Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) are poised to be one of the next largest consumer electronics verticals. By one Goldman Sachs estimate, AR/VR has the potential to surpass the TV market in annual revenue by 2025, which would make AR/VR bigger than TV in less than 10 years. And in 2015 alone, AR/VR startups raised a total of $658M in equity financing across 126 deals.
While AR/VR startups continue to garner a lot of media headlines and hype, the industry is still very much in its infancy, with nearly 75% of all deals coming at the early-stage (Angel – Series A) in 2015.
With these stats in mind, we rounded up the most active investors (including accelerators) into one infographic and ranked them by investments into unique VR/AR companies. Top investors in the space included:
- Rothenberg Ventures was the most active investor in the space. With an investment thesis centered around drones, AI, 3D printing, robotics, and space, it’s no surprise that Rothenberg leads in AR/VR activity. Recent investments included Reload Studios and Psious. The firm’s River Accelerator specializes in seed stage VR and AR startups.
- In second was boostVC, an accelerator focused on blockchain tech and virtual reality. Companies in its Fall 2015 cohort included in-browser VR startup Vizor and BinaryVR, which tracks facial expressions and allows for 3D renderings of individuals’ faces in VR.
- In third was a tie between GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and Intel Capital. GV has been active with recent bets on EmergentVR and gaming studio Resolution Games. Intel Capital most recently invested in Occipital, a spacial computing sensor developer.
See the rest below. Click image to enlarge.
Note: Exited companies are included in the infographic.
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