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 M&A Snapshot

Week of August 14 – August 20

Peter B. Stoneberg
August 20, 2023

Securitize, a provider of tokenized alternative assets, has acquired Onramp Invest, a digital asset wealth platform. The acquisition will give RIAs (registered investment advisors) access to a wider range of alternative assets, including private equity, private credit, real estate and sales of private stock. The platform also offers access to a variety of educational resources, market research, and tools to help RIAs make informed investment decisions.


Tokenization is essentially a financial infrastructure play, and this deal suggests that the long-anticipated wave may finally be on the horizon. Different players in the sector have focused on different asset classes, but all have struggled to some degree to connect with investor appetite. Matching Securitize’s recent headway tokenizing private funds with the distribution capability of Onramp’s RIA network makes a lot of sense. The deal structure is also sensible, as the two companies started collaboration earlier this year, found it to be successful and consummated the full acquisition. Their collective success could bring validation and momentum to the tokenization space as a whole.


GSTechnologies Limited has acquired PAYPT Finance Ltd, a Canadian company holding a Canadian Money Services Business (MSB) license. The acquisition will allow GSTechnologies to provide a financial service hub to all of its B2B customers.


PAYPT’s MSB license encompasses a range of financial activities, including foreign exchange dealing, cryptoasset trading, money transfer services, and the issuance of debit cards and IBANs. The acquisition is aligned with GSTechnologies’ strategy to expand its B2B Neobank operations beyond the UK.