Conserv Raises $3M in Series A Funding

Conserv

Conserv, a Birmingham, AL-based art and culture startup, raised $3M in Series A funding.

Benson Capital Partners led the round. Additional institutional investors from this and previous rounds include Bonaventure Capital, Timberline Holdings, and Jemison Investment Company along with some angel investors from around the United States.

The company intends to use the funds to expand its operations in the United States and Europe.

Founded in 2018 in Birmingham, AL by Austin Senseman (CEO) and Nathan McMinn (CTO), Conserv provides an environmental monitoring platform that combines traditional environmental data from wireless sensors and pest management data to give preservation professionals an overview of risks facing their collections and to preserve shared cultural heritage in museums, libraries, archives, and historic properties. LoRaWAN-based sensors can be wirelessly set up and maintained in complex environments.

In the last 18 months Conserv has grown to more than 300 customers. The platform is being used by the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives as well as the Massachusetts State Libraries, Museum of Modern Art and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute to improve their environmental monitoring efforts.

Conserv has assembled a team to assist in closing the round in May. Yadin Larochette, formerly Museum and Conservation Liaison at Tru Vue, joined as President; Dave Masom, formerly VP Product at Pack Health, joined as Chief Product Officer. The team has now grown to eleven people, including four full-time conservators.

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