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Top Startup Industries for 2023

Funding for companies around the world decreased in 2022, but there were still many startup industries that captured investors’ attention — and dollars.

Companies received $1.2 trillion in funding globally last year, down from $1.3 trillion in 2021, according to York IE Fuel. We’ve used Fuel’s data to compile the below lists of the largest and fastest-growing startup industries in technology and science sectors.

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Top 10 Startup Industries by Funding

These are the largest markets based on the amount of funding raised:

  1. Biotechnology: $91.8 billion
  2. Energy: $91.6 billion
  3. Life science: $89.7 billion
  4. Renewable energy: $89.7 billion
  5. Biopharma: $86.8 billion
  6. Energy management: $79.4 billion
  7. Neuroscience: $67.6 billion
  8. Pharmaceutical: $66.6 billion
  9. Oil and gas: $65.2 billion
  10. Energy efficiency: $58.4 billion

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Top 10 Startup Industries by Rounds

These are the most active markets based on the number of funding rounds:

  1. Biotechnology: 1,651
  2. Life science: 1,350
  3. Neuroscience: 1,291
  4. Biopharma: 1,261
  5. Genetics: 1,023
  6. FinTech: 1,018
  7. Medical device: 934
  8. mHealth: 858
  9. Health care: 774
  10. Mobile payments: 767

Fastest-Growing Startup Industries by Funding

These startup markets had the biggest funding increases in 2022:

Market2022 FundingIncrease
1. Digital marketing$1.2 billion2,930%
2. Mechanical design$5.9 billion948%
3. CMS$8.3 billion936%
4. Project management$2.6 billion549%
5. Wind energy$18.4 billion469%
6. Blogging platforms$9.6 billion367%
7. Graphic design$79 million333%
8. Reservations$9.2 billion328%
9. Web hosting$8.2 billion309%
10. Social media marketing$1.2 billion299%


The above lists include all funding reported by companies in science- and technology-related markets worldwide from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2022.

York IE Fuel may categorize companies into multiple markets; therefore, the sum of all markets’ funding amounts and funding rounds will exceed the actual totals.

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