$ 100 million is the amount invested capital risk in startups related to drones in 2014. While the U.S. regulation on flights of unmanned aerial vehicles is not yet adopted, investors are taking the lead. The number of transactions to off in 2013 and 2014 and injected funds have doubled in just one year. Airware, designer of hardware and soft for the drones is the startup that was able to raise the most funds in 2104 with $ 40 million.
A drop in the total funds invested by American venture capital
Database of investment funds, CB Insights counted 29 investments in startups related to drones in 2014, for a total amount of $ 108 million. It is little compared to the $ 44.5 billion invested in U.S. technology companies in 2014. Nevertheless, this amount doubled in one year.
On the 29 deals, most of the combined amounts were in the stage of priming and series A and B, evidence of the youth of this market. This little game is Airwave who succeeded the most beautiful operation raising 40 million dollars, followed by 3DRobotics with 35 million dollars then Xaircraft, Skycatch and Cyphy Works.
Among the funds interested in the potential of the market for drones, some of the funds stars of Silicon Valley as Andreessen Horowitz, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, First Round Capital, GE Ventures, True Ventures, Mayfield Fund True Ventures, Felicis Ventures.
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Source : “Flying High – VC Funding to Drones Tops $100 Million in 2014”, CBInsight, February 14, 2015