European start-up secures €26m funding to expand global satellite network
European satellite and communications start-up, Hiber BV has secured €26m in EU and private investment to expand the world’s first global IoT (Internet of Things) satellite network.
The European Innovation Council Fund (EIC Fund), the EU’s innovation agency, has awarded Hiber a share of its €278m Innovation Fund, which will enable the EU to play a prominent role in the global space sector and enhance its autonomy.
The EIC has co-invested with an innovation credit provided by the Dutch government and existing shareholders.
Hiber’s in-house-developed satellite constellation will ensure that it is possible to track and monitor machines and devices for a wide range of IoT solutions in some of the world’s hardest-to-reach places. The funds will be used to further expand the satellite network and grow its customer base.
Coen Janssen, Chief Strategy Officer and co-founder of Hiber, commented: “The €26m funding is a fantastic validation for Hiber’s success and a major boost for the European ‘New Space’ sector. It is a key step in realising our aim of making the Internet of Things really simple and available for everyone in remote and developing regions of the world.”
Hiber was founded in 2016 to make IoT easy, especially in areas where there is no affordable cellular or WiFi connection. Hiber’s scaling of the satellite network and innovative IoT solutions will have significant positive impact on some of the biggest issues facing the world today, from eliminating food wastage to reducing the environmental impact of extracting fossil fuels.
“Every year, 30 percent of food production is lost or wasted and 33 percent of oil wells experience leakages. Both problems can be addressed by using technology to monitor pressure, humidity or temperature. These are great examples of how space innovation can solve important global problems and improve lives,” continued Coen Janssen.