Fairmarkit raises $30M Series B to Expand AI-Powered Procurement Platform for the Fortune 500 and Beyond
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fairmarkit, the intelligent sourcing platform that is transforming the procurement of goods and services for large enterprises, announced today that it has raised a $30 million Series B investment round co-led by GGV Capital and Insight Partners, with continued support from 1984 VC, New Stack, and NewFund. As part of the round, Jeff Richards, Partner at GGV Capital, will be joining the Fairmarkit Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Fairmarkit’s automated solution equips procurement and supply chain teams for some of the world’s leading enterprises with the tools they need to more effectively and efficiently source critical goods and services during a time when the careful management of costs and supplies is more important than ever before. Transforming the antiquated, complicated and largely manual process of enterprise procurement - a $1.7 trillion problem - Fairmarkit’s SaaS platform and Vendor Recommendation Engine leverages a rich data set to deliver cost savings, reduce manual efforts, improve spend visibility, enable stronger compliance and policy adherence, ensure minimal process disruption and achieve immediate ROI for the Fortune 500 and beyond. Fairmarkit customers see a 10% cost savings on their purchases and a reduction of manual efforts by 40%, while achieving 100% policy compliance.
With COVID upending supply chains and compounding pre-existing procurement issues for enterprises, Fairmarkit - which was co-founded in 2017 by Kevin Frechette (CEO), Tarek Alaruri (COO) and Victor Kushch (CTO) - has seen significant growth this year as customers have turned to the solution to achieve immediate ROI from improved procurement processes amidst an otherwise uncertain economic climate. The company has tripled its annual revenue and number of customers in each of the past three years, securing partnerships with leading companies like Snowflake, Cabot Corporation, and Emirates Flight Catering.
“We are ecstatic to welcome GGV Capital to the Fairmarkit family as we scale our mission to simplify B2B purchasing processes,” said Fairmarkit Co-founder and CEO, Kevin Frechette. “Their team is focused on companies that are solving massive problems in ways that will create a lasting impact on the way companies function. Along with Insight Partners, this investment will greatly advance our ability to bring data-backed insights and efficiencies to enterprise procurement processes.”
“For too long, enterprise procurement systems have lacked innovation which has led to overly complicated processes and a reliance on manual efforts,” said Jeff Richards, Partner at GGV Capital. “Fairmarkit has consistently shown that they are a catalyst for change by giving leading global enterprises the tools to make their purchasing process more efficient, and we are excited to join them in revolutionizing the way organizations buy the things they need.”
“Since our Series A investment a year ago, Fairmarkit has shown impressive resilience and strong customer retention as they navigate the effects of the pandemic,” said Thomas Krane, Principal at Insight Partners. “By helping organizations cut back on costs, Fairmarkit has had a tremendous impact on businesses this year and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Fairmarkit team as they enter their next phase of growth.”
“At Cabot, we consistently look for opportunities to reimagine our customers’ experiences through simplicity and innovation. Fairmarkit offered just that, an improvement over the traditional BPO, with minimal disruption. Their technology presents a unique opportunity for us to expand our spend under management without outsourcing or adding headcount, in order to reach key KPIs such as reducing costs and minimizing cycle times,” stated Ivan Skerl, Chief Digital & Information Officer at Cabot Corporation. “The technology will improve our tail spend management and further advance our first-class procurement organization as we continue on our digital transformation journey.”
The latest round of funding will enable Fairmarkit to grow both its team and customer base as it becomes the procurement platform of choice for the Fortune 500 and beyond. As part of this global expansion, Fairmarkit will introduce multiple languages and scale the customer support function internationally. Fairmarkit is also growing its team and currently hiring for roles in product development, support, and sales.
Fairmarkit is the intelligent sourcing platform that empowers organizations to more efficiently purchase the goods and services they need. By equipping procurement and supply-chain teams with automation and data, Fairmarkit promotes competitive bidding while reducing manual work within existing processes. Leveraged across a number of industries by innovative procurement departments, such as Snowflake, Cabot Corporation, and Refinitiv, Fairmarkit aims to revolutionize the way organizations make purchases. Learn more at www.fairmarkit.com.
About GGV Capital
GGV Capital is a global venture capital firm that invests in seed-to-growth stage investments across Consumer/New Retail, Social/Internet, Enterprise/Cloud and Smart Tech sectors. The firm was established in 2000 in Singapore and Silicon Valley and manages $6.2 billion in capital across 13 funds.
About Insight Partners
Insight Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software ScaleUp companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight Partners has invested in more than 400 companies worldwide and has raised through a series of funds more than $30 billion in capital commitments. Insight's mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on software expertise to foster long-term success. Across its people and its portfolio, Insight encourages a culture around a belief that ScaleUp companies and growth create opportunity for all. For more information on Insight and all its investments, visit www.insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter @insightpartners.