Washington Startups Bring in $59M in August, Healthcare, Internet, and Software Sectors Dominate Deals
Every month we compile all of the deals at Washington tech and biotech companies into one story where we watch up and coming trends in local financing. Unlike our regular investment coverage and weekly deals roundups, these monthly features give us a chance to look at both the large investments that usually make news, alongside smaller “under the radar” deals we may not have yet reported on. The information is based on data provided by our partner, New York-based private company intelligence platform CB Insights, and our own prior coverage.
This data gives us an in-depth look at which sectors are leading in financing month to month, which continually ink the most (or fewest deals), which are gathering equity versus debt funding, and what trends can be seen over time. Over the last two months, healthcare has been the clear leader. But after July’s lull in funding in every other sector, August’s numbers indicate a significant rise in financing in both the software and Internet industries as well, a promising notion given that the two sectors have brought in modest amounts of financing over the last few months.
Of the 13 deals Washington companies saw in August, only two were in healthcare, though they were sizable, accounting for $21.8 million of the $59 million total investment across all sectors. August, no surprise, was a slower month than usual for healthcare financing, given that the sector raised $62.5 million in July and $41.1 million in June, according to previous reports based on CB Insights data. The Internet sector, at $16.9 million, and software, with $16.5 million, came close to raising as much as healthcare in August. The business products and services sector took a distant fourth place, with $2 million in financing in August, while mobile and telecommunications companies came in fifth with $1.4 million. The only other two sectors to earn financing in August—video games, and risk and security—brought in less than $1 million each.
A number of the larger deals in August made our headlines, including medical device maker NeuroVista’s $21.5 million financing, split between a $16.5 million equity financing led by GBS Venture Partners, and a $5 million convertible debt agreement with Houston, TX-based Cyberonics (NASDAQ: CYBX). Local software company Apptio was the sole software company to bring in a deal last month, but it was a big one—a $16.5 million Series C to increase sales and marketing efforts, expand to new markets, and launch new products.
Though the Internet sector didn’t bring in the most funding in August, it did have the most deals—five total—including $6 million to private sales e-commerce site Zulily, and $3.3 million to youth sports automation company Korrio.
Here’s the full list of August’s equity-based deals, both under the radar and on it:
August also saw a handful of starts raising cash through deals based on debt, options, and/or warrants, rather than equity, totaling $5.9 million, and three deals in all. The largest portion of this went to local IP service provider Telekenex, which raised $5.5 million in debt financing from Toronto, Canada-based specialty firm Wellington Financial. The short list of transactions that constitute debt financing are listed below.