ecobee Closes $61 million funding round to boost smart home intelligence


ecobee Inc. has announced that it closed on a $61 million ($80 million CAD) Series C funding round led by Energy Impact Partners, followed by eight institutional investors including Thomvest, Relay Ventures, and the Amazon Alexa Fund.

This funding will allow ecobee to build upon its suite of smart home technologies connected by whole-home-voice control, sensor technology and artificial intelligence. It brings ecobee’s total funding to approximately $146 million to-date.

“Our goal is to build a home that learns and anticipates your needs, making your home an intelligent space that simplifies your life rather than complicates it,” said Stuart Lombard, president and CEO of ecobee.

“We believe that by building voice capabilities, advanced sensor technology and powerful AI into the operating system of your home, we are helping to create a new computing platform. This technology will transform the way consumers interact with their favourite services for the better.”

Since its founding in 2007, ecobee has captured more than a third of the smart thermostat market and experienced over 100% year-over-year growth, demonstrating strong market demand.

In 2017, ecobee introduced the ecobee4 smart thermostat with built-in Amazon Alexa voice control. Later this month, ecobee will launch its Alexa-enabled smart light switch, ecobee Switch+, bringing the power of voice and intelligence to every room.

ecobee’s smart thermostats are compatible with the company’s signature room sensor technology, which measures temperature and occupancy in up to 32 rooms of the home.

This technology increases comfort by locating hot or cold spots in the rooms that matter most. It also helps homeowners save energy by adjusting settings based on occupancy.

To date, ecobee customers have saved an estimated three terawatts of energy which is equal to preventing 2.6 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions. This would be the same as taking the city of Pittsburgh off-the-grid for a year.

Says Lindsay Luger, partner at Energy Impact Partners: “Their product suite delivers comfort, ease and entertainment, while at the same time reducing costs and environmental footprint by optimising what usually represents half of a homeowner’s electricity bill.”

“We’re excited to continue our support of ecobee through participation in its Series C financing and our broader work together across a number of important Alexa capabilities,” said Paul Bernard, director of the Alexa Fund at Amazon. “ecobee is a leader in driving the adoption of voice in the smart home and continues to innovate through the creation of new products like the ecobee4 smart thermostat and ecobee Switch+, both of which have Alexa built in.”

Additional institutional investors contributing to ecobee’s Series C investment include, North Leaf Capital Partners, Export Development Canada, Ontario Capital Growth Corporation, Tech Capital and GXP Investments.

Barclays served as financial advisor for this transaction.