McRock launches $100 million industrial IoT VC fund with host of global investors

McRock Capital has held an initial closing on its second venture capital fund, McRock Fund II LP, dedicated to investing in the global trend around the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). 

The new fund has reached over 80 percent of its targeted US$100 million. Investors include Cisco Investments, Shell and other significant corporate and institutional investors including BDC Capital, Export Development Canada, Alberta Enterprise Corp. (AEC) and HarbourVest.

McRock is an investment firm co-founded by venture capital veterans Scott MacDonald and Whitney Rockley and invests primarily in industrial IoT companies across Canada, the US and Europe. The industrial IoT is about the intersection of sensors and software in large industrial markets. McRock as emerged as an experienced investors financing private companies driving the digital transformation.

The new fund will invest in high-growth companies across Canada, the US, and Europe that are combining next generation data analytics through artificial intelligence (AI) with the growing data from field devices, machines and equipment in industrial and urban environments.

“We are at the beginning of the digital transformation in every industrial sector and urban environment around the globe,” said Scott MacDonald, co-founder and managing partner of McRock Capital. “McRock Fund II provides us with significant investment capital and strategic corporate relationships to help build the next generation of high-growth tech companies.”

“Our leadership position continues to be advanced by the caliber of the corporations and institutional investors we have attracted to McRock and Canada,” said Whitney Rockley, co-founder and managing partner of McRock Capital. “We also credit our diversity & inclusion initiatives within our own venture capital firm, and the portfolio of companies we finance, for our strong financial performance.”

“Digitalisation is transforming Shell and we are looking at a range of options to drive future growth in our marketing businesses,” said Saskia Mureau, chief digital officer, Shell Global Commercial. “In partnership with McRock Capital, we are seeking out new business models and technologies that have strong disruptive qualities and that can improve the experience of industrial customers.”

“In addition to offering a dedicated IoT and digital transformation solutions portfolio, Cisco actively deploys capital and collaborates with organizations to drive IoT innovation globally. We have been working closely with McRock since 2014 and are thrilled to continue this strategic relationship,” stated Amit Chaturvedy, head of IoT and enterprise networking at Cisco Investments.

“McRock Fund II is building off the success of McRock’s inaugural fund, which is highly differentiated and supports an emerging cluster of technology strength in Canada,” stated Alison Nankivell, VP of Funds and Global Scaling at BDC Capital. “We are proud to be a returning institutional investor given their impressive leadership position not only in their sector but in backing equally diverse and inclusive companies. We look forward to finding more opportunities to coinvest with the McRock team in diversity focused Canadian Industrial IoT businesses”.

“Industrial IoT companies command a global stage, which makes our partnership with McRock a great opportunity to help Canadian exporters succeed internationally,” said Dan Mancuso, SVP Financing & Investments at EDC. “McRock is also a leader and champion for diversity and inclusion, which aligns well with the objectives of EDC’s Women-in-Trade Program.

“The McRock team has significant Industrial IoT expertise and a track record of building successful high-growth companies, specifically in Canada,” said Kristina Williams, CEO of Alberta Enterprise. “We see this as a strategic investment for AEC that will facilitate the growth of successful industrial IoT companies in the province of Alberta, both to strengthen our foundational industries of agriculture, oil and gas, and also taking advantage of Alberta’s strength in machine learning and artificial intelligence.”

“The Industrial IoT sector has great potential for growth as machine learning and AI enter the next phase of implementation,” said Senia Rapisarda, managing director, HarbourVest Partners. “The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already underway as everyone from corporations to municipalities look to improve connectivity and efficiency, and McRock’s track record in this space made Fund II an attractive investment opportunity.”

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