Ubicquia Completes $30 Million Series C Funding Round
Additional funding to enable growth investment for smart grid, small cell product expansion and increased working capital to scale manufacturing and order volumes
FT. LAUDERDALE FLA. – September 9, 2020 – Ubicquia®, a global leader in smart city, small cell and smart grid solutions that make cities smarter, safer and more connected, has announced it has completed its $30 million Series C funding round with participation from Florida-based Fuel Venture Capital and existing investors. The Series C growth investment is focused on accelerating Ubicquia’s small cell and smart grid product offerings, along with increasing its working capital to address expanded manufacturing and order volumes.
Ubicquia’s smart city platforms simply plug into existing streetlights to provide critical services, including advanced light control and video AI to optimize traffic management and enhance public safety. Ubicquia’s communication platforms deliver public WiFi, private LTE and small cell solutions that plug into a streetlight photocell socket, install in minutes and are barely seen from street level. Ubicquia’s smart grid platforms are designed to help utilities harden their utility pole and distribution transformer networks while delivering valuable real-time data for monitoring critical infrastructure.
“This $30 million in growth capital will allow Ubicquia to accelerate our solutions that are addressing critical needs of cities and utilities globally in the areas of energy savings, transportation optimization, public safety and monitoring of critical infrastructure,” said Ubicquia CEO Ian Aaron. “Our public WiFi, private LTE and small cell solutions that simply plug into existing streetlights are helping communities and school districts more rapidly and cost-effectively address COVID connectivity concerns and bridge the digital divide.”
Ubicquia is now deployed in more than 100 cities and has expanded its global footprint with deployments in Mexico, Colombia and Chile. Earlier this year, Ubicquia acquired leading smart city platform CityIQ from GE Current with more than 8,000 Edge AI cameras deployed across the U.S. and Canada to enhance traffic optimization and public safety. The acquisition broadens Ubicquia’s offering, expands its SaaS revenue base, adds 25 new patents to its IP portfolio and brings a team with significant AI experience in the municipal and public safety sectors.
“Under the leadership of Ian and the guidance of an experienced board of directors, Ubicquia has exponentially expanded its reach and abilities and shown enviable aptitude in leveraging opportunities in major cities in need,” said Maggie Vo, Fuel Venture Capital Managing General Partner and Chief Investment Officer and Ubicquia board observer. “I look forward to exploring more opportunities across the globe.”
The investment in Ubicquia is the latest deal for Fuel Venture Capital, one of the most active VC firms in the southeastern U.S. Fuel Venture Capital in Q1 led two of the largest funding rounds in Florida thus far in 2020: a $25 million seed raise by Boca Raton-based PredaSAR, and a $7.5 million round by Miami micromobility startup Bolt Mobility.
Ubicquia offers municipalities, utilities and mobile operators a cost-effective and expandable platform for deploying smart city, broadband and small cell services. The Ubi suite of product lines include Ubicell™, Ubihub™ and Ubimetro™ which are NEMA socket-compliant and compatible with more than 360 million street lights globally, as well as Ubigrid™, which provides advanced utility monitoring and grid stability for a large class of utility devices from the substation to the meter. Ubicquia is actively involved in organizations, including the US Conference of Mayors Business Council, GSMA, Competitive Carrier Association, CBRS Alliance, and Illuminating Engineering Society to help drive efforts to make global smart connectivity a reality. To learn more about how Ubicquia can make your city simply connected and simply smart, visit www.ubicquia.com or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
About Fuel Venture Capital
Fuel Venture Capital is committed to propelling groundbreaking ideas into world-changing companies and democratizing access to the creative economy to shape the future of society. The firm's "founder focused, investor driven" approach is led by a core team with more than 60 years of combined experience in investment banking, wealth management, executive leadership and entrepreneurship. The fund boasts a portfolio of more than 20 companies based around the globe across numerous sectors, bringing positive impact to virtually all corners of our modern economy. To learn more about Fuel Venture Capital, visit www.fuelventurecapital.com and follow Fuel Venture Capital on social media via Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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