A Nordic Web Report on Icelandic tech and startup investments in 2015 shows a staggering 1,568% growth in year-on-year funding from 2014 to 2015. Number of investments rose from seven to seventeen.
This massive growth in funding is mainly fueled by three big investments: Verne Global’s $98 million (~12.7bn ISK) Series D round in January, Carbon Recycling International’s $45.5 million (~5.9bn ISK) funding round last summer, and, most recently, CCP’s $30 million (~3.9bn ISK) round last November.
Twelve of the seventeen investments were reported in the second half of the year. This can likely be traced to Frumtak 2 and Brunnur beginning to invest their recently raised combined ~$70 million, and the fact that Norðurskautið has kept a close tab on investments since mid-May.
Numbers even higher than reported
These numbers are also (at least) slightly underrepresented, as many investments in Iceland are not announced, like angel rounds or bridge rounds. Therefore, some unannounced investments are left out, including two from Q4 that Norðurskautið included in its analysis.
30% of the investments were made in VR and gaming, demonstrating interest and potential in that sector in Iceland. VR is projected to be big news in 2016, as the technology becomes cheaper and more available to consumers.
Interestingly, Iceland’s total funding was less than $4 million lower than Finland’s – a country with a bigger and more established startup scene, not to mention population.
This article was originally posted on Nordurskautid, Iceland’s premier outlet for news and discussion about the Icelandic Startup and Tech scene.