YL Ventures*, the Israel and US-based early stage venture capital firm mainly focused on cybersecurity, has released “The 2015 State of the Cyber Nation Report”.
It is already well know that Israel is the most advanced nations involved in cybersecurity with startups that day by day create software solutions and apps to try to challenge threats, from every given angle.
YL Ventures’s document and the related infographics aim to provide insights on the state of the sector and the startup ecosystem in 2015.
– more than 300 cybersecurity companies are currently active, whose exports reached $6B, equating to approximately 10% of the global cybersecurity market in 2014.
– approx. 15% of all startups established in 2015 have secured seed funding, raising on an average $2.5M.
– an increase in Series B and later stage funding rounds, with a total of $360M raised in 2015.
– Main trends include Internet of Things (IoT) security, with a special focus on automotive security, container security, mobile security, deception and web security.
Finally, a meaningful aspect is given by M&A activity. In comparison with general enterprise software exits, the return on investment cybersecurity companies is greater and faster. Although the average exit in both cybersecurity and Enterprise Software was around $88M, cybersecurity companies raised 44% less capital and were acquired three years faster than enterprise software companies.
Have a look at the infographics in oreder to capture other insights.
*Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Mill Valley, CA, and led by partners Yoav Leitersdorf and Ofer Schreiber, YL Ventures invests in early-stage Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing, Software-as-a-Service, Big Data and Internet of Things companies. The firm is currently investing out of our $27.5m second fund. The portfolio includes Twistlock, Hexadite, Seculert, BlazeMeter, FireLayers, Upstream Commerce, ClickTale and AcceloWeb.
The team also includes analyst Iren Reznikov.