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German startup Plancraft secures €12M from Creandum to digitalise labour industry

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Hamburg-based Plancraft has secured €12 million in Series A financing. The investment round was led by the European VC that backed Spotify, Klarna, etc. – Creandum, which recently closed a €500M fund and invested in Codesphere and Packfleet

How will Plancraft use the funding?

With the fresh capital, the company aims to build the first European contractor operating system and expand beyond the DACH region. In addition, the new capital will be used to expand the product to create further digitalization opportunities for craft businesses.

What challenges does it tackle?

The craft industry, including construction, roofing, and carpentry, faces significant changes, such as demographic shifts, labour shortages, and increasing bureaucratic demands. Plancraft helps address these challenges through optimized and digital processes. The software makes important business data more accessible and saves valuable time through automated workflows, allowing craft businesses to focus on their core competencies. The sector is essential for building, renovating, and maintaining structures, providing skilled labour and expertise to create and improve our built environment.

Digitalises of work processes

Founded in 2020 by Julian Wiedenhaus, Alexander Noll, and Richard Keil, Plancraft offers an intuitive web app that changes the way craftsmen do daily work, such as planning, offer calculation, and invoicing, as well as team communication, time tracking and data collection on-site via a mobile app.

From project calculation to time tracking, all basic processes are digitised and simplified, reducing the technical burden for the overworked workforce. As per the company, it combines the flexibility of the cloud with the specificity of industry software, setting a new standard. By eliminating the need for initial installation or manual updates, companies create new technological foundations thanks to the cloud. Secondly, users can work on their preferred devices. 

The company has employed more than 40 people and serves over 10,000 customers. It has processed nearly €1 billion in construction volume through its software. 

Julian Wiedenhaus, CEO and founder of Plancraft, emphasised: “The craft industry is in crisis: order declines, labor shortages, and excessive bureaucratic requirements are causing problems for many businesses. Demographic changes and uncertain material prices are additional challenges that will not become easier in the future. With Plancraft, craft businesses can easily reduce bureaucracy and operate more efficiently. The high demand for our product shows how important it is to digitalize the craft industry. We are very grateful to Creandum as a new investment partner, helping us get one step closer to our vision of becoming the first European contractor operating system.”

Staffan Helgesson, General Partner at Creandum, added: “Ultimately, the craft industry affects all of us, which is why it is so important to make the lives of businesses easier. plancraft has recognized this. With a well-thought-out product and a dynamic team, Plancraft has everything it needs to drive the digitalisation of the craft industry throughout Europe. We are very excited to support Plancraft in their mission.” 

Customer experiences confirm the benefits Jeroen Smeelen, a Plancraft user, explains his recent challenges as a managing director of carpentry Holzbau Lübber GmbH added: “When two of my employees were unavailable to the company for a long period, I had to go to the construction site every day to ensure everything ran smoothly. Without Plancraft, this challenge would have been impossible to overcome, as it was the only way I could work remotely. The software simplifies so many processes, from bidding and project planning to time recording and invoicing, so that I can concentrate on the essentials – my craft.”

What do we think about Plancraft?

Given that Plancraft has raised recent funding and gained the trust of existing investors – Bitstone Capital and High-Tech Gründerfonds, the company has hit the right chord with its digitalisation strategy. With a user-friendly web app for office work, it offers a breath of fresh air to the trade and actively shapes the digital transformation of the industry. 

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