How is 2016 shaping up for private placement? As of the end of August, there have been 7844 private placement deals. Of the 91% of the companies that reported deal amounts, the YTD total is already at $70.3Billion.
Not surprisingly the industry with the most investmestments is Information Technology with a total of 2778 deals. The majority of those deals is in Internet Software and Services with 1610 deals and Application Software with 661 deals. Of the 1393 total healthcare deals most were in Technology, Equipment, Biotech and Services. Restaurants and Packaged Foods both made the list of the top 20 most invested industries. Be sure to check out last week’s post on What’s Cooking in Venture Capital Food & Beverage to see some of the highlighted companies in this area.
It is difficult to get a good count of the most active firms by deal total, because deals are often made with multiple investors. We can see the most active investors by deal count. Y Combinator and 500 Startups have been involved with the most deals this year. Y Combinator had 208 deals and the median number of deals for the top 10 companies was 31.
A couple of companies we thought were interesting...
SafeTraces received $1.5MM from Maumee Ventures. According to their Press Release “SafeTracersTM enable producers, processors, and retailers to gain an unprecedented level of food source and safety assurance. The company is currently engaged with several national and global pilot customers that are actively using SafeTracersTM in production for tracing produce back to its origin, ensuring that raw materials are sustainably sourced, verifying the purity of olive oil and improving the safety of leafy greens and other fresh produce. These customers intend to use SafeTracersTM to ensure the traceability of their products, reduce foodborne illnesses, minimize food-processing costs, and increase food safety.” You can see how it works in the video below.
DroneDeploy received $20MM from Scale Venture Partners & High Alpha. DroneDeploy develops cloud-based drone software solutions for the agriculture, construction, inspection and mining industries. According to their Press Release “DroneDeploy users have mapped and analyzed over 5 million acres in over 130 countries.”