Internet startups continue to garner the bulk of the funding globally, as in Q2’15 VC-backed internet startups raised $19B across 920 equity deals.
Mobile startups are seeing the second-most funding, and healthcare startups — e.g. biotech, drug development, and medical devices — are in third place.
The rise of mobile-based on-demand startups such as Uber, Didi Kuaidi, and Olacabs — in addition to other popular mobile unicorns, like Xiaomi and Snapchat — is behind the rise of mobile startup funding, which has now surpassed funding going to healthcare for the last four quarters. Mobile funding reached a peak of $8B in Q3’14, and with Q3’15 (not shown in chart below) likely to top $7B, the streak of beating healthcare funding should extend to five quarters.
When looking at deal activity, trends have remained more static. Internet dominates both mobile and healthcare with over 2x the number of deals in Q2’15 than mobile, and 4x than healthcare. Mobile has seen more deals than healthcare in all the quarters between Q1’13 to Q2’15. The relatively range-bound healthcare deal activity comes despite the rise in exit activity. There were more healthcare IPOs in 2014 than the previous three years combined.
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