Industrial-AI startup modelwise raises seed funding to digitize safety engineering

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Press Release | Munich, Germany & San Francisco, USA – April 3rd, 2023

Modelwise, the German American industrial tech company, which uses AI to digitize safety engineering, has raised a $2.2M series seed. The round was led by Join Capital, with participation from Emerging Venture Capital, Fast by Gettylabs, and several angel investors.

Modelwise is transforming safety engineering with its AI-supported software platform that automates engineering tasks, improves safety outcomes, and saves time and money. For customers across industries such as aerospace, rail, automotive, and industrial automation, among others, failures in product safety and reliability can break a business.

Today’s increasingly complex products incorporate thousands of electronic components. Yet, companies are using the same century-old safety engineering approaches, relying on human experts and unscalable processes.

Modelwise software is changing this, making safety engineering 100 times faster, reducing costs by over 80%, and enabling companies to focus on innovation without compromising safety. Customers are already reaping the benefits, with leading innovators in industrial automation like HIMA and Pepperl + Fuchs deploying modelwise software for more efficient, effective safety engineering.

Modelwise software has applications in all electronics markets, which are experiencing a rapid increase in demand for safe electronics and are held back by the lack of safety experts. The automotive industry is one glaring example: according to Deloitte, the cost contribution of electronics to a product increased from 20% in 2007 to about 40% in 2017 and is projected to reach 50% by 2030.

“We are excited to be working with Florian, Arnold, Iliya and the entire team at modelwise and to support them on their growth path. We are strong believers in the potential of AI and automation to disrupt traditional industries and modelwise falls squarely into our investment thesis. The combination of the team’s in-depth knowledge of safety engineering and the power of their proprietary technology provides an incredible opportunity to revolutionize the safety engineering process across industries.”

Tobias Schirmer, Partner at Join Capital

Modelwise is bringing agile development styles to complex products. The software automatically analyzes, designs, and tests product designs against safety and reliability requirements. modelwise integrates into existing workflows, interfaces with standard tools such as Matlab and OrCAD, and provides engineers with one platform for easy result sharing, auditing and certification.

About modelwise:

Modelwise ( is a Munich-based industrial tech company that leverages AI to automate safety engineering. Their engineering software streamlines safety analysis, saving engineers valuable time and improving analysis quality. With their innovative technology, modelwise enables engineers to design better products faster. Founded in 2020 by Florian Grigoleit (CEO), Arnold Bitner (Co-CEO), and Iliya Valchev (CTO), modelwise has participated in the highly renowned Berkeley SkyDeck and Intel Ignite accelerators and previously secured investments from prominent backers such as FAST LLC.

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About Join:

JOIN Capital ( is a Berlin-based, early-stage venture capital firm investing in Europe’s most pioneering enterprise and industrial tech startups. Our portfolio companies are front-and-center in factories, delivering smart machinery and robotics for high-volume manufacturing. They are behind the scenes with powerful algorithms for managing global production systems. They rethink and rewire essential processes, with the goal of maximizing human capabilities.


Arnold Bitner, Co-Founder & Co-CEO

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