Startup Funding: Aug 2022 (EBook)


110 companies raise $1.9 billion; VCs focus on power semis, automotive, and battery startups. Chinese investment remains strong.

Investors funneled $1.9 billion into startups last month. The total was down from the previous few months for companies tracked by Semiconductor Engineering, but still a strong showing for the chip industry and related technologies.

By market segment, power devices were a bright spot in August’s funding, with 12 companies receiving new financing rounds. A manufacturer of multilayer ceramic chip capacitors drew nearly $300 million, the month’s largest round.

Other areas with lots of activity were automotive and batteries, where 20 startups making ADAS, autonomous driving systems, or supplying parts for vehicles raised a collective $265 million. The largest round went to a startup enabling object identification in harsh weather conditions. On the battery side, 14 companies collectively raise $375 million. These companies covered the entire spectrum, from mining raw materials and manufacturing precursors, to recycling and re-using them once they’ve reached the end of their useful life.

Investments in China outpaced the rest of the market. Chinese companies represent about 75% of those covered in this report, and took the two largest rounds for the month.

Other areas of focus include data center storage management, microLED-based chip-to-chip interconnects, chiplets, and a new type of qubit feature.

Supply chain segments covered in this funding report: 

  • Chip design
  • AI hardware
  • Manufacturing & equipment
  • Test, measurement & inspection
  • Materials
  • Memory & storage
  • Analog & mixed signal
  • Power devices
  • Wireless
  • Photonics
  • Quantum computing
  • Sensors
  • Displays
  • AR/VR
  • ADAS & autonomy
  • Auto components
  • Batteries

Key features of this report include:

-Selected chip industry companies receiving funding.

-Funding amount (when disclosed), funding round, funding source(s), company’s key product offerings, and headquarter’s country.

-Summary table sortable by company name, sector, amount raised, funding type or country.

-An in-depth look at China’s startup funding.