Runa Capital has closed its third funding fund with $157 million to again startups in deep tech areas resembling synthetic intelligence and quantum computing.

The agency mentioned Runa Capital Fund III surpassed its goal of $135 million. The new capital will enable the corporate to proceed its technique of creating investments that vary between $1 million and $10 million in early-stage firms.

In putting higher emphasis on AI, the agency has joined the bigger surge the sector has been attracting. AI startups set new U.S. and world funding information in 2019, and had been on a powerful tempo to start out 2020 earlier than the coronavirus hit.

Over the previous decade, the corporate has sought out rising applied sciences and wager on firms earlier than that they had demonstrated a lot in the best way of buyer traction. As previously cutting-edge applied sciences resembling cloud and open supply software program have gone mainstream, the agency is now scouting for brand spanking new transformative applied sciences which can be simply over the horizon.

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“The core thesis around the firm continues to be the same,” managing associate Andrey Bliznyuk mentioned. “You’re effectively investing in this ongoing digital transformation which has a number of angles. For us, that means this deep technical infrastructure.”

Founded in 2010, the agency initially meant to deal with European startups. But with its second fund in 2015, the agency expanded to focus on U.S. firms as effectively. The agency’s three funds now complete $427 million and have been used to again 70 firms, together with Nginx, Wallarm, ID Quantique, and MariaDB.

Despite the rising VC consideration on AI, Runa managing associate Dmitry Chikhachev mentioned, the agency believes it might probably nonetheless keep an funding edge in AI when competing for offers as a result of it’s keen to again an organization a lot earlier. The agency prides itself on having sufficient in-house data to validate algorithms underneath improvement to evaluate their potential affect, he mentioned.

“We focus on investing early and we’re very happy taking the technical risk,” he mentioned. “We have the ability to do our diligence in the early stages without waiting for the company to scale to millions and tens of millions of revenue.”

The agency has continued to make investments throughout the pandemic and believes the dramatic shifts in work and private habits are accelerating the broader digital transformation the agency has been predicting. As the world turns into extra digital, extra information is generated, which provides rise to much more alternatives for startups that may assist safe and make sense of that data.

“Businesses need more and more information,” Chikhachev mentioned. “I would anticipate that in post-COVID era, people will do more business remotely. That requires even more information than doing business face to face. And the mass adoption of the remote workplace means additional requirements for security. We will see some evolution in this area and others like online education and collaboration.”

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