Smart Joules raises $4.1 million Series A from Sangam, ADB Ventures, Burman Family Office, Max I. Limited, cKinetics Accelerator and other marquee investors

NEW DELHI, March 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Smart Joules, a pioneer in energy-efficiency-as-a-service, today announced it has completed a $4.1 million round of Series A funding aimed at expanding its offering across large commercial buildings and industries in India. The funding round saw participation by ADB Ventures (the Asian Development Bank’s venture arm), Sangam Ventures, Max I. Limited, cKinetics Accelerator, Mr. Saket Burman from the Dabur family and 6 other marquee angels from India and the US. DPNC Advisors, the transaction advisory arm of Dewan P.N. Chopra & Co., were the exclusive financial advisors to Smart Joules for the fundraise.

Smart Joules offers capital expenditure (CapEx)-free retrofits by improving overall design of energy intensive systems like cooling, heating, compressed air and steam in commercial and industrial facilities, and replacing aging energy-intensive equipment with best-in-class energy efficient equipment. Their DeJoule technology platform then utilizes various sensors and IoT controllers to track and control each equipment and optimize overall facility performance in real-time using data. This technology allows Smart Joules to guarantee its clients 15% energy savings. 

Founded by Arjun P. Gupta, Ujjal Majumdar and Sidhartha Gupta, Smart Joules will deploy the invested funds to strengthen its energy management team, enhance its digital technology platform, expand its presence across hospitals and scale it’s cooling-as-a-service offering for commercial buildings and industries with heavy air conditioning loads such as pharmaceuticals and data centers. 

"We have seen the Smart Joules founders build an amazing climate positive start-up from the ground up and excited to be part of the next phase of their journey where they are taking their innovative Internet of Things-enabled, data-analytics driven platform to transform the energy efficiency landscape in India by making it simple and profitable for businesses to invest into," says Sangam Ventures’ Founder Karthik Chandrasekhar.

ADB Ventures remarked that Smart Joules’ innovative solution holds the potential to scale into markets throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

"Smart Joules has proven the energy-efficiency-as-a-service business model in India," said Daniel Hersson, Senior Fund Manager at ADB Ventures. "We believe the company can become a category leader in building energy efficiency space in the region."

Chairman of the Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE) and Managing Director of cKinetics, Mr. Upendra Bhatt commented, "Smart Joules team has demonstrated that with the appropriate value proposition and data enabled smart implementation frameworks, ESCO ventures can thrive in the buildings segment in India. We are excited to enable their next phase of growth and look forward to their scale-up into other geographies and segments."

Smart Joules, in operation since 2015, has provided its full-stack solution for leading Indian hospital chains, including Apollo, Fortis, KIMS, Aster, CARE and others.

About Smart Joules

Smart Joules is an Indian digitally-enabled energy services company providing energy-efficiency-as-a-service to industrial and commercial partners.

About ADB Ventures

Set up by the Asian Development Bank, ADB Ventures is its venture arm that supports and invests in early-stage technology companies from around the world solving large unsolved problems in emerging Asia. ADB Ventures typically invests across seed and early stages, providing leading technology companies with risk capital, deep insights, and networks.

About Sangam Ventures

Sangam Ventures is a seed and early-stage venture fund that invests to improve access to sustainable energy and resource productivity solutions for the underserved in India.

About cKinetics Accelerator

cKinetics Accelerator is a mission driven early stage venture development platform. The Platform invests in early stage ventures with innovative models focused on sustainability in resource use in emerging economies.

About Burman Family Office — Mr.Saket Burman

Mr. Saket Burman is a member of the promoter group at Dabur India, a USD 12 billion company and a market leader in the Ayurvedic and Natural Healthcare sector.

About Max I. Limited

Max I. Limited is the subsidiary of Max Ventures and Industires Limited (MaxVIL), , a part of the leading Indian multi-business conglomerate Max Group.

Max I.’s is primarily a prop-tech accelerator that supports promising start-ups in the real estate technology space through mentorship, relationships and expertise. It also provides the opportunity for the start-ups to deploy their services at Max Estates commercial developments as proof of concept. Max I’s parent MaxVIL, owns and operates a real estate business through its 100% subsidiary, Max Estates, and a packaging films business through Max Speciality Films, a 51:49 strategic partnership with Toppan, Japan. MaxVIL also has a real estate services & management company — Max Asset Services and an investment subsidiary, Max I., which supports real estate entrepreneurial ventures. MaxVIL is listed on NSE and BSE.a part of India’s leading multi-business conglomerate, Max Group operates across two businesses of Real Estate and Speciality Packing Films.

About DPNC Advisors

D P N C Advisors Pvt Ltd, the transaction advisory arm of Dewan P N Chopra & Co., Chartered Accountants assists, advised and mentors early stage companies through their journey for raising growth capital.

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