VC Funding: EdTech and Health Tech

Goals

To obtain the total size/amount of venture capital (VC) funding focused on education technology (EdTech), as well as the amount VC funding focused on healthcare technology (health tech). Also, to obtain data that shows how much funding is early stage versus late stage (for example, seed round, series A, series B or later).

Early Findings

Education Technology

  • According to EdSurge, the total venture funding in the United States was $130.9 billion as of 2018. Out of this amount, education startups received a total of $1.45 billion from VCs; this represents just 1.1% of the total venture funding last year.
  • In 2018, 112 venture capital investment deals were focused on education in the United States.
  • Data provided by NIX United reveals that EdTech venture capital companies all over the world are beginning to embrace the market.
  • As of 2014, global VC investments in the EdTech market were under $2 billion. However, within four years, this market experienced substantial growth. By 2018, the EdTech market recorded venture capital investments worth over $8 billion.

Health Technology

  • According to a report by Mercom Capital Group, the total venture capital funding received by digital health companies globally was $5.1 billion in the first half of 2019.
  • In 2018, VC investments worth $4.9 billion was received by digital health companies globally.
  • However, the digital health VC funds raised in the first half of 2019 were provided in fewer deals. This was done in 318 deals compared to 383 deals in the previous year.

Proposed next steps:

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Our background search reveals that global VC investments in the EdTech market grew significantly between 2014 and 2018. Also, digital health companies have raised more funds in fewer deals in the first half of this year compared to last year. We recommend further research to provide the following: 1) How the total size/amount (in $) of venture capital (VC) funding focused on education technology (EdTech) has changed (globally or in the US) in the past 5 years. [We would focus on the past 5 years. However, if information for the past 10 years or the past 20 years is easily found, we would provide this instead.] 2) How the total size/amount (in $) of venture capital (VC) funding focused on healthcare technology (health-tech) has changed (globally or in the US) in the past 5 years. [We would remain focused on the past 5 years. However, if information for the past 10 years or the past 20 years is easily found, we would provide this instead.] OPTIONAL: If found in the course of our research, we would include a breakdown of how much funding is early-stage vs. late-stage (for example, seed round, series A, series B or later).
Alternatively, we recommend further research to provide how the total size/amount (in $) of venture capital (VC) funding, focused on EITHER education technology (EdTech) OR healthcare technology (health-tech), has changed (globally or in the US) in the past 5 years. [We would focus on the past 5 years. However, if information for the past 10 years or the past 20 years is easily found, we would provide this instead.] NOTE: Here, we would only provide information for education technology (EdTech) OR healthcare technology (health-tech), NOT both industries.
Also, we recommend further research to provide 2-3 trends related to VC funding focused on the following: i) education technology (EdTech) ii) healthcare technology (health-tech).