Interest in AI Startups Exploded in 2017

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology startups seem to be in the news all the time. Is that hype, or are AI startups truly seeing major interest from investors? Using our research platform, we can conclude that interest in AI absolutely exploded in 2017. 

We come to this conclusion from the following takeaways, each of which tracks a different metric for interest in AI startups:
- AI funding grew exponentially in 2017
- The number of AI deals is increasing
- Investor interest in AI is growing

We’ll illustrate these takeaways with a series of graphs to show the extensive growth in AI. 

AI Funding Grew Exponentially in 2017

Let’s start off by looking at AI funding trends over the past 6 years. Here is the annual amount of AI startup funding, stacked by quarters. 

Q4 2017 AI Funding - Annual Funding

AI funding has been on an upward trend over these past few years, with a rapid explosion in 2017. Total funding in 2017 was over 3 times the size of 2016 funding. The Compound Annual Growth Rate...

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Artificial Intelligence Startup Highlights  – Q4 2017

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Here is our Q4 2017 summary report on the AI startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

AI Q4 2017 Startup Highlights

AI Q4 2017 Outline

AI Q4 2017 Sector Summary

AI Q4 2017 Stats

AI Q4 2017 Logo Map

Artificial Intelligence Innovation Quadrant

AI Q4 2017 Funding by Year

AI Q4 2017 Funding by Quarter

AI Q4 2017 Exits by Quarter

AI Q4 2017 Latest Activity

AI Q4 2017 Recent Funding Count

AI Q4 2017 Recent Category Funding

AI Q4 2017 Recent Funding Events

AI Q4 2017 Recent Exit Events

AI Q4 2017 Category Deep Dive

AI Q4 2017 Venture Investing

AI Q4 2017 Quartiles

AI Q4 2017 Category Funding

AI Q4 2017 Category Funding Amount by Round

AI Q4 2017 Category Top Funded

AI Q4 2017 About Venture Scanner

AI Q4 2017 Venture Scanner Value

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Retail Tech Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q3 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Retail Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through September 2017.

Retail Tech Logo Map Q3 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 22 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Retail Tech Innovation Quadrant Q3 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Retail Tech categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

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Internet of Things Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Internet of Things (IoT) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through August 2017.

IoT Q3 2017 Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by IoT startups for each year. 2014 has the most funding to date at just under $7B.

IoT Q3 2017 Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by IoT companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2012 have raised the most funding around $3.6B.

We are currently tracking 1,998 IoT companies in 20 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $39 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Venture Investing in Energy Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Energy Technology sector. The graphics include data through June 2017.

Energy Tech Q3 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Energy Tech category to the number of companies in the category. The Solar Energy category leads in both metrics, with a funding of around $18B and over 160 companies.

Energy Tech Q3 2017 Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Energy Technology category. The Geothermal Energy category leads the sector with over $180M in average funding per company, followed by the Solar Energy and Wind Energy categories.

We are currently tracking 763 Energy Technology companies in 12 categories across 48 countries, with a total of $58 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Energy Technology market report.

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Future of TV Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Future of Television (TV) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through May 2017.

Future of TV Q3 2017 Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Future of TV startups for each year. 2016 has the most funding to date at just under $4.5B.

Future of TV Q3 2017 Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Future of TV companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding around $3.7B.

We are currently tracking 781 Future of TV companies in 11 categories across 42 countries, with a total of $25 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Future of Television market report.

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Where in the world are Retail Technology startups? Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Retail Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

Retail Tech Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Retail Tech companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 900 companies.

Retail Tech Q3 2017 VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Retail Tech startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $28B.

We are currently tracking 1,699 Retail Tech companies in 22 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $51B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Retail Technology startup market report. 

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Blockchain Technology Startup Market Highlights  – Q3 2017

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Here is our Q3 2017 summary report on the Blockchain Technology startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends with insights, and recent funding and exit events.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Highlights

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 outline

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Sector Overview

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Logo Map

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Categories 1

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Categories 2

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Trends

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Venture Investing

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Funding by Year

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Funding Amount by Round

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Vintage Year Funding

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Investor Activity

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Exits by Year

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Recent Events

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Recent Stats

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Recent Funding Events

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 About Us

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Venture Scanner Info

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We are currently tracking 947 Blockchain Tech companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology (Bitcoin) market report.

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Venture Investing in Transportation Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Transportation Technology sector. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Transportation Tech Q3 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Transportation Tech category to the number of companies in the category. The Ride Hailing category leads in funding with around $44B. The Telematics category leads in the number of companies at over 200. 

Transportation Tech Q3 2017 Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Transportation Technology category. The Ride Hailing category leads the sector with over $500M in average funding per company, followed by the Smart Mobility and Autonomous Car categories.

We are currently tracking 1,153 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $85 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation market report.

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Blockchain Tech Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q3 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Blockchain Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through August 2017.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 12 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Blockchain Tech categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Blockchain Tech...

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Blockchain Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Blockchain Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Blockchain Tech Q3 2017 Investor Activity

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Blockchain Tech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by those investors. Major investors into the space include the Digital Currency Group, Blockchain Capital, Pantera Capital, 50 Startups, and FundersClub.  

We are currently tracking 945 Blockchain Tech companies in 12 categories across 74 countries, with a total of $3.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Blockchain Technology market report.

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Artificial Intelligence Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through July 2017.

AI Q3 2017 Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by AI startups for each year. 2017 has the most funding to date at just over $6B.

AI Q3 2017 Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by AI companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2012 have raised the most funding around $4B.

We are currently tracking 1,931 AI companies in 13 categories across 70 countries, with a total of $22 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Artificial Intelligence market report.

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Where in the world are Virtual Reality startups? Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Virtual Reality (VR) innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through July 2017.

VR Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of VR companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 375 companies.

VR Q3 2017 VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total VR startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $5B.

We are currently tracking 711 VR companies in 13 categories across 49 countries, with a total of $6.7B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Virtual Reality market report. 

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Venture Investing in 3D Printing Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the 3D Printing Technology sector. The graphics include data through June 2017.

3D Printing Venture Investing Q3 2017

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each 3D Printing category to the number of companies in the category. The 3D Printer Manufacturers category leads in both stats, with a funding at just under $900M and around 110 companies.

3D Printing Category Average Funding Q3 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each 3D Printing category. The 3D Printing Materials category leads the sector with over $33M in average funding per company, followed by the 3D Scanners and the 3D Printing CAD Software categories.

We are currently tracking 378 3D Printing companies in 9 categories across 40 countries, with a total of $1.5 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full 3D Printing market report.

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Security Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Security Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Security Tech Investor Activity Q3 2017

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Security Tech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by those investors. Major investors into the space include Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners, Bessemer, Greylock, and Lightspeed. 

We are currently tracking 968 Security Tech companies in 14 categories across 42 countries, with a total of $21 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Security Technology market report.

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Transportation Tech Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q3 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Transportation Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through August 2017.

Transportation Tech Q3 2017 Logo Map

The above sector map organizes the sector into 17 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Transportation Tech Q3 2017 Innovation Quadrant

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Transportation Tech categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the...

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Internet of Things Startup Market Trends and Insights  – Q3 2017

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Here is our Q3 2017 summary report on the Internet of Things (IoT) startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends with insights, and recent funding and exit events.

IoT Q3 2017 Report

IoT Q3 2017 Report Outline

IoT Q3 2017 Sector Overview

IoT Q3 2017 Logo Map

IoT Q3 2017 Innovation Quadrant

IoT Q3 2017 Categories 1

IoT Q3 2017 Categories 2

IoT Q3 2017 Categories 3

IoT Q3 2017 Sector Trends

IoT Q3 2017 Venture Investing

IoT Q3 2017 Funding by Year

IoT Q3 2017 Funding Amount by Round

IoT Q3 2017 Funding by Vintage Year

IoT Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

IoT Q3 2017 Investor Activity

IoT Q3 2017 Exits by Year

IoT Q3 2017 Recent Events

IoT Q3 2017 Recent Funding Stats

IoT Q3 2017 Recent Funding Events

IoT Q3 2017 Recent Exit Events

IoT Q3 2017 About Venture Scanner

IoT Q3 2017 Venture Scanner Value

IoT Q3 2017 Contact Info

We are currently tracking 1,989 IoT companies in 20 categories across 52 countries, with a total of $38 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Internet of Things market report.

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Marketing Technology Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Marketing Technology (Martech) startup funding activity. The graphics include data through May 2017.

Marketing Tech Funding by Year Q3 2017

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Martech startups for each year. 2016 has the most funding to date at just over $6B.

Marketing Tech Funding by Vintage Year Q3 2017

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Martech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2009 have raised the most funding around $4B.

We are currently tracking 1,684 Martech companies in 15 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $29 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Marketing Technology market report.

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Internet of Things Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant - Q3 2017

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The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Internet of Things (IoT) startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through August 2017.

IoT Logo Map Q3 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 20 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

IoT Innovation Quadrant Q3 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different IoT categories and how they compare with one another.

Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the IoT categories are as...

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Where in the world are Health Technology startups? Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Health Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Health Tech Q3 2017 Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Health Tech companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 1400 companies.

Health Tech Q3 2017 VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Health Tech startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $36B.

We are currently tracking 1,988 Health Tech companies in 22 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $50B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Health Technology market report. 

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