Venture capital investment summary
Hilla continuously follows Venture Capital (VC) investors to identify changes in technology trends and to detect emerging technologies.
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TOP 10 Technologies
The arrow indicates if VC investment trend in the technology have increased, decreased or remained the same during last 2-3 months.
Internet of Things
Incl. Assisted Driving/Autonomous Software, Driver Safety Tools, Connected Vehicle/Driving Data, Fleet Telematics, Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication, Auto Cybersecurity
Key product areas: Fitness trackers, Smartwatches, Smart clothing,
Smart eyewear (incl. AR and VR), Smart skin patches, Headphones.
Cybersecurity and healthcare focused AI companies are the AI subsectors with the highest level of CVC investment activity since Q1’12 (CB Insights, Aug 31).
Investment in eSports* startups continues to break records, and at the current run rate is on track to reach new highs in 2017 (CB Insights, Sep 12).
Toyota AI Ventures is investing in Israeli robotics and vehicle technologies. Related to robotics, Japan’s aging population will demand for technologies that help the elderly stay in their homes. (Reuters, Nov 5).
Globally the VR/AR startups are attracting a significant amount of VC attention. Both technologies are breaking out from their original application in video games with the potential to transform a number of industries incl. entertainment, training and development, health care, online retail (KPMG Pulse Report Q3 2017).
In the US AI, robotics, and blockchain solutions are expected to remain hot areas for VC investment in Q4’17 and heading into 2018, while interest in Agriculture Tech is projected to grow exponentially over time (KPMG Pulse Report Q3 2017).
US AI funding exceeds $1B for third quarter in a row. AI applications for Auto Tech and Agriculture Tech being the hot topics (CB Insights Money tree report Q3 2017).
John Deere completed Blue River Technology Acquisition to enhance it’s leadership position in precision agriculture, advancing the implementation of computer vision and machine learning in agriculture (John Deere Sep 12).
In China Education Tech is set to join fintech and autonomous vehicles as a key areas to watch (KPMG Pulse Report Q3 2017).
*) eSports include SW and HW companies developing technologies related to competitive gaming facilitated by electronic systems, particularly video games played on computers or consoles by professional gamers.
VC TOTAL Investments Q3 2017
CB Insight https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/
Bain & Company Insights http://www.bain.com/publications/index.aspx
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New Enterprise Associates http://www.nea.com/portfolio
500 Startups https://500.co/startups/
Google Ventures https://www.gv.com/portfolio/
Khosla Ventures https://www.khoslaventures.com/portfolio/all-companies
Lightspeed Venture Partners http://lsvp.com/enterprise/
Accel Partners https://www.accel.com/companies
IDG Capital http://www.idgventures.com/