Who is best positioned to invest in Artificial Intelligence?

A landscape analysis of AI startups

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Table 1. Major AI incumbents and most known AI applications developed by each of them.
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Figure 1. Incorporation date distribution
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Figure 2. Geographic distribution of AI startups by continent
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Figure 3. Countries breakdown of AI companies
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Figure 4. Top 15 cities in the world with AI startups concentrations
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Figure 5. Round of financing breakdown by year for the period 2000–2016
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Figure 6. Round of financing breakdown by year for the period 2010–2016 (main axes); total amount of funding by year (secondary axis)
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Figure 7. Total amount of funding by year for the period 2010–2016, analyzed by stage of financing
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Figure 8. Exits strategies distribution
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Figure 9. Frequency of employee numbers per company
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Figure 10. Startup growth rate measure by 1-month and 6-months employees increase
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Figure 11. Social media growth on monthly basis
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Table 2. Top acquirers (from most active to the least one), VC funds and incubators/accelerators program for AI startups (alphabetical order). This list excludes pure research centers — but for completeness, the major ones are: The Alan Turing Institute; the Allen Institute; Toyota Research Institute; University of Toronto; Korean AI research Institute; Machine Intelligence Research Institute.

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Research Lead @Balderton. Formerly @Anthemis @UCLA. All opinions are my own.

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