Transportation Technology Startup Market Trends and Insights  – Q2 2017

Here is our Q2 2017 summary report on the Transportation 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 1,113 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 65 countries, with a total of $67 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

Venture Investing in Blockchain Technology through Q2 2017

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

Bitcoin Venture Investing through Q2 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Blockchain Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Blockchain Innovations category leads in total funding with $1.1B. The Bitcoin Exchanges category has the most startups at around 215.

Bitcoin Category Average Funding Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Blockchain Technology category. The Bitcoin Mining category leads the sector with just under $30M in average funding per company, followed by the Bitcoin Trust Services and Bitcoin Wallet categories.

We are currently tracking 923 Blockchain Technology companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $2.2B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

AI Activity by Selected Investors – Q2 2017

The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) space. Please note these graphics are made using data through April 2017.

AI Investor Activity through Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds AI investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Major investors include YC, NEA, Intel Capital, 500 Startups, and CE Ventures.

We are currently tracking 1,797 AI companies in 13 categories across 70 countries, with a total of $16 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Artificial Intelligence market report.

Virtual Reality (VR) Funding Trends – Q2 2017

The following graphs highlight recent trends in the Virtual Reality (VR) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through March 2017.

VR Funding By Year Q2 2017

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by VR startups for each year. 2016 has the most funding to date at just under $2B.

VR Q2 2017 Vintage Year Funding

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by VR companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $1.5B.

We are currently tracking 688 VR companies in 13 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality report.

Transportation Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q2 2017

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

Transportation Technology Logo Map Q2 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 17 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Transportation Technology Innovation Quadrant Q2 2017

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

Auto Clean Tech: Companies that create next-generation solutions seeking to make transportation more friendly towards the environment. Examples include technologies to increase fuel efficiency, lower emissions, and take advantage of renewable fuels.

Auto Fleet Management: Companies that enable professional owners of large fleets of vehicles to better optimize their total cost of ownership. Examples include solutions for tracking fleet locations, managing repairs and service, and fueling payment systems.

Auto Heads Up Displays (HUD): Companies that bring “cockpit” style display technologies into the automotive realm. Examples include technologies based on cell phones, mounted dashboard projectors, and devices embedded into windshields.

Automotive Infotainment: Companies that provide communication and entertainment services into an automotive experience, either through the manufacturer or after-market sales. Examples include music libraries, voice activation telephony, and voice-to-text translation.

Automotive Telematics: Companies that provide car owners with better access to specific information about their car. Examples include on-board data readers, diagnostic tools, and notifications to mobile devices for enhanced safety features (such as road-side assistance).

Autonomous & Assisted Cars: Companies that provide various solutions that assist a human in driving a car or work to eliminate the need for a human behind the wheel. Examples include automotive LiDAR, automotive RADAR, and automotive artificial intelligence computing.

Auto Wireless Networking: Companies that offer solutions to help cars communicate wirelessly with the cloud. Examples include wireless chip sets, infrastructure monitoring devices, and data analytics software.

Car Sharing: Companies that provide for the collaborative consumption of cars, enabling consumers to share the cost of auto ownership. Examples include centrally administered micro-rentals and peer-to-peer shared ride arrangement portals.

Enhanced Auto Ownership: Companies that allow for new methodologies to buy, rent, and own cars. Examples include social networks dedicated to car culture, mobile apps for scheduling auto maintenance, and streamlined services to buy/sell cars.

Individualized Insurance: Companies that provide new methodologies for automotive insurance. Examples include comparison websites, metered payments via telematic devices, and personalized quotes based on user-specific driving habits.

Intelligent Transit Systems: Companies that enable the sharing of information between cars and infrastructure – sometimes referred to as Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I). Examples include solutions for collision avoidance, toll booth metering, and traffic routing management.

Mapping, Location, and Route Optimization: Companies that understand where a consumer is and offer recommendations based upon that specific location. Examples include providing local maps, localized advertising, and individualized directions.

Public Transit Enhancement: Companies that aim to encourage the use of public transit options. Examples include real-time tracking of buses, loyalty programs, and simplified ticketing options.

Ride Hailing and Scheduling: Companies that enable consumers to schedule a ride either in real time or for the future. Examples include transportation network companies, white label mobile applications, and website booking portals.

Smart City and Mobility: Companies that provide next generation solutions for increasing sustainability in how transportation is conducted within cities. Examples include all electric vehicles (from full size automobiles to smaller scooters) and distributed energy systems which make it easier for these vehicles to recharge.

Smart Parking Technology: Companies offering solutions that make it easier to park, usually in dense urban environments. Examples include software to manage parking space inventories, real-time inventory information, and mobile payment options.

Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V) Communications: Companies which allow for direct vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Examples include technologies for collision avoidance, dynamic route optimization, and maintaining the flow of traffic.

We are currently tracking 1,112 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 65 countries, with a total of $67 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

Where in the world are 3D Printing startups? Q2 2017

The analyses below summarize where 3D Printing innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through March 2017.

3D Printing Company Count by Country Q2 2017

The above map shows the number of 3D Printing companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 175 companies.

3D Printing VC Funding by Country Q2 2017

The above map shows the amount of total 3D Printing startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $1.1B.

We are currently tracking 377 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

Venture Investing in Security Technology – Q2 2017

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

Security Technology Q2 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Security Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Threat Detection category takes the lead in both metrics, with around $6.5B in funding and 225 startups.

Security Technology Category Average Funding Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Security Technology category. The Email Security category leads the sector with over $90M in average funding per company, followed by the Endpoint Security and Computer Forensics categories.

We are currently tracking 890 Security Technology companies in 14 categories across 42 countries, with a total of $17B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology market report.