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 June 3 – June 9

Eric F. Risley
June 9, 2024

It was a strong week in crypto M&A with two large transactions announced and the continued jostling in the hostile acquisition drama playing out between Riot and Bitfarms.


Bitdeer, a publicly traded Bitcoin mining business founded by Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu, has now gone full circle to return to ASIC design and mining hardware.  This was first announced in March 2024 with the introduction of their Sealminer mining machine and further strengthened with this week’s acquisition of Desiweminer, an ASIC design company, for $140M in equity consideration, a portion vesting over five to seven years.  This brings up the age-old question – which is the better business model, mining or selling the “picks and shovels”.


Robinhood is one of the more crypto forward leaning traditional equity brokers.  They introduced crypto investing in May 2019 and in the past quarter crypto transaction comprised 20% of total revenue in Q1 2024.  This week they announced the acquisition of Bitstamp for $200M.  Architect Partners has published a full assessment of the transaction in our M&A Alert but a few observations include:


  • Overall, this is a very positive signal for both the M&A market and for crypto as an industry.


  • A traditional equity broker further leaning in and making a significant investment to build their capabilities is a hole in the dike that will expand, albeit likely slowly at first, then quickly.


  • Robinhood is a relative “renegade” vs most traditional financial institutions so it’s not surprising they moved early, most other large financial institutions are likely to continue to remain cautious until clear regulatory frameworks are in-place or visible.


  • From a valuation perspective, we estimate it was approximately 8x last twelve months’ revenue.  That compares to Robinhood’s multiple of 7.4x, Galaxy’s at 6.9x, Bakkt at 4.6x and Coinbase at 14.7x. 


  • Closing will take some time due to regulatory approval requirements.  This will be interesting to watch given how muddled the regulatory frameworks remain in many countries and regions.  Robinhood explicitly set expectations for 6-12 months from today, an unusually long time frame.