Vestack, a tech company specializing in the design and construction of low-carbon buildings, announces raising over €10 million with impact funds and historical investors. The proptech is now looking to accelerate its growth, increase its production capacity, and finance research and development projects.

“A tech revolution is necessary to reconcile sustainable construction with affordable housing”, said Sylvain Bogeat, Nicolas Guinebretière, and Jean-Christophe Pierron, Vestack’s co-founders.

This latest round of more than €10 million was led by the Impact Private Equity team of Mirova, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers dedicated to impact investing, supported by Ring Mission, and Karista. It will allow the company to accelerate:

  • The development of new features in its digital design software,
  • R&D on the construction system and commercialization of new products,
  • Increase in production capacity, by financing new assembly sites and establishing new sub-contracting partnerships.

  • These developments will allow Vestack to become a tech leader in the design and construction of  low-carbon buildings.

    Karista supported Vestack in a previous round in 2020, which enabled the business to develop its design and build solution and open a first assembly site East of Paris. The company has constructed its first projects and signed around 20 contracts in a booming market, supported by France’s new environmental regulations.

    Vestack uses a digital design technology and a modular construction system to transform how our cities are built. The business allows its clients, real estate developers, to construct buildings with a three times lower carbon footprint, twice as fast, and without any extra cost compared to traditional construction. The Greentech constructs residential, accommodation, and tertiary buildings (e.g. offices, nurseries) of up to five floors. Incorporated in 2019, the company has around 40 employees across different sites in the Paris region.

    The solution developed by Vestack relies on two innovations. On the one hand, the business has developed a software that facilitates the design of a building’s digital twin (i.e. a Building Information Model) which is then turned into production instructions. This design for manufacturing approach allows the specifics of modular construction to be anticipated from the first draft of the building design. On the other hand, the group assembles the modules off-site in the form of floor and wall panels made of bio-sourced materials.

    The productivity gains from digitization, industrialization and robotization absorb any extra costs related to the use of more environmentally-friendly materials. Modular construction also aids the eco-conception of buildings by optimizing the use of resources and reducing supply chain flows, as proven by the solution’s many awards and certifications. Off-site construction also reduces the nuisances associated with a building site and cuts construction time by half.

    Joanna Parent, Investment Director of Mirova’s Private Equity Impact, “The goal of our approach is to accelerate the scaling of innovative environmental solutions with positive impact. A quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and 75% of waste are linked to the construction sector1. The issues Vestack is dealing with are vital to control our carbon emissions in the years to come and we are particularly happy to support it”.

    1 - Source : UNEP

    For further reading:

  • Mirova Invests in Tallano Technology Cleantech Company
  • Mirova Invests in Agronutris to Help Industrialise its Insect-Based Protein Production
  • Mirova Invests in the Startup Ombrea to Help Accelerate the Deployment of its Climate Protection Solutions
  • Mirova Unveils New Plans for Impact Private Equity
  • Making an “Impact” with Private Equity
  • Mirova
    Mirova is an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers.
    Portfolio management company - French Public Limited liability company
    Regulated by AMF under n°GP 02-014
    RCS Paris n°394 648 216
    Registered Office: 59, Avenue Pierre Mendes France – 75013 – Paris.
    www.mirova.com

    Natixis Investment Managers
    Natixis Investment Managers is a subsidiary of Natixis.
    Portfolio management company - French Public Limited liability company
    RCS Paris n°453 952 681
    Registered Office: 43, Avenue Pierre Mendes France – 75013 – Paris.
    www.im.natixis.com

    This communication is for information only and is intended for investment service providers or other Professional Clients. The analyses and opinions referenced herein represent the subjective views of the author as referenced unless stated otherwise and are subject to change. There can be no assurance that developments will transpire as may be forecasted in this material.

    Copyright © 2022 Natixis Investment Managers S.A. – All rights reserved