Seattle-Area Tech Firm Icertis Reaches Unicorn Status With $115M Funding Round

The contract-management solutions company will use the capital to augment its technology and expand its global reach

By Bill Conroy July 17, 2019


Bellevue-based tech company Icertis has closed a $115 million funding round that puts the company in the elite group of unicorn companies, defined as startups that have reached the $1 billion valuation level.

Icertis is a software as a service (SaaS) provider specializing in contract-management solutions. It counts as clients major companies like 3M, Airbus, Microsoft and Daimler. Icertis platform helps companies worldwide manage some 5.7 million contracts that have a combined value of more than $1 trillion.

Companies must re-imagine every business process to compete in today’s hyper-competitive global markets, says Samir Bodas, chief executive officer and co-founder of Icertis. Nothing is more foundational than contract management as every dollar in and every dollar out of a company is governed by a contract.

The contract lifecycle management market is valued at more than $20 billion, according to MGI Research, with the SaaS component growing at a compound annual rate of 31%.

Icertis plans to use the fresh funding to increase investment in its platform, to enhance and extend its blockchain and artificial intelligence technology, to expand marketing and sales globally, and to finance future acquisitions. The business-intelligence platform Crunchbase indicates that Icertis has raised $211 million to date.

Over the past year and a half, the company has opened offices in London, Paris, Singapore, Sydney and Sofia, Bulgaria bringing its global presence to 12 offices worldwide. The recent Series E funding round was co-led by Greycroft and Premji Invest, with participation form six other existing institutional investors.

Year to date through the second quarter, venture capital investment in Washington companies, primarily in the Seattle area, was at the highest level since 2015, according to a recent PwC Money Tree analysis. A total of $1.21 billion in venture capital deals played out in the first half of 2019, including $735 million in the second quarter.

The top three VC deals in Washington for the second quarter ending June 30 involved Seattle-based sales-engagement software company Outreach, $114 million; Bellevue-based identity-authentication software company Auth0 Inc., $103 million; and Seattle-based sales-enablement tech firm Highspot, $60 million.

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