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Earlybird leads investment in Clean Mobile AG


The round was led by Earlybird and SVTG (Silicon Valley Technology Group). The Series A funding will be used to bring the company to commercial proof of concept. Seed investor HTGF (High Tech Gründer Fonds) is also participating in the round.

To date, small electric vehicles only rely on batteries. They suffer from low power, short reach, long charging times and high maintenance cost due to quickly dying batteries. Clean Mobile has developed a hybrid electric drive system that uses fuel cells to keep the vehicle charged even after running hundreds of kilometres without connection to the electric grid. The unique combination of outstanding electronics and drive expertise at Clean Mobile has earned a lot of recognition in the market, and the company’s solution has been selected by several world leading vehicle vendors.

Clean Mobile AG is run by a team of serial entrepreneurs and industry veterans, who previously have designed Formula 1 vehicles, motorbikes, e-bikes and other electric vehicles. Werner Gruber, CEO of Clean Mobile AG said: “We are delighted to have secured backing from top-tier VC investors Earlybird and SVTG. While raising this round we have enjoyed their responsiveness and support. This investment is a huge endorsement for the strength of our technology and our anticipated growth. The funding will enable us to continue our technology development and achieve market entry in our first target markets.”

Commenting on the investment, Earlybird Partner, Wolfgang Seibold said, “We are excited about this investment. Clean Mobile has all the hallmarks of a typical Earlybird investment: an innovative technology with distinct competitive advantage in a range of high-volume markets, coupled with a strong IP portfolio and a very seasoned and complementary team of serial entrepreneurs. The Company is an excellent fit for Earlybird’s latest investment fund and we are pleased to announce our participation in this important financing round. We look forward to working closely with management to turn Clean Mobile into a major player in the electric vehicle arena.” Upon closing of the financing round, Wolfgang Seibold will take a seat on the Clean Mobile AG supervisory board.

With Clean Mobile, the new generation Earlybird 2007 Fund is financing its fifth technology company.

About Earlybird:

Earlybird Venture Capital, established in 1997, is one of Europe´s leading technology investors. Earlybird seeks to invest in companies led by outstanding people who are building technology enabled scalable companies for fast growing international markets. Earlybird invests primarily in early stage technology companies with a large business perspective, sourced from German speaking countries as well as the Nordics, France, Benelux and selectively the UK. The current investment focus includes software, semiconductor, communication, internet services, cleantech and medtech.

The Earlybird team creates value by understanding their target investment sectors well, adding their operational, entrepreneurial and financial expertise and working closely with each management team. Earlybird strongly supports the development of each company by professionalizing and shaping management teams, providing strategic and product advice, creating international investor syndicates, effecting corporate introductions and being closely involved in achieving appropriate exits.

Six of Earlybird’s high-tech investee companies have floated on various European stock exchanges: Interhyp, Tipp24 and Wilex (all Prime Standard, Frankfurt), Esmertec (Swiss Exchange, Zurich), Entelos (London Stock Exchange) and NoemaLife (Borsa Italiana, Milan). In addition, Earlybird supported element 5 in its acquisition by Digital River, Identify in its acquisition by BMC Software, Alantos in its sale to Amgen for $300 million and AbaXX in its sale to Cordys.

For further information, please contact:

Daniela von Wedel
vonwedel@earlybird.com

Earlybird Venture C


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