AlbionVC led the round, which also includes HSBC Ventures, and Citi, two of Solidatus’ global enterprise clients. The deal was led by Emil Gigov and Jay Wilson of AlbionVC with Jay Wilson joining the Solidatus’ Board of Directors following the investment.
Kate Platonova, Chief Data and Architecture Officer, HSBC said: “As a large global bank, we manage complex organisational metadata. Through our partnership with Solidatus we have dramatically improved some of our workflows, reducing both the risk and speed to market for some of our major international programmes. Their graph technology has been particularly instrumental in helping us to achieve this. As management of metadata becomes ever more critical to success, we believe Solidatus will play an increasingly strategic role for HSBC in the future.”
Solidatus empowers organisations to effectively map, manage and monetise their key asset – data. Businesses across the world are dealing with complex data points and the lineage-first approach championed by Solidatus offers up to 90% efficiency savings over traditional methods. Clients, including top-tier global financial, pharmaceutical and consulting firms, are using the software to visualise and understand their data estate, taking advantage of the ability to track data through their enterprise to drive business intelligence, digital transformation and regulatory compliance.
Jay Wilson, investor at AlbionVC and Solidatus board member said: “The increasing complexity of an organisation’s data estates and the growing recognition of data as an asset combined with increasing regulatory demands is bringing data management into the limelight. Solidatus has built the best-in-class product to bear down on the industry’s pain points and we are delighted to lead the company’s first institutional capital raise to support the co-founders and the company in reshaping data lineage and the wider data management category.”
Last year marked the company’s most successful year to date, seeing Solidatus more than double in size, quadruple its revenue whilst maintaining profitability. As a result of this success, they also became the only new entrant to the Gartner Magic Quadrant in Metadata Management, one of the youngest companies to attain placement in the Quadrant’s history. The company expanded into several new sectors, including aerospace, manufacturing, telecommunications and government, and has four of the top 10 Globally Systemically Important Banks (GSIBs) in the European and US markets as clients. In addition, Solidatus was awarded the Best Data Governance Solution by Data Management Insights, and also joined the ranks of the RegTech 100.
The Series A investment sees growth partner, AlbionVC, and strategic partner, HSBC, join Citi to support Solidatus’ vision to revolutionise data engineering. The founders decided the time was now to capitalise on successes leading up to and including 2020 and accelerate the company’s growth to allow more organisations to solve their data challenges utilising Solidatus. The aim is to fast-track its planned global expansion, further extending into new territories including the US, Europe and Asia, as well as delivering best-in-class data management capabilities to new industry verticals.
Philip Dutton, co-founder of Solidatus said: “Solidatus was built to revolutionise the data economy. The completion of Series A is confirmation that we’ve engineered the right solution to meet the complex needs of data-rich and regulated organisations, delivering a modern, agile and scalable solution. We are looking forward to working alongside our investors to accelerate the delivery of organisational transformation and control to new markets and clients with the same level of commitment to the highest standards of service that are key to the Solidatus offering.”
Philip Miller, co-founder of Solidatus said: “To have two of the largest global banks as clients and investors in our first funding round speaks volumes about their belief in Solidatus’ ability to deliver value in financial services and beyond at an enterprise level. We look forward to working with all our investors to help us take Solidatus to the next growth stage and market-disrupting innovation.”
The investment round comes shortly ahead of Solidatus’ participation in the UK Department of International Trade’s Virtual US RegTech Roadshow, taking place at the end of February 2021. The roadshow will connect a select group of leading UK RegTechs with key financial services stakeholders in the United States.
Alastair Lukies, CBE, Member of the Prime Minister’s Business Council and Chair of the Fintech Alliance, comments: “The UK’s tech sector is a great global success story, for FinTech and RegTech in particular. This US Roadshow will further reinforce the UK’s world-leading innovation in this space. I’ve known Solidatus as a business for some time and achieving this milestone in their growth, especially from such renowned investors and at such a significant level, is testament to both the business’ proposition, innovation and service to their customers. It signals a fantastic start to 2021 for British tech businesses and underlines how the country’s tech sector is making waves on a truly global scale.”
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Award-winning Solidatus, the leader in metadata management, enables the world’s largest data-rich and regulated organisations to effectively manage their data, people and processes, reducing complexity and risk through transparency, automation and collaboration. We provide organisations with a solution that allows them to fundamentally redesign their organisational data culture and capabilities by enabling the creation of a holistic organisation-wide digital map that details all the relationships that interact and impact their data, accelerating modernisation and transformation.
The Solidatus methodology for digitally transforming organisations to be data-centric and lineage-enabled is changing the way organisations manage their data. Quickly being adopted by organisations across the globe, including top-tier global financial, pharmaceutical, utility and infrastructure firms and has been implemented by leading consulting and technology firms.
AlbionVC helps build the future of enterprise and healthcare. With 20+ years’ experience in technology investments, the team focus on B2B software and healthcare at Series A. AlbionVC manages c.£500m of venture funds, currently invested in over 50 companies. AlbionVC is the technology investment arm of Albion Capital Group LLP, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.
About HSBC Holdings plc
HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of HSBC, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 64 countries and territories in its geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of $2,956bn at 30 September 2020, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. The investment was made by HSBC Ventures, a corporate venture capital unit taking minority holdings in early-stage technology companies with a strategic relevance to HSBC. The team has made over 20 investments since their inception in 2014.
Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.