3D Printing Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the 3D Printing Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through March 2017.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 9 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different 3D Printing Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the 3D Printing Technology categories are as follows

3D Printer Manufacturers: Companies that manufacture 3D printers and accompanying hardware (e.g. injection heads). There are numerous players in this space from large incumbents, to emerging crowdfunded projects.

3D Printing Applications: Companies that highlight specific use cases and advantages of 3D printing (e.g. mass customization). Emerging trends in the space are health, dental, consumer applications (e.g. custom eyewear), rapid manufacturing.

3D Printing CAD Software: Computer Aided Design software that enables users to upload, create, and modify 3D models. Some of the newer CAD software can be used directly through the browser, reducing friction for e-commerce websites or consumer facing services.

3D Printing Communities: Groups and websites that organize multiple users around 3D printing.

3D Printing Marketplaces: Marketplaces that connect two parties around 3D printing products and services. This can include the finalized 3D products (e.g. jewelry, action figures), CAD files, and proposals (e.g. designers looking for bids from manufacturers).

3D Printing Materials: Providers of 3D printing materials such as proprietary plastic filament (e.g. acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or resin.

3D Printing Networks: 3D printing networks connect to printers via the cloud and enable features such as wireless printing and job reporting.

3D Printing Services: Companies in this category provide 3D printing as an outsourced service for their customers. Services can vary on a spectrum from consulting (e.g. design, create, scan, print) to only managing one aspect of the value chain (e.g. upload your design to print, scanning service only).

3D Scanners: Companies that manufacture scanning equipment used to create digital models of 3D objects. Models can then be reprinted or modified and shared using compatible software. Includes industrial 3D scanners, consumer-focused scanners, and do-it-yourself scanners on crowdfunding websites.

We are currently tracking 375 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology report and database.

Where in the world are Financial Technology startups? Q1 2017

The analyses below summarize where Financial Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

Financial Technology Q1 2017 Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Financial Technology companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 1,040 companies.

Financial Technology Q1 2017 VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Financial Technology startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $31.5B.

We are currently tracking 2,140 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $64B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

Real Estate Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Real Estate Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through March 2017.

Real Estate Technology Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 12 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Real Estate Technology Q1 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Real Estate Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Real Estate Technology categories are as follows

Commercial Real Estate Search: Companies that help consumers/businesses find commercial real estate for rent and/or sale. Examples include shared working space search engines as well as traditional commercial real estate search engines.

Construction Management: Companies that help teams manage the construction of new buildings. Examples include construction visualizations tools, project management tools for construction teams, and platforms to manage blueprints.

Facility Management: Companies that focus on building efficiency and long term sustainability, from large structures to individual home units. Examples include quantifying the building (energy usage, water usage, etc.), making buildings more efficient, and building inspections.

Home Services: Companies that support tenants in the management of their home. Examples include home services (such as cleaning), finding rental units, renovation management, postal services, and navigation.

Indoor Mapping: Companies that help create indoor models for the real estate industry. Examples include cameras that produce 3D renderings and visualization platforms that allow users to interact with floor plans.

IoT Home: Companies that provide Internet of Things devices focused on the residential real estate segment. Solutions include home security, home automation, and energy management.

Life, Home, Property & Casualty Insurance: Companies that offer life, home, and property insurance, as well as other kinds of insurance such as disability and marriage insurance.

Long-Term Rentals/Sale Search: Companies that help consumers buy, rent, and sell a home/apartment for purchase or rent. This category includes companies that provide short-term rentals.

Portfolio Management: Companies that provide technologies that real estate investors use to make smarter investment decisions as well as platforms to make investments. Examples include listing data trackers, information on REITs, and real estate crowdfunding.

Property Management: Companies that help in the day-to-day operation of real estate rentals. Examples include tenant management, electronic payments of rent, and tools for landlords and tenants to communicate.

Real Estate Agent Tools: Companies that help real estate agents do their jobs, as well as technologies that effectively automate it. Examples include real estate specific CRMs, real estate agent review platforms, and marketing tools.

Short-Term Rental/Vacation Search: Companies that aid in the process of finding residences for short-term rentals or vacation rentals. Examples include platforms for individuals to list their personal properties as well as traditional vacation lodging search engines.

We are currently tracking 1,417 Real Estate Technology companies in 12 categories across 62 countries, with a total of $35 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Real Estate Technology report and database.

Average and Median Age by Virtual Reality Category – Q1 2017

The following graph shows average and median age in the Virtual Reality sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

Average and Median Age by Virtual Reality Category
Average and Median Age by Virtual Reality Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Virtual Reality category. The Virtual Augmented Reality category has the highest average age at 6 years, followed by the 3D Modeling category with an average age of just under 6 years. The Enterprise VR category has the highest median age at 15 years, followed by the VR Enabling Software category with a median age of 14 years.

We are currently tracking 653 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 48 countries, with a total of $4.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality landscape report and database.

Security Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Security Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through February 2017.

Security Technology Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 14 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Security Technology Q1 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Security Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Security Technology categories are as follows

Application and Source Code Security: Companies that scan application and program source codes for potential loopholes. Examples include runtime application security, application performance management, and application assessment.

Brand Protection: Companies that protect the public image of brand’s presence on the internet. Examples include reputation management, domain name monitoring, and social media attacks mitigation.

Cloud and Hosting Server Security: Companies that provide security solutions that protect hosting servers from being attacked. Examples include security solutions for cloud applications, third-party cloud services, cloud infrastructure, and cloud data files.

Computer Forensics: Companies that monitor and investigate computer usage for criminal investigation or evidence acquisition. Examples include internet usage monitoring, employee behavior monitoring, and online parental control.

Data and Information Security: Companies that help protect electronic data from unauthorized external access or threats. Typical use cases include data leakage prevention, file-based security, information assurance, and work data encryption.

Email Security: Companies that focus on providing security solutions for email platforms. Examples include anti-spam solutions and anti-phishing solutions.

Endpoint Security and Firewalls: Companies that provide security solutions that protect the devices connected to the network, as opposed to the network itself and the servers. Examples include anti-virus programs, firewall, anti-malware programs, system cleaner/backup programs, and other computer utility tools.

Identity and Fraud Security: Companies that authenticate identities, approve access within a system, and monitor activities to prevent fraud. Typical use cases include detection analytics, password management, security tokens, and digital identity management.

Infrastructure and Industrial Security: Companies that protect critical infrastructure and industrial operations such as power plants, electricity grids, water systems, and highways. Typical use cases include security against terrorism, information warfare, and natural disasters.

Mobile Security: Companies that protect smartphones, tablets, laptops and other wireless devices from threats associated with mobile computing. Examples include proactive mobile protection, lost device management, and predictive intelligence.

Risk Assessment and Compliance: Companies that assess the security level of enterprise networks and ensure that they comply with governmental and industrial standards. Examples include companies that conduct penetration tests, ethical hacking, and compliance management.

Security Hardware: Companies that produce hardware components for digital security purposes. Examples include cloud key USBs, VPN routers, and controller access points.

Security Intelligence and Analytics: Companies that collect data and provide actionable analytics on network security and potential threats. Examples include threat intelligence and security predictive analytics.

Threat Detection and Mitigation: Companies that actively monitor your network to detect attacks and help mitigate them by responding in real-time. Examples include threat monitoring, vulnerability scans, and network hardening.

We are currently tracking 853 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $16 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology report and database.

Venture Investing in Energy Technology – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Energy Technology sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

Energy Tech Q1 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Energy Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Solar Energy category takes the lead in both metrics, with a total funding at over $16B and a total company count of around 165.

Energy Tech Q1 2017 Category Average Funding

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Energy Technology category. The Solar Energy category leads the sector with around $155M in average funding per company, followed by the Wind Energy and Geothermal Energy categories.

We are currently tracking 743 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $44B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology market report.

3D Printing Technology Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing Technology
Exit Activity by Category in 3D Printing Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each 3D Printing Technology category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads the sector with 5 acquisitions and 8 IPOs. The 3D Printing Services category is the runner-up with 7 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing Technology
Exit Activity by Year in 3D Printing Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in 3D Printing Technology by year. 2014 currently leads the sector with 8 acquisitions and 1 IPO. 2013 is the runner-up with 5 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 375 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology landscape report and database.