The blockchain technology industry has seen 1,130 investors and $11B total all time funding. Let's analyze which blockchain technology categories have the most number of investors actively financing the startups. The graphic below highlights blockchain technology categories based on the number of investors in each category.
As the graphic demonstrates, Blockchain Innovations has the highest number of investors at 692, with Digital Asset Exchanges following behind at 237. Blockchain Innovation companies produce blockchain distributed ledger technologies. Digital Asset Exchange companies allow users to buy and sell digital assets, provide market analytics, and allow for the implementation of sophisticated trading strategies. In addition, the average number of investors across all blockchain technology categories is 147.
This blog post examines the different components of the blockchain technology 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.
Blockchain Innovations Is The Largest Blockchain Technology Category
Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1,127 blockchain technology startups into 12 categories. They have raised $11B from 1,130 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.
We see that Blockchain Innovations is the largest category with 327 companies. These companies are working on distributed ledger technologies, such as smart self-enforcing contracts, cross-blockchain interoperability, and increased transaction speeds. Some example companies in this category include Blockstream, Filecoin, Blockstack, and Ripple.
Here is our Q1 2019 summary report on the blockchain technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.
Let's look back on 2018 and examine how funding in the blockchain technology sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual blockchain technology funding amounts over time.
As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 experienced the highest blockchain technology funding on record at $4.1B. It represents a 28% increase from the previous year’s funding. Over the past 5 years, blockchain technology funding showed staggering growth with a CAGR of 87%.