[PR] Procurement Software Company Archlet Raises $2.8M To Democratize Data-Based Decision Making in Strategic Sourcing

Mona Müller
Jan 20, 2021 · 4 min read

Zurich, Switzerland, January 20, 2021 — Archlet, the AI-based strategic sourcing platform, today announces that it has raised a Seed round of $2.8 million to fuel its growth. The investment was led by Munich-based Senovo and Berlin-based La Famiglia with participation from Nicolaus Schefenacker, David Nothacker and Julius Köhler, the founders of sennder. Existing investors Wingman Ventures, Flavio Pfaffhauser (Founder of Beekeeper) and Karin Hagen-Gierer (Chief Procurement Officer at Ardagh Group) also participated in the round.

Companies are under increasing pressure to create bottom line savings through their procurement departments while also incorporating non-price parameters in order to diversify risks, increase sustainability and improve supplier diversity. This pressure was greater than ever in 2020, when global supply chains were put under unprecedented stress due to the global pandemic crisis. However, existing sourcing software solutions are mainly focused on simple price analysis while being complicated to use, making sourcing a tedious experience for company buyers.

Archlet’s procurement technology enables buyers and category managers to quickly enter supplier negotiations backed by relevant data. The software frees buyers from manual, Excel-based offer analysis and guides them to the optimal award strategy in their sourcing events. It empowers buyers to include non-cost components such as sustainability, risk or diversity scores into the bid analysis and award decision. An easy-to-use interface combined with the ability to integrate into existing procurement workflows (e.g. with SAP Ariba) has helped Archlet take off.

“Today, Excel is still the go-to tool for buyers when it comes to collecting and analyzing supplier quotations. This makes sourcing processes intransparent, error-prone and manual. We are creating one central place where all the decision-relevant sourcing data is aggregated to support buyers in upcoming supplier negotiations with actionable insights”, says Tim Grunow, Co-Founder of Archlet.

Archlet’s customers operate across different industries and range from SMEs to large corporations in Europe and in the US, such as PepsiCo, Emmi, Deutsche Bahn and Stadler Rail. They report average additional financial savings of up to 15% compared to previous purchasing activities, with an up to tenfold decrease in manual activities. In 2020, more than $10 billion in spending has been optimized through the Archlet sourcing platform.

“The procurement tech stack is due for an overhaul. Buyers want to unlock the potential of advanced analytics and intelligent automation but still lack a user-friendly tool to do so. With its intuitive end-to-end platform Archlet brings seamless, data-driven sourcing to every buyer in an organization. We are excited about the extent to which Archlet increases efficiency and facilitates financial savings for its customers. Above all, the team impressed us with their ambition, speed and ability to build a truly customer centric product”, says Mona Müller of Senovo.

“Upon meeting the Archlet team, we immediately knew they were onto something special. Source to contract is a notoriously antiquated space within procurement, as established solutions have struggled to catch on to the market. Archlet is leading the way of modern sourcing decisions that are able to process, yet also break down the increased complexity in global supply chains”, says Judith Dada of La Famiglia.

Archlet was founded in 2019 out of a student consulting project by Lukas Wawrla, Jakob Manz, and Tim Grunow. The three founders met during their engineering studies at ETH Zurich. They were part of the student-led consulting company ETH juniors, where previously also founders of GetYourGuide, Beekeeper, Teralytics, Climeworks and Careship have made their first experiences in running a business.

About Archlet

Archlet’s mission is to help buyers automate their sourcing process by replacing error-prone and time-consuming offer collection through email and analysis in Excel with a powerful data-driven solution. Powered by advanced analytics and data science, Archlet scans through all available supplier offers and creates transparency across all sourcing-relevant data sources to enable data-based supplier negotiations and decision-making. This empowers buyers to identify the optimal sourcing strategy based not only on price but also other increasingly important factors, such as sustainability, supply chain risks or other qualitative parameters. Archlet offers its cloud-based advanced sourcing solution to SMEs and large enterprises across different industries. The SaaS startup is an official spin-off company of ETH Zurich.

About Wingman Ventures

Wingman Ventures is Switzerland’s leading pre-seed fund, backing founder teams building tech companies with the potential to become global market leaders. Wingman has a track-record of supporting exceptional founders in creating breakthrough companies and has the passionate conviction that the Swiss startup ecosystem is just now starting to write its best success stories.

Web: www.wingman.ch

About Senovo

Senovo is an early-stage venture capital firm based in Munich and Berlin that partners with exceptional founders building global B2B SaaS category-leaders from Europe.

As European first-mover, the fund invests since 2013 into a new generation of B2B software startups which enable the digitalization of medium and large enterprises. Their focus is primarily on supporting teams working in the areas of process optimization, industry 4.0 and data-enabled solutions.

Senovo joins the journey after a company has first revenues in a late Seed or Series A round. Their team of SaaS specialists seek meaningful eye-level relationships and regularly publish their learnings and thought leadership at www.medium.com/senovovc.

Web: www.senovo.vc

About La Famiglia

La Famiglia is a European seed stage venture capital fund investing into B2B technology companies that enable or disrupt large industries. We are backed by a selection of world-leading entrepreneurs from various industries that provide precious early market access, impactful partnerships and deep expertise for our portfolio companies. More than a regular venture fund, La Famiglia serves as a trusted access platform creating unique relationships between the old and the new world, enabling real differentiated leverage on capital.

Web: www.lafamiglia.vc

Contact details: Tim Grunow (Co-Founder of Archlet), +41 76 447 49 59, tim.grunow@archlet.ch

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