2023 Annual Insights Report

Alyssa Rosenthal


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2023 Annual Insights Report

Despite economic challenges in 2023, the South Florida startup ecosystem continued to show resilience, with $2.41 billion invested across 393 deals. This investment activity underscores the region’s position as a growing hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Statewide Investment Overview: Florida-based companies attracted nearly $3.5 billion across 673 deals, solidifying the state’s prominence in the venture capital landscape.
  • How The Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro Area Ranked: The South Florida region ranked 7th by the number of deals, reflecting strong activity despite a more difficult  year. Additionally, it secured the 11th position for deal value, highlighting the diversity and depth of investments in the region.
  • Sector Insights: While fintech continues to lead as South Florida’s top industry, with $577 million invested, healthtech, climatetech, and cleantech are rapidly gaining traction. Healthtech companies brought in 16% of the region’s deals for a total of $362 million, while climatetech/cleantech secured $263 million, experiencing significant growth in 2023.
  • AI Innovation: The region witnessed significant investment in AI, with 56 AI companies funded for a total of $319 million, reflecting the growing importance of artificial intelligence in driving innovation across industries.
  • South Florida Shines As An Innovation Hub: Startups based in the Greater Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area accounted for 69% of the state’s venture capital funding in dollars and 59% of the deals, reaffirming the area’s status as a premier destination for entrepreneurial endeavors.

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