It was perhaps not up until the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world that the majority of us had ever heard or uttered the phrase “supply chain.” In a worldwide economy that had become lazy and drunk on “simply in time buying” and comparable, the risk to supply chains of things like, oh, food, from that pesky infection has ended up being real and visceral. That’s why automation of “the supply chain” has become such a substantial concern. It’s not a big surprise that startups intended at tackling this are unexpectedly thrust into the limelight.

Step forward, Cork, Ireland-based Keelvar, strategic sourcing software application company, which today reveals that it has raised$18 million in Series A financing led by Elephant Ventures and Mosaic Ventures, with participation from Paua Ventures, making it possible for the business to additional broaden into business markets.

The investment will support Keelvar’s expansion prepare for Europe and the U.S., amid the quickly growing need for supply chain automation services, which has been even more accelerated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Keelvar provides large business with “Advanced Sourcing Optimization” software application and “Intelligent Sourcing Automation” that utilizes AI to fully automate tactical purchasing procedures.

It competes with Coupa and Jaggaer in regards to all three offering sophisticated e-sourcing software. Keelvar states its essential competitive advantage is that it offers smart bots to autopilot the sourcing tasks, thus making the whole process simpler, much faster and more affordable.

It also presently manages more than $90 billion in spend yearly for business in all significant industries. Customers include Siemens, Coca-Cola, Novartis, BMW and Samsung.

With COVID-19 interfering with supply chains worldwide, Keelvar expects the demand for automation to additional boost.

In a declaration, Alan Holland, CEO of Keelvar, said: “The Future of Operate in procurement is changing rapidly, with COVID19 acting as a catalyst. We have actually seen an escalation in demand from enterprises seeking smart systems to automate complicated procedures as teams became overburdened with interfered with supply chains. Keelvar has proven that Sourcing Bots can eliminate that problem tremendously. Now it’s time to strike the accelerator and scale-up.”

Discussing the financial investment, Peter Fallon, partner at Elephant kept in mind: “Keelvar’s sourcing optimization and automation software application delivers meaningful ROI to enterprise sourcing and procurement companies worldwide. We are excited to partner with Alan Holland and the team at Keelvar as the company continues to emerge as a leader in this market.”

Private sector business alone invest trillions annually buying from third-party suppliers. External sourcing is generally the largest expenditure category and on average it is 43% of total expenses (Bain & & Business). The international procurement software market is currently growing at a CAGR of 9.1%, and anticipated to reach $7.3 billion by 2022 (IDC).

Speaking about the financing, Toby Coppel, co-founder, and partner at Mosaic Ventures said:”Keelvar is a brilliant example of artificial intelligence in action, offering superpower to procurement groups in every large enterprise. With COVID-19 pushing businesses to accept these brand-new innovations, we’re thrilled to partner with Keelvar on the next phase of development.”

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.