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$1 billion “unicorn” startups topping the charts so far in 2021

Posted by Tasnim Anand

October 29, 2021    |     3-minute read (535 words)

Contrary to popular belief, COVID-19 did not wash out the fortunes of startups. Venture funding did not stop, and many companies are flush with cash from venture capitalist investors. A slew of companies this year reached the status of unicorn, a term that refers to a privately owned business with a valuation of at least $1 billion. 

Below is a list of the top three highest-valuation unicorn startups per sector for the first three quarters of 2021. Smaller sectors list only the No. 1 unicorn.

FINTECH 

  1. iCapital Network. $4B valuation as of July 27.  
Alternative Investment marketplace

  1. Ramp Financial. $3.9B valuation as of March 29. 
Direct Lending Corporate Fund

  1. FalconX. $3.75B valuation as of Aug.
Institutional Crypto Company

INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES 

  1. Benchling. $4B valuation as of April 14. 
Online Medical R&D Platform

  1. Zapier. $4B valuation as of Jan. 14. 
Internet App Toll for Automation

  1. Relativity. $3.6B valuation as of March 18.
 SaaS for Data Management

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 

  1. Moveworks. $2.1B valuation as of June 30. 
Conversational AI Human Resource Software

  1. 6Sense. $2.1B valuation as of March 30. 
AI Enabled Business Forecasting Software.

  1. Hive. $2B valuation as of April 21. 
AI Based Automation Software.

HEALTH 

  1. Caris Life Sciences. $7.83B valuation as of May 17. 
Oncological Biotech Company

  1. Noom. $3.7B valuation as of May 24. 
Digital Health Company

  1. Komodo Health. $3.3B valuation as of May 22. 
Medical Data Center

OTHER 

  1. Black Unicorn Factory. $6.1B valuation as of May 20. 
African American Owned Hedge Fund for turning startups stock market ready.

  1. Redwood Materials. $3.7B valuation as of July 28. 
Renewable Energy Recycling Company.

  1. Bowery Farming. $2.3B valuation as of May 25. 
Modern Farming/ Hydroponic Farming.

DATA MANAGEMENT & ANALYTICS 

  1. SambaNova Systems. $5B valuation as of April 13. 
AI Enabled Data Centre Hardware Manufacturers.

  1. OwnBackup. $3.35B valuation as of Jan. 28. 
SaaS Data Protection Platform.

  1. Cockroach Labs. $2.16B valuation as of Jan. 12. 
Cloud Based Database providers and App Builders.

CYBERSECURITY 

  1. Exabeam. $2.4B valuation as of June 1. 
Analytics and Automation enabled Security provider.

  1. ID.me. $1.5B valuation as of March 19. 
Identity Proving Software.

  1. Socure. $1.3B valuation as of March 16. 
Identity Verification Software.

E-COMMERCE & DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER 

  1. Dutchie. $1.7B valuation as of March 31.
Medical Marijuana Dispensary.

  1. Tonal. $1.6B valuation as of March 31.
AI and Multimedia enabled home fitness equipment company and service.

  1. Skims. $1.6B valuation as of April 9. 
Bodyshaping Undergarments.

SUPPLY CHAIN, LOGISTICS AND DELIVERY  

  1. Weee! $2.8B as of March 16. 
Online Grocery Shopping App & Website with different Ethnic stores.

  1. Project44. $1.2B valuation as of June 1.
Logistic Company with emphasis on product visibility across travel.

  1. ShipBob. $1B valuation as of June 29. 
 Logistic company for DTC brands.

AUTO AND TRANSPORTATION 

Rivian. $27.6B valuation as of Sept. 10. 

Electric Truck Manufacturer.

CONSUMER AND RETAIL 

JUUL Labs. $12B valuation as of Dec. 20. 

Largest E-Cigarette Manufacturer and Seller.

MOBILE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS 

Attentive. $5.99B valuation as of Sept. 23. 

Text Messaging Marketing Solution.

EDTECH 

Articulate. $3.75B valuation as of July 1. 

App developers for Online Trainings.

HARDWARE 

Samsara Networks. $6.3B valuation as of March 22. 

AI Enabled Transportation Software

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