UiPath closes Series C funding extension
By Digital News Asia November 16, 2018
- Employees participated in a partial liquidity programme to share in value creation
- UiPath’s Series C financing now totals US$265 million at a valuation of US$3 billion
UIPATH, the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) market leader, has closed an extension of its Series C financing with a strategic investment from IVP, Madrona Venture Group and Meritech Capital.
With this extension added to the first closing of the Series C round announced in September, UiPath’s Series C financing now totals US$265 million (RM1.11 billion) at a valuation of US$3 billion (RM12.58 billion); it was led by CapitalG and Sequoia Capital.
In addition to bringing in strong partners to support UiPath, the funding extension was created by enabling employees to gain some liquidity. Employees were invited to participate at the same share price that investors received in the round.
This fundamental employee benefit is in line with the company’s culture and is an example of a benefit that landed UiPath as Comparably’s 6th happiest place to work in 2018.
“I am honored to have IVP, Madrona Venture Group and Meritech Capital as new investors in UiPath. Their leadership and guidance will no doubt help us continue to define and lead the Automation First era for customers everywhere.
“UiPath has had many funding options and I believe we have selected the investors that align best with our culture and beliefs. I am humbled as the syndicate of unquestionably top-tier venture capital firms who believe in UiPath and support our future,” said UiPath CEO and co-founder Daniel Dines.
“Additionally, it is a core UiPath principle to share the success of the company in a meaningful way with our hard-working and long-time employees and we were excited to be able to extend the opportunity, at their personal choice, to realize partial liquidity in this round.”
UiPath’s new investors
IVP is a premier later-stage venture capital and growth equity firm in the US and its current US$1.5 billion (RM6.29 billion) fund is focused on investments in rapidly-growing media and technology companies like UiPath.
Since 1980, IVP has invested in more than 400 companies, 108 of which have gone public. Its portfolio includes AppDynamics, Dropbox, GitHub, Pure Storage and Slack. General Partner Eric Liaw, who focuses on high-growth opportunities across enterprise software, Internet, mobile and fintech markets, led IVP’s investment in UiPath.
Meritech Capital is a growth investment fund. General Partner Alex Kurland led Meritech’s investment in UiPath and is primarily focused on enterprise software and infrastructure investments.
Meritech has a strong enterprise track record and a portfolio that includes Facebook, Salesforce, NetSuite, Mulesoft, Anaplan, Coupa and Proofpoint.
Madrona Venture Group invests in seed and early-stage technology companies. Managing director S Somasegar has joined UiPath’s Board and will actively support the expansion of UiPath’s Bellevue Product Development Center, which is focused on deepening both UiPath’s developer engagement and AI expertise.
Somasegar has led investments at Madrona that include AnswerIQ, MightyAI and Snowflake.
Along with IVP, Meritech and Madrona, UiPath has raised more than US$400 million (RM1.68 billion) from tier one investors including Accel, CapitalG, Earlybird’s Digital East Fund, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Credo Ventures, Seedcamp and Sequoia Capital.
UiPath raised its Series A in April 2017 with 200 customers at a valuation of US$140 million (RM587.23 million). It raised another US$153 million (RM641.76 million) in March 2018 at a valuation of US$1.1 billion (RM4.6 billion).