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PitchBook Analyst Note: 2022 Emerging Technology Outlook

Q4 2021

PitchBook Analyst Note: 2022 Emerging Technology Outlook

December 21, 2021

What's in store for emerging tech in 2022?

2021 was a year to remember for emerging technologies, as VCs set records for capital invested and startups pioneered solutions across a range of industries. The sheer volume of records broken raises the question: What's next?

Our 2022 Emerging Technology Outlook details PitchBook analysts' predictions across 11 sectors within emerging tech, including agtech, AI & machine learning, climate tech, information security and more.

Key takeaways
  • Personalized medicine will set a record for VC funding, as a confluence of technologies helps advance the sector's capabilities.
  • The IoT/OT security category will see a billion-dollar public listing, as pure-play internet of things and operational technology security companies capitalize on the surge in industrial ransomware attacks.
  • M&A activity will rise in information security, insurtech and agtech, which will see record acquisitions in the precision ag sector.
  • Carbon-negative technologies, especially direct air capture, will garner significant VC investment as the world confronts the climate crisis.

Table of contents
Agtech 2
Artificial intelligence & machine learning 6
Climate tech 9
Enterprise healthtech 12
Foodtech 15
Information security 20
Insurtech 22
Internet of Things 24
Mobility tech 26
Retail healthtech 28
Supply chain tech 31