Scoutbee Raises $12M to Expand its Smarter Supplier Discovery Suite

Scoutbee, the global developer of an AI-driven supplier discovery suite, announced it has raised $12M in Series A funding. The round, funded and led by its previous investors, builds on an exceptional six months of a rapidly growing customer base adopting scoutbee’s supplier discovery technology in Europe and the United States. Purchasers find fast value in scoutbee with its deep supplier insights and its ability to streamline the supplier scouting and engagement process.

Founded in 2015, scoutbee has raised a total of $15.5M in funding to bring its powerful suite to market for strategic procurement. Focused on expansion in the US as well as throughout Europe, scoutbee will use the Series A proceeds to continue the innovation on its leading-edge AI-powered applications and to drive awareness, demand and new customer acquisition for its products.

News of the funding followed scoutbee’s global recognition from the May 16, 2019 World Procurement Awards where it was the first start-up ever to receive the “highly commended” technology award.

“We see this funding event as a key milestone to deliver on our vision to make the lives of procurement professionals easier and the work they do even more impactful,” said Gregor Stühler, managing director of scoutbee. “We are excited to continue the healthy partnership and support of Toba Capital, Holtzbrinck Ventures and 42CAP.”

“scoutbee was founded by purchasing and operations experts who saw the big problems in supplier transparency, manual scouting and wasted time and money in today’s strategic procurement solutions,” said Wilder Ramsey, partner at Toba Capital.  “We are thrilled to continue to partner with scoutbee to help them maintain the innovation in this market and to support their global expansion.”

Customers, including Audi, Airbus and more than 40 other companies, globally rely on scoutbee to deliver deeper supplier insights so they make more confident strategic sourcing and purchasing decisions.

“The procurement market is hungry for a disruptive and easy-to-implement solution like scoutbee’s,” said Jan Miczaika, partner at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures. “While there are many procure-to-pay technologies for chief procurement officers and their teams, scoutbee, with its AI-powered technology, bridges a huge gap in supplier visibility and the process of sourcing strategic projects.”

scoutbee expanded operations into the US market in January 2019 with its US headquarters in Arlington, VA.

“This investment fuels our focus of growing our customer base and operations on two continents,” said Lee Galbraith, managing director.  “The reception from procurement executives in the US has matched what we’ve seen in Europe – leaders want to see deeper supplier insights, perform strategic scouting faster and profit from faster time to market and innovation. Here in the US where manufacturers are scrambling to respond to imposed tariffs, we can help purchasing leaders evaluate suppliers with speed and precision to remain competitive.”