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

Elliot Chun
June 7, 2024

Scarcity of revenue-mature, reputationally intact crypto companies will drive premium value M&A activity by public companies.


The last two weeks saw meaningful M&A activity for Crypto Public Companies involving 5 out of the 21 components in our Architect Crypto Public Company Index.


  • Robinhood (HOOD) acquired Bitstamp for $200M in cash. This is a significant transaction that we cover in detail in our M&A Alert
    • Bitstamp is one of our global leaders in securing the required regulatory licensing framework in each of their jurisdictions. They have the reputation of doing things the right way and have been doing so for over 10 years. Bitstamp immediately provides Robinhood with a global, regulated crypto footprint where Robinhood can execute their marketing strategies with confidence that they are complying with local market regulations. Bitstamp is one of the few exchanges that can deliver this framework. Crypto still has an adoption problem and the company that made its name by onboarding new users has officially arrived.
      • Robinhood has had an active crypto-related 30 days
      • We previously wrote about the positive shift in regulatory sentiment, but Robinhood announced this acquisition 31 days after receiving the Wells Notice. This is not the behavior of a public company that is intimidated by the SEC.


  • Bitdeer (BTDR) acquired Desiweminer for $140M in equity. The strategic rationale is to vertically integrate and combine ASIC chip design and mining rig manufacturing with data center hosting and BTC mining. Bitdeer is the first publicly traded company to execute on this vertically integrated strategy.


  • Riot (RIOT) proposed an acquisition of Bitfarms (BITF) at $2.30 per share representing $950M in total equity value with the intention of becoming the world’s largest publicly listed BTC miner. That proposal was rejected by Bitfarms, who is actively reviewing other strategic alternatives. Post-Fourth Halving M&A activity will continue to accelerate as the effects of the reduced BTC rewards set in and separates the quality operations from the non-quality ones.


  • CoreWeave – a privately held, cloud AI company who raised $1.1B at a $19B valuation in May and has near-term IPO aspirations – made an all-cash offer to acquire Core Scientific (CORZ) for ~$1B in value. That proposal was rejected by Core Scientific, who was in a bankruptcy process in Dec 2022 – a remarkable turnaround. CoreWeave and Core Scientific also announced a 200MW hosting contract this week. The strategic rationale is to combine AI compute with BTC compute and we expect this strategy is only just starting.  


A critical theme for our industry is scarcity as there are not a lot of revenue-mature, reputationally-intact crypto companies. 


As public companies seek to execute their blockchain and crypto strategies via acquisition, there are less than 100 crypto companies that would meet acquirer requirements. If you categorize these companies within specific subsectors, products or services, each category only has about 3 – 5 companies who have meaningful businesses that can move the needle for acquiring organizations.


Robinhood’s acquisition of Bitstamp takes one of the top 25 exchanges off the table. Looking deeper at what differentiated Bitstamp, they were arguably the only exchange with as robust of a global licensing footprint. How many other Bitstamp-like exchanges exist? Less than 10. 


There are 12 U.S. publicly listed BTC miners with over $100M in enterprise value and 33% of them had some M&A activity this week. I expect all 12 will have some corporate action by the end of the year.


I also expect a Dow Jones component-like public company will acquire a crypto subsector leader by the end of the year which will catalyze a flurry of M&A activity. Once the best companies are taken, there is a significant drop to the next tier.


Maybe that transaction occurred this week.


The entire Architect Partners descended on Consensus in Austin last week. This week, we participated in NY Tech Week. Some observations:


  • The uncontrollable political environment is just something our industry has to deal with. We don’t need a positive environment and we’ll take anything better than hostile. And yes, Crypto will play a role in the outcome of U.S. Elections.


  • The next downward cycle will begin in 12 months to 18 months. Most expect a downward trend to start during Consensus next year. I’m more in the 18 – 24 month camp and don’t think it will be as severe as previous cycles, unless it’s Liquid Restaking-related. Then it will be severe.


  • Bull case BTC is $1.5M by 2030.


  • There is still too much noise at these events, especially with MemeCoins taking things to ridiculous levels, but it’s not as much in previous cycles.


  • The institutions are all attending. Every one of them has a presence at these events. They are just difficult to find (on purpose).


  • Our industry has become really efficient at conferencing. I was at 76 events & meetings over 4 days. Yes that includes Dueling Pianos and does not include my 3 mechanical bull rides.


  • The worst thing I heard someone say was “LRT BTC L2”. 


  • The who at these events is the best part of this industry. We surround ourselves with passionate innovators, investors and service providers who exude humbleness to know we don’t know anywhere close to everything; curiosity & bravery to constantly learn and understand (and fail) in real time; intelligence to actually comprehend and apply what we learn; grit, resolve & belief to survive through the constant cycles; a somewhat sadistic sense of humor to enjoy what we do and who we do it with; and an unwavering moral & ethical compass. We are on the right side of history.