“Disruptive technologies”, a term coined by professor Clayton M. Christensen of Harvard Business School, is used to describe emerging technologies that are set to displace established technologies. Disruptive technologies shake up entire industries, paving the way for new products and markets. Emerging technology investments not only help diversify your portfolio, but also provide sustainable returns as the demand for better technologies is increasing by the day. To help identify new technologies that deserve the attention of qualified investors, the post discusses some disruptive technologies that are set to gain prominence in 2017. Read on.
1. Wireless Energy
Wireless power involves transmitting electrical energy from a source to a load without using electrical wires. With the current direction in development of wireless energy technology, the demand for wireless energy is bound to expand in the coming years, especially in the areas that experience a rapid increase in population. According to a study conducted by Markets and Markets, the wireless power transmission market is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR of around 52 percent between 2015-20, making it one of the most lucrative technology investment opportunities. At FIG Tree Capital, we understand the promise the market holds and have and opportunity for accredited investors with Kingdom Wireless Power – which is a part of a company that holds exclusive rights to the intellectual property for a new technology.
2. Advanced Robotics
Advanced robotics is set to play a major role in key industries such as defence, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, and construction. According to a study conducted by IDC, the robotics market will be worth $135bn by 2019, which is not surprising given the fact that robots are expected to assist and substitute humans in performing a range of tasks in the coming years. BCG, a consulting giant, expects the price of enabling software to drop by 20 percent in the next 10 years, accompanied by an improvement of 5 percent in robotics technology during the same period. A report published by ARK suggests that around half of America’s workforce will be replaced by robots by 2035. These factors will drive demand for robotics technologies, and to reap substantial future returns, it is important to start exploring investment opportunities today.
3. Renewable Energy
Global warming is increasing at alarming rates and governments all over the world are looking for greener alternatives to fossil fuels. World energy usage is expected to grow by 40 percent in the next 20 years, which makes the future of renewable energy investments green. Moreover, the industry is expected to receive $5.1 trillion (via investments in power plants), which will result in enhanced power generation and capacity utilization. According to a report by Bloomberg, the share of solar and wind energy in global energy generation will increase to 16 percent in 2030, up from 3 percent today. The sector is also expected to receive 65 percent of the $7.7 trillion power investment in 2030. Many countries also provide tax rebates on renewable energy investments, making them a lucrative investment option.
4. Space Exploration
Global population is increasing at an annual rate of 1.11 percent. At such a rate, Earth’s supposed capacity of 10 billion people will be reached by 2050. Scientists are well aware of this fact and have started looking for planets that can be colonized in the not so distant future. Though space exploration is still a fairly new subject, there are already companies working to commercialize space exploration. Space exploration projects at present cost a lot of money, which can be a prime reason few companies are venturing into the domain. That said, the sector has witnessed a substantial increase (of 30 percent) in investments over the last few years, which will fund research to improve technology and reduce costs. You can start by investing in technology startups that manufacture components, conduct research, and a select few (such as Virgin Galactic and SpaceX) that have upcoming space tourism projects.
5. 3D Printing
3D printing involves building 3D models in layers to convert them into real objects. 3D printing is expected to revolutionize global manufacturing processes and play a key role in important sectors such as healthcare, defence,automobile, and construction. According to Gartner, 3D printer sales will double every year till 2019 reaching an all time high of almost 6 million units. Moreover, with improvements in technology, prices will fall making 3D printing commercially viable and popular. The market is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR of almost 29 percent between 2016 and 2022. 3D printing is the technology of the future and investing today can generate a steady stream of income for many years.
Ready to Invest in the Future?
Investing in emerging technologies is the best way forward if you’re looking to diversify your portfolio while drawing sustainable returns. The demand for the technologies we have discussed will increase in the future, making them a lucrative investment option for qualified investors. At FIG Tree Capital, we’re dedicated to helping investors find the best technology investment opportunities according to their investment profile and ROI objectives. To learn more on how you can invest in promising technology startups, fill out our contact form or call at (866) 300-1885