While overall U.S. venture capital funding dipped in 2019, the artificial intelligence sector bucked this trend by reaching a new annual high for money raised by startups.
According to 2019 data from the National Venture Capital Association, 1,356 AI-related companies in the U.S. raised $18.457 billion. That topped the 1,281 companies that raised $16.8 billion in 2018, according to the Q4 2019 PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor.
NVCA had projected that AI startups were on pace to set a new record after Q3 funding surged. They managed to set the new high after $4 billion was raised by 267 AI-related startups during the last three months of 2019. That was a slight dip from the $4.4 billion raised in Q3 2019.
The most recent AI fundraising deals in Q4 2019 included $15 millon raised by Evisort to automate contract management;
$18 million raised by Huckleberry, which uses AI to match small businesses with insurance; and $20.6 million raised by Anyscale to simplify writing AI and machine learning applications.
As these and other companies continue to expand their impact, AI investing outperformed the overall VC market.