Here is our Q2 2019 summary report on the transportation technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.
How is the funding environment shaping up for transportation technology 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 transportation technology total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, transportation technology has amassed $21.7B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 56% of the total funding in 2018, and 111% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. The top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $1.4B round into NIO, a $1.2B round into Cruise, and a $1B round into Uber.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $43.4B, which is 112% of the total 2018 funding. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $43.1B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by 11%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, transportation technology funding in 2019 is projected to increase from the funding in 2018.
How has the exit activity for transportation technology developed in the first half of 2019? This blog post explores transportation technology exit metrics through Q2 2019 and compares them to previous years. The graph below shows the number of transportation technology exits by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, transportation technology has seen a total of 24 exit events through Q2 of this year. This represents 47% of the total exits in 2018, and 73% of the exits through Q2 in 2018. Some of the exit events in Q2 2019 include Xevo’s acquisition by Lear Corporation, Drivy’s acquisition by Getaround, and Uber’s IPO.
A straight-line projection of the completed exit activity this year would come out to 48 exit events, which comprises 94% of the total exits in 2018. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 exit activity would come out to 37 exit events, which falls short of the total exits in 2018 by 27%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, transportation technology exit activity in 2019 is projected to be down from the exit activity in 2018.
How has investor appetite in transportation technology 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 within the sector by year stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, investor activity in transportation technology has been on an upward trend in recent years. The 5-Year CAGR of transportation tech investor activity from 2013 to 2018 is 31%. In addition, the sector has seen a total of 547 investors in all deals through Q2 of this year. This represents 39% of the total investor activity in 2018, and 86% of the investor activity through Q2 in 2018. As we can see, the investor appetite for transportation technology deals has remained consistently strong in recent years.
The transportation technology industry has seen 2,709 investors and $162B total all time funding. Let’s analyze which transportation technology categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights transportation technology categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, Smart Mobility has the highest number of investors at 635, with Enhanced Auto Ownership following behind at 588. Smart Mobility companies provide solutions for increasing sustainability in how transportation is conducted within cities. Enhanced Auto Ownership companies allow for new methodologies to buy, rent, and own cars. In addition, the average number of investors across all transportation technology categories is 277.