Airly, Inc., a Palo Alto, CA- and Krakow, Poland-based raised $2m in pre-seed funding.
The company intends to use the funds to scale its AI-powered air quality platform globally.
The round was led by Giant Ventures, with participation from Sir Richard Branson’s and Sir Ronald Cohen’s families; Pipedrive co-founder Martin Tajur; Cherry Ventures partner and former Spotify CMO Sophia Bendz; former Gojek CMO Piotr Jakubowski; and member of the shareholder’s committee of Henkel AG, Konstantin von Unger. Poland’s National Center of Research & Development provided additional funding.
Led by CEO and co-founder Wiktor Warchałowski, Airly provides ultra-local, predictive air quality data for governments, companies and individuals to understand the air their communities breathe. Its sensors act as a global warning system for pollution at street level and in real time.
The system involves dense networks of sensors that measure particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5 and PM10) and gaseous compounds (NO2, SO2, O3 and CO) and provides users live access to this data through a mobile app and online map.
With more than 10,000 data points in over 30 countries, customers comprise over 400 local governments and cities including Berlin, Jakarta, Oslo, Rome, Athens and Krakow, corporates such as Philips, PwC, Motorola, Aviva, Veolia and Skanska, as well as schools, universities, and charitable foundations. Airly’s recently launched API allows media, technology, and finance companies to access live air quality data globally.