After a dramatic leap in deal activity of 156% in Q1’15 and another run-up to record-high deals the following quarter, robotics deal activity has slowed down in subsequent quarters.
That said, 6 of the last 7 quarters have seen more than 20 equity deals each to robotics startups globally.
Deals saw an uptick in Q2’16 to 25 from the 22 seen in the previous quarter. Some of the largest funding rounds last quarter include a $52.5M Series D round raised by consumer robotics startup Anki (backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Two Sigma Ventures, among others), a $30M Series A round raised by China-based CloudMinds (backed by investors including Foxconn Technology Company, Hon Hai Precision Industry, and Softbank China Venture Capital), and a $14M round raised by Pittsburgh-based industrial robotics startup Seegrid.
A majority of the deal share, over 60%, went to startups in the United States in Q2’16. China-based startups accounted for around 12% of the deals, with companies including Yuejiang Technology (makers of the Dobot robotic arm for homes), Quotient Kinematics Machines, and CloudMinds raising equity funding rounds.
Most-active VC investors
Intel Capital (which has backed Ninebot, Savioke, Persimmon Technologies, Aldebaran Robotics, among others) was tied for second spot with Eclipse Ventures (backed Kinema Systems, Modbot, and Rise Robotics, among others).
The rankings below are based on unique companies invested in since 2011.
|4||Draper Fisher Jurvetson|
|4||Sequoia Capital China|
|4||Northern Light Venture Capital|
|4||Two Sigma Ventures|
|4||ABB Technology Ventures|
|4||Highland Capital Partners|
Most well-funded companies
Auris Surgical Robots is the most well-funded robotics startup on our list, backed by investors including Lux Capital, Highland Capital Partners, Mithril Capital Management, and NaviMed Capital. China’s humanoid robotics startup UBTECH raised a $100M Series B round in July 2016 and entered the unicorn club with a $1B valuation.
|1||Auris Surgical Robots|
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