If you rely on technology for environmental, health, and safety (EHS) operations, environmental compliance and Tier II reporting for EPCRA and other regulatory requirements, we’d like to think you’ve heard of Encamp by now. If not, to fill you in, we’re all about environmental compliance innovation. We introduced a first of its kind end-to-end technology and software for compliance and reporting in 2018, and it’s created a buzz ever since. 

Now, we’re continuing to turn the buzz way up.

New Series B funding 

In April 2021, we were thrilled to announce Encamp had raised $12 million in Series B funding led by OpenView. The funding was supported with participation from Encamp investors High Alpha Capital, Allos Ventures, and IU Ventures, who participated in an earlier funding round in April 2020 (co-led by High Alpha and Allos). The new investment is being used to fuel our technology-driven system’s ongoing innovation and add resources in engineering, customer support and compliance, sales, recruiting, and other areas.

Naturally, the new funding was great news for Encamp and our future. But it’s been even better news for our industry and every environmental professional and compliance specialist who craves a solution that makes their job easier. Here’s why.

OpenView is respected for helping fast-growing software companies reach their potential with what it terms product-led growth in the “end user era.” Put simply, OpenView believes purchasing decisions for technology and software should focus on end users and not “How will this product help our business’s bottom line?” Instead, the primary decision-making criteria is “How will this product help someone in their day-to-day work life?” 

Which brings us to a day in the life of an environmental professional — our technology’s core end users — and why we created Encamp in the first place. (Read more about our journey.) 

Customer-driven solutions for environmental professionals

If you have to deal with environmental compliance every day and issues like Tier II reporting every year, we know what you’re up against. Most of us at Encamp come from environmental compliance and EHS backgrounds, and we always asked the same question you do.

“Why are we using spreadsheets to manage all this information and file compliance reports?”

In 2017 when we first envisioned Encamp, we knew software and digital innovation had been making businesses more efficient for a long time. Digital transformation was already well underway, and it was providing measurable value in data-centered industries like healthcare, manufacturing and especially retail (think Amazon).

So our thinking was, let’s bring the same innovation and digital dynamic to environmental compliance. The best way to improve an environmental professional’s workday would be to digitize compliance data to make it easier to manage, validate and access, and to automate how the information is compiled and reported to state and federal regulatory agencies.

Our Mission: Encamp is on a mission to increase compliance efficiencies across top organizations… to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment.

Just as we planned, Encamp now transforms compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance. And with our growing teams of compliance and software experts, we help companies centralize their compliance information for applicable facilities, set up continuous data collection, and automate getting that information to the right reporting systems in the right formats. 

Encamp’s Guided Environmental Compliance method

As it does for many other industries, digital transformation brings a simplified method to data management and reporting for environmental compliance. And on a path that blends digitization with our high-tech software and high-touch support from Encamp’s own team of compliance experts, we guide enterprises and their environmental teams to a simpler process and consistently successful outcomes for compliance. 

Appropriately, we call our method Guided Environmental Compliance. Along with our technology-driven system, the approach compels enterprises and their EHS and compliance operations to adopt digital transformation technologies and practices, which enables them to then take five distinct steps toward simplifying compliance program areas. 

  1. Establish a strong foundation for compliance data.
  2. Create a continuous data collection process.
  3. Automate updates and notifications to keep facilities in compliance on an ongoing basis.
  4. Confidently file compliance reports to various regulatory agencies.
  5. Build a sound foundation and transform your environmental compliance program into an auditable and continuous process.

As enterprises integrate digital technology into their compliance program areas, they centralize information, make data more visible, build a continuous and auditable process, and ultimately gain control over their entire compliance program. 

How we started on our mission

The foundation of our mission was — and will always be — to make managing compliance data and reporting faster, easier, and more accurate for regulated facilities in all 50 states. To tackle the fundamental problem environmental professionals and compliance teams had faced for decades, we focused on three key aspects of compliance management.

  1. Understand all regulations and their applicability — i.e., know what, where, when, why and how to report environmental compliance information.
  2. Solve the data management and reporting problem with a technology system that makes Encamp your go-to portal for compliance data and efficiency.
  3. Become the premier data source for environmental compliance in the form of a single source of truth.

End-to-end environmental compliance

As a source for critical environmental compliance information, we developed our technology to combine a powerful data management system with compliance reporting automation. Digitized data and digitalized processes then help simplify the entire compliance and reporting process, as do these Encamp features:

Encamp is also deployed via the cloud, which lets enterprises implement Encamp in a matter of days (or a couple weeks) and ramp up compliance operations quickly. By comparison for data management point systems and legacy Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) hardware, implementation can take months, if not years, especially for EMIS products that require some serious configuration. Rapid deployment is part of our environmental compliance innovation approach.

An efficient option for end users

If you’re an environmental compliance professional at any level, Encamp gives you a modern software option that makes spreadsheets, point systems, and EMIS products seem archaic. Unlike the integrated Encamp technology, these solutions are often disjointed and inefficient. They create data silos and do a poor job of connecting and tracking data streams, let alone compliance operations. And quite frankly, they’re no fun to use. 

Innovation never stops

When we launched the initial version of Encamp’s software publicly in 2018, it made us trailblazers in environmental compliance innovation almost immediately. By 2019, our software had drawn more than 100 customers and made Encamp the largest filer of EPCRA Tier II hazardous material inventory reports in the United States. 

For the EPCRA reporting year 2020, nearly 200 Encamp customers used our solutions to prepare and file 3,761 Tier II reports, and collectively saved 32,047 people hours to do it. More impressively, our company’s progress in 2021 was marked by a 500% increase in ARR and 200% increase in people growth, setting the stage to more than double both areas by the end of 2022.

But there’s also a saying that innovation never stops. In Encamp’s case, upgrades to our software are both inevitable and constant.

For instance, we recently increased onboarding for larger enterprises and their EHS operations. For all facilities in an organization, we put a broader range of state and federal regulatory requirements information at a user’s fingertips through our software’s integration with EPA databases. New integrated mapping also puts all facilities in a single view. We additionally enhanced our software’s facility-based profiles and fillable forms for reporting to make the compliance process easier.

Yet even with ongoing improvements to the Encamp technology-driven system, we’ll never lose sight of why we created it. 

Now, we need to keep looking ahead and take another step.

While Encamp started out to become the premier data source and system of record for environmental compliance and reporting, the industry’s dynamic is shifting. The new outlook for environmental compliance innovation are systems of intelligence for regulatory rules and data, and technology must set the new course to delivering them. 

Encamp has already set that course. And now our product roadmap, the support of our investors, and ongoing guidance from OpenView will let us transform environmental compliance yet again — this time with our increased emphasis on digital transformation and our Guided Environmental Compliance method to consistently produce positive business and compliance outcomes.  

We also know the incredible minds at OpenView will help bring Encamp closer to achieving another ongoing mission: To ensure environmental compliance in every regulated facility in the U.S. We’re excited that OpenView is on this journey with us.      

There’s a reason the people who make Encamp what it is are viewed as trailblazers of environmental compliance. For every environmental professional and compliance specialist in the EHS industry, we’re ready to make compliance and reporting even faster, easier, more accurate — and more intelligent — than we already have.

Stay tuned.

About OpenView 

Founded in 2006, OpenView is a venture capital firm investing globally in business software companies. With a mission to improve people’s working lives, OpenView’s focused investment approach across sector and stage enables the firm to identify and partner with category leading business software companies. The firm’s focus extends to operational excellence through its dedicated expansion team working with portfolio companies on go-to-market, sales and marketing, product led growth, talent, and corporate development. The firm is based in Boston and has $1.5 billion in total capital under management. For more information, please visit openviewpartners.com.

About High Alpha

High Alpha is a leading venture studio focused on building next-generation B2B SaaS companies through a new model for entrepreneurship that unites company building and venture capital. The High Alpha team partners with entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations to conceive, launch and scale new software companies. For more information: highalpha.com or on Twitter at @highalpha.

About Allos Ventures

Allos Ventures invests in early-stage technology companies based in the Midwest. Investments focus on B2B software companies at a Seed and Series A stage, augmenting the capital provided by seed and startup investors. In addition to the capital Allos provides, portfolio companies benefit from the extensive operating and business-building experience of the firm’s managing partners, who make themselves available as needed to support each portfolio company’s growth. For more information: allosventures.com

About IU Ventures

IU Ventures is a Code Section 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering Indiana University faculty, alumni, and friends to support and invest in IU-affiliated innovation. Through the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund and the IU Angel Network, IU Ventures works to provide opportunities for individuals affiliated with IU to network with fellow entrepreneurs; build innovative new businesses; and support growing enterprises through donations, investments, time and talents.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Coming from the prestigious Awarding & Consultancy International, winning one award in their 2020 SaaS Awards Program is a proud achievement. Especially for environmental compliance software that usually flies under the SaaS radar.

Which makes winning two awards from this global program in the same year even more impressive.

Award #1: Encamp placed first in the SaaS Awards category for Best SaaS for Agriculture and Farming, which recognized Encamp for its end-to-end platform and SaaS delivery model for environmental compliance.

Award #2: Encamp was additionally recognized as the top SaaS Newcomer for 2020. If there’s one thing about the global Software as a Service stage, it’s competitive. Beyond just creative EHS compliance software, being the top newcomer in this category is the pinnacle of SaaS inventiveness.

Among other categories for the 2020 SaaS Awards program were Best Enterprise-Level SaaS Product, Best UX or UI Design in a SaaS Product, and Best Security Innovation in a SaaS Product.

Every year since 2011, the SaaS Awards have celebrated excellence in software ingenuity with nominations from across the world. Finalists and award winners are selected by a panel of international industry experts.

Awards reflect Encamp’s commitment to EHS innovation

“For Encamp to be named as a winner in the 2020 SaaS Awards is huge,” said Encamp co-founder and CEO, Luke Jacobs. “Especially with both awards, it demonstrates our commitment to propelling innovation in environmental, health and safety software to new heights, and our obsession with providing tangible results to our customers in industries from agribusiness to logistics.”

In the retail agriculture industry alone, Encamp serves more than 100 clients across 2,000+ facilities and 40 states. (See our article How SaaS is Driving EHS Compliance Management for Agriculture and Farming, published by The SaaS Awards editorial team.)

But Encamp’s environmental compliance software also helps organizations maintain compliance in virtually any industry. By streamlining environmental compliance reporting with the Encamp platform, companies better understand and comply with all requirements for business operations. They more efficiently plan and monitor tasks for facilities, compliance due dates, Tier II filing, training schedules and other requirements.

These companies additionally improve accuracy throughout their environmental compliance process.

For organizations of all kinds, the dual 2020 SaaS Awards highlight Encamp’s rise as an inventive EHS software solution for environmental compliance.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

Even after launching in 2018, Encamp continues to alter the EHS landscape as the first end-to-end software platform for environmental compliance. The Encamp platform, which was created by Encamp’s own EHS professionals, is a single, best-in-class system that helps businesses and their EHS teams understand, manage, and comply with applicable environmental regulations for every facility they operate.

And they’re able to do it for facilities in all 50 states.

In effect, the Encamp platform provides a connected command center for environmental compliance activities across your business. It lets you centralize data compilation, automate reporting, and put EHS directors, program managers, specialists, and every member of your EHS team on the same compliance reporting path, in real time and with full transparency.

End-to-end and 50-state-aware: the future of environmental compliance

Relative to other industries, software adoption is still not a mainstream practice in the EHS space. That is, few EHS teams use software developed specifically to orchestrate the environmental compliance process. And no wonder.

Aside from traditional environmental management systems (EMS; also see the EPA’s definition of EMS), the only other solution choices are Environmental Management Information Systems (EMIS) or various point systems to basically store data. All of these systems are hard to implement and even harder to configure and use. Also, at best, they only supplement the time-consuming manual work of environmental compliance reporting instead of automating and streamlining it.

Or at worst, companies still use “systems” like Excel, SharePoint, binders, and email to keep their environmental programs in compliance.

Consider as well that federal standards are often left to the states to administer, and that each state has their own reporting requirements, schedules, and systems, and the complexity magnifies because none of these systems speak to one another.

Therefore, keeping up with environmental compliance on an ongoing basis can feel like reinventing the wheel over and over again.

In today’s world, companies are stuck overpaying consultants or overworking their internal teams. They constantly struggle to remain on top of ever-changing state and federal requirements.

As we have from day 1, Encamp has always believed environmental teams should have an end-to-end platform for environmental compliance, unifying all their facilities across all 50 states. With such a platform for environmental compliance at the state and facilities level, EHS teams could easily:

That’s exactly what we continue to build at Encamp.

Proactive environmental compliance

As the Encamp platform has already shown, environmental compliance programs will continue to be built on systems that are fundamentally concerned with the compliance applicability of every facility and the state in which a facility is located. With the ability to additionally automate final submissions for common compliance reports, tracking down data and copy-pasting report information into state websites to comply with regulations will finally become a thing of the past.

Going forward, businesses and their EHS operations will then take a more proactive approach to environmental compliance and avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating the risk of non-compliance events. The Encamp platform lets you do this right now.

Make Tier II reporting easy and efficient using Encamp’s EPCRA solution. The Encamp platform eliminates data silos and non-standardized processes by providing companies with a single pane of glass to manage each facet of Tier II reporting. Threshold checks. Data reviews. Even final report submissions to state and local agencies. With Encamp, companies are able to manage EPCRA compliance year round — no more annual fire drills for 312 reporting or missed 302 notifications.

Speed user adoption via an intuitive interface. Encamp provides users across the organization with an easy to use application so they can start using our solutions quickly and with minimal training.

Submit Tier II reports to state and local agencies directly from Encamp. Other than IDSi International, no other solution on the market gives users the ability to electronically submit Tier II reports to states that offer electronic reporting directly from the application. Encamp does this out-of-the-box, having developed integrations to the various state reporting systems and providing users with proof of reporting. For states that still require Tier II reports to be submitted via regular mail, Encamp generates reports that we then send to the proper state and local agencies on your behalf.

Demonstrate compliance from a reliable system of record. With Encamp as your system of record for Tier II reporting, you sleep better knowing the risk of non-compliance findings by internal or agency auditors is minimized. With Encamp, you create a single source of truth for compliance data, permits, and documentation — organized by facilities in a modern platform everyone can understand. You also archive final reports in digitized format directly in the Encamp platform, making them easy to mange, locate, and access if needed.

Develop standardized and repeatable Tier II reporting processes. By eliminating siloed data, and by providing environmental teams across the organization with a single source of the truth, our EPCRA module lets EHS operations standardize their process for Tier II reporting. With previous years’ reports archived (and digitized) in the Encamp platform, you easily access referenceable data to start report preparations for the new year. There’s no need to start over each year.

Eliminate the hassle of tracking and managing state filing fees. We provide your company with an efficient way to track and manage reporting costs by facility so that charge backs, budget forecasting, and annual budgeting can be done in a few minutes rather than taking weeks or months.

Simplify reporting for multiple facilities across multiple states. Eliminate the challenges of managing reporting processes for multiple facilities in one or more states or territories. Also, ease the burden of reporting to agencies in California, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Washington.

Features that make Encamp unique

Site-specific compliance profiles

Encamp syncs directly with governmental compliance databases so you can build your compliance profiles in minutes. Type in your facility name and address, and we pull in your compliance information from available federal and state databases, automatically. Encamp is also the missing half of Excel. Easily import and export your facility data as Excel files to stay organized, effective, and efficient.

Integrated forms and documents

Encamp provides you a facility-centric location to store your compliance documents, so your hard work doesn’t get lost across shared folders. Encamp also provides up-to-date government forms, so you can access fillable state and federal EHS compliance forms in one place. Add any custom forms in seconds to make it your own.

When your compliance docs and forms are organized in one place, everyone is on the same page — with less headache and work.

End-to-end compliance reporting

We’re on a mission to phase out copy-paste reporting and record keeping, starting with Tier II hazardous material inventory reports.

With Encamp, you get a unified, easy-to-understand interface that contains every custom Tier II reporting field required by each state. It’s simple to keep your chemical inventories up-to-date. Encamp even automatically calculates the reporting thresholds for each chemical based on the state they’re being reported in.

Encamp takes the manual, time-consuming task of submitting Tier II information and transforms it into an automated process in all 50 states. More importantly, Encamp makes sure every agency who needs a report copy gets one, and that all the documents you need to keep for your internal records are automatically saved and organized.

Life’s too short to spend it copy-pasting data into governmental systems. Let software do the busy work, and get back to doing what you’re great at.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

(INDIANAPOLIS – May 19, 2020) Encamp, an environmental, health, and safety (EHS) software platform, today announced it has raised $3.1  million in Series A funding, led by Allos Ventures and High Alpha Capital, with participation from IU Ventures. Funds will be used to expand the development of the Encamp platform. Along with their investment, David Kerr, managing director at Allos Ventures, and Mike Fitzgerald, partner at High Alpha, will join the Encamp board of directors.

Easy to manage EHS documents, deadlines, permits and tasks

Encamp makes it easy to manage your EHS documents, deadlines, permits and tasks, all in one, modern platform. The Compliance Cloud platform is an essential product in the Encamp EHS Suite, allowing users to get up-to-the-minute views of their entire compliance reporting schedule across the enterprise on a clean, visual calendar that is synced to federal and state EHS databases to ensure accuracy. Encamp plans to further develop its platform this year, which will deliver a more comprehensive look at applicable regulations and requirements for EHS reporting with companies of all sizes and industries.

“The funding and expertise that our partners at Allos Ventures, High Alpha, and IU Ventures have provided will allow us to better serve our customers, who desperately need a tool like ours to help ensure that they’re compliant with government standards,” said Luke Jacobs, CEO and co-founder of Encamp. “Encamp is on a mission to make EHS compliance fast, simple and accurate, and we know that our tool will help companies of all sizes achieve environmental goals.”

Encamp is quickly becoming an integral and innovative solution for EHS professionals. By streamlining environmental compliance reporting, companies can better understand, manage and comply with all requirements for business operations, while enhancing accuracy and efficiency.

“Encamp’s solution is well-timed to meet the needs of companies across the US faced with the increasing complexity of environmental regulations and compliance. We believe the market will see a significant shift towards automating and streamlining compliance,” says David Kerr, managing director at Allos Ventures. “Encamp is a powerful EHS solution and we are excited to collaborate with a passionate team of experts as they work to build a great company.”

“We’re excited to continue partnering with the Encamp team as they help large organizations drive efficiencies and digitize their manual compliance reporting,” says Mike Fitzgerald,  partner at High Alpha. “We believe Encamp is tackling a massive opportunity as their industry undergoes a digital transformation and moves offline data and processes to the cloud.”

Encamp launched in 2018 and is currently the largest third-party filer of EPCRA Tier II reporting in the country. They currently work with more than 170 customers including American Tower Corporation, Nutrien Ag Solutions and Asmark Institute, tracking more than 10,000 compliance dates and managing more than 2,500 facilities across the country.

Encamp was also recently named TechPoint Mira Awards 2019 Startup of the Year and the 2019 OH&S New Product of the Year.

To learn more about Encamp, visit https://encamp.com.

About Encamp

Encamp is automating EHS compliance and risk-minimization for modern companies. The Encamp platform equips EHS teams to better understand their compliance responsibilities for all facilities, manage workflows and documentation in a powerfully simple interface, and meet all compliance requirements in one unified system. Currently, Encamp serves more than 2,500 facilities nationwide and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

About Allos Ventures

Allos Ventures invests in early-stage technology companies based in the Midwest. Investments focus on B2B software companies at a Series A or B stage, augmenting the capital provided by seed and startup investors. In addition to the capital Allos provides, portfolio companies benefit from the extensive operating and business-building experience of the firm’s managing partners, who make themselves available as needed to support each portfolio company’s growth.

About High Alpha

High Alpha is a leading venture studio focused on building next-generation B2B SaaS companies through a new model for entrepreneurship that unites company building and venture capital. The High Alpha team partners with entrepreneurs, investors and large corporations to conceive, launch and scale new software companies. For more information: highalpha.com or on Twitter at @highalpha.

About IU Ventures

IU Ventures is a Code Section 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to empowering Indiana University faculty, alumni, and friends to support and invest in IU-affiliated innovation. Through three programs — the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund, the IU Angel Network and The Quarry — IU Ventures works to provide opportunities for individuals affiliated with IU to network with fellow entrepreneurs; build innovative new businesses; and support growing enterprises through donations, investments, time and talents.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

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