Frontier tech startups — those focusing on augmented or virtual reality, drones, and outer space — have raised a combined $3.15B in equity financing since 2014 across 183 deals, including nearly $2.2B in the first half of 2015.
Quarterly investment has now surpassed $500M and 30 deals for three straight quarters, with $1.3B in Q1’15 funding being the highest quarterly total of all-time, an amount largely buoyed by SpaceX’s $1B Series D financing from Fidelity Investments and Google.
Active frontier tech investors
Rothenberg Ventures and Google Ventures have invested in the most frontier tech companies since 2012. Rothenberg Ventures has made multiple early-stage bets including Altspace VR, Matterport, and Dronebase. Google Ventures’ early-stage bets span all areas of frontier tech as well, including drones with Airware and Skycatch, space with Orbital Insight, and AR/VR with AltspaceVR.
The full list of most active frontier tech investors is below.
|1||Rothenberg Ventures||3||Intel Capital|
|1||Google Ventures||7||Felicis Ventures|
|3||Andreessen Horowitz||8||Founders Fund|
|3||Qualcomm Ventures||8||Bessemer Venture Partners|
|3||Lux Capital||8||Promus Ventures|