Plug and Play 2018 company report

By being part of the Plug and Play ecosystem you are joined by some of the world’s brightest minds and greatest innovators. With that in mind, we spent much of 2018 improving your proximity to our platform, services, and members wherever you are in the world. With more companies invested in and accelerated, more private dealflow sessions, and bigger and better events, we are making strong progress towards being your ultimate innovation platform.

Our Global Footprint

One of our greatest ambitions is to make our ecosystem accessible wherever you are. With offices across the world, we're proud to be the world's largest innovation platform by geographic reach.

New programs

As part of our goal to make innovation open to everyone, everywhere, we have been hard at work expanding our platform into new industries and new locations.

We hosted 792 events in our Silicon Valley HQ this year.

We host events every day at our headquarters that range from our Summits (over 1,000 people) to our industry-themed meetups.

We accelerated 30% more startups in the U.S. this year.

With the popularity of our existing verticals, we introduced 2 new programs in Silicon Valley this past year: Enterprise 2.0 and Real Estate & Construction.

We also accelerated a record number of startups outside of the U.S. too.

We hosted 12% more startup-corporate dealflow sessions in 2018.

Our dealflow sessions match the technology interests and business objectives of our corporate partners to startups that are providing a world-class solution.

Our average check size grew by 28% in 2018.

As one of the most active VCs in Silicon Valley, our goal is to fund the teams that are building the defensible businesses of the future.

We invested 72% in the US and 28% in other regions.

Our investments are reflecting our growing global presence. A quarter of our total investments in 2018 were made in international companies. 

Our investment stages by size in 2018.

Our focus in 2018 was to invest in great seed and early stage companies.

12 of our portfolio companies had exits.

The largest of our portfolio exits this year came from Guardant Health's IPO that raised $273.1 million and valued the company at $1.59 billion.

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We now have 280 corporate partners on our platform.

72 new partners have joined us this year and we are excited to play our part in their innovation journey.

Some of our new corporate partners...

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  • Adidas Logo
  • Advantage Car Hire traveltech
  • Einstein Hospital - Plug and Play
  • Allison Transmission logo
  • Amgen corporate innovation
  • Aptar Group - Plug and Play
  • Astra International Logo
  • Avery Dennison innovation strategy
  • BASF Logo
  • BeInTech logo
  • Bissell Internet of Things
  • Braskem logo
  • China Continent Logo
  • China Taiping Insurance Holdings Company formerly China Insurance International Holdings Company Limited, is a Chinese insurance conglomerate incorporated and headquartered in Hong Kong.
  • Cigna
  • Citizens.001
  • Clorox startup accelerator
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  • cushman and wakefield - plug and play
  • DCP Midstream logo
  • DENSO Innovation Strategy
  • DuPont - Plug and Play
  • Easy - Plug and Play
  • Edison International
  • Generali
  • Georgia Pacific startup innovation
  • Hersheys Startup Accelerator
  • Hongkong Land Logo
  • Irish Life logo
  • Japan Post Logo
  • Japan Tobacco International
  • Kaercher logo
  • Kaijma Logo
  • Kering
  • Krung Thai Bank (KTB)
  • leggett & platt - plug and play
  • LG Electronics
  • Longfor logo
  • L'Oreal Startup Accelerator
  • Manchester Airports Group logo
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  • Materion - Plug and Play
  • Maxell logo
  • Mohawk Industries - Plug and Play
  • MSIG
  • NEC Logo
  • NGK logo
  • nomura research institute logo
  • OAG - Plug and Play
  • ORIX-logo
  • ooredoo.001
  • OSF Healthcare disruption
  • P&G Startup Incubator
  • signify logo
  • Progressive Insurance - Plug and Play
  • SAIC Capital logo
  • Seazen
  • Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG, also known as Schaeffler Group, is a manufacturer of rolling element bearings for automotive, aerospace and industrial uses before October 9, 2015 IPO in Germany. It was founded in 1946 by brothers Dr. Wilhelm and Dr.-
  • TJX Startup Incubator
  • Toshiba
  • Tower Insurance
  • Tyson Foods Startup Accelerator
  • University Hospitals - Plug and Play
  • US Bank logo
  • Valqua - Plug and Play
  • Voya Financial Accelerator
  • Yamoto
  • Yanfeng Mobility Accelerator
  • Yazaki innovation logo

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