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The Landbanking Group snaps $11M, launches first-of-its-kind platform

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Munich-based eco-fintech, The Landbanking Group, has picked up $11 million in seed funding. This is one of the largest European biodiversity seed rounds.

The round was led by High Impact Fund BonVenture known for its investments in Circu Li-ion and Resourcify together with André Hoffmann, a thought leader of the natural capital movement. Venture capital funds 4P Capital, Vanagon and Planet A will contribute their expertise in marketing, ReFi and impact measurement.

In addition, the SUN Institute of the Deutsche Post Foundation and ten individuals and families such as Prince Maximilian of Liechtenstein, Alexa Firmenich, Jan-Hendrik Goldbeck and Fabian Strüngmann, supported the company’s development.

The funds will allow The Landbanking Group to expand its customer base in the agrifood sector and to address new markets in infrastructure, energy and financial services. Furthermore, it allows a further expansion from managed land (agriculture and urban land) to conservation.

Launches its Landler platform

Besides the investment, the company announced the launch of Landler.io, its first management and investment platform for natural capital (biodiversity, carbon, soil and water).

It can measure every track of land on the planet through satellite images and novel software, turning nature into a new asset class for businesses. Furthermore, they focus on nature holistically, not just carbon dioxide.

The platform links earth observation, digital in-situ data, machine learning and decentralised ledger technology to assess every track of the planet and gives it a natural capital account. That account serves as an underlying for the issuance of so-called nature equity assets. These assets are balance-sheet grade and attractive for agri-food, energy, resource or infrastructure companies, and also increasingly for insurance providers and financial institutions.

The investment will allow Landler (the company’s natural capital platform) to extend its range of monitoring models to more biomes and ecosystem service categories.

Brainchild of serial entrepreneurs

The Landbanking Group was founded in 2022 by SYSTEMIQ founder and Ex-McKinsey Senior partner Prof. Martin Stuchtey and serial entrepreneur Dr. Sonja Stuchtey, with a mission to improve land-use decisions hectare by hectare, every day, worldwide.

The company helps landowners quantify the impact of sustainable land practices, from CO2 sequestration to biodiversity growth.

“If nature is critical infrastructure”, said co-founder Dr. Sonja Stuchtey “we must invest into its maintenance and improvement. Our company was founded in response to that challenge: We enable asset-grade investments into nature outcomes.”

“As a High Impact Investment Fund we consider nature and biodiversity as critical for our common future. The Landbanking Group has developed a market-innovating platform to monitor nature in a trusted and transparent way. Through our investment we want to be part of this exciting journey from the beginning,” said Dr. Erwin Stahl, Managing Partner at BonVenture .

“In the 21st Century, natural capital is wealth. We need to shift from a compensation to an asset market view on nature”, added co-founder Martin R. Stuchtey. “Our solution is the attempt to provide the scientific, technological and legal infrastructure for trusted investments into nature outcomes.”

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