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Singapore Smart Lock Startup igloohome Raises US$4m In Series A Round

Today, Singapore smart lock company igloohome announced that they have secured a US$4m (S$5.26m) round of financing.

Led by Insignia Venture Partners, new investors include Phillip Private Equity, X Capital Ventures, Kuok Meng Xiong of K3 Ventures, and angel investor Koh Boon Hwee.

Existing investor Wavemaker Partners also participated in this round.

At the tail end of 2015, igloohome received seed funding of US$1.25m (S$1.64m), led by Wavemaker Partners with participation from Singtel Innov8 and DreamIt Ventures.

This brings their total funding to US$5.25m.

Anthony Chow, CEO and co-founder of igloohome said, “We are very encouraged by the support provided by our investors. We believe that together, we will be able to bring even more innovative products and services to the table, and grow the igloohome name into a lifestyle brand.”

Insignia Ventures Partners founding managing partner and CEO Yinglan Tan said, “We believe igloohome’s new approach to home security is mainstream and powerful.”

“The smart home space is set to grow exponentially over the next few years and what excites us about igloohome is its efficient, convenient approach to home security and also its entrepreneurial leadership team who have been able to create thoughtful products and fulfil them in different markets.”

The new round of funds will be used for the development of smart access solutions for commercial projects, particularly in the hospitality industry, covering both communal and private space.

Hiring and R&D are also 2 aspects they’ll focus on.

Unlocking the door with igloohome’s mobile app / GIF Credit: Vulcan Post

igloohome’s products have gained much attention since launch because unlike other smart devices, they can work offline.

This is done via encryption and synchronisation, similar to internet banking tokens.

According to the press release, their products are used over 80 countries and are available via 30 distributors globally, with a focus across Asia and the Americas.

Their products are also retailing on major e-commerce platforms like Amazon and Home Depot.

igoohome has plans to roll out their products across 2,000 retail shops by the end of 2018.

 

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