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Funding Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerator Startups: Handbook for Venture Capitalists & Investors

04-23-2019 01:24 PM CET | Associations & Organizations

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Funding Guide for VCs Google Ventures Y Combinator Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Data Collective New Enterprise AssociatesAccel

Funding Guide for VCs Google Ventures Y Combinator Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Data Collective New Enterprise AssociatesAccel

38% VC professionals favored AI Accelerator market for investment over other emerging technologies, 31% VC professionals consider AI Accelerator market as 'high risk-high return' market, 61% VC professionals consider AI accelerator startups as 'hard to exit' compared to AI software startups.

Industry Essence published a handbook on "Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerator Market Guide for Venture Capitalists: Investment Trends, Technological Insights, High-Growth Potential Markets, Promising Startups, & Forecasts 2018-2025"

Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950), an Austrian economist, economic historian & capitalist developed innovation theory of trade cycles in 1942. According to Schumpeter’s ‘Creative Destruction’ theory, creative destruction is a process in which new technologies, new products, new methods of production and distribution make old ones obsolete, forcing existing entrepreneurs to quickly adapt to a new environment or fail. Schumpeter’s theory is still appropriate in the Artificial Intelligence era. Industry has seen striking growth in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) over the past decade. The technology isn’t completely new to us; though the term “AI” initially coined in 1955, scholars have been originating it from centuries. AI and Internet of Things (IOT) have propelled industrial revolution 4.0, which is projected to completely transform our lives. Considering major developments in the AI, Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) technologies, Industry Essence has published several technology and market research reports in the past, covering AI hardware, software, and service markets. However, after conducting over 400 primary interviews for our AI and associated technology research reports, our team identified a need to offer a comprehensive market and technological insight research report, particularly for investors. Just to be sure, we then connected with around 52 Venture Capitalists (VCs) over the globe and discussed on rapidly growing AI, ML, & DL technology markets, VCs role, investor specific market insight needs, technological research needs, and on other associated areas. From these discussions, we learn the need to work on a specific syndicate research report related to- AI accelerators/chipsets for VCs, angel investors, incubators, corporate investors, banks, investment bankers, and government agencies.

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AI performs complex tasks of learning and cognition at a level that matches or exceeds that of human performance; therefore it’s a distinct technology from the perspective of business models and value creation. Every time a new technology has successfully developed in the AI market, it has been tagged as a complete new industry, for example, search engines, speech recognition, voice recognition, industrial robotics, autonomous vehicles, computer vision, and many others. Rapid emergence of AI technology is majorly driven by six factors- development of advanced AI algorithms, easy availability of vast data to train AI systems, development of technologically advanced processors and Accelerators for AI training and inference processes, rising datacenter based AI services by technology companies for Machine Learning and Deep Learning engineers and developers, rapidly developing Open Source AI software platforms, and growing investments in AI technology by investors. Globally business leaders have great expectations from the AI technology than any other emerging technologies, including Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, and Augmented and Virtual Reality.

The AI technology adoption rate was tripled globally in 2018, with one in seven companies have adopted the technology. Maturing AI technology, increasing awareness and investments, falling technology cost, and easy availability of open source APIs are motivating the enterprises to adopt the technology quickly. Chinese companies are frontrunners in terms of AI adoption rate, around 31% companies have already adopted the AI technology in some form in mainstream operations and rests are rapidly finding their ways to implement it. US ranked second with 23% AI adoption rate, followed by India, UK, France, Germany, Japan, and many others.

Considering the huge potential of AI to create a massive impact on global economies in the coming years, investors are aggressively investing in AI technology startups. In 2018, Venture Capitalists (VCs) invested around 25 Billion USD worldwide in AI technology startups. In past six years, the market has witnessed hefty million dollar investments in AI startups.
In the global AI technology market, over 150 VCs are actively investing in AI startups. Some of these are Google Ventures, Y Combinator, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Data Collective, New Enterprise Associates, Accel, Norwest Venture Partners, Techstars, Khosla Ventures, and Intel Capital among many others.

AI startups use these investments for further R&D and product enhancement, talent acquisition and retention, global business expansion, and marketing activities- market share acquisition. Though the VCs are raising large capital to invest in AI technologies, Industry Essence analyst team has critically analyzed the AI trend- AI just a technological hype or it will actually deliver what it promises?
AI Accelerator market offers range of attractive investment opportunities for VCs. The AI technology market can be segmented by different AI accelerators by infrastructure, technology types, chipset type, processors, by technology types, innovative AI computing, end-user industry applications, regions and countries. Industry Essence is analyzing these market segments and potential investment opportunities for VCs.
While conducting primary interviews, we came across different challenges faced by VCs and startups at different stages, our analyst team has analyzed and offered solutions and recommendations on these topics.

In this research report, we comprehensively analyze AI Accelerator market including AI network and memory segments and cloud/datacenter & on edge accelerators. The report will definitely add a great value at multiple decision points for VCs, right from primary market understanding to VC investment decisions at various funding stages in AI startups. There are more than 5000 startups worldwide, developing AI, ML, DL, and other intelligent technologies. In this report, we are analyzing entire market ecosystem, analyzing VCs (investors), Intellectual Property (IP) vendors, technology giants, startup ecosystem, IC & semiconductor companies, and end industry users.
The AI data center accelerator market was valued at USD 2.84 Billion in 2017 and it is projected reach USD 99.1 Billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 55.8% between 2018 and 2025. In this revamp report, we are increasing our growth forecasts (CAGR) from 46.1% to 55.8% CAGR from 2018 to 2025. The revision is made due to the significant growth in new product launches in early 2018. The report qualitatively and quantitatively analyzes revenue drivers, restraining factors, and opportunities present for active companies in this market. In the coming three to four years, the AI market is projected to grow exceptionally due to the rising demand for AI solutions at edge/device computing.
We analyze the market attractiveness with help of Porter’s five forces model. This model is based on the qualitative and quantitative inputs from primary respondents and secondary data sources such as annual reports, press releases, company websites, and Industry Essence’s paid databases. This model analyzes most influential factors for the market and assists companies in taking key decisions such as exploration of investments avenues, expansion plans, production enhancement, market strategy building, pricing and product positioning, revenue enhancement, and deciding backward/forward integration steps.

AI functions- training and inference are performed either on cloud or at device level (on edge) or in some cases partially on cloud and edge. We’ve segmented AI accelerator market based on the infrastructure computing- data center and on edge. Currently more than 50% AI operations (training and inference) are performed by cloud based accelerators, however, with development of advanced AI processors for smartphones, tablets, automotive vehicles (AV), smart speakers/devices, fitness bands and healthcare devices, Head Mounted Displays (HMDs), drones, robotics, and many other devices, the market for on edge accelerators will increase exceptionally in the years to come.
In this report, we have segmented AI Data Center Accelerator Market by processor types- Central Processing Unit (CPU), Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), Field-programmable Gate Array (FPGA), and Application-specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The market for ASICs is projected to grow at a highest CAGR of 91.9% between 2018 and 2022. ASICs have the best performance, power, and efficiency in performing specific applications and therefore they’re expected to be employed in most of the AI data centers.

Hey! Have you already invested in AI accelerator/chipset company/companies and looking to invest in a technology pioneer? Yes, there’s plenty of room! In past couple of years, few startups are innovating at architecture level to accelerate neural networks to next level. It includes optical computing, analog computing, Processing in Memory (PiM), and neuromorphic computing architectures. These startups are projected to disrupt the market exceptionally in the coming years, therefore VCs can go a step further and invest in these multi-billion dollar technologies. We’ve analyzed a range of promising startups working on these innovative technologies and profiled them in the report.
AI Data Center Accelerator Market is segmented on the basis of technologies- machine learning, natural language processing, vision computing, and contextual computing. Machine learning market is further sub segmented as- deep learning, supervised learning, un-supervised learning, and reinforcement learning among others.

AI technology is used in various applications around the globe and therefore accelerator market is further segmented as end user industries- agriculture, automotive, FinTech, healthcare, human resources, law, manufacturing, marketing, retail and security. In 2017, more than 30% market was occupied by marketing industry wherein more than 60% market value was attributed to search advertising and social media advertising. In this report, we are comprehensively covering all the sub segments of these industries. AI accelerator market in marketing industry was valued at USD 0.94 Billion in 2017 and it is projected to reach USD 20.17 Billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 45.5%.

Global AI accelerator markets are covered in the report- North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. The report further sub segments regional markets by major countries including- US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Korea, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America among others. North America is the largest market for AI accelerators, largely dominated by US. Most of the AI technology giants are headquartered at US such as- Intel Corp (US), Nvidia (US), Google LLC (US), IBM Corporation (US), Apple Inc (US), Qualcomm Inc (US), and many others along with many startups. China is one of the major AI technology adopter with many AI software startups and with recent government support many organizations have started developing in-house chipsets.

The market for Artificial Intelligence (AI) accelerator market is highly competitive due to the presence of many Tier I, Tier II companies, and startups competing on the basis of innovation and product positioning. In 2016, there were less than 20 companies in AI processor market however; by the end of 2018 there are more than 100 companies that are competing in the space around the globe. Apart from US market, which dominates silicon chipset manufacturing business; there are new startups around the globe, serving range of different AI applications by innovation.

In this report we have analyzed key organic and inorganic strategies adopted by different companies between 2013 and 2017 to remain competitive in the market. This section helps our clients to understand competitor strategies well and in adapting market needs quickly. The report profiles major companies and their thorough analysis (it includes* business summary, key financials, business diversification, market competence, expansion strategies, and SWOT analysis of major companies). Industry Essence ‘Vision Matrix’ analyze and position market participants based on two parameters- market competitiveness of product (based on many sub-factors) and growth strategy execution capability (based on many sub-factors). We’ve given snapshots from the report here; you can find the detailed analysis in the report.

A list of Venture Capitalists actively investing in AI & Associated Technologies
500 Startups
Accel Partners
AI Capital
Alpine Technology Fund
Amadeus Capital Partners
AME Cloud Ventures
Andreessen Horowitz
Balderton Capital
Battery Ventures
Bessemer Ventures
Bloomberg Beta
C4 Ventures
Charles River VC
Citi Ventures
Cognitive Ventures
Combient AB
Comcast Ventures
Comet labs
Data Collective
Dell Technologies Capital
Enterprise Ireland
Entrepreneur First
Ericsson Ventures
Felicis Ventures
First Round
Founder Collective
Founders Fund
GE Ventures
General Catalyst
GGV Capital
Google ventures
Horizons Ventures
IA Ventures
Intel Capital
Khosla Ventures
Kima Ventures
LDV capital
Lightspeed Venture Partners
London Co-Investment Fund
Lux Capital
M12 VC (Microsoft)
Madrona Venture Group
Mahindra Partners
Motorola Solutions Venture Capital
New Enterprise Associates
Octopus Ventures
Passion Capital
Pi Ventures
Plug and Play
Qualcomm Ventures
Rakuten Ventures
Real Ventures
Robert Bosch VC
RRE Ventures
SAIC Capital
Salesforce Ventures
Samsung Ventures
SEED Capital Denmark
Sequoia Capital
Social Starts
Sunstone Capital
SV Angel
Touchstone Innovations
True Ventures
Two Sigma Ventures
Wipro Ventures
Y Combinator
Zeroth AI
Zetta Venture Partners

Report Objectives

To help Venture Capitalists in understanding latest investment trends in AI Accelerator/Hardware Market

To compare and analyze different emerging AI technology markets based on investment attractiveness

To help Venture Capitalists by analyzing AI Accelerator market for revenue drivers, restraining factors, investment risks, and investment opportunities (quantitative & qualitative analysis)

To explore latest trends and developments in the market

To study and analyze AI Accelerator market attractiveness for Venture Capitalists with the help of Porter’s Five Forces Model

To strategically analyze competitive intensity in the market at different stages of value chain and understand what strategies these stakeholders are adopting to remain competitive in the market (organic and inorganic business strategies)

To analyze attractive market segments from investment perspective- infrastructure, technologies, processor types, end-user industry application, and regional and country level markets

To analyze the artificial intelligence (AI) accelerator market by infrastructure- on data center and on edge

To project the artificial intelligence (AI) data center accelerator market size by technologies- machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing, contextual computing, and vision computing

To analyze the artificial intelligence (AI) data center accelerator market by processor type- CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and ASICs

To analyze attractive investment avenues for AI accelerator market across the globe- North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America (US, Canada, Mexico, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Korea, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America)

To project and analyze the artificial intelligence (AI) Datacenter/Cloud accelerator market size by end user industry– agriculture, automotive, fintech, healthcare, human resources, law, manufacturing, marketing, retail and security

To project and analyze artificial intelligence (AI) on-edge accelerator market by smartphones & tablets, wearable electronics, healthcare devices, automotive, internet of things, robotics, and drones among others.

To analyze market shares of major industry players and their comprehensive profiling (*it includes business summary, key financials, business diversification, market competence, expansion strategies, and SWOT analysis)

Industry Essence provides market research and consulting solutions to its’ clients. We provide extensive market research solutions for 14 different business domains. Our solutions are focused on niche and emerging technologies, products, and service markets around the globe. The market research services help frontrunners to take intelligent, strategic and well informed business decisions.

Our experienced Analyst and Subject Matter Experts’ (SMEs) Team is committed to provide you the best possible solution by their strong industry experience in primary & secondary research, data analysis, finance, economics, and in analytics fields. Insights from these experts help business leaders in tracking:

-Trends in Emerging Technology, Product, and Service Markets
-Business Expansion, Diversification, and Investment Opportunities
-Micro & Macro (PESTEL, Customer, and Supplier) Market Factors
-Market Impressions – Revenue Drivers, Restraints, and Opportunities
-Different Market Segments/Applications
-Competitive Benchmarking

Industry Essence portfolio includes comprehensive ranges of market research reports, research and management consulting solutions, and customized B2B research solutions. Our teams in United States and India are serving clients around the globe. To know more about our offerings, drop an email at:

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Industry Essence
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