Over 40 cities and 50 transport providers are currently served by the company across Europe and more recently in Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. With city partners including Helsinki, Zürich, Milan, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Cologne, the company now processes more than 5 million trips per month.
What the founder has to say
“With the rapid development of urban mobility challenging the distribution of public space, data has become an essential tool of governance and collaboration for cities and mobility providers. Our platform is beneficial for both sides, bringing these two worlds closer together and leading to the development of increasingly advanced use cases. Cities are using our platform to define no-parking zones, speed limits or fleet caps, while operators can better track and reduce the number of violations, communicate policies to their users, and optimize their deployments. In total, our platform has helped cities plan and set up more than 300 mobility hubs, as well as 40 kilometres of new bike lanes, fostering the adoption of shared micro-mobility by more users. The past three years have been extremely exciting, and we are delighted to be joined by Ponooc in this journey,” said Thibault Castagne, co-founder & CEO at Vianova.
What the investor has to say
“Over the past years, micromobility operators have introduced their shared vehicles to a large number of cities around the world. While these vehicles offer a great sustainable mobility alternative, they also bring challenges for the municipalities that are tasked with managing the public space. Through our portfolio companies, we have seen first-hand that there is room for improvement in the current methods of communication between cities and shared mobility operators. Therefore, we are very excited to support Vianova in its mission. Witnessing the company’s recent exponential growth, Ponooc is convinced that Vianova’s team is building the solution that enables shared mobility to thrive in the long term,” said comments Max van Zoest, Investment Manager at Ponooc.
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