How is the funding environment shaping up for internet of things in 2019? As we pass the mid-year mark, let’s see how the year-to-date metrics compare to the historical trends. The graph below shows IoT total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, IoT has amassed $8.5B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 32% of the total funding in 2018, and 149% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. The top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $1.7B round into Infineon Technologies, a $420M round into PAX Labs, and a $280M round into Magic Leap.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $16.9B, which is 64% of the total 2018 funding. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $39.3B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by 49%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data and leaning towards the straight-line projection, we expect 2019 to fall somewhat from the 2018 total.
How has investor appetite in internet of things evolved throughout the years? In this blog post we examine the total investments by year into this sector to help answer that question. The graph below shows the total number of investors in all deals stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, investor activity in IoT has been gradually decreasing in recent years. The 5-Year CAGR of IoT investor activity from 2013 to 2018 is 12%. In addition, the sector has seen a total of 571 investors in all deals through Q2 of this year. This represents 39% of the total investor activity in 2018, and 66% of the investor activity through Q2 in 2018. Taking all these data points together, we can see that investor appetite for IoT deals is on a downward trend in recent years.
How has the exit activity for internet of things developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores IoT exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of IoT exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, IoT has seen a total of 26 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 54% of the total exits in 2018, and 93% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. Some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Control4’s acquisition by SnapAV, Leap Motion’s acquisition by Ultrahaptics, and Tufin’s IPO.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 52 exit events, which exceeds the total exits in 2018 by 8%. On the other hand, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 45 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 7%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, IoT exit activity in 2019 is projected to be relatively equal to the exit activity in 2018.
For this quarter’s funding analysis, let’s examine how average funding in the internet of things (IoT) sector is evolving. The graphic below shows the IoT average funding across all deals over time by quarter.
As the graphic demonstrates, internet of things average funding deal size in Q1 2019 was at $42M, which increased by 69% from the $25M in the same quarter last year. The average funding deal size has demonstrated robust growth, with the average funding last quarter around 8 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1.3B round into OneWeb, a $600M round into Horizon Robotics, and a $245M round into Niantic.
This blog post examines the different components of the internet of things (IoT) ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation 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 Internet of Things Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2,257 IoT startups into 20 categories. They have raised $81B from 3,651 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that IoT Home is the largest category with 332 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.
Let’s now look at our Innovation Quadrant to find out the funding and maturity of these categories in relation to one another.
The Pioneers Quadrant Has the Most Internet of Things Categories
Our Innovation Quadrant divides the IoT categories into four different quadrants.
We see that the Pioneers quadrant has the most number of IoT categories at 9, accounting for 45% of all IoT categories. The IoT Utilities category has the highest average age, and the IoT Lifestyle and Entertainment category has the highest average funding. On the other hand, the IoT Tags category is low on both average funding and age.