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

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Glenn Gottlieb
March 1, 2024

News on Macro Economic Data

This week’s data confirmed that the economy is still facing challenges, with core PCE, the Fed’s favored inflation measurement, rising 0,4% (2.8% annualized) which is the fastest rate of increase in four months.  Coupled with the latest core CPI report of 3.9% annual inflation rate, it’s clear that sticky inflation remains.  It also represents the second report in a row in which inflation has accelerated.


In addition to rising inflation, the expected 1.5% increase in pending home sales report came in with a sharp decline of 4.9%, the manufacturing index fell for the sixteenth month in a row to 47.8, the manufacturing workweek continues to contract, and consumer sentiment came in at a recessionary level of 76.9.  


Views from Fed governors who have spoken this week didn’t provide much clarity, as opinions ranged from suggesting further hikes, to unsure about cuts, to suggesting cuts beginning this summer.  


Crypto Public Company Activity

One week after bitcoin ETF approvals, bitcoin lost an amazing $80B in market cap.  Since then, bitcoin has been on a tear, up more than 48% year to date.   The question is, what is causing such a large move in such a relatively short period?


Much of the activity has to do with continued investment in the ETFs.  This institutional support enables bitcoin to be a portion of portfolio management planning.  According to an interview with TheStreetCrypto, analyst Scott Melker, The ETFs’ demand is 10x that of new bitcoin being mined on a daily basis.  We know that roughly 75% of all bitcoin buying right now is for the ETFs, and we also know that yet another bitcoin halving is coming in April.”  Bitcoin halvings have historically led to price increases.


Another factor is increased industry optimism.  ETF approval was a watershed event after the crypto winter given the numerous bankruptcies and legal issues that occurred.   While regulatory uncertainty still exists, ETF approval added stability, and changes to the industry seem to have limited near-term exposure to serious and impactful negative news.