Robots Rake in Cash - An Analysis of the Recent $1.25 Billion Funding Spree in Automation Companies

April 19, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Venture capitalists have long been hesitant to invest in high capital cost companies like those building robotic systems. Recently the tides have turned and funding into robotics focused start-ups had tripled over the last three years to reach $1.25 billion in 2015. This report examines the funding trends occurring in automation and breaks down the investment market by technology platform, application, and region.

Coverage Area

  • Digital Transformation

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Landscape
  • Historically, funding has shied away from robotics
  • Funding in robotics can be categorized into Platforms and Applications
  • Strictly categorizing robotic systems is challenging, but majority of systems belong to one of these groups
  • Analysis
  • Funding in robotics shot past $1.25 billion in 2015
  • Early-stage companies received over 50% of total funding in 2015
  • Regional analysis shows U.S. dominates funding by over 50% compared to the rest of the world
  • While funding in robotics skyrocketed, a few platforms have seen a decline since 2013
  • All application areas saw increase in funding between 2013 and 2015
  • Outlook

Lead Analyst

Kyle Landry
Analyst