The company, whose software digitalises construction site logistics, plans to use the investment to expand its team and increase its pace of development.
Investors involved in the round include leading international investment funds SMOK Ventures (a Polish-American investor) and Realty Corporation Limited (from the UK). They are joined by a number of private investors with longstanding connections to the real estate industry – Stanislav Frnka (Partner at Cornerstone Partners), Grzegorz Strutyński (Country Manager for GTC SA), Paweł Wierzbicki (CEO of Schindler Polska) and Tomasz Trzósło (CEO of EPP).
Founded in 2018, ProperGate’s cloud-based software optimises logistics on complex construction projects. Its strength lies in using technology to iron out the many ineﬃciencies in the ﬂow of materials both along the supply chain and within construction sites themselves. It can be applied to everything from skyscrapers and residential buildings to logistics centres. The company has already teamed up with major players in the construction and property arena such as Skanska, Kajima Poland, BESIX Group, CFE, and 7R.
ProperGate’s founders are Rafał Grudzień (CEO), Anna Walkowska (CTO), and Robert Grudzień (CSO). Together they hold a deep understanding of the construction industry with expertise in technology and software development. This combination that has enabled them to bring new and innovative approaches to a largely conservative industry.
The startup states that proﬁt margins in the construction industry are typically very tight (1.5& to 2% being quite normal), meaning it doesn’t take much to render a project unproﬁtable. Yet manual and semi-manual logistics processes are still common on many construction projects globally. They signal that the ground-level view is one of site management drowning in documents, e-mails and phone calls, trying to control orders and ensure deliveries go to plan.
By digitalising logistics, many of these problems can be eliminated, reducing costly delays, minimising risk, and maximising the chance of projects turning a proﬁt. On top of this, CO2 is reduced, site safety improves, and all sorts of new, actionable data ﬂows out.