2016 Will Break All Electronic User Interfaces VC Funding Records: Analyzing the Trends and Leaders from the $7 Billion Invested

April 20, 2016 | State of the Market Report

Venture capital (VC) firms have invested $7 billion into electronic user interface (EUI) technologies, and with $1.1 billion invested in Q1, 2016 will shatter the annual record of $1.3 billion set in 2014. While the amount of funding continues to increase, the technologies receiving the funding have evolved significantly, as newcomers like augmented and virtual reality have been garnering much of the funding over the past several years. In addition, those providing funding have also been changing, as corporate venture capital (CVC) has become more active in recent years, participating in more than 70 funding rounds since 2014. Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Google, and BASF were the most active CVCs, but their portfolios vary widely as, for example, Google and Samsung made investments throughout the virtual reality value chain, while Intel maintains a broader portfolio across 2D displays, augmented reality, voice controls, touch controls, and virtual reality.

Coverage Area

  • Digital Transformation

Table of Contents

  • Title page
  • Executive Summary
  • Table of Content
  • Landscape: 2016 will set records for EUI VC investment, which tops $7 billion total
  • Landscape: Intel, Samsung, Qualcomm, Google, and BASF are the most active EUI CVCs
  • Analysis: Corporate venture capital activities in EUI
  • Takeaways
  • Appendix A: Transactions above $20 millions between 2005 and March 2016
  • Appendix B: EUI companies backed by top CVCs

Lead Analyst

Tony Sun


Jonathan Melnick, Ph.D.