Dott announces $85 million Series B led by Sofina

20 April 2021Dott, the European micromobility company, announces today the signing of an $85 million Series B funding round led by Sofina, a Belgium-based investment company listed on Euronext Brussels (ISIN BE0003717312) and a supportive partner of entrepreneurs and families managing growing companies, and co-led by Estari, a growth equity investor in European sustainability technology leaders.

New and existing investors including EQT Ventures, Prosus Ventures, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Expon Capital, Felix Capital, FJ Labs, Invest-NL, McRock Capital, Quadia in partnership with Degroof Petercam and various angel investors are participating in the round. The investment comprises a mix of equity and asset-backed debt financing.

Since its creation in October 2018, Dott has grown to be one of the leading players in Europe, with a live fleet of more than 30,000 e-scooters in 5 countries. This Series B investment is testament to Dott’s differentiated strategy:

  • Capital efficient & profitable growth: With a fraction of the capital raised by peers, Dott has built large, dominant and profitable strongholds in highly prized micromobility markets in Europe.
  • Operational excellence: All operations have been managed 100% in-house since day one. Behind the scenes, the Dott Operating System brings increased safety, stronger reliability for the city, a much better overall user experience and industry leading unit economics (EBIT positive across all cities, even during Covid lockdowns).
  • Sustainability focus: Core to Dott’s strategy is delivering a truly sustainable service to its users, cities and the planet. By reducing its carbon footprint across the entire lifecycle of vehicles – from the supply chain (using the most durable hardware) to street operations (swappable batteries, renewable energy, electric fleet for logistics) to end-of-life processes (“repair, reuse, recycle”) – the company has driven a 56% reduction in CO2 emissions over the past 12 months.
  • Lasting & collaborative partnerships with cities: Dott is a trusted operator in each city the company operates. As a proof point, Dott was selected first in the Paris and Lyon license tenders, two of the largest and most complex cities to operate in Europe.

The $85m investment will be used to:

  1. Enhance the service for users: Offering the most available, reliable and affordable solution to help more and more riders in their daily life.
  2. Go multimodal: Launching new micromobility vehicles to European cities, starting with e-bikes in summer 2021.
  3. Expand to new cities and countries, for example in Spain and the UK: With the same disciplined and capital efficiency strategy.
  4. Raise industry standards on sustainability: Dott is proud to announce a newly appointed Sustainability Board, an industry first, which will lead with concrete actions to offer the most sustainable mobility service to transform European cities.

“We’ve shown in the first two years that we can offer a great service for users, good for the planet and good for European cities.” said Henri Moissinac, CEO, and co-founder, Dott. “We think we have a winning formula now, combining operational excellence, hardware & software expertise, collaboration with city stakeholders and capital efficiency. Thanks to our new and existing investors, our aim is now to accelerate, serve more users and more cities, in the most reliable and affordable way possible”.

“We are confident about our future partnership with Dott. We were impressed by the management and look forward to helping the company shaping the future of urban transportation, in a context where it is clear that conventional urban mobility cannot be sustained” said Harold Boël, CEO, Sofina.

“When we first partnered with Dott in 2018, we recognized the team was building a sustainable, long-term business that stood out amongst others in Europe and we are excited to continue with them on their journey,” said Martin Tschopp, CEO, Prosus Ventures. “Through incorporating top-notch safety and usability features on their e-scooters and e-bikes, offering first-to-market benefits to riders, and working collaboratively with local governments to ensure their solutions work seamlessly within the communities where they operate, Dott has become a true leader in the micro-mobility sector in Europe."



About Dott
Dott, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, is a European micromobility operator founded by Henri Moissinac and Maxim Romain, with the mission to free our cities with clean rides for everyone. Dott currently operates over 30,000 e-scooters in top cities in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. In July 2020, Dott won two of the biggest micromobility tenders in the world, ranking first both in Paris and in Lyon. Dott has a staff of 280, with its main teams located in Amsterdam, London and Paris. For more information, please visit https://ridedott.com.

About Sofina
Sofina is a family-owned and run investment company listed on Euronext Brussels, managing its own assets that represent ca. €8.9 billion. Sofina aspires to be the preferred partners of entrepreneurs and families who lead growing companies by backing them with patient capital and supportive advice. As part of its Sofina Growth investment style, it takes minority ownership positions, typically in the €15 to 50 million range. Common vision and strong alignment of interests with its partners are paramount in the deployment of its strategy. For more information, please visit www.sofinagroup.com.

About Prosus
Prosus is a global consumer internet group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating and investing globally in markets with long-term growth potential, Prosus builds leading consumer internet companies that empower people and enrich communities.

The group is focused on building meaningful businesses in the online classifieds, food delivery, payments and fintech, and education technology sectors in markets including India, Russia and Brazil. Through its ventures team, Prosus invests in areas including health, logistics, blockchain, and social commerce. Prosus actively seeks new opportunities to partner with exceptional entrepreneurs who are using technology to improve people's everyday lives.

Every day, millions of people use the products and services of companies that Prosus has invested in, acquired or built, including Avito, Brainly, BYJU’S, Bykea, Codecademy, DappRadar, DeHaat, Dott, ElasticRun, eMAG, Eruditus, Honor, iFood, Klar, LazyPay, letgo, Meesho, Movile, OLX, PayU, Quick Ride, Red Dot Payment, Remitly, Republic, SimilarWeb, Shipper, Skillsoft, SoloLearn, Swiggy and Udemy.

Hundreds of millions of people have made the platforms of Prosus’s associates a part of their daily lives. For listed companies where we have an interest, please see: Tencent, Mail.ru, Trip.com Group Limited, and DeliveryHero. Today, Prosus companies and associates help improve the lives of around a fifth of the world's population.

Prosus has a primary listing on Euronext Amsterdam (AEX:PRX) and secondary listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (XJSE:PRX) and a2X Markets (PRX.AJ). Prosus is majority-owned by Naspers. For more information, please visit www.prosus.com.

About Estari
Estari is a growth equity investor in European sustainability technology leaders. Estari envisions a future for Cities, Food and Work which is positive for people and for our planet. We see a major opportunity to accelerate the economic shift to sustainability by investing in business models enabled by the maturity of technologies. Estari is a purpose-built team, supported by a broad set of operating and strategic partners, with a tailored investment process to identify the most scalable, impactful and financially efficient companies building on these technologies. More information on Estari.


Dott media contact:
Matthieu Faure
+33 6 37 91 17 92
matthieu@ridedott.com

Sofina media contact:
Wauthier de Bassompierre
dbw@sofinagroup.com

Prosus media contact:
Jill Williams
jill@prosus.com

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