Virtual Reality Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the virtual reality startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Mid-Year Artificial Intelligence Exits Analysis

In Q2, AI had the second highest exit activity on record. Now armed with the data through June 2018, we’re performing a mid-year status check on how this year is shaping up.

Based on analysis on our AI research platform, we see that exit activity in the first half of 2018 is slightly down from 2017.

2018 Mid-Year AI Exit Activity Lower Than 2017 But Higher Than 2016

Let’s take a closer look at the number of AI exit events by year.

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Artificial Intelligence Exits By Quarter

The above graphic shows 32 exits in the first half of 2018. For the past three years, Q3 and Q4 accounted for 46% of total exit events on average. If that trend holds, 2018 exits finish the year slightly lower than 2017, but higher than 2016. We’ll see if the second half of the year changes this trend!

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Last Mile Logistics Category Leads Retail Technology Funding

Last quarter we examined retail technology funding trends and saw that its funding is shifting to later-stage events. Now we are conducting a thorough inspection on our retail tech research platform to compare funding by category. Our analysis reveals two important observations:

  • The Last Mile Logistics category leads the sector in Q2 funding
  • The Last Mile Logistics category also leads the sector in all-time funding

We’ll explain these observations with some graphics and discussions below.

The Last Mile Logistics Category Leads Retail Technology In Q2 Funding

To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter by each category within retail technology.

Retail Technology Latest Quarter Category Funding
Retail Technology Latest Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic shows that the Last Mile Logistics category leads the sector in Q2 funding with $1.3B. Its funding is almost twice the funding of the next category, Marketing Platforms at $0.7B.

Last Mile Logistics companies are innovating on the last phase of the supply chain. They work on moving goods from a local retailer to a consumer’s home. Some example companies in this category include Instacart, DoorDash, Bigbasket, and Deliveroo.

So we’ve observed how different retail technology categories stack up in their Q2 funding. But how do these categories’ funding compare with each other historically? Let’s investigate that in the next section.

The Last Mile Logistics Category Also Leads in All-Time Funding

The graph below shows the all-time funding for different retail technology categories. The Q2 funding and growth rates of these categories are also highlighted.

Retail Technology Total Category Funding
Retail Technology Total Category Funding

The bar graph indicates that the Last Mile Logistics category also leads the sector in total funding at $19B. This is almost twice the funding of the next category, Marketing Platforms at $10B.

Conclusion

The Last Mile Logistics category is the clear retail technology leader in not only Q2 funding but in all-time funding as well.

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Retail Technology Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the retail technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

To learn more about our complete retail technology report and research platform, visit us at www.venturescanner.com or contact info@venturescanner.com.

Internet of Things Sector Overview – Q2 2018

The internet of things (IoT) sector has experienced rapid developments in recent years. Its applications can be observed in all industries from manufacturing to retail to healthcare. In addition, we’ve analyzed that its funding and exit activity are on generally upward trends.

We will now take a closer look at the different components of the IoT sector and how they make up this startup ecosystem. This blog post will illustrate what the major sector categories are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

IoT Home Is the Largest IoT Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the IoT sector. We have classified 2164 IoT startups into 20 categories that have raised $57 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

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Internet of Things Sector Map

We see that IoT Home is the largest category with 329 companies. These companies create connected devices focused on residential segment usage. These devices include home security, home automation, and energy management systems. Some example companies are Eero, Leeo, Tado°, and Netatmo.

We have seen what the different categories making up this sector are and the number of companies in each. What about their funding and maturity in relation to one another? Let’s look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out.

The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most IoT Categories

Our Innovation Quadrant divides the IoT categories into four different quadrants.

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Internet of Things Innovation Quadrant

We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most IoT categories with 9. The Pioneer categories are in the earlier stages of funding and maturity. The Disruptors quadrant has 5 categories that have acquired significant financings at a young age. The Established quadrant has 3 categories that have reached maturity with less financing. The Heavyweights quadrant also contains 3 categories. These categories have reached maturity with significant financings.

We’ve analyzed the IoT categories and their relative stages of innovation. Let’s now look at how they stack up against one another in terms of their total funding versus company counts.

IoT Software Platform Startups Have the Most Funding

The graph below shows the total amount of venture funding and company count in each category.

Internet of Things Total Funding and Company Count
Internet of Things Total Funding and Company Count

As the above graphic implies, the IoT Software Platforms category leads in total funding with $7.1 billion. The IoT Drones and Robotics category follows in a close second place with $7 billion.

Software Platform companies build backend software systems that provide infrastructure for IoT companies. These systems include wireless communication networks and data analytics platforms. Some example companies in this category are Electric Imp, Relayr, Sigfox, and C3 IoT.

Conclusion: IoT Home and IoT Software Platforms Lead the Sector

The analysis above demonstrates that the IoT Home category leads the sector in total companies. The IoT Software Platforms category leads in total funding. We’ll see how things evolve during the rest of 2018.

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Energy Technology Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the energy technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

To learn more about our complete energy technology report and research platform, visit us at www.venturescanner.com or contact info@venturescanner.com.

Commercial Search Category Leads Real Estate Technology Funding

Last quarter we looked at real estate technology funding trends and uncovered that investors are placing bigger bets on fewer companies. This quarter we are performing a deeper examination on our real estate tech research platform to compare funding by category. Our analysis reveals two key takeaways:

  • The Commercial Search category leads the sector in Q2 funding
  • The Commercial Search category also leads the sector in all-time funding

We’ll explain these key takeaways with some graphics and discussions below.

The Commercial Search Category Leads Real Estate Technology In Q2 Funding

To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter by each category within real estate technology.

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Real Estate Technology Current Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic shows that the Commercial Search category leads the sector in Q2 funding with almost $1.1B. Its funding is 40% higher than that in the next category, Home Services at $0.8B.

Commercial Search companies comprise of tools that help consumers or businesses find commercial real estate for rent or sale. Examples include shared working spaces and real estate search engines. Some sample companies include Kr Space, RocketSpace, WeWork, and UrWork.

So we’ve observed how different real estate technology categories stack up in their Q2 funding. But how do these categories’ funding compare with each other historically? Let’s investigate that in the next section.

The Commercial Search Category Also Leads in All-Time Funding

The graph below shows the all-time funding for different real estate technology categories. The Q2 funding and growth rates of these categories are also highlighted.

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Real Estate Technology Total Category Funding

The bar graph indicates that the Commercial Search category also leads the sector in total funding at $11B. This is 30% higher than the funding in the next category–Life, Home, P&C Insurance at $8.4B.

In addition, the line graph shows that the Home Services category saw the highest growth rate in Q2 at 19%.

Conclusion

The Commercial Search category leads real estate technology in not only Q2 funding but in all-time funding as well. It’ll be interesting to see if any other real estate technology categories catch up in the rest of 2018.

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