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zero44 closes financing round of €2.5 million

  • zero44 offers CO2 management software for companies in the shipping industry.
  • The Berlin-based startup was able to attract early-stage investor Atlantic Labs, among others, for its seed financing round.
  • The new capital will be used for the further development of zero44’s software, new customer acquisition and the further expansion of the team.

Berlin, May 25, 2023 – Founded with the support of Flagship Founders, zero44, a SaaS startup for CO2 management of merchant ships, can today announce a successful funding round of €2.5 million. The round is led by early-stage investor Atlantic Labs. In addition, Starthub Ventures and Bernhard Schulte Innoport are investing, as well as several business angels from the logistics and shipping industry.

zero44 was founded in May 2022. The startup helps companies from the shipping industry (shipping companies, charterers and ship managers) to set up the optimal and commercially most sensible CO2 strategy and to reduce CO2 significantly and quickly. In particular, zero44 supports its customers in participating in EU emissions trading, which will become mandatory in the maritime sector from January 2024.

In its first year of existence, zero44 has already been able to win well-known customers and partners, including MPC Container Ships as a development partner and MariApps Marine Solutions as a distribution partner.

Maritime sector under pressure to reduce emissions

Managing emissions has become a top priority issue for companies in the maritime industry. In particular, the EU’s decision to extend the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to shipping from January 2024 has far-reaching consequences for the industry. However, the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) regulations in place since 2023 also continue to pose challenges for the sector. Sustainable fuels will play an important role as a solution in the future, as will new types of ships, but these are not yet available in the short term and are very expensive. Therefore, technology solutions that can be deployed immediately now play an essential role in reducing emissions. zero44’s technology can be deployed quickly and easily by companies, and they also benefit from the team’s expertise regarding the complex regulatory issues.

“The shipping industry needs to quickly become sustainable and reduce emissions. The pressure from politics and legislation has increased massively, and for many companies this is a huge challenge,” said Friederike Hesse, co-founder and CEO of zero44. “We offer them an answer and can help them to quickly become sustainable and reduce emissions. The fact that we were also able to convince Atlantic Labs of this vision and win them over as an investor is an important sign – for us and the entire market – especially in times when VC money is being awarded much more sparsely than before.”

Nils Obermann, co-founder and also CEO of zero44, added, “The new funds as well as Atlantic Labs’ great expertise and network will give us tailwind for the future: We want to further develop and optimize our product, and our team should also continue to grow. In addition, time is pressing to prepare as many companies in the shipping industry as possible in time for the EU Emissions Trading System. We need resources for this as well – through this financing round, we have them. We are very happy and proud of our team, which has achieved so extremely much in just one year since we started.”

Christophe M. Maire, Founder and Managing Partner of Atlantic Labs commented, “Decarbonization in shipping is an extremely important, promising field in which we want to invest more. And zero44 has convinced us: the team is doing great work and the timing is perfect. The entire market is urgently looking for the best options to reduce emissions and make the transition to the EU Emissions Trading System as smooth as possible. With zero44, they are finding that solution. We are sure: the company has a great future ahead of it.”

About zero44

Founded in Berlin in 2022, zero44 helps shipping companies, ship managers and charterers plan and optimize their CO2 emissions. In doing so, it offers answers to the growing legal requirements for shipping to reduce CO2 significantly and quickly. Starting in 2024, EU emissions trading will bring major challenges and additional costs for the shipping industry. With the help of the zero44 solution, shipping companies receive a comprehensive and daily updated overview of their CO2 emissions, the necessary EU certificates and the corresponding cash flow. In addition, users can purchase certificates via the platform and transfer them to contractual partners. This makes zero44 a comprehensive digital solution that enables players in the shipping industry to set themselves up for sustainability quickly and effectively. For more information, visit www.zero44.eu.

About Atlantic Labs

Atlantic Labs is a pan-European Pre-Seed Venture Capital fund headquartered in Berlin, founded in 2013 by Christophe F. Maire. Atlantic backs exceptional, mission-driven founders, committed to making an impact. Building on a team of experienced investors, entrepreneurs and their industry network, they support founders along their entire entrepreneurial journey. Atlantic Labs has a thesis-based investment approach focusing on climatetech, digital health, future of work, AI & data, mobility & logistics, industrial automation, fintech and proptech.

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