Make better, more sustainable products faster.

What is Makersite?

Makersite is a mission-driven data and software company that develops next-generation product data management tools for the global manufacturing industry. Their vision is to establish Makersite as a software platform into an operational tool for product development teams to make their work greener, leaner, and faster. The company was founded in Munich, Germany in 2018 by the seasoned hi-tech executive, Neil d`Souza. Since then, they have been developing their AI and Knowledge Graph-powered platform and establishing ground-breaking partnerships with data vendors to build the world’s largest connected product information database to power their platform.

Why did we invest?

Solving the hardest part about emission management

The more sophisticated our comprehension of the emission tracking market became, the bigger our understanding grew of how outstanding Makersite’s product suite is. As Makersite allows its users to track a product’s emission footprint throughout the entire supply chain, including Scope 3 emissions, the insights hold the power to bring carbon accounting to the next level. And it does not stop there. As we will see tighter regulation settle an even playing field for sustainable products over the next decade, tracking emissions and raw materials beyond CO2 will gain significance.

Supply Chain Transparency

Makersite allows its users, engineers, product designers, and purchasing departments to gain deep-tier supply chain transparency in real-time. While the suite can source data from various APIs, one of its superpowers lies in making sophisticated guesses on each part’s whereabouts, cost, and emission structure.

Ecodesign — the first step to a circular economy

The new paradigms of sustainability and circular economy require designers and engineers to rethink the way products are conceived, anticipating life cycle and end of life issues in the early phase of design. According to the Circular Economy Action Plan 2020, “up to 80% of products’ environmental impacts are determined at the design phase”. Makersite enables companies to make sustainability considerations an integral part of the design process of new products or services. To us, this is the very cornerstone of a circular economy, an economy that does not rely on cleaning up but designs products sustainably in the first place.

Mind-Blowing Traction

Despite being only a few years old, Makersite has already managed to gain recurring traction throughout various industry verticals with blue-chip enterprises such as Microsoft, P&G, Philips, and Lush and won multiple awards. Additionally, Makersite has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.

Founder Fit

Neil d`Souza, the company’s CEO, has an unparalleled track record, enabling him to build Makersite as a powerful tool to operate at the intersection of big data, life cycle analysis, and SaaS. Neil is driven by the power of data and has been able to build a stellar team to make impact transparent in the first stages of a product’s life cycle.

Mission Alignment

All of the above goes hand in hand with Planet A’s strong conviction that transparency regarding impact is indispensable in building an economy within the planetary boundaries. The business model is driven by production companies’ need for increased speed of product development and resilient supply chains. The upcoming regulatory change requires various types of companies to report on their Scope 1,2 & 3 emissions on the other. Makersite is a natural fit for the Planet A portfolio, transforming Life Cycle Assessments into an operational standard for product development in the industry.

  1. the Planet A Network: a diverse network of experienced German and European entrepreneurs,
  2. long-term funding: early-stage investments with interest in follow-on rounds.

We are an impact investment fund targeting start-ups that have a measurable positive impact on our planet while building scalable businesses.