KONUX, a Munich-based startup that uses artificial intelligence to run railway networks, has raised $80 million from investors.
KONUX would hire 100 data scientists and software engineers to develop and expand its product portfolio.
The Series C funding round was led by Sanno Capital while it was also backed by Athos, the investment vehicle of the Struengmann family that is the largest shareholder in COVID-19 vaccine developer BioNTech.
Existing investors also participated in the round, including DIVC and Silicon Valley-based NEA – a backer of commission-free stock trading app Robinhood – and NEA’s former chairman Dick Kramlich.
KONUX runs a software platform that uses smart sensors and machine learning to optimise the operation of rail networks. It counts Deutsche Bahn as a client and operates in 10 countries.