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29 July 2019 - Innovation

KPN Ventures provides growth capital to smart home alarm developer Minut

KPN Ventures, the venture capital investment arm of KPN, announced today it has participated in the $8M Series A financing round in Minut, a Swedish tech startup that makes the Point smart home alarm. The round was led by KPN Ventures, with participation from previous backers Karma Ventures, SOSV and Nordic Makers, joined by strategic partner Centrica, bringing the total amount of funding over $10 million.

Minut has created the first complete smart alarm to keep your home safe and sound through a single device. The company has already sold devices in more than 60 countries with a growing team and new office based in London. The new capital will be used to accelerate growth across markets and to strengthen the product portfolio.

Minut has made protecting homes more accessible than ever before. Installation takes seconds with no drilling or cables to run and the app is easy to use for the whole family. The Minut smart home alarm analyses the environment and any motion or sound will be identified and alerts houseowners to threats through instant notifications. Through the use of machine-learning the sound recognition is continuously improved by the Minut community, making the system even better over time.

Nils Mattisson, CEO/co-founder of Minut: “Feeling safe shouldn't be a luxury, or come at the cost of privacy. Until recently the most affordable solution for home security and monitoring has been Wi-Fi connected cameras, but people don’t want or trust them in their homes. Our aim is to make home security and monitoring accessible to everyone and we are excited to have KPN Ventures on board in this journey.”

Herman Kienhuis, Director of KPN Ventures said: “With their innovative ‘Point’ device, The Minut team has executed on the vision to make home security smart, simple and accessible for everybody. KPN powers the connected home and we see great opportunities to partner with Minut to help people protect their homes.”

About Minut:
Minut was founded in 2014 and is led by CEO/co-founder Nils Mattisson, who spent seven years in the Exploratory Design Group at Apple CEO; Marcus Ljungblad, Head of Growth; Martin Lööf, Head of Manufacturing; and Fredrik Ahlberg, Head of Research. The team also includes Head of Product Johan Nystrand, who worked as one of the first engineers at Gapminder, later acquired by Google. Minut was born with a vision that everyone should be able to ensure their home is private, safe and sound. Today, Minut employs nearly 30 people across offices in Malmo (HQ), Stockholm and London and has sold more than 10,000 units in 60 countries and counting.

About KPN Ventures:
KPN Ventures is the corporate venture capital arm of KPN, The Netherlands’ leading telecom company. KPN Ventures aims to build value-creating partnership with innovative technology companies, providing access to capital, industry expertise, technical infrastructure, professional network and channels to customers. It focuses on early-stage investments in the segments: Networking Technology, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Smart Home, Digital Healthcare, Video/OTT, Cloud Computing and Data/AI. KPN Ventures has its main office in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.