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Global startups - statistics & facts

A startup is a young company that has developed a unique business idea, aims to make an instant impact, and take over the market. Several of the world’s most valuable companies had humble beginnings as startups and were founded by influential entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Mark Zuckerberg. Many startups are in the tech industry, launching new products and services thanks to the latest technological innovations. Some of the best business ideas were born in a garage or college dorm: Stanford University and Harvard University have the highest number of alumni who founded unicorns.

The most valuable startups worldwide

New startups get off the ground around the world every day. However, for each successful idea, there are thousands that fail. Highly valued startups are known as unicorns, which is a reference to their elusiveness. As of January 2020, the most valuable startup worldwide was the Chinese tech company Ant Financial, now known as Ant Group. China and the United States have the highest number of unicorns worldwide, but one of the most active regions for startups is Latin America. In Chile and Ecuador, particularly, the share of the population involved in a business startup is much higher than countries in Asia and Europe.

Investments in startups

One of the first challenges for a startup is to attract financial backing to get up and running. Tech innovations have created new funding avenues for startups, and business ventures can now receive capital from a global network of investors. Startup funding jumped significantly across several industries between 2012 and 2017, with some reporting growth of more than 1,000 percent. Over a five-year period ending in 2019, artificial intelligence startups saw notable increases in funding. Startups can be risky propositions for investors, but more and more are recognizing the potential fortune that can be made by supporting the right company.

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