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Whether to transform digital transactions using smart contracts across industries or to ensure transparency and data integrity, startups are investing in the blockchain-led transformation to capture opportunities spanning across sectors. With the growing demand for cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance picking up pace, the technology is expected to become mainstream.

Blockchain funding soars during 2021 driven by crypto and platform-focused companies with a number of them expected to be future unicorns. Startups working on blockchain applications have received record amounts of VC funding for use-cases extending beyond crypto and financial services to gaming platforms, media & entertainment, advertising, among others.

Overview of future unicorns in blockchain

Overview of future unicorns in blockchain

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What are the market dynamics of the blockchain market?

VC investments in blockchain continued to increase substantially until H1’ 2021. The total VC investments were valued at $3.49 billion in 2020. Along with the investment amount, the volume of deals has also been projecting substantial growth. In Q2 2021, the industry observed huge regional investment activities. North America led the investments globally with more than 100 deals followed by Europe, Asia-Pacific, South & Central America, and Middle East & Africa.

Company Filings indicate an increase in mentions of blockchain and an increase in the number of Filer Companies in the past few years. In 2020, the industry observed more than 10,000 mentions of blockchain, and the number is expected to project an increasing trend in 2021. Blockchain also addresses specific cases such as FinTech, Cybersecurity, Cross-Industry Technology, and Crypto Trading.

Who are the major unicorns in blockchain?

The major unicorns that exist in blockchain are Revolut, Ripple, Blockchain.com, Chainalysis, Blockfi, Figure, Dapper Labs, Bitfury Group, Kraken, and Paxos Trust Co. LLC.

Revolut – is an app-based digital bank for consumers & businesses. It offers services such as deposit accounts for online/offline purchases, cryptocurrency exchange, and more.

Ripple – is the provider of open-source cryptocurrency coins for cross-border money transfer.

Blockchain.com – offers a bitcoin wallet and blockchain explorer solutions. It provides currency statistics where users can view information on bitcoin transactions and blocks.

Chainalysis – provides blockchain-based payment fraud prevention & compliance management solutions. It monitors digital identities and identifies malicious activities.

Blockfi – is app-based lending and trading platform for cryptocurrencies. It accepts cryptocurrencies as collateral and provides fiat loans.

Who are the top-ranked blockchain startups predicted to become unicorns?

The top-ranked blockchain startups predicted to become unicorns are Veem, TaxBit, Drip Capital, KR8OS, Coinplug, Everledger, Securitize, Celo, DydX, and TradAir.

Veem – is a global payment network for small businesses.

TaxBit Inc (TaxBit) – is a provider of cryptocurrency tax calculation automation software.

Drip Capital – is an online marketplace for trade financing.

KR8OS – provides a blockchain advertising platform that verifies, tracks, and reaches consensus on all marketing data.

Coinplug – allows users to buy and sell crypto assets through encrypted networks.

Major unicorns in blockchain

Major unicorns in blockchain

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Market report scope

Existing Unicorns

Revolut, Ripple, Blockchain.com, Chainalysis, Blockfi, Figure, Dapper Labs, Bitfury Group, Kraken, and Paxos Trust Co. LLC.
Future Unicorns Veem, TaxBit, Drip Capital, KR8OS, Coinplug, Everledger, Securitize, Celo, DydX, and TradAir.

This report highlights potential unicorns in the blockchain market ecosystem and covers insights on VC investments, stage of startups, blockchain regional investment activity, job analytics, company filing trends, and patenting activity. The report includes 126 blockchain startups globally that are shortlisted, of which 25 blockchain startups are predicted to become future unicorns based on GlobalData’s proprietary Machine Learning Model.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1 Blockchain Landscape

1.1 VC investment trend in Blockchain

1.2 Blockchain investment by stage of startups

1.3 Blockchain regional investment activity

1.4 Blockchain Patent Trends

1.5 Blockchain Hiring Trends

1.6 Blockchain Company Filing Analysis

2 Future Blockchain Unicorns

3 Methodology


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