Internet of Things Companies Founded by Year – Q4 2016

The following graph shows the founding date distribution in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

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IoT Companies Founded by Year
The above graph summarizes the number of Internet of Things companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranksĀ at the top with 236 companies founded in that year. 2014 is close behind with 227 companies founded.

We are currently tracking 1542 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Internet of Things Activity by Selected Investors – Q4 2016

Internet of Things (IoT) Activity by Selected Investors
Internet of Things (IoT) Activity by Selected Investors

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Internet of Things (IoT) investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. SOSV takes the lead in both categories, making the highest number of investments (around 70) and backing the most companies (over 45). Techstars, Intel Capital, and Khosla Ventures round out the top of the list.

We are currently tracking 1,520 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.32 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Average Funding by Internet of Things Category – Q4 2016

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Average Funding by IoT Category
The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Enterprise category leads the sector with around $78M in average funding per company, followed by the IoT Utilities/Energy category with about $69M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 1515 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Internet of Things Funding Trends – Q4 2016

IoT Startup Funding over Time

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Internet of Things (IoT) startups for each year. 2014 is the best year so far with over $5B in funding. 2016 comes in at second place with just around $4.75B raised to date.

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The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by IoT companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at just under $3B, followed by those founded in 2012 which have raised about $2B.

We are currently tracking 1,504 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $26 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Internet of Things Category Innovation Quadrant – Q4

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Internet of Things Category Innovation Quadrant
Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Internet of Things 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 Internet of Things categories represented in the above Innovation Quadrant are as follows:

IoT Agriculture: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of the agricultural and farming industries. Examples include livestock software, moisture-sensing technology, and smart irrigation.

IoT Automotive: Companies that enable machine-to-machine communication in the automotive industry. Examples include mobility status sensors, driving habits applications, and vehicle health handhelds.

IoT City and Buildings: Companies that create connected devices to facilitate smart cities or manage the infrastructure of buildings. Examples include urban projection screens, smart building controls, and parking space locators.

IoT Components: Companies that manufacture the internal technologies of IoT hardware systems. Examples include IoT circuit boards, chips, and semiconductors.

IoT Drones and Robotics: Companies that create unmanned aerial vehicles that could be controlled through remotes or smartphone apps. Examples include aerial cameras, aerial delivery drones, and ocean data collection robots.

IoT Education and Toys: Companies that produce connected devices that facilitate the education process or those aimed at the kids market. Examples include app-connected toys, programmable bracelets, and computer building kits.

IoT Enterprise: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of corporate enterprises. Examples include product management solutions, business intelligence platforms, and smartglasses for work.

IoT Fitness: Companies that create connected devices that track fitness and exercise metrics. Examples include healthy eating trackers, exercise tracking wristbands, and smartphone-controlled shoes.

IoT Hardware Platforms: Companies that manufacture finished hardware systems that provide infrastructural support for connected devices. Examples include IoT routers, modems, and device controllers.

IoT Health Care: Companies that create connected devices that track health metrics or help improve health well-being. Examples include breathing mobile games, sleep trackers, and pain relief wearables.

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

IoT Industrial: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the productivity of industrial enterprises such as manufacturing. Examples include industrial data analysis, supply chain management, and factory robots.

IoT Lifestyle and Entertainment: Companies that create connected devices to enhance the overall lifestyle of the user. Examples include connected bikes, outdoor gaming systems, and smart mugs.

IoT Retail: Companies that create connected devices to help with retail stores’ operations. Examples include store beacon solutions, mobile payment solutions, and smart barcode scanners.

IoT Security: Companies that enable data privacy and data encryption. Examples include IoT vulnerability detection, industrial IoT security, and IoT data erasure.

IoT Smart Watches: Companies that create connected watches with sensors and applications. Examples include motion recognition watches, parental control watches, and voice notification watches.

IoT Software Platforms: Companies that build backend software systems that provide infrastructural support for IoT technology. Examples include wireless communication networks and IoT data analytics platforms.

IoT Tags and Jewelry: Companies that create tags, trackers, and smart jewelry that enable one to track items and products. Examples include smart keychains, smart bike tags, and mini GPS devices.

IoT User Interface: Companies that produce connected devices that offer new ways to view and control other devices. Examples include virtual reality systems, vibrating couches, and motion-controlled interfaces.

IoT Utilities and Energy: Companies that produce connected devices that help measure and manage energy and utilities usage. Examples include energy usage monitors, smart sprinklers, and oilfield data management solutions.

We are currently tracking 1504 IoT companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $25.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things landscape report and database.

Internet of Things Exits by Category and by Year – Q4 2016

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Internet of Things Exits by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Internet of Things category. The IoT Software Platforms category leads the sector with 8 IPOs and 26 acquisitions. The IoT Home and IoT Components categories follow behind with 3 IPOs and 13 acquisitions, and 8 IPOs and 8 acquisitions, respectively.

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Internet of Things Exits by Year
The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Internet of Things by year. 2016 currently leads the sector with 1 IPO and 34 acquisitions, with 2015 following behind with 4 IPOs and 25 acquisitions.
We are currently tracking 1500 IoT companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $25.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Average and Median Age by Internet of Things Category – Q4 2016

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The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Internet of Things (IoT) category. The IoT Industrial category has the highest average age at just under 14 years. IoT Components and IoT Utilities/Energy have the highest median age, at just under 10 years.

We are currently tracking 1,490 IoT companies in 20 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $25.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.