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Schneider Electric announced investment in SEV global investment fund

September 11
11:06 2019

Schneider Electric Ventures (SEV) a Silicon Valley-based $565M global investment fund backed by Fortune 500 energy management and Schneider Electric, announced the addition of two senior partners to lead their growing investment team. Grant Allen and Varun Jain will bring their extensive global venture experience to SEV, and join Kevin Deneen, formerly of Aster Capital, to focus on investments in areas such as energy management, industrial automation and e-mobility.

Grant Allen joins Schneider Electric Ventures from Zurich-based ABB, where he led global ventures, overseeing a portfolio of 30+ direct and fund investments, including Bonsai AI (acquired by Microsoft), Industrial Defender (acquired by Lockheed Martin), Soft Robotics, and MineSense. An expert in corporate innovation and a venture investor for 12 years, he was instrumental in growing ABB Technology Ventures to become the most active CVC in the robotics/applied AI space, behind Google. 

Varun Jain joins Schneider Electric Ventures from Qualcomm Ventures, where he led the global early-stage practice, including a portfolio of 80+ investments. Some of the recent major exits from the practice include Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), 99 (acquired by Didi) and Zoom. He brings a strong background in industrial automation, e-mobility, and SaaS.

Schneider Electric Ventures has invested in category leaders such as AutoGrid, Claroty, Element Analytics, and Sense. They recently closed on investments with Titan AES, a novel Li-ion battery management system, and Synapticon, a motion control platform for industrial robots, and anticipate investing in 10 or more new startups annually. 

“We are seeking absolutely best-in-class startups aligned with Schneider’s mission of bringing energy and efficiency to enable life, progress and sustainability for all,” said Allen. “We want to see new technologies and business models transforming the way we live and work, how we produce and consume energy, and how we run buildings and factories. Supported by Schneider’s dollars, domain expertise and global customer reach, we can have a dramatic impact on the trajectory of our investments.”

Varun Jain joins Schneider Electric  Ventures from Qualcomm Ventures, where he led the global early-stage practice, including a portfolio of 80+ investments. Some of the recent major exits from the practice include Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), 99 (acquired by Didi) and Zoom. He brings a strong background in industrial automation, e-mobility, and SaaS.

“Schneider Electric  Ventures is a global corporate-backed venture fund, where our incentives are fully aligned with those of the founders we back,” said Jain. “We are going to target companies that not only bear the promise of outsized financial returns, but are also in a position where they can leverage Schneider Electric’s vast technical resources and distribution reach to radically grow their business.

Schneider Electric  Ventures has invested in category leaders such as AutoGrid, Claroty, Element Analytics, and Sense. They recently closed on investments with Titan AES, a novel Li-ion battery management system, and Synapticon, an advanced motion control platform for industrial robots, and anticipate investing in 10 or more new startups annually. 

ABOUT SE VENTURES

Schneider Electric  Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund backed by Schneider Electric, a Fortune Global 500 corporation. With $565M under management, SE Ventures provides risk capital to big ideas and bold entrepreneurs who can benefit from Schneider’s deep domain expertise, R&D assets and global customer base. SE Ventures acts as an advisor, investor, and strategic accelerant for category-defining companies such as AutoGrid, Claroty, Element Analytics, Sense, Titan AES, and Synapticon spanning energy, mobility, cybersecurity, proptech, IoT, industrial automation/robotics and SaaS. SE Ventures believes that tomorrow’s sustainable, digital world is being built today. 

About Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.

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