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The top $1B “unicorn” startups by category so far in 2021

Posted by Deepshikha Shukla

October 13, 2021    |     4-minute read (775 words)

Here we’ve listed the most valuable U.S.-based unicorns — to qualify for this vaunted niche means the startup has a valuation of $1 billion — for 2021’s first three quarters. The list is arranged by startup category and includes its top performers and the total number of unicorns for the division.

INTERNET SOFTWARE & SERVICES – 82

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Benchling. $4B valuation as of April 14. 
Software platform for life sciences R&D.

  1. Zapier. $4B valuation as of Jan. 14. 
Tool that automates repetitive tasks between two or more apps

  1. Relativity. $3.6B valuation as of March 18.
 SaaS solution for big-time legal challenges.

FINTECH – 69

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021.

  1. iCapital Network. $4B valuation as of July 27.  
Powering the world’s alternative investment marketplace.

  1. Ramp Financial. $3.9B valuation as of March 29. 
Corporate card designs for businesses to save money.

  1. FalconX. $3.75B valuation as of Aug.
Internet finance company built on blockchain tech and powered by crypto assets.

HEALTH – 33

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Caris Life Sciences. $7.83B valuation as of May 17. 
Provides oncologists with treatment options to personalize cancer care.

  1. Noom. $3.7B valuation as of May 24. 
 Leveraging AI, mobile tech and psychology to help people change long-term habits

  1. Komodo Health. $3.3B valuation as of May 22. 
Analyzing data across patients, practitioners and health systems. 

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – 30

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Moveworks. $2.1B valuation as of June 30. 
Conversational AI chatbots that can answer employee queries.

  1. 6Sense. $2.1B valuation as of March 30. 
Using AI, big data and machine learning to help B2Bs see predictable revenue growth.

  1. Hive. $2B valuation as of April 21. 
Automating business processes that rely on video, image, text, audio interpretation .

“OTHER” – 24

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Black Unicorn Factory. $6.1B valuation as of May 20. 
Turns small startups into public stock market-ready unicorns.

  1. Redwood Materials. $3.7B valuation as of July 28. 
Recycles and processes scrap from battery cell production and consumer electronics.

  1. Bowery Farming. $2.3B valuation as of May 25. 
Growing food for a better future by revolutionizing agriculture.

E-commerce & direct-to-consumer – 20

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Dutchie. $1.7B valuation as of March 31.
 All-in-one tech platform that powers dispensary operations.

  1. Tonal. $1.6B valuation as of March 31.
 Full-body fitness at home without the hassle of changing machines.

  1. Skims. $1.6B valuation as of April 9. 
Manufactures, retails undergarments and loungewear that enhance body shape.

Data management and analytics – 19

Category’s three most-valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. SambaNova Systems. $5B valuation as of April 13. 
Building AI hardware, integrated systems to run AI apps from data center to cloud.

  1. OwnBackup. $3.35B valuation as of Jan. 28. 
Developing solutions for built-in protection against data loss and corruption.

  1. Cockroach Labs. $2.16B valuation as of Jan. 12. 
Developing apps that scale fast, survive anything and thrive everywhere.

CYBERSECURITY – 16

Category’s three most valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Exabeam. $2.4B valuation as of June 1. 
Enables IT security teams to respond to cyberattacks and insider threats in real time.

  1. ID.me. $1.5B valuation as of March 19. 
Simplifies how individuals securely prove and share their identity online.

  1. Socure. $1.3B valuation as of March 16. 
Predictive analytics platform for digital identity verification of consumers.

SUPPLY CHAIN, LOGISTICS AND DELIVERY – 12

Category’s three most valuable unicorns Q1 to Q3 2021:

  1. Weee! $2.8B on March 16. 
Online grocery delivery platform.

  1. Project44. $1.2B valuation as of June 1.
 End-to-end logistics software for managing any shipment.

  1. ShipBob. $1B valuation as of June 29. 
 Global logistics platform fulfilling ecommerce orders for DTC brands.

CONSUMER AND RETAIL 8

Category’s most valuable unicorn Q1 to Q3 2021: 

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

Manufactures and markets e-cigarettes.

AUTO AND TRANSPORTATION – 7

Category’s most valuable unicorn Q1 to Q3 2021: 

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

Electric vehicle automaker and automotive tech designer.

HARDWARE – 7

Category’s most valuable unicorn Q1 to Q3 2021: 

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

Integrates plug-and-play sensors, wireless connectivity and cloud-hosted software. 

MOBILE & TELECOMMUNICATIONS – 7

Category’s most valuable unicorn Q1 to Q3 2021: 

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

Personalized mobile messaging platform. 

EDTECH – 6

Category’s most valuable unicorn Q1 to Q3 2021: 

Articulate. $3.75B valuation as of July 1. 

Develops e-learning software, content and community for online training courses.

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