Virtual Reality Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Virtual Reality (VR) startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through March 2017.

VR Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 13 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Virtual Reality Innovation Quadrant Q1 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different VR 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 VR categories 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 heat maps, 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 660 Virtual Reality companies in 13 categories across 48 countries, with a total of $4.7 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full VR report and database.

Venture Investing in Health Technology – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Health Technology sector. The graphics include data through October 2016.

Health Technology Q1 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Health Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Digital Medical Devices category takes the lead in total funding at over $4.5B. The Hot Health Care category leads in company count, with around 190 startups.

Health Technology Q1 2017 Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Health Technology category. The Health Insurance/Payments category leads the sector with around $70M in average funding per company, followed by the Online Health Destinations and Genomics/Personalized Medicine categories.

We are currently tracking 1,829 Health Technology companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $41B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Health Technology market report.

Insurance Technology Activity by Selected Investors – Q1 2017

The following graph summarizes the investor activity in the Insurance Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through January 2017.

Insurance Technology Investor Activity Q1 2017

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Insurtech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. 500 Startups takes the lead in both metrics, with 16 total investments into the space and over 15 companies backed. Other major investors include New Enterprise Associates, First Round Capital, and Index Ventures.

We are currently tracking 1,169 Insurance Technology companies in 14 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $18 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Insurance Technology market report.

Energy Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

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

Energy Technology Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 12 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Energy Technology Innovation Quadrant Q1 2017

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

Bioenergy: Companies that generate energy from biomass. Examples include bioenergy development, research, and monitoring.

Carbon Management: Companies that aim to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse emissions. Examples include solutions that capture, sequester, and store carbon emissions, carbon emission data analytics, and carbon emission recycling.

Consumer Energy Efficiency Tools: Companies that enables consumers to be more efficient with their energy use. Examples include monitoring devices, predictive/proactive devices, and solutions allowing for the streamlined application of renewable energies.

Energy Infrastructure: Companies that produce enabling technologies in the production of energy. Examples include smart metering, energy monitoring/data analytics, and smart grid optimization.

Energy Production By-Product Management: Companies that reduce waste from energy production as well as solutions that recover energy from the production of waste. Examples include treatment of waste water from fracking, treatment of nuclear waste, and conversion of non-recyclable waste into energy.

Energy Storage: Companies that offer innovations in storing energy to level peak energy demand and store excess renewable energy. Examples include battery solutions, as well as storage brokers and dealers.

Fuel Cell Technology: Companies that generate power by using hydrogen and oxygen for fuel. Examples include fuel cell development, research, and monitoring.

Geothermal Energy: Companies that use geothermal power to generate electricity. Examples include geothermal energy development, design, and monitoring.

Hydropower Energy: Companies that generate power from the energy of moving water. Examples include wave energy converters, run-of-the-river systems, as well as project management and monitoring solutions.

Solar Energy: Companies that generate power by converting sunlight into electricity. Examples include solar panel manufacturers, designers, installers, and monitoring solutions.

Traditional Energy Enhancements: Companies that improve the effectiveness and sustainability of traditional energy sources. Examples include solutions that make fossil fuel emissions cleaner and solutions that improve the efficiency of extraction.

Wind Energy: Companies that generate power using air flow. Examples includes wind turbine manufacturers, designers, installers, and monitoring solutions.

We are currently tracking 743 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $44 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology report and database.

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.

Energy Technology Landscape Trends and Insights  – Q1 2017

Here is our Q1 2017 summary report on the Energy 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 743 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 46 countries, with a total of $44 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology landscape report and database.

3D Printing Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q1 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the 3D Printing Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through March 2017.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 9 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

3D Printing Q1 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different 3D Printing 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 3D Printing Technology categories are as follows

3D Printer Manufacturers: Companies that manufacture 3D printers and accompanying hardware (e.g. injection heads). There are numerous players in this space from large incumbents, to emerging crowdfunded projects.

3D Printing Applications: Companies that highlight specific use cases and advantages of 3D printing (e.g. mass customization). Emerging trends in the space are health, dental, consumer applications (e.g. custom eyewear), rapid manufacturing.

3D Printing CAD Software: Computer Aided Design software that enables users to upload, create, and modify 3D models. Some of the newer CAD software can be used directly through the browser, reducing friction for e-commerce websites or consumer facing services.

3D Printing Communities: Groups and websites that organize multiple users around 3D printing.

3D Printing Marketplaces: Marketplaces that connect two parties around 3D printing products and services. This can include the finalized 3D products (e.g. jewelry, action figures), CAD files, and proposals (e.g. designers looking for bids from manufacturers).

3D Printing Materials: Providers of 3D printing materials such as proprietary plastic filament (e.g. acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or resin.

3D Printing Networks: 3D printing networks connect to printers via the cloud and enable features such as wireless printing and job reporting.

3D Printing Services: Companies in this category provide 3D printing as an outsourced service for their customers. Services can vary on a spectrum from consulting (e.g. design, create, scan, print) to only managing one aspect of the value chain (e.g. upload your design to print, scanning service only).

3D Scanners: Companies that manufacture scanning equipment used to create digital models of 3D objects. Models can then be reprinted or modified and shared using compatible software. Includes industrial 3D scanners, consumer-focused scanners, and do-it-yourself scanners on crowdfunding websites.

We are currently tracking 375 3D Printing Technology companies in 9 categories across 41 countries, with a total of $1.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing Technology report and database.