Financial Technology Startup Market Trends and Insights  – Q2 2017

Here is our Q2 2017 summary report on the Financial Technology startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events.

We are currently tracking 2,174 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

Financial Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q2 2017

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

Fintech Logo Map Q2 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 16 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Fintech Innovation Quadrant Q2 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Financial 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 Financial Technology categories are as follows

Banking Infrastructure: Companies that improve the operations of financial institutions. Examples include API integration with banks, white-label mobile solutions, and big-data analytics.

Business Lending: Companies that offer new ways for businesses to raise debt financing and have their credit risk assessed. Examples include peer-to-peer lending platforms, asset-based lines of credit, micro-financing, and big data risk analytics.

Consumer and Commercial (Digital) Banking: Companies that allow consumers and SMBs to interface with banking services. Examples include Internet-only banking services and virtual credit cards.

Consumer Lending: Companies that offer new ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Examples includes peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services.

Consumer Payments: Companies that offer technology and services centered around payment issuers and consumers. Examples include mobile wallets, credit card aggregators, prepaid card innovations, and peer-to-peer payments.

Crowdfunding: Companies that provide new methodologies to raise non-equity and non-debt financing. Examples include crowdfunding platforms for products, social causes, and creative projects.

Equity Financing: Companies that allow private businesses raise capital in exchange for equity and for investors to participate in private securities markets. Examples include crowdsourcing equity platforms and secondary market solutions.

Financial Research and Data: Companies that provide information services that enable investors to make better investment decisions. Examples include news, research, and data sources.

Financial Transaction Security: Companies that provide solutions to secure transactions, authenticate users, and prevent fraud. Examples include identify verification, big data analytics, and fraud detection algorithms.

Institutional Investing: Companies that help wealth managers, hedge fund managers, and professional traders manage their portfolios and optimize returns. Examples include tools for stock sentiment analysis, alternative investment platforms, and algorithmic trading tools.

International Money Transfer: Companies that allow businesses and individuals to send money abroad easily and cheaply. Examples include digital-only remittances, mobile top-off services, and gift cards.

Payments Backend and Infrastructure: Companies centered around payment issuers/acquirers and the infrastructure enabling payments. Examples include payment solutions for e-commerce merchants, online payment gateways, ACH, direct deposits, and payment back-ends for mobile apps.

Personal Finance: Companies that provide ways for consumers to manage their personal finances. Examples include tools for tracking expenses, managing a budget, addressing wrongful credit card charges, and optimizing credit card rewards.

Point of Sale Payments: Companies centered around payment acquirers, providing physical payment solutions for brick-and-mortar businesses and organizations. Examples include mobile point-of-sales (POS) systems and POS innovations (e.g. QR code, palm scanners).

Retail Investing: Companies that provide new ways for consumers to invest in various securities. Examples include theme-based investments, crowdsourced investment expertise, unbiased algorithmic investment advice, and investment social networks.

Small and Medium Business Tools: Companies that offer solutions that help small and medium sized businesses manage their finances. Examples include tools for taxes, payroll, invoicing, and accounting.

We are currently tracking 2,171 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology startup market report.

Venture Investing in Financial Technology – Q2 2017

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

Fintech Q2 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Fintech category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category takes the lead in both metrics, with around $19B in funding and about 290 startups.

Fintech Average Funding by Category Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Fintech category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector with around $95M in average funding per company, followed by the Payments Backend and Business Lending categories.

We are currently tracking 2,171 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

Financial Technology Funding Trends – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight recent trends in Financial Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through early January 2017.

Financial Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Fintech startups for each year. 2016 is the best year with just under $18B in funding. 2015 comes in at second place at around $16B in funding.

Financial Technology Vintage Year Funding

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Fintech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $7.5B.

We are currently tracking 2,112 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 60 countries, with a total of $62 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology report and database.

Venture Investing In Financial Technology – Q1 2017

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

fintech-venture-investing-by-category

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Financial Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector with around $17.5B in total funding and about 275 companies in total company count. The Payments Backend, Business Lending, and Consumer Payments categories also feature a large amount of investing and number of startups.

Financial Technology Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Financial Technology category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector with around $95M in average funding per company. The Consumer Payments and Payments Backend categories round out the top three.

We are currently tracking 2,049 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $58 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

Venture Investing In Financial Technology – Q4 2016

Venture Investing in Financial Technology

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Financial Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector, coming in at over $16B in funding and about 260 startups. The Payments Backend category follows with around $10.5B in funding, and Personal Finance has 195 companies.

We are currently tracking 1,952 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $54 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

FinTech Q1 Update in 15 Visuals

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We at Venture Scanner are tracking 1,379 FinTech companies across 16 categories, with a combined funding amount of $33 Billion. The 15 visuals below summarize the current state of Financial Technology.

1. Financial Technology Market Overview

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We organize Financial Technology into the 16 categories listed below:

Consumer Lending: New ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Examples includes peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services.

Business Lending: New ways for companies to raise debt financing and have their credit risk assessed. Examples Include peer-to-peer lending platforms, asset-based lines of credit, micro-financing, and big data risk analytics.

Personal Finance: New ways for consumers to manage their personal finances. Examples include tools for tracking expenses, managing a budget, addressing wrongful credit card charges, and optimizing credit card rewards.

Consumer Payments: Payment companies centered around issuers and consumers. Examples include mobile wallets, credit card aggregators, prepaid card innovations, and peer-to-peer payments.

Payments Backend and Infrastructure: Payment companies centered around acquirers and the infrastructure enabling payments. Examples include payment solutions for e-commerce merchants, online payment gateways, ACH, direct deposits, and payment back-ends for mobile apps.

Point of Sale Payments: Payment companies centered around acquirers, providing physical payment solutions for brick-and-mortar businesses and organizations. Examples include mobile point-of-sales (POS) systems and POS innovations (e.g. QR code, palm scanners).

Equity Financing: News ways for private companies to raise capital in exchange for equity and for investors to participate in private securities markets. Examples include crowdsourcing platforms and secondary market solutions.

Retail Investing: New ways for consumers to invest in various securities. Examples include theme-based investments, crowdsourced investment expertise, unbiased algorithmic investment advice, and investment social networks.

Small and Medium Business Tools: Tools that help small and medium sized businesses manage their finances. Examples include tools for taxes, payroll, invoicing, and accounting.

Institutional Investing: New ways for wealth managers, hedge fund managers, and professional traders to manage their portfolios and optimize returns. Examples include tools for stock sentiment analysis, alternative investment platforms, and algorithmic trading tools.

Banking Infrastructure: Solutions that improve the operations of financial institutions. Examples include API integration with banks, white-label mobile solutions, and big-data analytics.

Financial Transaction Security: New ways for companies to secure transactions, authenticate users, and prevent fraud. Examples include identify verification, big data analytics, and fraud detection algorithms.

Crowdfunding: New ways for companies to raise non-equity and non-debt financing. Examples include crowdfunding platforms for products, social causes, and creative projects.

Consumer and Commercial Banking: New ways for consumers and SMBs to interface with banking services. Examples include Internet-only banking services and virtual credit cards.

International Money Transfer (Remittances): Companies that allow businesses and individuals to send money abroad easily and cheaply. Examples include digital-only remittances, mobile top-off services, and gift cards.

Financial Research and Data: Information services that enable investors to make better investment decisions. Examples include news, research, and data sources.

2. Company Count by FinTech Category

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The above graph summarizes the number of companies in each FinTech category to show which categories are dominating the current market. The Consumer Lending category is leading the way with 198 companies, followed by the Personal Finance and Business Lending categories, each with 148 companies.

3. Funding by FinTech Category

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The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding in each FinTech category. The Consumer Lending category is leading the market with over $12B in total funding, which is 1.5X the total funding of the second highest category, Business Lending.

4. Venture Investing in FinTech

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The above graph compares the total venture funding in each FinTech category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category is leading in both stats with over $12B in funding and 198 companies. Business Lending is the runner-up with $8B funding, and has the second-highest company count along with Personal Finance (148).

5. FinTech Total Funding by Year

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The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by FinTech companies each year. 2015 was the best year in FinTech funding with a total of $12B raised, which is 1.5X the amount of funding raised in 2014 ($8B).

6. Average Funding by FinTech Category

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The above graph summarizes the average company funding in each FinTech category. The Consumer Lending category leads the market with $100M funding per company, followed by the Business Lending category at a close second with $92M funding per company.

7. Average Age by FinTech Category

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The above graph summarizes the average age of companies in each FinTech category. Banking Infrastructure ranks as the most mature FinTech category with an average age of 8 years per company, which is twice the average age as the least mature category, Equity Financing (4 years per company).

8. Median Age by FinTech Category

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The above graph summarizes the median age of companies in each FinTech category. Banking Infrastructure ranks as the most mature FinTech category with a median age of 7 years per company, followed by Financial Security and Business Payments, each with a median age of 6 years per company.

9. FinTech Company Count by Country

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The above map shows the number of FinTech companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with 756 FinTech companies, with the United Kingdom at a distant second with 161.

10. FinTech VC Funding by Country

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The above map shows the amount of FinTech venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most FinTech VC funding at $13B, followed by the United Kingdom at $6B.

11. FinTech Companies Founded by Year

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The above graph summarizes the number of FinTech companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks as the top year with 186 FinTech companies founded, followed by 2013 with 158 companies founded.

12. FinTech Funding by Vintage Year

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The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by the FinTech companies founded in a certain year. FinTech companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at $6.2B, followed by those founded in 2012 with $4.6B funding to date.

13. FinTech Headcount Distribution

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The above graph summarizes the percentage of FinTech companies with a certain employee headcount range. Companies with 1–50 employees make up 73% of the market.

14. Number of FinTech Investments by Selected Investors

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The above graph summarizes the total number of investment rounds FinTech investors participated in. Accel outperform all of its peers, having made 79 investments into FinTech companies. This is almost 2X the number of investments made by the runner-up Sequoia Capital with 45 investments.

15. Number of FinTech Companies Backed by Selected Investors

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The above graph summarizes the number of unique FinTech companies funded by selected investors. Accel takes the top spot by having invested in a total of 54 unique FinTech companies, which is almost 1.5X the number of companies invested by the runner-up, Y Combinator (37 companies).

As FinTech continues to grow, so too will its moving parts. We hope this post provides some big picture clarity on this booming industry.

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