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 May 27 – June 2

Eric F. Risley
June 2, 2024

Does an institutional crypto asset trader care if the trade occurs on a centralized exchange like Coinbase, a decentralized exchange like Uniswap or via a more informal, over the counter venue?  The nuanced answer is yes but the simple answer, much of the time, is no.  What is desired is the ability to make an informed decision with the necessary information and the ability to act on that information.  In the world of traditional institutional trading the trusted market data and software that enables this is called an Order Management System (OMS) complemented by the Execution Management System (EMS).  


In traditional financial markets, the OMS and EMS have been critical for the institutional trader for years, but until recently, this technology had not been available in crypto. In traditional finance, there are only a handful of exchanges, whereas in crypto there are dozens of major exchanges that orders must be routed to for optimal execution. Institutions were forced to build their own version (very hard and expensive) or have a limited view of the market and depend on a few trading partners to execute their desired strategy and trades.  Perhaps fine when markets are relatively inefficient and algorithmic trading strategies were “rich with profit”, however, those days are largely gone.


Talos is one of the few companies who have built a truly institutional-grade OMS | EMS to bring the necessary full market visibility to sophisticated crypto traders.  Others include CoinRoutes and Elwood Technologies.  Talos is backed by sophisticated trading market savvy institutional investors, including General Atlantic, DRW, Fidelity, Citigroup and BNY Mellon.  This week Talos announced the acquisition of Skolem, a peer but focused exclusively on DeFi execution markets, an increasingly important execution venue for institutional traders.  This follows Talos’ recent acquisitions of Cloudwall and D3X Systems.


Talos, and their lead growth investor, General Atlantic, are executing the time proven strategy of product extension via acquisition.  Benefits of this strategy, rather than building these capabilities internally, include accelerated time to market, acquiring not just a proven product but the talent that built it and adding customers and associated revenue.  Challenges are certainly present as well, including integrating the products into a cohesive single product (in this case) and onboarding new talent as a group.  This playbook has been deployed successfully for years by tech companies and will continue to be the primary driver of crypto-related acquisitions for some time.