Artificial Intelligence Investor Activity Is On A Robust Upward Trend

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How has investor appetite in artificial intelligence 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 stacked by quarters.

Artificial Intelligence Investors Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, investor activity in AI has dipped slightly after reaching a record high. The 5-Year CAGR of AI investor activity from 2013 to 2018 is 31%. In addition, the sector has seen a total of 1,003 investors in all deals through Q2 of this year. This represents 50% of the total investor activity in 2018, and 91% of the investor activity through Q2 in 2018. Taking all these data points together, we can see that investor appetite for AI deals is on a generally upward trend in recent years.

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Artificial Intelligence Funding in 2019 Projected To Be Highest On Record

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How is the funding environment shaping up for artificial intelligence 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 AI total funding by year, stacked by quarters.

Artificial Intelligence Funding Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, AI has amassed $11B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 56% of the total funding in 2018, and 138% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. The top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $1.3B round into ByteDance, a $750M round into MEGVII, and a $568M round into UiPath.

A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $22B, which is 112% of the total 2018 funding. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $27.3B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by a whopping 38%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, AI funding in 2019 is projected to surpass the funding in 2018 and have a banner year.

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Venture Scanner Innovation Quadrants

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As we previously shared, our innovation quadrants act as a framework to guide you in the startup scouting process. We organize emerging technology categories into four states of innovation by plotting the categories on two axes--average age and average funding. 

In this post we share our most up-to-date innovation quadrants for all of our 16 sector reports. They are all available for download. To access the full research coverage in any of these sectors, visit us at www.venturescanner.com or contact us at [email protected].

3D Printing: 9 categories, 389 companies, $3B in funding

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Artificial Intelligence: 13 categories, 2545 companies, $63B in funding

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Artificial Intelligence Quadrant

Blockchain Technology: 12 categories, 1137 companies, $17B in funding

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Energy Technology: 12 categories, 799 companies, $75B in funding

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Energy Technology Quadrant

Financial Technology: 16 categories, 2697 companies, $148B in funding

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Artificial Intelligence Report Highlights – Q2 2019

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Here is our Q2 2019 summary report on the artificial intelligence startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Summary

Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Artificial Intelligence Quarterly Highlights

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Quadrant

Artificial Intelligence Funding Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Funding By Category

Artificial Intelligence Investors Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Exits Over Time

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Venture Scanner Sector Maps

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Our sector maps are snapshots of our web-based emerging technology reports. We show the categories that make up a sector and how many startups are within each category. We also present a random sampling of the startups that are innovating in each category.

In this post we share our most up-to-date sector maps for all of our 16 sector reports. They are all available for download. To access the full research coverage in any of these sectors, visit us at www.venturescanner.com or contact us at [email protected].

3D Printing: 9 categories, 389 companies, $3B in funding

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3D Printing Sector Map

Artificial Intelligence: 13 categories, 2545 companies, $63B in funding

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Blockchain Technology: 12 categories, 1137 companies, $17B in funding

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Energy Technology: 12 categories, 799 companies, $75B in funding

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Energy Technology Sector Map

Financial Technology: 16 categories, 2697 companies, $148B in funding

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Financial Technology Sector Map

Health Technology: 22 categories,...

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Machine Learning Applications Leads Artificial Intelligence In Number of Investors

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The artificial intelligence (AI) industry has seen 3,434 investors and $62B total all time funding. Let's analyze which AI categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights AI categories based on the number of investors in each category.

Artificial Intelligence Investors Per Category

As the graphic demonstrates, Machine Learning Applications has the highest number of investors at 1988, with Machine Learning Platforms following behind at 785. Machine Learning Application companies apply self-learning algorithms to optimize specific business operations, while Machine Learning Platform companies build these algorithms that operate based on their learnings from existing data. In addition, the average number of investors across all AI categories is 507.

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Overview - Q1 2019

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This blog post examines the different components of the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

Machine Learning Applications Is The Largest Artificial Intelligence Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2497 AI startups into 13 categories. They have raised $60B from 3420 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Artificial Intelligence Logo Map

We see that Machine Learning Applications is the largest category with 943 companies. These companies utilize self-learning algorithms to optimize vertically-specific business operations. Examples include using machine learning to detect banking fraud or to identify relevant sales leads. Some example companies are Sift Science, SparkCognition, Sumo Logic, and...

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Explained - AI's Explosive Funding Growth

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become one of the hottest sectors in recent years, with its technology promising to revolutionize and automate every industry imaginable. We have been covering this trend, showing a massive increase in AI startup funding. As you can see in the graphic below, AI funding more than doubled from 2016 to 2017. Its funding more than tripled from 2016 to 2018.

AI Funding Over Time

This phenomenon then begs the question - what caused this explosive growth in AI funding? This explainer blog will help you understand the contributing forces behind the growth. It can be attributed to three factors: 

  • The geopolitical battle between the US and China
  • The AI sector maturing over time
  • Specific AI functions gaining strong traction

US and China’s Geopolitical Battle for AI Dominance

The first factor contributing to the staggering AI funding jump is the geopolitical battle for AI dominance between the US and China. A plethora of news outlets, such as the Wall Street Journal...
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Artificial Intelligence Average Funding Event Size Shows Steady Growth

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For this quarter's funding analysis, let's examine how average funding event sizes in the artificial intelligence (AI) sector are evolving. The graphic below shows the AI average funding event size over time by quarter.

Artificial Intelligence Average Funding Event Size

As the graphic demonstrates, AI average funding event size in Q1 2019 was at $35M. This is an increase of 75% from the $20M in Q1 2018. The average funding size has been on a robust upward trend, with the average funding size last quarter around 3 times larger than it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $940M round from Nuro, a $600M round from Horizon Robotics, and a $530M round from Aurora.

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Artificial Intelligence Report Highlights  – Q1 2019

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Here is our Q1 2019 summary report on the artificial intelligence startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Summary

Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Artificial Intelligence Quarterly Highlights

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Quadrant

Artificial Intelligence Funding Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Funding By Category

Artificial Intelligence Investors Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Exits Over Time

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AI Investors With the Most Activity

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The artificial intelligence (AI) industry has seen $50B in total all time funding. Let's analyze the investors making bets into AI and identify the most active firms. 

The graphic below shows AI investors based on their number of investments into 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 graphic.

AI Investors with Most Investments

As the graphic demonstrates, Y Combinator has made the most bets in the AI sector with 75 investments. New Enterprise Associates follows in second place with 64 investments. Examples of companies Y Combinator invested in include Vicarious, Sift Science, Atomwise, and Standard Cognition. Let's see which investors make their way onto this list in 2019!

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AI Exit Activity Slowed in 2018

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Now that 2018 is complete, let’s see how exit activity for artificial intelligence (AI) compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual AI exit events over time.

AI Exits Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 saw a drop in AI exit activity compared to the previous year. The 58 exit events in 2018 represent a 22% decrease from the 74 exit events in 2017, which was the highest year on record for exit activity. However, AI exits are still on a general upward trend, with a 5-year CAGR of 24% from 2013 to 2018. Let's see if the AI exit activity in 2019 will jump back up to the 2017 level.

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Artificial Intelligence Report Highlights  – Q4 2018

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Here is our Q4 2018 summary report on the artificial intelligence startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Artificial Intelligence Quarterly Highlights

Artificial Intelligence Sector Summary

Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Quadrant

Artificial Intelligence Funding Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Funding By Category

Artificial Intelligence Investors Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Exits Over Time

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AI Funding Reaches Record Year in 2018

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With 2018 now behind us, let’s examine how artificial intelligence (AI) funding compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual AI funding amounts over time. 

AI Annual Funding Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 experienced the highest AI funding on record at $18B. It represents a 24% increase from the previous year’s funding. In addition, AI funding grew at a CAGR of 62% from 2013 to 2018. It'll be interesting to observe if the funding growth will remain strong in the new year.

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Machine Learning-Related Categories Lead Artificial Intelligence Funding

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We’ve previously highlighted that artificial intelligence (AI) funding has seen explosive growth in recent years. When we take a closer look at the funding trends for each category within AI, we notice two key takeaways:

The Machine Learning Platforms category leads the sector in Q3 funding
The Machine Learning Applications category leads the sector in all-time funding

We’ll highlight these takeaways with some graphics and discussions below.

The Machine Learning Platforms Category Leads AI In Q3 Funding

To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter by each category within artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Latest Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic highlights that the Machine Learning Platforms category leads the sector in Q3 funding with $1.9B. The Computer Vision Platforms category follows in second place with $1.6B in Q3 funding.

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Overview - Q3 2018

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The artificial intelligence sector has experienced explosive funding growth in recent years. This blog post examines the different components of the AI sector and how they make up this startup ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

Machine Learning Applications Is the Largest Artificial Intelligence Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 2,316 artificial intelligence startups into 13 categories that have raised $45 billion. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

We see that Machine Learning Applications is the largest category with 866 companies. These companies utilize self-learning algorithms to optimize business operations in vertically specific use cases. Examples include using machine learning to...

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Artificial Intelligence Startup Highlights  – Q3 2018

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Here is our Q3 2018 summary report on the artificial intelligence startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Quadrant

Artificial Intelligence Funding by Category

Artificial Intelligence Funding Over Time

Artificial Intelligence Funding Round Counts

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Artificial Intelligence Company Count by Country

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Mid-Year Artificial Intelligence Exits Analysis

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In Q2, AI had the second highest exit activity on record. Now armed with the data through June 2018, we’re performing a mid-year status check on how this year is shaping up.

Based on analysis on our AI research platform, we see that exit activity in the first half of 2018 is slightly down from 2017.

2018 Mid-Year AI Exit Activity Lower Than 2017 But Higher Than 2016

Let’s take a closer look at the number of AI exit events by year.

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The above graphic shows 32 exits in the first half of 2018. For the past three years, Q3 and Q4 accounted for 46% of total exit events on average. If that trend holds, 2018 exits finish the year slightly lower than 2017, but higher than 2016. We'll see if the second half of the year changes this trend!

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Artificial Intelligence Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

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Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the artificial intelligence startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Machine Learning Categories Lead AI Funding

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Last quarter we observed that the artificial intelligence sector is maturing. This quarter we are conducting a deeper analysis on our AI research platform to examine funding by category. Our analysis shows two important observations:

  • Machine Learning Platforms and Computer Vision Platforms lead the sector in Q2 funding
  • Machine Learning Applications dominates the sector in all-time funding

We’ll explain these observations with some graphics and discussions below.

Machine Learning Platforms and Computer Vision Platforms Lead AI in Q2 Funding

To start off, let’s scrutinize the AI funding by category in Q2.

Artificial Intelligence Current Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic shows that both Machine Learning Platforms and Computer Vision Platforms lead the sector in Q2 funding with $1.5B each. Machine Learning Applications and Smart Robots follow in the second and third places with $1.4B and $1B, respectively. It’s also noteworthy that there is a steep drop-off after Smart Robots, as its funding is 3.4 times higher...

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