Champ Titles Raised $18M from Point72 Ventures
Champ Titles Raised $18M from Point72 Ventures

Architect Partners was the exclusive Financial Advisor to Champ Titles.

Transaction Overview

On March 27, 2024, Cleveland-based digital title and registration platform Champ Titles announced an $18 million Series C equity round led by Point72 Ventures with participation by existing investors.

Company Description

Champ Titles provides a digital title and registration suite to streamline the vehicle titling process. Their platform enables the creation of legal, digital titles for easy transfer and verification, serving insurance carriers, lenders, state governments, auto dealers, and owners. Stakeholders, including state motor vehicle departments, lenders, and vehicle owners, benefit from a unified and transparent system, where all information is readily accessible and transaction times are markedly reduced. The governance of the digital platform is established through clear guidelines, ensuring all parties adhere to the updated processes and regulations.

Champ Titles’ success is measured by the elimination of more than 5 million pieces of paper annually on average per state; a reduction in processing time from 40-60 days to a matter of hours; increased productivity of DMV title clerks processing more than five times as many titles per day; and the improved experience for consumers in each state that has adopted Champ Titles’ solutions. Over the last twelve months, the company has successfully onboarded new states including New Jersey, Kentucky, and Illinois, and expanded its relationship with West Virginia by creating the first National Digital Titling Clearinghouse (NDTC). Through these efforts, the company has grown rapidly with revenue increasing by more than 300% year over year. 

Founded in 2018 by CEO, Shane Bigelow, the company now has 63 employees and is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. 


In this Series C funding round, Champ Titles raised $18M from Point72 Ventures and existing investors including W.R. Berkley Corporation, Eos Venture Partners, Guidewire Software, and Rev1 Ventures, bringing the total amount raised since inception to $45M. 

In the prior Series B round, Champ Titles raised $13M from Guidewire Software, Eos Venture Partners, and Ally Ventures.

Before that, Champ Titles raised $13.5M in 2021 in a Series A. Emergents, now Architect Partners, served as the exclusive Financial Advisor for that financing. 


Champ Titles’ biggest competitors are existing state DMVs deciding to be a software company and developing solutions on their own or via large systems developers.  However, they also compete with other digital title networks such as Cario and Oxhead Alpha/Tezos. In addition, technology-enabled DMV solutions such as Fast Enterprises are seen as competitive but don’t offer the same efficacy.


Architect Partners’ Perspective

Champ Titles’ SaaS-based solutions present a compelling example of blockchain-enabled infrastructure solving real-world problems.  By focusing on the needs and pain points of legacy auto title, registration, and lien processing, Champ has leveraged the power of blockchain to transform critical government services.  The result is exponentially accelerated processing time for DMV constituents, with improved accuracy and reduced cost.  Yet Champ’s solutions capture many key benefits of on-chain data processing – which include trust, transparency, data integrity, security, and efficiency – without users even being aware of their blockchain foundations.  

While much attention is focused on recent resilience in crypto asset prices, we believe 2024 will see significant growth in non-speculative enterprise applications for distributed ledger technology.  Champ’s successful raise demonstrates investor interest in practical and scalable solutions to real-world problems.

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News on Macro Economic Data


Overall the markets remain cautious, even though Q4 historically provides positive returns.  Global instability hasn’t significantly affected the market yet, as there is an argument the broader market is already oversold with 1,000 new yearly lows hit this week alone.   Inflation remains elevated with both the PPI and CPI numbers coming in hotter than expected (0.5% MoM and 0.4% MoM respectively).  With higher long rates, consumer debt skyrocketing, concern over higher energy costs, and inflation stabilized to some degree, multiple Fed governors have hinted at an extended pause.     


On a positive note, JPM, Citi, and Wells Fargo announced earnings that were better than expected, and more importantly showed that credit quality was also better than expected.   Credit quality is a key metric to watch as the full effects of the interest rate increases have still yet to be felt, consumer credit card debt has reached over $1T for the first time, and corporate bankruptcies continue to rise.


Crypto Public Company Activity


The Architect Partners’ Crypto Public Company Index was down by 6.3% this week due to a number of issues.


  • Trading Volume:  there continues to be a significant drop-off in crypto trading, reducing revenue for exchanges, miners, and other ecosystem participants
  • Macroeconomic Conditions:   Inflation and heightened yields on risk-free assets, especially as the Fed continues its “higher for longer” stance, have impacted all markets, including the notoriously volatile crypto market
  • Sentiment:   Overall negative to neutral market sentiment combined with continued regulatory concerns


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