According to The 2016 Global Learning Technology Investment Patterns, a 2017 report from Metaari that examines crowdsourced, seed, angel, venture capital, and private equity investing for learning technology firms, global investment in learning technology companies reached a new record of $7.3 billion in 2016. In 2015, the record-breaking investment total was $6.5 billion. Of the 695 companies that received an investment in 2016, nearly one-third sold products designed for corporate customers.
It's important to note, though, that most investments went to companies in one of these three countries: United States, China, and India.
In the United States alone, investments to 390 companies made up 58 percent of all worldwide learning technology funding for the year. In China, 51 companies garnered another 28 percent of the world's investment. And in India, 103 companies raised almost 8 percent of the world's learning technology funding dollars for 2016.
Altogether, 34 learning technology companies gathered investments at or above $50 million in 2016. Of these, 20 were in the United States, 10 were in China, and four were in India. No other country made the list.
"Prior to 2012, essentially all of the learning technology investments went to U.S.-based companies," notes the Metaari report. That year, U.S. companies raised less than Chinese companies alone did this year, and it appears that the market for technology companies is still growing. Global revenues for these organizations are expected to climb from $76 billion to $84 billion from 2016 to 2021, which means investors likely will continue to open their pocketbooks for the foreseeable future.