Livegistics, a Detroit-based black-owned technology company, announced it had received $6 million in seed funding.
The cloud-based materials management system for the construction industry integrates all project stakeholders into a GPS-tracked, real-time digital information network.
The fundraising was led by Refinery Ventures and BlackOps Ventures, while other investors included Detroit Venture Partners, Tappan Hill Ventures and Reinventure Capital.
Livegistics has over 25 employees worldwide. Its technology is currently working in six states and 13 landfills in the United States after winning the $1 million grand prize in singer, songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams’ “Black Ambition” pitch competition in 2021.
“My father and grandfather once owned and operated the largest minority-owned asphalt company in Michigan, so construction is in my DNA,” says Justin Turk, co-founder and CEO of Livegistics Turk. “My ambition to achieve and restore system integrity in the industry is still fueled by their legacy. Every company deserves to be unstoppable, and by deploying our technology to work in the field, which is mutually exclusive and profitable, businesses and communities can see immediate benefits.
The platform allows truckers to stay in their vehicles and digitally traverse ladders at construction sites, landfills and recycling facilities in 13 seconds, Livegistics says. By minimizing the transmission of pathogens and long lines outside landfills and in neighborhoods, drivers are able to meet social distancing norms.
The solution minimizes paper usage and dramatically reduces fraud, lost revenue and lawsuits by using real-time data analytics, the company maintains. Livegistics provides technology to leading construction companies that helps them improve their day-to-day operations, ensuring full transparency by connecting all project stakeholders, contractors, trucks and landfills.
“When I met Justin and Andre, it was immediately clear that this company was ready for hypergrowth,” says Tim Schigel, managing partner of Refinery Ventures. “The combination of their deep expertise and the fact that the construction industry is ripe for innovation and digitization is extremely intriguing. The company’s powerful and easy-to-use solution unlocks tremendous value for construction organizations , increasing speed and reducing costs.”
According to a study by California-based social enterprise RateMyInvestor, out of 9,874 US business founders, 1% of start-ups receiving venture capital were black. Minorities have historically been underrepresented in the tech sector, with black business founders accounting for 1.7% of venture capital investments.
A number of venture capitalists and technology companies have taken steps to address the underrepresentation of black and Latino employees in the workforce. Livegistics plans to use the additional funds raised in its first round to increase its recruitment and marketing efforts, as well as resources at scale for national contracts and the launch of the second edition of the platform in the second. trimester.
“In mentorship at Transparent Collective, I met the founding team of Livegistics. Since I don’t know the construction industry, it was difficult for me to grasp their product line at first,” says James Norman, General Partner of Black Ops.
“However, when I engaged with them on the product, it became painfully clear how essential their software is in the industry. Companies that transform tedious, typically paper-based processes into technology-optimized solutions m “always excite. I’m proud that our company is supporting them in leading the way in meaningful innovation in construction,”
For more information, visit www.livegistics.com.