Internet of Things (IoT) Funding Trends – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight recent trends in Internet of Things (IoT) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through October 2016.

Internet of Things Funding by Year Q1 2017

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by IoT startups for each year. 2014 is the best year with around $5.5B in funding. 2016 comes in at second place with just under $5B in funding.

Internet of Things Vintage Year Funding Q1 2017

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 around $3B.

We are currently tracking 1,774 IoT companies in 20 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $31 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things report and database.

Internet Of Things Funding by Round – Q1 2017

The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Internet of Things space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

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IoT Funding by Round by Year – Funding Amount

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. From 2006 to 2016, we saw a general increase in the overall sector funding, with the total amount peaking in 2016. Up till 2013 all rounds of funding except for Seed saw approximately equal amounts during these years. After 2013 earlier stage rounds (Series A, B, and C) make up a larger share of the total amount.

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IoT Funding by Round by Year – Event Count

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. From 2006 to 2015 we’ve seen an upward trend that peaked in 2015. Earlier stage funding such as Seed, Series A, and Series B events make up the majority of funding event counts.

We are currently tracking 1738 IoT companies in 20 categories across 50 countries, with a total of $30.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things landscape report and database.

Internet of Things Activity by Selected Investors – Q1 2017

The following graph summarizes the investor activity in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Please note these graphics are made using data through October 2016.

Internet of Things Investor Activity

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds IoT investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. SOSV takes the lead in both metrics, with over 70 total number of investments into the space and over 45 companies backed. Other major investors include Techstars, Intel Capital, and Khosla Ventures.

We are currently tracking 1,684 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $29 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 – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Internet of Things sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

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Exit Activity by Category in IoT

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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Exit Activity by Year in IoT

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 1679 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $29 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Venture Investing in the Internet of Things – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

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Venture Investing in IoT

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Internet of Things category to the number of companies in the category. The IoT Fitness category is leading in the Total Funding stat with over $3.6B, whereas the IoT Home category is leading in the Company Count stat with 207 companies.

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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 1639 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $27.5 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 – Q1 2017

The following graph shows average and median age in the Internet of Things sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016.

Average and Median Age by IoT Category
Average and Median Age by IoT Category
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 1602 IoT companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $26.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.

Where in the World are Internet of Things Startups? – Q1 2017

The analyses below summarize where Internet of Things (IoT) innovations are occurring.

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The above map shows the number of IoT startups located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 930 companies.

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The above map shows the amount of total IoT startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $16B.

We are currently tracking 1,544 Internet of Things companies in 20 categories across 47 countries, with a total of $27 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full IoT landscape report and database.