Virtual Reality Exits by Category and by Year – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Virtual Reality sector. The graphics include data through March 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Virtual Reality
Exit Activity by Category in Virtual Reality

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Virtual Reality category. Virtual Augmented Reality, VR Enabling Software, and 3D Modeling categories lead the sector with 4 exits each.

Exit Activity by Year in Virtual Reality
Exit Activity by Year in Virtual Reality

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Virtual Reality by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 5 acquisitions, followed by 2014 with 3 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 677 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $4.8B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality market report.

Virtual Reality Activity by Selected Investors – Q1 2017

The following graph summarizes the investor activity in the Virtual Reality (VR) space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

Virtual Reality Investor Activity

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds VR investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Frontier Tech Ventures takes the lead in both categories, making the highest number of investments (around 13) and backing the most companies (around 11). Andreessen Horowitz, Sky, GV, and Dana Capital round out the top of the list.

We are currently tracking 585 VR companies in 13 categories across 44 countries, with a total of $3.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full VR landscape report and database.

Average Funding by Virtual Reality Category – Q1 2017

Virtual Reality Average Startup Funding
Virtual Reality Average Startup Funding

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Virtual Reality category. The Virtual AR category dominates the sector with around $70M in average funding per company. The VR Enabling Software and VR Consumption Hardware categories round out the top three.

We are currently tracking 573 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 44 countries, with a total of $3.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality landscape report and database.

Virtual Reality Category Innovation Quadrant – Q4

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Virtual Reality Category Innovation Quadrant

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

  • Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Virtual Reality categories represented in the above Innovation Quadrant are as follows:

3D Modeling: Companies that enable the user to capture and render everyday objects in 3D. Examples include 3D full-body scanners, 3D head modeling, and 3D merchandise modeling.

Enterprise Virtual Reality: Companies that utilize virtual reality for enterprise/business purposes. Examples include virtual work rooms, virtual real estate visualizations, and virtual data visualizations.

Medical/Health Virtual Reality: Companies that utilize virtual reality for medical and health/wellness purposes. Examples include virtual meditation environments, virtual fitness simulations, and virtual environments to treat eye illnesses.

Virtual Augmented Reality: Companies that create virtual reality solutions but also incorporate relevant augmented reality capabilities and functionalities. Examples include augmented reality headsets, augmented reality social games, and augmented reality surgery simulations.

Virtual Cinema Content: Companies that create or present professional-quality 3D or virtual reality films and videos. Examples include virtual reality film studios, 360° video collections, and virtual reality tour collections.

Virtual Cinema Creation Platforms: Companies that enable the user to create 3D or virtual reality films and videos. Examples include virtual film capture applications, 2D video to 3D video conversion tools, and virtual reality film post-production solutions.

Virtual Environment Content: Companies that create or present computer-generated virtual environments for the user to experience. Examples include virtual reality video games, virtual reality learning platforms, and virtual reality socializing platforms.

Virtual Environment Creation Platforms: Companies that enable the user to create or enhance computer-generated virtual environments. Examples include virtual showroom creation tools, game modification tools, and virtual interior design tools.

Virtual Reality Analytics: Companies that provide data and analytics for virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality content management, gaze tracking heatmaps, and virtual reality analytics platforms.

Virtual Reality Consumption Hardware: Companies that produce hardware equipment that enables the user to consume and experience virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality head-mounted displays, 3D audio headphones, and virtual reality wearable jackets.

Virtual Reality Creation Hardware: Companies that produce hardware equipment that enables the user to create and direct their virtual reality experiences. Examples include 3D video cameras, virtual reality styli, and virtual reality joysticks.

Virtual Reality Enabling Software: Companies that produce software that enables the development and functioning of virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality media player software, cloud video processing platforms, and virtual reality development toolkits.

Virtual Reality Publishing/Discovery: Companies that enable users to publish their virtual reality content and discover other user-generated virtual reality content. Examples include 360° video publishing platforms, virtual reality application marketplaces, and 3D tutorial sharing websites.

We are currently tracking 567 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 43 countries, with a total of $3.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality report and database.

Average and Median Age by Virtual Reality Category – Q4 2016

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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 565 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 43 countries, with a total of $3.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality landscape report and database.

Virtual Reality Funding Funding Trends – Q4 2016

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The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Virtual Reality startups for each year. 2016 is the best year so far with almost $1.6B raised to date. 2014 comes in at second place with almost $0.8B raised.

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The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Virtual Reality companies founded in a certain year. VR companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $1.4B, followed by those founded in 2012 which have raised about $0.3B.

We are currently tracking 564 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 43 countries, with a total of $3.46 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality landscape report and database.

Virtual Reality Market Overview – Q4 2016

Virtual Reality Market Overview Map

The above sector map organizes the Virtual Reality sector into 3 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

3D Modeling: Companies that enable the user to capture and render everyday objects in 3D. Examples include 3D full-body scanners, 3D head modeling, and 3D merchandise modeling.

Enterprise Virtual Reality: Companies that utilize virtual reality for enterprise/business purposes. Examples include virtual work rooms, virtual real estate visualizations, and virtual data visualizations.

Medical/Health Virtual Reality: Companies that utilize virtual reality for medical and health/wellness purposes. Examples include virtual meditation environments, virtual fitness simulations, and virtual environments to treat eye illnesses.

Virtual Augmented Reality: Companies that create virtual reality solutions but also incorporate relevant augmented reality capabilities and functionalities. Examples include augmented reality headsets, augmented reality social games, and augmented reality surgery simulations.

Virtual Cinema Content: Companies that create or present professional-quality 3D or virtual reality films and videos. Examples include virtual reality film studios, 360° video collections, and virtual reality tour collections.

Virtual Cinema Creation Platforms: Companies that enable the user to create 3D or virtual reality films and videos. Examples include virtual film capture applications, 2D video to 3D video conversion tools, and virtual reality film post-production solutions.

Virtual Environment Content: Companies that create or present computer-generated virtual environments for the user to experience. Examples include virtual reality video games, virtual reality learning platforms, and virtual reality socializing platforms.

Virtual Environment Creation Platforms: Companies that enable the user to create or enhance computer-generated virtual environments. Examples include virtual showroom creation tools, game modification tools, and virtual interior design tools.

Virtual Reality Analytics: Companies that provide data and analytics for virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality content management, gaze tracking heatmaps, and virtual reality analytics platforms.

Virtual Reality Consumption Hardware: Companies that produce hardware equipment that enables the user to consume and experience virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality head-mounted displays, 3D audio headphones, and virtual reality wearable jackets.

Virtual Reality Creation Hardware: Companies that produce hardware equipment that enables the user to create and direct their virtual reality experiences. Examples include 3D video cameras, virtual reality styli, and virtual reality joysticks.

Virtual Reality Enabling Software: Companies that produce software that enables the development and functioning of virtual reality. Examples include virtual reality media player software, cloud video processing platforms, and virtual reality development toolkits.

Virtual Reality Publishing/Discover: Companies that enable users to publish their virtual reality content and discover other user-generated virtual reality content. Examples include 360° video publishing platforms, virtual reality application marketplaces, and 3D tutorial sharing websites.

We are currently tracking 559 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 42 countries, with a total of $3.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Virtual Reality report and database.