In our latest post reviewing VC activity in 2016, we give you an overview of the US VC funding landscape in 2016. Here’s the rest of the series:
- Top Tech Sectors of 2016: Global | in Europe | in India
- Top Health Sectors of 2016 Global
- 2016’s 100 Investment Themes That Got VCs Attention
$49B was invested across 4538 deals, of which 58 deals crossed the $100M mark. Enterprise led the race with 1994 rounds, while unicorn count rose to 127.
Uber emerged the clear winner in late stage funding with $3.5B (more than the GDP of 35 countries) while Zoox – an autonomous mobility startup – bagged $250M, the biggest early-stage deal for the year.
500 Startups and YCombinator were the most aggressive investors, with a total of 158 seed stage deals. NEA and Insight Venture Partners were on top in early and late stage investing, with 22 and 8 deals respectively. Google Ventures was the top CVC investor with 26 deals.
In keeping with international trends, Healthcare IT ($2.7B), Enterprise Security($2.7B), and Artificial Intelligence ($2.3B) were the top-funded tech sectors. Healthcare IT led by an impressive margin with 273 deals and 85 exits.
Google Ventures continued to lead the acquisition charts with 12 deals, while Monsanto’s Bayer purchase for $66B was the biggest M&A deal of the year.