Lightyear secures strategic investment from two South Korean investment funds
Today, Lightyear announced a strategic investment from two South Korean venture capital funds, Sunbo Angel Partners and Lighthouse Combined Investment (or “Lighthouse”). Both funds, with ties to South Korea's automotive industry and other manufacturing corporate alliances, have recognized Lightyear's potential to create the next era of highly efficient solar vehicle technology.
Helmond, the Netherlands, December 21, 2023 – Lightyear announced a strategic investment from two South Korean venture capital funds, Sunbo Angel Partners and Lighthouse Combined Investment (or “Lighthouse”). Both funds, with ties to South Korea's automotive industry and other manufacturing corporate alliances, have recognized Lightyear's potential to create the next era of highly efficient solar vehicle technology.
"We are excited to welcome Sunbo Angel Partners and Lighthouse as strategic investors. Our relationship began early this year at the CES in Las Vegas and our interactions in both the Netherlands and South Korea have facilitated a deeper relationship. As their limited partners (LPs) represent multiple automotive suppliers, this step also broadens our access within the strong South Korean automotive sector," said Lex Hoefsloot, CEO of Lightyear.
“We are excited to join forces with Lightyear and witness the remarkable synergies that arise from this collaboration. We strongly believe in the value that Lightyear brings in these crucial times and its power to steer the market towards efficient solar electric vehicles, ” says Youngchan Choi, CEO of Sunbo Angel Partners. Through this investment, Lightyear will gain access to Sunbo Angel Partners’ and Lighthouse’s robust ecosystem. This includes next-generation technologies in solar energy, electric motors, and advanced manufacturing capabilities from their portfolio companies and LPs. Established in 2016, Sunbo Angel Partners has invested in over 120 technology startups internationally, in sectors such as green energy, clean mobility, sustainability, and spacetech.
South Korea: the fifth largest automobile manufacturing hub in the world
“South Korean automakers are renowned for being early adopters of groundbreaking technologies. With their large footprint in the industry, they have a significant influence on what vehicles of the future can and will look like. Therefore this investment is an exciting step to strengthen Lightyear’s commercial pipeline and supply chain, offering opportunities for further synergies on a technology level,” states Dr. Bernd Martens, former member of the board of management at Audi AG and advisor to the company.
In the past 6 years, Lightyear has built up a broad and strong patent portfolio supporting the development of highly efficient solar electric vehicles. Lightyear is a high-tech company based in the Netherlands, set up by serial winners of the World Solar Challenge. In 2019, Lightyear launched its first driving prototype, Lightyear 0, and demonstrated multiple unprecedented technologies for highly efficient electric vehicles and integrated solar. The company is currently mainly focused on the development and production of solar-integrated technologies for third-party vehicle manufacturers. The company works on its mission to bring clean mobility to everyone, everywhere.