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epilot raises €10 million from Expedition to accelerate the green energy transition

• epilot is the cloud platform transforming the energy sector with digital solutions, making it easier for utilities and grid operators to deliver green energy

• Founded in 2017 in Cologne, epilot is trusted by over 150 customers to shorten their time to market for new products and increase efficiency

• New growth equity funding from Expedition Growth Capital will be used to accelerate epilot’s ambitious roadmap and enhance its technological capabilities including AI

Cologne, Germany, July 10, 2024

epilot, the cutting-edge platform powering the green energy transition through digital transformation, is announcing it has raised €10 million from Expedition Growth Capital. The new funding, which sees Expedition partner Will Sheldon join epilot’s advisory board, will be used to accelerate its product roadmap and empower leading energy and utility companies to adopt renewable energy through seamless technology.

Founded in 2017 in Cologne by Michel Nicolai (CEO), Szilard Toth (CTO), and Rolf Benken (CFO), epilot was launched to provide the software to enable the green energy transition. Utilities and grid operators are being held back from supporting the switch to renewable energy because of outdated, legacy IT systems. Old-school software means utilities can’t keep up with the complexities required for different product categories to serve their customers holistically. Grid operators are also struggling to manage the increased workloads due to surges in grid connections. This is hampering the renewable energy transition at a time when temperatures across Europe have reached record levels and the effects of climate change, including widespread flooding, are felt more than ever. 

Supporting processes and reducing complexity 

epilot provides an all-in-one solution, streamlining processes and reducing complexity for enterprise customers. With epilot, utilities can standardize and automate sales processes for new renewable energy products and increase efficiency when handling customer inquiries and installation companies. Grid operators can use the software to reduce bottlenecks in workflows and connect more customers to renewable energy systems at home.

By leveraging epilot, customers can reduce their reliance on siloed and inflexible tools such as Microsoft Excel and outdated CRM systems. Projects that would usually last between 18-24 months can be completed in only a few weeks. epilot’s impressive growth, serving over 150 customers including badenova, DEW21, enercity, and Mainzer Netze, is a testament to its value. The company achieved annualized recurring revenue (ARR) growth above 120% year-on-year in its most recent financial year.

The new funding will enable epilot to significantly expand its about 100-strong team, including expanding the product engineering team, to develop new products and solutions for the platform and extend its AI capabilities. 

Michel Nicolai, CEO & Co-Founder of epilot, said: “Our mission at epilot is to accelerate the energy transition. Whilst we didn’t need to raise this funding as we have been growing sustainably, today’s announcement is a major milestone on our journey and will enable us to execute even faster on our platform roadmap and expansion plans. We are excited to welcome Expedition as our growth investor based on their thesis in our industry and deep experience in supporting vertically focused SaaS companies in achieving scalability.” 

Will Sheldon, Partner at Expedition Growth Capital, said: “We are thrilled to partner with epilot’s passionate team of experts and visionaries. The energy industry is now embracing digital transformation along with the green transition and epilot’s strong and efficient growth is a testament to the value that sophisticated customer organizations are seeing.” 

About epilot 

epilot is the platform for the new energy world. epilot’s cloud-native software solutions empower energy utilities, grid operators, and other service providers to deliver the energy transition. Based in Cologne, Germany, epilot has about 100 team members and has been voted a Top Company to work for. For more information, see or follow epilot on LinkedIn

About Expedition Growth Capital 

Expedition is a software specialist growth equity firm, with offices in London and Boston. Expedition partners with ambitious, rapidly growing software companies that have achieved significant traction with little or no external funding. The firm brings capital for growth initiatives and shareholder liquidity, highly relevant operational expertise, and a trusted track record of respectfully partnering with founders on their path to category leadership. For more information, please see or follow Expedition on LinkedIn