Annual Advanced Manufacturing Venture Capital Activity

Annual Advanced Manufacturing Venture Capital Activity

Proof Point

Global venture capital funding in advanced manufacturing startups projected to decline in 2017 after reaching more than $3 billion in 2016

Annual Advanced Manufacturing Venture Capital Activity

2013 – July 2017 (US$ millions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Advanced Manufacturing – Technologies that make manufacturing and supply chain processes more efficient, customizable, automated, and digitized (e.g. 3D printing, robotics, Industrial Internet-of-Things, and Software-as-a-Service applications)
  • 2016 Highest Financing – Global venture capital financing in advanced manufacturing technologies reached $3.6 billion in 2016, more than triple amount in 2015, with 126 deals made
  • 2017 Projected Decline – Venture capital financing projected to decline in 2017, with just $734 million funding in 49 deals made as of July 2017
  • Largest 2017 Deals – Include 3D printing company Desktop Metal closing $115 million round, Chinese AI and cloud computing company CloudMinds with $100 million, and smart factory wireless provider Actility with $75 million
  • Key Drivers – Include exponentially-advancing digital technologies, proliferation of disruptive advanced manufacturing startups, growing demand for customized products, increasing need for process automation solutions, and improving investment climate


Market Disruption


Industrial Manufacturing


Date Last Updated

August 24, 2017

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