Global Investment in AI Companies

Global Investment in AI Companies

Proof Point

Global AI financing deals grew from 160 in 2012 to 658 in 2016, with total investment value increasing from $0.6 billion to over $5 billion

Global Investment in AI Companies

2012 – 2016 (US$ billions)

Proof Point Findings

  • Increased Focus on AI Startups – Deals for artificial intelligence startups grew 42% annually between 2012 and 2016, from 160 to 658
  • Exponential Investment Growth – Total investment value increased almost 71% annually, from $0.59 billion in 2012 to $5.02 billion in 2016
  • 2016 Mega-Deals – Included $300 million corporate minority round from Volkswagen in Israel-based app Gett, $200 million Series A funding in unicorn tech company Zoox, and $180 million private equity financing in cybersecurity startup StackPath
  • Key Growth Drivers – Include exponentially advancing processing power, proliferation of new learning algorithms, rapidly emerging new entrants, increasing industry demand for automation solutions, and intensifying competition between large tech companies in artificial intelligence



Date Last Updated

May 30, 2017

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