ICON, the 3d printed homes company, has closed a $9M seed round led by Oakhouse Partners. Additional investors in ICON include D.R. Horton, the largest homebuilder by volume in the U.S. since 2002; Emaar, the largest developer in the Middle East and creator of the tallest building in the world; Capital Factory, Texas’ premier start-up accelerator; CAZ Investments; Cielo Property Group; Engage Ventures; MicroVentures; Saturn Five; Shadow Ventures; Trust Ventures; Verbena Road Holdings and Vulcan Capital among others. ICON will use the funds to further its mission to revolutionize homebuilding through robotics, software and advanced materials and to bring affordable, resilient and sustainable homes to people across the world.
Jason Portnoy, Managing Partner at Oakhouse Partners and former early executive at PayPal and Palantir Technologies, who has also invested in startups such as SpaceX, Carta and Zipline, said, “What the ICON team has accomplished in such a short period of time is not only a transformational breakthrough in homebuilding, it is an inspiration for the entire world to think outside the box about how humanity will confront the global housing crisis. Oakhouse Partners invests in companies that apply innovative technologies to radically improve millions of lives. ICON demonstrates this perfectly through their advanced construction technologies, and we’re proud to support them on this important mission.”
“It’s our mission at ICON to re-imagine the approach to homebuilding and construction and make affordable, dignified housing available to everyone throughout the world,” said Jason Ballard, co-founder and CEO of ICON. “We’re in the middle of a global housing crisis and making old approaches a little better is not solving the problem. We couldn’t be happier with the team of global investors who are supporting ICON in our belief that the homebuilding industry needs a complete paradigm shift.”
In March 2018, ICON unveiled its first 3D printer and successfully secured a building permit and printed a home in Austin, Texas. The next step on ICON’s journey to transform homebuilding will be to deliver strategic, signature projects in the U.S. and abroad including continued work with the non-profit, New Story. The second generation of the Vulcan printer is also underway and will be unveiled in 2019. ICON will additionally be expanding their team with numerous technical roles including robotics, advanced materials and software engineering.