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VIVE X Doubles Returns on XR Investments
VIVE X, HTC VIVE’s early-stage investment program, continues to aggressively lead investments in the virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) space, announcing today that it has nearly doubled the value of its investments over the last four years. Founded in 2016, VIVE X is the most active investor in the VR/AR market, with more than 100 deals across six locations globally. The program today announced seven new investments in the space as it looks to continue this trajectory. Exhibiting even more forward momentum, 17 companies from the Vive X portfolio have also received additional outside funding in the past year.
One focus area of VIVE X today is on enterprise software that can continue to not only improve processes, training and collaboration in the workplace, but also the overall XR experience. From increased employee engagement with the content to tangible ROI, VR is transforming the workplace. The enterprise segment of VR is forecasted to grow from $829 million in 2018 to $4.26 billion in 2023 (39% CAGR), according to ARtillery Intelligence.
“We work closely with our portfolio companies to help them operationally, and we see them not only weathering the economic storm but thriving,” said Marc Metis, Vice President, HTC Vive. “We will continue to invest aggressively, especially in the area of enterprise XR, where we are able to add considerable value as a leading player with deep market experience.”
Recent Vive X Highlights:
Vive X portfolio companies are starting to see a wave of further funding from outside sources as the XR market continues to mature. In total, 17 Vive X companies have raised over $60M in additional funding in the past year. The largest rounds of additional funding were raised by Proprio and Talespin in the healthcare and enterprise training segments.
Notably, Mindesk, the real-time VR CAD collaboration platform, was recently acquired by Vection Technologies Ltd (ASX:VR1), an Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed multinational software company focusing on real-time technologies for industrial companies’ digital transformation.
Aided by the global reach and expertise of HTC VIVE, Vection Technologies represents one of the global leaders in the XR enterprise space and the only enterprise XR company listed on the ASX.
Vive X has invested in seven new companies since November. The early-stage investment program has focused on enterprise XR software solutions, XR user experience, and unique technologies in VR, AR, AI, and 5G.
VIVE X’s mission is to help cultivate, foster and grow the global VR/AR ecosystem by supporting startups and providing them with operational expertise and funding. The early-stage investments program recently changed its operating model to more frequent investments over the course of the year, instead of a batch format. With a flexible structure not centered around rigidly scheduled batches, Vive X can be more agile and invest in the right deals when they are available.
For more information, please visit: https://vivex.vive.com/us/.