Australian 3D presentation firm JigSpace has secured a AU$2 million ($1.4m) seed funding round, as it looks to capitalize on a pandemic period that has hugely boosted use of its platform.
The cash comes from a combination of Australian and US funds, including Rampersand, Investible, Boost VC and General Catalyst. It will help Melbourne-based JigSpace build out its marketing, sales and engineering teams to seek customers in new verticals and territories.
JigSpace, founded in 2016, wants to become a global standard for 3D presentations, “the same way people think about PDFs,” the company’s head of product Sam Granleese told SmartCompany Australia.
“The 3D development world is incredibly fragmented and diverse,” Granleese added. “Therefore, all of that content is very tightly controlled by a few people in every business. We’re trying to make that much more interoperable with all types of users.”
Granleese, which counts Apple and Medtronic among its customers, will not release usage figures for its Workshop Pro solution. But the firm claims the COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced huge numbers of teams to work from home, has ramped use by around 900%.
“Everyone has realized they can achieve a lot remotely,” said Granleese. “And the cost of time, as well as travel costs, are immense for those sorts of things.”