Fintech Sector Maturing in 2017

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Financial Technology (fintech) has seen a lot of venture capital funding over the past few years. How have its funding trends evolved over time? Through the insights derived from our fintech research platform, we conclude that the fintech sector is maturing.

We have come to this conclusion from the following four takeaways:

  •      Overall fintech funding trends are stable
  •      Fintech investor interest is constant
  •      Fintech funding has shifted to mid- and late-stage events
  •      The average fintech funding size is growing

We will illustrate these takeaways with a series of graphics to show that the sector is maturing.

Fintech Funding Relatively Stable in 2017

We will start off by examining the fintech funding trends over the years. Let's look at the annual fintech funding amount stacked by quarter.

Fintech Funding Amount by Quarter

As we can see from the graphic, fintech funding in the first three quarters of 2017 is slightly down relative to 2016....

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Financial Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Financial Technology (Fintech) space. Please note these graphics are made using data through July 2017.

Financial Technology Activity by Selected Investors

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Fintech investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by those investors. Major investors into the space include Accel Partners, Sequoia Capital, YC, 500 Startups, and Index Ventures. 

We are currently tracking 2336 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $79.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

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Financial Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs show exit activity in the Financial Technology sector. The graphics include data through July 2017.

Financial Technology Exit Activity by Category

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with 39 acquisitions and 8 IPOs. The Personal Finance category follows behind with 35 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

Financial Technology Exit Activity by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Financial Technology by year. 2016 leads the sector with 56 acquisitions and 7 IPOs. 2017 follows behind with 48 acquisitions and 1 IPO.

We are currently tracking 2330 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $78 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology market report.

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Venture Investing in Financial Technology - Q3 2017

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

Venture Investing by Category in Financial Technology

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Fintech category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category leads both metrics, with around $22B in funding and about 300 startups.

Financial Technology Average Funding by Category

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Fintech category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector with around $104M in average funding per company, followed by the Consumer Payments category with around $100M in average funding per company.

We are currently tracking 2323 Fintech companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $77.6B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

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Age by Category in Financial Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through July 2017.

Financial Technology Age by Category

The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category has the highest average age at around 10 years, and the Banking Infrastructure category is the runner-up with an average age of around 9 years. Both the Payments Backend and Banking Infrastructure categories have the highest median age at around 8.5 years. On the other hand, Retail Investing is the youngest Financial Technology category with an average age of around 6 years and a median age of around 5.5 years.

We are currently tracking 2307 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $75.4B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report. 

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Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through July 2017.

Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks at the top with around 307 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 286 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 2296 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $73.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

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Financial Technology Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Financial Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through July 2017.

Financial Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. In 2016, Series B funding has accounted for a substantial amount of total funding, with Series C and Late Stage funding coming in at second. In 2015, all types of VC funding accounted for approximately the same amount, with the exception of Seed funding.

Financial Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a larger number of early stage funding events, such as Seed, Series A, and Series B funding events--and a diminishing number of events in the later stages.

We are currently tracking 2286 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $73.2 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market...

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Financial Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs show exit activity in the Financial Technology sector. The graphics include data through April 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with 30 acquisitions and 9 IPOs. The Personal Finance category follows behind with 33 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Financial Technology by year. 2016 leads the sector with 55 acquisitions and 7 IPOs. 2015 follows behind with 40 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 2271 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $71.9 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology market report.

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Average and Median Age by Financial Technology Category - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

Average/Median Age by FinTech Category

The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category has the highest average age at around 10 years, and the Banking Infrastructure category is the runner-up with an average age of around 9 years. Both the Payments Backend and Banking Infrastructure categories have the highest median age at around 8 years. 

We are currently tracking 2252 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $71.3B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report. 

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Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through April 2017.

The above graph summarizes the number of Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks at the top with around 301 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 277 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 2230 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $69.8 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

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Financial Technology Funding by Round - Q2 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Financial Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through April 2017.

Financial Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. In 2016, Series B funding has accounted for a substantial amount of total funding, with Series C and Late Stage funding coming in at second. In 2015, all types of VC funding accounted for approximately the same amount, with the exception of Seed funding.

Financial Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a larger number of early stage funding events, such as Seed, Series A, and Series B funding events--and a diminishing number of events in the later stages.

We are currently tracking 2207 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $67.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market...

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Financial Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q2 2017

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The following two graphs show exit activity in the Financial Technology sector. The graphics include data through April 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with 30 acquisitions and 9 IPOs. The Personal Finance category follows behind with 33 acquisitions and 2 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Financial Technology by year. 2016 leads the sector with 55 acquisitions and 7 IPOs. 2015 follows behind with 40 acquisitions and 3 IPOs.

We are currently tracking 2177 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64.4 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology market report.

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Average and Median Age by Financial Technology Category - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

Average and Median Age by FinTech Category

The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category has the highest average age at around 10 years, and the Banking Infrastructure category is the runner-up with an average age of around 9 years. Both the Payments Backend and Banking Infrastructure categories have the highest median age at around 8 years. 

We are currently tracking 2152 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $63.9B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report. 

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Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q1 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

FinTech Founding Distribution

The above graph summarizes the number of Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks at the top with around 287 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 264 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 2126 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $63.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology report and database.

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Financial Technology Funding by Round - Q1 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Financial Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through January 2017.

Financial Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. In 2016, Series B funding has accounted for a substantial amount of total funding, with Series C and Late Stage funding coming in at second. In 2015, all types of VC funding accounted for approximately the same amount, with the exception of Seed funding.

Financial Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. The general trend over the past few years has been a larger number of early stage funding events, such as Seed, Series A, and Series B funding events--and a diminishing number of events in the later stages.

We are currently tracking 2102 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 60 countries, with a total of $61.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape...

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Financial Technology Startup Exit Activity - Q1 2017

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The following two graphs show exit activity in the Financial Technology sector. The graphics include data through January 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with 34 exits. The Personal Finance category follows behind with 33 exits.

Exit Activity by Year in Financial Technology

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Financial Technology by year. 2016 leads the sector with 58 exits. 2015 follows behind with 45 exits.

We are currently tracking 2063 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $59.3 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Average and Median Age by Financial Technology Category - Q4 2016

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through October 2016. 

Average and Median Age by FinTech Category

The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category has the highest average age at around 9 years, and the Banking Infrastructure category has the highest median age at around 10 years. 

We are currently tracking 2045 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $57.8B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

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Financial Technology Funding Trends - Q4 2016

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Total Financial Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Financial Technology startups for each year. 2015 is the best year so far with over $15.6B in funding. 2016 comes in at second place with around $15.2B raised to date.

Financial Technology Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $7.3B, followed by those founded in 2012 which have raised about $6.1B.

We are currently tracking 2015 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $56.1B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

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Financial Technology Category Innovation Quadrant - Q4

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FinTech Category Innovation Quadrant

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

   •  Heavyweights: Categories with high average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.

   •  Established: Categories with low average funding and high average age. These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.

   •  Disruptors: Categories with high average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.

   •  Pioneers: Categories with low average funding and low average age. These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the FinTech categories represented in the...
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Financial Technology Funding by Type - Q4

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The following two graphs summarize the types of funding going into the Financial Technology space. 

FinTech Funding by Type by Year - Amount

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by type. In 2016, Series B funding has accounted for a substantial amount of total funding, with Series C and Late Stage funding coming in at second. In 2015, all types of VC funding accounted for approximately the same amount, with the exception of Seed funding.

FinTech Funding by Type by Year - Count

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by type. The general trend over the past few years has been a larger number of early stage funding events, such as Seed, Series A, and Series B funding events--and a diminishing number of events in the later stages.

We are currently tracking 1990 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $54.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

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Financial Technology Startup Landscape Trends and Insights - Q4 2016

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A report providing an overview of the financial technology startup landscape, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events. Click here to see this entire deck on SlideShare.

FinTech Startup Landscape Trends and Insights

FinTech Report Outline

FinTech Sector Description

FinTech Logo Map

FinTech Category Descriptions 1

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FinTech Trends and Insights

FinTech Venture Investing Graph

FinTech Funding Over Time

FinTech Funding by Type Over Time

FinTech Funding by Vintage Year

FinTech Company Geo Map

FinTech Investor Activity

FinTech M&A and IPO Events Over Time

FinTech Quarterly Update

FinTech Recent Funding Events

FinTech Recent Exit Events

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We are currently tracking 1927 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $53.7B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

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Financial Technology Acquisition Activity Q3 2016

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Financial Technology Acquisition Activity

The above graph compares the total acquisition amount in Financial Technology categories to the number of acquisitions in that category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with $7.5B in total acquisition amount and 13 acquisitions. Consumer Payments is the runner-up with $5.5B in total acquisition amount and 11 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1918 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $53.6B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

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Financial Technology Funding by Vintage Year - Q3 2016

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The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. FinTech companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $6.7B, followed by those founded in 2012 which have raised about $5.3B.

We are currently tracking 1885 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $52.4 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Financial Technology Funding by Type Over Time - Q3

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The above graph shows the amount of FinTech funding by type over time. It highlights that FinTech has moved from early stage financings to expansion stage, with a majority of financings during 2015 and 2016 registering as Series B or higher.

We are currently tracking 1885 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $52.4 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Venture Investing In Financial Technology Q3 2016

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The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Financial Technology category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category is leading the sector in both stats with $13.6B in funding and 233 companies. It is followed by Payments Backend with $9.2B in funding and by Personal Finance with 170 companies.

We are currently tracking 1855 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $51 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Financial Technology Exits by Category and by Year - Q3 2016

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The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category is leading the sector with 8 IPOs; the Personal Finance category is leading the sector with 27 acquisitions.

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Financial Technology by year. 2010 leads the sector in IPOs (5 companies), while 2015 leads the sector in acquisitions (35 companies).

We are currently tracking 1853 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $50.9 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Financial Technology Category Funding by Type

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The above graph shows the amount in each funding round for all the companies in each Financial Technology category. It shows that the Series B rounds in both Payments Backend and Consumer Payments companies have the largest funding amounts at $5.3B, followed by the Series A rounds in Consumer Lending companies at $2.7B.

We are currently tracking 1793 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 59 countries, with a total of $50 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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Financial Technology Market Overview

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The below sector map organizes the Financial Technology sector into 16 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category. To see the full FinTech landscape report with all 1714 companies please contact us at [email protected].

Consumer Lending: New ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Examples includes peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services.

Business Lending: New ways for companies to raise debt financing and have their credit risk assessed. Examples Include peer-to-peer lending platforms, asset-based lines of credit, micro-financing, and big data risk analytics.

Personal Finance: New ways for consumers to manage their personal finances. Examples include tools for tracking expenses, managing a budget, addressing wrongful credit card charges, and optimizing credit card rewards.

Consumer Payments: Payment companies centered around issuers and consumers. Examples...

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Financial Technology Activity by Selected Investors

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The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Financial Technology investors participated in, and the number of unique Financial Technology companies funded by selected investors. Accel currently has the most activity in the space, with 96 investments into Financial Technology and backing 71 unique FinTech companies. Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital are the runners-up with 49 investments each, and 20 companies and 19 companies backed, respectively.

We are currently tracking 1692 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $47.2 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full FinTech landscape report and dataset.

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Financial Technology Exits by Category

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The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category leads the sector in IPOs (7 companies), whereas the Personal Finance category leads the sector in acquisitions (25 companies).

We are currently tracking 1692 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $47.2 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full FinTech landscape report and dataset.

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Average and Median Age by Financial Technology Category

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The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Banking Infrastructure category ranks as the most mature FinTech category with an average age of 8.6 years and a median age of 7.5 years. The Payments Backend category ranks as the second most mature category with an average age of 8.2 years and a median age of 6.5 years.

We are currently tracking 1679 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 57 countries, with a total of $47.1 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full FinTech landscape report and data.

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Total Financial Technology Funding by Year

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The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by FinTech companies each year. 2015 was the best year in FinTech funding with a total of $13.5B raised, followed by 2016 with $10.3B of funding raised.

We are currently tracking 1666 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 58 countries, with a total of $45.7 Billion in funding. Click here to see the full Financial Technology landscape report and data.

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FinTech Q1 Update in 15 Visuals

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We at Venture Scanner are tracking 1,639 FinTech companies across 16 categories, with a combined funding amount of $45 Billion. The 15 visuals below summarize the current state of Financial Technology.

1. Financial Technology Market Overview

We organize Financial Technology into the 16 categories listed below:

Consumer Lending: New ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Examples includes peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services.

Business Lending: New ways for companies to raise debt financing and have their credit risk assessed. Examples Include peer-to-peer lending platforms, asset-based lines of credit, micro-financing, and big data risk analytics.

Personal Finance: New ways for consumers to manage their personal finances. Examples include tools for tracking expenses, managing a budget, addressing wrongful credit card charges, and optimizing credit card rewards.

Consumer Payments: ...

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