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.


Week of August 29 – September 3

Michael S. Klena
September 6, 2023

26 Crypto Private Financings Raised ~$85M

26 Crypto Private Financings Raised ~$85M

Rolling 3-Month-Average: $136M

Rolling 52-Week Average: $219M


Segment Overview

Below average capital flows this week, but deal count creeping up to the average.  Double clicking on the data, most were earlier & smaller raises, so a lot of seed & pre-Series A deals done.  “Money may never sleep, but big money takes a vacation this week.”  is a quote I just made up to describe this week.


Selected Highlights 

Medallion, Mnemonic and Web3 Pro were the top 3 in money raised with a collective $40MM+ captured.  All are in NFT space or its variants.  All three are more toward the infrastructure segment.  Lead investors were not disclosed


Why Notable?  

Loosely I think of them as NFT 2.0, moving beyond the crazy speculative phase to an actual use case. These firms can help overcome the negative perception when people hear “NFT”.  Infrastructure in general continues its dominance as a capital attractor regardless of what it supports.


Sortium raised $8MM with our friends at Arca leading the round. Sortium is an AI platform for gaming and virtual production industries, using both large language models and generative AI.  Sortium also has a blockchain component, tokenizing items produced.


Why Notable?  Even though it’s an AI forward firm, using the blockchain to tokenize assets to show provenance and ownership marries cutting edge technologies from two spheres.  



No notable patterns for the week beyond the usual infrastructure and DApps as the main deal segments.

Turning to the future, we have heard from several investors they are back and actively looking after the summer slow down.    While it hasn’t been hundreds of investors telling us this, it is enough to make it feel like Q4 should see an easing of the money spigot.  Whether it’s a full turn or a partial turn of the spigot is the main question in my mind



We will be at Permissionless (Sept. 11-13); Singapore Digital Asset Week + Token 2049 (Sept. 10-21); and Mainnet (Sept. 20-23).  If you will be there, let’s schedule time to connect.