The regulatory technology (regtech) industry has seen 960 investors and $11B total all time funding. Let’s analyze which regtech categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights regtech categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, Identity Compliance has the highest number of investors at 275, with Data Compliance following close behind at 268. Identity Compliance companies help financial institutions comply with regulations on identity related crimes. Data Compliance companies help businesses comply with regulations around the integrity and security of their data. In addition, the average number of investors across all regtech categories is 121.
As we progress through Q1 of 2019, let’s look back on 2018 and analyze how funding in the regulatory technology (regtech) sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual regtech funding amounts over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 was a record year for regtech funding at over $2B. It represents a 6% increase from the previous year’s funding. In addition, regtech funding grew at a CAGR of 42% over the past 5 years. Some of the largest funding events in 2018 include a $250M round for Cohesity, a $169M round for Netskope, and a $100M round for Assent Compliance.
The regulatory technology (regtech) industry has seen $10B in total all time funding. Let’s now examine the investors financing the regtech sector and identify the most active firms.
The graphic below highlights regtech investors based on the number of investments made in the sector. If an investor participates in two investment rounds in the same company (such as a Series A and Series B), that would qualify as two investments for this analysis.
As the graphic demonstrates, New Enterprise Associates has made the most investments in the regtech sector with 21 investments. Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel follow with 20 investments each. Examples of companies that New Enterprise Associates has invested in include Forter, Fugue, DataVisor, and Tigera.
As we’ve previously observed, regulatory technology (regtech) funding is on an upward trend in recent years. If we look closer at the category level, we notice two key takeaways:
The Financial Crime and Identity Compliance category leads the sector in Q3 funding
The Network Security Compliance category leads the sector in all-time funding
We’ll highlight these observations with some graphics and discussions below.
The Financial Crime and Identity Compliance Category Leads Regtech Q3 Funding
To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter by each category within regulatory technology.
The above graphic highlights that the Financial Crime and Identity Compliance category leads the sector in Q3 funding with almost $90M. The Governance, Risk, and Compliance category follows in a close second with $83M in Q3 funding.
Financial Crime and Identity Compliance companies help financial institutions comply with regulations on identity related crimes. Their functions include client on-boarding, payment fraud, account takeover, and identity verification. Some example companies in this category are NetGuardians, Finomial, DueDil, and Feedzai.
Let’s now investigate how the regtech categories’ funding compare with each other historically.
The Network Security Compliance Category Leads the Sector in All-Time Funding
The graph below shows the all-time funding for different regulatory technology categories. The Q3 funding and growth rates of these categories are also highlighted.
As the bar graph indicates, the Network Security Compliance category leads regulatory technology in total funding at $1.5B. The Data and Privacy Compliance category follows in the second place with $1.2B in total funding.
Network Security Compliance companies help businesses comply with regulations around cyber-security risks. Some example companies in this category are Synack, HyTrust, AlgoSec, and SecurityScorecard.
In summary, the Financial Crime and Identity Compliance and Network Security Compliance categories are leading the sector in funding. Let’s see how the the rest of 2018 shapes up for regulatory technology!