Seed capital for German logistics start-up

doks. development team with investors
doks. development team with investors

doks. innovation receives EUR 1.15 million


Dortmund, March 12, 2018 – Founded only one year ago and already driving digitization in the field of logistics: this is the German startup doks. innovation. Within just a few months, the provider of drone and sensor technology for the logistics and industry sector has landed contracts with a range of companies including global players in the automotive industry.

The team has now raised their first round of investment from three investors: Metamorphoses GmbH, Gecoin GmbH and mind.fabric GmbH have put in a total of EUR 1.15 million to support the company's further growth. Since its inception, doks. innovation has focused on low-end sensor technology, data analytics, as well as data communication and visualization. Its overarching goal is to help customers with the digital transformation of their internal processes and to help them capitalise on all the attendant benefits: greater transparency, accuracy and efficiency.


Otto Phillip Braun, formerly board member with B. Braun Melsungen AG, has many years of experience investing in the research and development of new technologies. Only last year, his company Metamorphoses GmbH started promoting fundamental research on blockchain technology at the University of Kassel. "Metamorphoses GmbH has decided to participate because both the team and the business concept of the doks. innovation convinced us," explains Otto Phillip Braun. "Our ambition with doks. innovation is to become the global market leader for the collection and processing of logistics data. In doing so, we rely on integrated processes that also make use of blockchain technology. The processing of data in the logistics environment is becoming increasingly critical to controlling and accelerating processes."

The current portfolio of doks. innovation comprises the following four products:

InventAIRy - enables automated inventory with drones.

SummAIRy - performs automated airborne inventory for large industrial areas and production areas.

DelivAIRy - patented flying drone transport solution.

ADAMone - multi-sensor platform for mobile data acquisition in industrial environments.

"InventAIRy convinced us from the very beginning. The automation of inventory and inventory management processes is a decisive competitive advantage for contract logistics companies", Jürgen Geipel with Gecoin explains his investment in doks. innovation. "The decision to buy InventAIRy represents an opportunity for a company to massively accelerate digitization both within the company but also along the supply chain, and to significantly increase information transparency."


Benjamin Federmann, CEO and co-founder of doks. innovation, is pleased about the decision of the investors. "One reason for the willingness of our financial backers to invest is certainly the current enthusiasm for drone and sensor technology. In return, it was crucial for us to work with partners whose interest in the digitization and automation of logistics processes is as great as ours," says Federmann. "With the help of the seed funding, we will be able to present our first serial product by the middle of the year and to offer our customers groundbreaking technology. Autonomous drone technology indoors is just as unique as the ability to capture data in all areas of manual storage structures with a variety of flying sensors."


About doks. innovation GmbH

doks. Innovation GmbH, founded in 2017 in Dortmund, Germany, is a provider of drone and sensor technology for the logistics, manufacturing and automotive sectors. Shareholders are the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, DroneMasters GmbH, Metamorphoses GmbH, Gecoin GmbH and mind.fabric GmbH, as well as the founders, some of whom have a background in the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund. With InventAIRy, DelivAIRy and ADAMone, doks. innovation offers a combination of intelligent flying robots (UAVs or drones), multi-sensor packages and data analytics to create a digital twin of warehouses and stock areas. The company has offices in Kassel, Dortmund and Hamburg.


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Test area at doks. development center in Kassel, Germany
Test area at doks. development center in Kassel, Germany