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.

Crypto Public Companies Snapshot

Crypto Public Companies Snapshot

Glenn Gottlieb
November 3, 2023

News on Macro Economic Data

The current economic environment continues to provide many mixed signals, and thus, we remain cautious.


Given the combination of global geopolitical instability, elevated interest rates, and the fact that the effects of most of the Fed rate hikes have yet to be felt, the Fed kept rates steady. Public markets are experiencing a bump due to the Fed pause.   “Looking under the hood” shows the macro environment may be eroding.      

Inflation has come down from its high but remains elevated.  September CPI was up 3.7% annualized in September, yet key staples – food and energy – were up 6.6%.   The economy continues to be driven by consumer spending, up 0.7% from August to September, but real incomes were up only 0.4% questioning the ability for the consumer to continue to drive economic growth, especially given record credit card balances, and the highest credit card and auto loan defaults in 10 years. 


With CBO estimates of GDP growth averaging 1.2% through 2025, there is fear that Treasury yields will necessarily have to go much higher as $1.6T (11% of GDP) will be coming to market over the next 6 months with a less-than-welcoming- market. 


Crypto Public Company Activity

Coinbase posted mixed third-quarter results beating revenue ($674M actual vs $651M estimate) and profitability estimates (-$0.01 EPS actual vs -$0.54 EPS estimate).  However, revenue was down 6% from Q2, and the company posted its seventh consecutive quarterly loss as trading volumes and number of people trading on the platform fell. 


Retail trading volume fell 21% QoQ and Institutional trading volume fell 17% QoQ leading to overall trading revenue falling 11.8% QoQ, and 21.1% YoY.   Coinbase made up much of their reduction in trading revenue with substantial increases in subscription and services revenues which rose 59% YoY.  


Guidance for Q4 expects subscription and services revenue to be flat, but looking for positive EBITDA. 


This week, Coinbase also announced that eligible customers in the US now can trade futures contracts tied to Bitcoin and Ethereum.


Coinbase stock is up close to 150% so far in 2023.