Equippo Successfully Closes Financing Round

02.06.2015 10:04

Venture capital specialist b-to-v invests a mid-six-figure sum in global heavy equipment marketplace.

Equippo, a global online marketplace for used heavy equipment, has closed its first seed financing round with a mid-six-figure sum. The round was led by the venture capital company b-to-v (St. Gallen/Berlin). International angel investors from the b-to-v network were also involved. The 2014-founded company will invest the fresh capital to expand and amplify seller acquisition, online marketing, and organizational structure with focus on Russia, Africa, and South America.

Michael Rohmeder, CEO of Equippo, says, “It was exactly right to begin as a “lean startup” and bring a product live quickly and without investment. It was the logical way to reach our first phase goals with limited resources. The investment with b-to-v now allows us to prepare for the next development stage with much more power. We are really happy with b-to-v; Florian and his team are very professional and above all bring their extensive experience and Angels.”

Florian Schweitzer, partner at b-to-v, comments, “I’ve known and watched Michael Rohmeder since 1999. He impressed me already as a student when he created Toxic.fm in no time, a radio station that is still very successful today. I am convinced that Michael will revolutionize the very complex used equipment industry, one that is well-known to him. I’m also thankful that we can invest in Philipp Knobel, who was key in programming b-to-v’s first online platform in 2000.“

The global market for construction machinery has a forecasted 2015 volume of more than 109 billion US dollars (Source: Statista) - and rising. Equippo founders Michael Rohmeder and Philipp Knobel use a transparent fixed-price model including delivery to buyers worldwide to win out over competitors based on the auction model. In the last 10 months, the company has grown to 10 full and part-time employees, and now serves customers around the world in nine languages.

On its international marketplace, Equippo offers used heavy equipment like excavators, loaders, asphalt pavers, and aerial platforms. Zug, Switzerland-based Equippo has aimed to bring sellers and buyers together, and to make the international buying and selling process as easy as possible. Next to a minimalistic design comes a unique technical innovation in the form of a price calculation engine. This allows the final price for a product to be displayed – including logistics and customs costs to the requested location, in local currency. To meet the high expectations of B2B customers, Equippo has an international, offline sales team to complement the ease of online transactions with professional consultations.

About Equippo:
Since the end of 2014, Equippo has operated a global online marketplace for used heavy equipment. Through the combination of reviewed sellers, total transaction management, and transparent end-pricing, Equippo enables end-users in foreign countries to easily conduct international transactions. Through the combination of machine know-how, a network of inspectors, and complete control over transport and cash, Equippo provides for serious and trustworthy online transactions. The founding team is comprised of Michael Rohmeder and Philipp Knobel, an industry expert with 20 years’ experience in the international heavy equipment business and an IT-development manager with as many years of experience as CTO and developer for internet applications. Equippo serves markets in nine languages across five continents and leads an international team from Zug, Switzerland. Equippo is “Global Deals Made Easy.”

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