Airly, Inc., a Palo Alto, CA-based cleantech company providing ultra-local, accurate, predictive air quality data to help tackle air pollution globally, raised $3.3m in funding.
The round was led by firstminute capital, with partcipation from Uber founder Garrett Camp via Expa, Bolt CEO Markus Villig, founding Editor-in-Chief of WIRED David Rowan, Pipedrive founder Ragnar Sass and Ferry Heilemann, co-founder of Leaders for Climate Action and previous investors, including Sir Richard Branson Family Office and Henkel board member Konstantin von Unger.
The company intends to use the funds to scale its AI-powered air quality platform globally and to expand its team with the addition of sales, marketing and engineering talents in several countries, approximately doubling its current 35-person staff by the end of 2021.
Led by CEO and co-founder Wiktor Warchałowski, Airly provides actionable insights about air quality with its AI-driven algorithms that predict air pollution for the next 24 hours with a verifiability of up to 95%. Airly gives customers across the globe an environmental intelligence platform by installing networks of sensors that track all the key pollution markers – particulate matter (PM1, PM2.5, PM10) and gases (NO2, O3, SO2 and CO). The company’s R&D department is also partnering with mobility companies to roll out sensor-equipped cars & scooters to track air quality with even higher resolution.
Customers comprise over 600 local governments and cities including Hong Kong, Jakarta, Oslo, Granada, corporates such as Philips, Virgin, Innogy, PwC, Veolia and Skanska.
Airly will open offices in the UK and US as it doubles staff count.