Airly Pulls $3.3 Million From Investors for Air Pollution Solutions

By James White Sunday, March 28, 2021

Governments, businesses, and startup companies are taking on the challenge of environmental protection through a number of different strategies assisted by advances in technology. Among the many companies trying to address environmental threats, startup cleantech business Airly focuses its efforts on air pollution. Investors recently showed support for the company in the form of a $3.3 million financing round.

“Polluted air is a plague on our health - it's like a pandemic in slow motion,” said Wiktor WarchaƂowski, co-founder and CEO of Airly. “Improving air quality needs to be at the core of the world's post-pandemic rebuild and Airly is the first step to pollution-free cities.”

The fundraising round for the startup business taking on air pollution was led by Firstminute Capital as well as angel investors: Garrett Camp, founder of Uber; Markus Villig, CEO of Bolt; David Rowan, Wired Editor-in-Chief; Ragnar Sass, founder of Pipedrive; and Ferry Heilemann, co-founder of Leaders for Climate Action. Previous investors in the startup company also participated, including Sir Richard Branson Family Office and Konstantin von Unger. Airly previously raised $2 million in pre-seed funding from Giant Ventures and others.

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Controlling Air Pollution Through Information

WarchaƂowski founded Airly in 2016 with a mission to accurately map out the air quality of any given location and provide users with knowledge that would enable them to combat air pollution.

The Poland-based startup business builds weather-proof air sensors capable of detecting all major air pollutants, including particulate matter, NO2, O3, SO2, and CO gases. Sensors built by the startup company provide real-time data about the air you breathe, which is also used to develop a real-time air quality map available online or through the Airly app.

The app tackling air pollution is compatible with Android and Apple mobile devices, allowing users to access accurate information regarding the local air quality on the go wherever sensors are installed. Users can even set up notifications from the app to alert them of rapid changes in air quality. These predictions are especially useful to app users in cities with large amounts of smog.

With the data gathered from Airly sensors, the company can provide insights about the local air quality as well as accurate forecasts for the future, which can be accessed directly on the Airly website and app. The business boasts 400,000 active monthly users of its maps and over 1 million downloads of its mobile app.

Providing Important Data in a Growing Market

Market research reports that the global air quality monitoring system market was worth $4.76 billion in 2020 and projects the market to grow at a CAGR of 5.26%. Airly’s business model not only taps into a growing industry but also provides extremely important data to users. According to a recently published research paper, an estimated 10.2 million deaths in 2012 occurred due to health issues stemming from particulate matter present in the air. Airly’s startup company provides solutions to combat air pollution and mitigate associated health impacts.

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James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.

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