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WHO ARE WE BACKING

Founders

Ambitious founders intending to scale across the world to unlock US$1.6T opportunity

Products

B2B SaaS, Platforms and Data Products powering Urban Infrastructure
Intelligence

Sectors

Disruptors of the
AECO* /

Built Environment / Urban Infrastructure 

AECO* - Architectutre, Engineering, Construction, Operations sector

Geos & Stages

South & Southeast Asian startups at the seed to series A stage

Verticals

Startups who focus on key verticals such as Energy, Transport & Buildings Infrastructure

THE URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE
INTELLIGENCE OPPORTUNITY

$330T

market ripe for digital disruption

>$7.2T

spent annually on new construction in APAC

43

megacities globally by 2030
(most in APAC)

We are targeting the world’s wealthiest and least technologically advanced industry - a $330 trillion market ripe for digital disruption. With $12 trillion spent annually on new construction, over 60% in APAC, the region's rapid urbanization and industrialization are accelerating faster than developed markets. By 2030, 43 megacities will exist globally, most in Asia. Despite massive investments, the urban infrastructure industry remains one of the least digitalized, leading to huge disruptions and costs.

Software, AI, platforms and data will power this next wave of transformation.

What is the Urban Infrastructure layer 
and what it unlocks

Urban infrastructure assets (the ‘real assets’) are the largest and oldest asset class worth $330+ trillion, more than all global equities and debt securities combined –
and one of the world's least digitalized sectors.

The urban infrastructure layer unlocks the economic layer of social activities, businesses, and living. It refers to the ‘real assets’, engineered systems  (e.g. water, energy, transport, sanitation, communication) that make up a city and its surroundings. It encompasses the physical structures and facilities necessary for the functioning of a city and the well-being of its residents.

 

+2.5B
people living in urban
areas in ~25 years
2x
urban population in Asia could double over the next decades

The world's urban population is expected to increase by 2.5 billion people between now and 2050. By then 68% of the world's population will live in urbanized areas - in emerging economies only 40-50% of the population is ‘urban’, and urbanization advances at the fastest speed (‘urban’ population in the US is ~80%).


Greenfield  CapEx: New construction projects built from scratch with the opportunity to incorporate the latest technologies and sustainable practices from the outset.

Brownfield CapEx and OpEx:  Redevelopment or upgrading of existing infrastructure as well as operations and maintenance spending.
 

Social Facilities

e.g. education, healthcare, senior homes, defense, judicial buildings, prisons, stadiums, museums

Real  Estate

e.g. commercial, industrial and residential properties

Transport

e.g. ports, railways, metros, airports, roads, bridges, tunnels, parking

Renewable Energy

e.g. wind, solar, geothermal

Traditional Energy

e.g. generation power plants, transmission, distribution, storage

Utilities

e.g. water, sewage, waste

Communication

e.g. transmission, cable networks, towers

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8 MACRO DRIVERS OF MARKET DEMAND
FOR URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE INTELLIGENCE

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Decarbonization, Sustainability & Energy Transition

A shift towards green energy, eco-friendly materials, and energy efficiency is becoming a cornerstone of urban infrastructure. Trillions of dollars are needed annually for a successful transition. The built environment generates 40% of all emissions.

 

AI-driven data insights can optimize energy consumption, improve new energy projects and reduce emissions.

URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE INTELLIGENCE

WHY ACT NOW

We are on the verge of the most dramatic technological shift in the history of real assets

as the urban societies demand smarter, more resilient, and sustainable cities.

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Urban Infrastructure Intelligence refers to the integration of advanced technologies and data analytics to enhance the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of urban infrastructure improving projects, assets and urban performance and sustainability outcomes.

Asset-light approach in the asset-heavy industry. Software and data is the most scalable form of disruption due to its asset-light nature and, with the right support, creating and scaling software has never been easier. The biggest hardware companies in this industry are shifting towards software and we foresee an unprecedented and explosive surge of innovation and transformative changes in business models.

EXAMPLE TECH FOR INTELLIGENT ASSETS
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Artificial Intelligence
(AI, ML)
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Internet of Things (IoT)
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Simulation & Analysis
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Automation
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Cloud & Edge Computing
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Reality Modelling / Point Cloud
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Generative Design & Engineering
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Blockchain
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Next Gen BIM/GIS
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Data Analytics & Big Data
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Infrastructure Metaverse, AR/VR
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Cybersecurity

OUR INVESTMENT PRIORITIES

Sustainability
Asset/Project
Performance
ENABLED
OUTCOMES
Data Monetization 
Resilience & Liveability
Risk & Safety
Productivity & Margin
TARGET
SECTORS
TARGET
VALUE CHAIN
TARGET
INVESTMENTS
TARGET
GEOS
OUR 
GROWTH
ENGINE
South & Southeast Asia Innovations
Intelligent
Energy 
Infrastructure
Intelligent
Transport
Infrastructure
Intelligent
Buildings
Infrastructure
Enabling Software, Platforms & Data Products
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Regional & Global Clients

WE INVEST

We invest in software, platforms, and data products that enable intelligent and sustainable solutions for energy, transport, and building infrastructure.

If you are building for these verticals or have a groundbreaking idea or product you would like to discuss, get in touch with us.

WE TARGET

We target innovations from South and Southeast Asia that improve economic, societal and sustainability outcomes across the full value chain: from planning and design to building and operating to decommissioning and redeveloping the urban infrastructure assets. The data generated from these assets can also be monetized as a new source of revenue.

WE HELP

We help our portfolio companies  scale into regional and global markets. Our proprietary growth engine provides hands-on support focusing on scaling strategies for startups looking to navigate global markets, including customer success, sales strategies, enterprise motions specific for this sector. We leverage our extended investors network to envision exit paths and folllow-on investment scenarios to help startups succeed beyond the region.

WE UNDERSTAND

We are not just another generalist investor. We deeply understand the industry, and industry-specific data and software, as we have built, scaled and invested in software and data businesses and are ready to put our veteran know-how and network to work.

“We love how Civico can immediately scrutinize our product strategy, eliminating the need to spend 50% of our time explaining the industry and product value chain to investors”
– Founder, Singapore

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