The UK ranks 4th among the countries producing the most unicorns
In the shadow of the tech giant WeWork's bankruptcy and the unfolding legal battles facing Meta across numerous US states, the focus on unicorn companies has intensified.
With these developments stirring the business world, insights from FOREX.com, through data sourced from CB Insights, shed light on the broader ecosystem of these elusive unicorns.
The research commissioned by FOREX.com paints a vivid picture of the UK's standing in this arena. Despite not breaking into the top three for the number of unicorns, the UK's select cohort, with a combined valuation of $188.67 billion, speaks volumes about their quality over quantity. The average valuation of a UK unicorn, at $3.63 billion, surpasses that of its Indian counterparts, contributing to 5% of the global unicorn valuation.
Leading the charge, the United States hosts a formidable 668 unicorn companies, a figure that outstrips China's 172 by a wide margin. Collectively, these US companies amass a valuation exceeding $2 trillion, capturing a dominant 54% share of the global unicorn valuation.
China maintains a robust position with its unicorns amassing $641.67 billion, which represents 17% of the global valuation. Standing tall amongst these is ByteDance, the parent company of the cultural phenomenon TikTok, valued at over $225 billion.
India's unicorn landscape, with 72 companies, may seem modest in comparison. Nevertheless, the presence of BYJU's – a leading edtech firm – valued at $11.50 billion and ranked 36th globally, highlights the country's burgeoning tech prowess.
Sector-wise, enterprise tech emerges as a titan, boasting 377 companies and crossing the trillion-dollar mark in combined valuation. Canva, a graphic design platform, personifies this success, holding a valuation of $40 billion. Forecasts suggest this sector will continue its upward trajectory, potentially outstripping its current growth by 2027.
Financial services are not far behind, with 216 companies collectively valued at $706 billion. Stripe, a payment processing behemoth, not only leads this sector with a $50 billion valuation but also secures the fourth rank among global unicorns.
The consumer and retail sector, also with 216 companies, collectively tips the scale at over $631 billion. SHEIN, a fast-fashion juggernaut, leads this pack with a valuation of $66 billion, standing third in the global unicorn rankings. It's noteworthy that SHEIN alone surpasses the cumulative valuation of all 27 unicorns in the insurance sector, which stands at $57.83 billion.
In the US, a closer look reveals that enterprise tech (259 companies) and financial services (107 companies) lead in the number of unicorns, mirroring global patterns. Databricks and Stripe are at the forefront of their respective sectors. The healthcare and life sciences sector, with 93 companies valued at over $215 billion, showcases significant growth, with Devoted Health valued at $12.6 billion.
These revelations offer a panoramic view of the unicorn landscape, underlining the sectors and regions where innovation and valuation flourish. The data provided by FOREX.com not only highlights the UK's significant presence in the global unicorn economy but also illustrates the broader distribution and health of billion-dollar startups across various industries worldwide.