How is the funding environment shaping up for retail 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 retail technology total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, retail technology has amassed $13.3B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 75% of the total funding in 2018, and 174% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. The top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $1B round into Rappi, a $600M round into DoorDash, and a $575M round into Deliveroo.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $26.5B, which is 150% of the total 2018 funding. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $30.6B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by a whopping 74%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, retail technology funding in 2019 is projected to significantly overtake the funding in 2018.