Boston – Suffolk Technologies, an institutional venture capital firm affiliated with Suffolk, announced the close of its inaugural fund with $110 million in commitments. Suffolk Technologies Fund I (The Fund) will invest in early-to-growth stage companies across the construction technology (ConTech) and property technology (PropTech) that are creating solutions for safer, more sustainable and efficient construction. In turn, these businesses will address issues such as the national lack of affordable housing, high rates of emissions from construction and real estate projects and the increased need for efficient infrastructure investment as a result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
“The construction and real estate category is a $6.4 trillion industry that makes up 5% of U.S. GDP. Despite the importance of our industry to the American economy, construction and real estate continue to lag behind other industries when it comes to innovation and the use of technology and data. The time is ripe for disruption and Suffolk is committed to playing a leadership role in our industry’s transformation,” said John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk. “By raising money for this fund, investing in visionary entrepreneurs and startups in the construction technology space, and allowing for the testing and development of exciting new tech solutions on Suffolk jobsites throughout the country, we are contributing to the innovation lifecycle, adding value to our clients through more efficient projects and helping to redefine the built world for generations to come.”
Representatives of Suffolk Technologies say it is committed to providing a new model of venture capital for the construction and real estate industries, and that these categories present unique obstacles that have historically challenged entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital and grow their businesses because they require extensive knowledge and expertise to navigate. Suffolk Technologies connects startups with Suffolk’s decades of construction experience, more than 2,300 in-house industry experts, over 100 jobsites throughout the U.S., over 10,000 trade partners, and hundreds of the largest real estate owners, architects, engineers, and financial services partners. Further, Suffolk Technologies’ team comprises venture capital and industry experts with experience at firms including McKinsey, Microsoft, General Electric, Fairhaven Capital, Dell, AMG National and Suffolk.
Suffolk has invested heavily in innovations to utilize on its project sites throughout the country to ensure a more tech-driven, efficient and safer construction process. That includes CoLabs in every Suffolk region; virtual modeling technologies tied to scheduling and cost management data; artificial intelligence; augmented reality; sophisticated robotics to streamline productivity, quality and safety on jobsites; and predictive solutions that can help teams predict safety incidents and address them before they can occur, among others. Suffolk Technologies launched its BOOST Program in 2020, which brings together key industry stakeholders and Suffolk experts to accelerate built environment startups.
“Our mission is to create a more connected, productive and sustainable built environment,” said Jit Kee Chin, co-founder and managing partner of Suffolk Technologies.
“Recognizing the unique challenges many innovators and startups face when accessing our industry, we designed our venture capital platform and ecosystem of partners to deliver expertise, validation and go-to-market support that put startups on a shorter path to success,” added Wan Li Zhu, the other co-founder and managing partner.
Across the Suffolk Technologies platform, the firm has made 30 investments to date in companies including OpenSpace, Kojo, WINT, Moxion, Canvas, and Airworks.