Butterfly Ventures has just closed its first investment from their latest fund, Butterfly Venture Fund III. The company invested in Proximi.io, an easy-to-use positioning platform that acts as a glue between the physical world and mobile devices, connecting all existing mobile positioning hardware and software into one developer-friendly product. The investment is syndicated with previous investors, a group of Finnish and Danish business angles.
“Proximi.io operates in a very interesting and one of the fastest growing market segments, mobile positioning. Indoor positioning alone is estimated to grow from 4 billion to 23 billion USD during the next five years.” explains Juho Risku, Founding Partner at Butterfly Ventures “Proximi.io is a well packaged, easy to use product and is capable of offering first class customer support. Both facts have been confirmed by the customers we interviewed. Additionally, the customer traction as well as other early growth metrics look promising. It’s also refreshing to see a female entrepreneur in the startup scene.”, he adds.
Since it’s launch in January 2017, Butterfly Venture Fund III aims to invest in 10 new portfolio companies annually for the next four years. Like in the case of Proximi.io, which is a late seed case, the entry point of Butterfly Ventures is typically a bit earlier than most venture funds, at the seed or even early seed stage. The fund is focused on hardware and software directly interfacing with hardware and deep tech companies.
“We’re aiming high; We’re going to be the go-to platform for enterprises and mobile developers for implementing positioning. Butterfly Ventures shared our vision. We also saw their expertise in the intersection of hardware and software, their strong portfolio and their international reach as invaluable assets to us. As it happens, our offices are also located next to each other at the Maria 0-1 startup hub. The co-operation will certainly be very efficient.” says CEO and Co-founder of Proximi.io, Annina Koskiola.
Professional athletes use all available information to improve their performance. In golf, collecting the data requires a load of statisticians who follow the players and record each shot. Amateur golfers would love to have the same means to improve their performance as well. However, all the prior solutions either require too much concentration on manual data collection or one needs to pay big money for a live caddie to do the job. CaddieON allows automated golf data collection. The patent pending product enables the round events to be recorded shot by shot, shared and broadcasted in real time. Even better, player can compare his performance with other players and compete in all game details, not only with total round score. Instead of gadgets, you get to focus on game and play better. Now, that’s a strong value proposition for a golfer.
The CaddieOn wristband automatically detects the strokes and the club used for it. There’s no easier way to keep track of your golf game play.
CaddieON has launched the product and starting the sales in Finland during summer 2013. Prior to investment it has already announced cooperation with half a dozen golf courses in Finland and collected crowd funding from Finnish golfers worth 13 thousand euro.
”There are 60 million golfers in the world. CaddieON will lead the way in giving the golfers most value for their golf and making golf more rewarding, enjoyable and interesting than ever. The international market potential is worth several hundred millions. We wanted to have an investor who can help us with business models as well as finding the right partners. Butterfly was our best choice and shares our passion for lean customer driven development.” (Tuomo Lalli, CEO of CaddieON, Inc.)
In addition to automatically created golf game play record the CaddieOn mobile app has all the features you would expect from a golf app and there’s many more coming up.
Butterfly invested into CaddieON because the patent pending product concept allows superior ease of use and thus stronger value proposition for golfers in a market worth of several hundred millions. Furthermore the business model offers several avenues for monetization. The CaddieON team has shown both the ability and commitment. Finally their ongoing crowd funding campaign has already gained significant traction among their future customers. Butterfly investment will be used to validate value proposition and establish the required metrics to leverage the valuation up for follow-on financing rounds.