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The 17 Best Unicorn Startups in Chicago

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Tempus

Tempus

Our unique, AI-based technologies have the potential to transform healthcare and significantly advance precision medicine.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $8.10

    B (

    March 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Eric Lefkofsky

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Health Care, Machine Learning, Medical

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,070.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    11

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Relativity

Relativity

Relativity simplifies the entire process of using litigation and regulatory data. From identifying key issues to obtaining ultimate, legal insight, Relativity streamlines the e-discovery process and develops a solid understanding of why.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.60

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Andrew Sieja

  • Industries:

    Ediscovery, Enterprise Software, Legal, Legal Tech

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $125.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign is the go-to email marketing solution for businesses all over the world, helping them send better emails, nurture leads ,and automate their sales pipeline .

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2003

  • Founders:

    Jason F. VandeBoom

  • Industries:

    Apps, Email Marketing, Marketing Automation, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $360.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Project44

Project44

Project44 is a logistics technology company that provides a visibility solution to span the entire shipment workflow.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.62

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Jett McCandless, Wally Ibrahim

  • Industries:

    Enterprise Software, Freight Service, SaaS, Supply Chain Management

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $928.80M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    22

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Uptake

Uptake

Uptake Technologies is an innovative enterprise software company that has developed a unique, patented technology designed to increase efficiency and effectiveness by connecting people and business systems to deliver real-time data.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.30

    B (

    October 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Bradley Keywell

  • Industries:

    Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Industrial, Machine Learning, SaaS, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $317.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    7

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Avant

Avant

Avant is the next generation digital lending platform that leverages data science to provide safe and transparent financial products.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    December 2012

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    1973

  • Founders:

    Al Goldstein, John Sun, Paul Zhang

  • Industries:

    Consumer Lending, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Lending, Marketplace

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $420.16M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    11

  • Number of investors:

    17

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M1 Finance

M1 Finance

M1 Finance is The Finance Super App that helps people manage and grow their money with control and automation for free.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.45

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Brian Barnes

  • Industries:

    Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Wealth Management

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $328.17M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Loadsmart

Loadsmart

Loadsmart helps shippers move their freight fast and carriers keep trucks full.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.30

    B (

    February 2022

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Felipe Capella, Ricardo Salgado

  • Industries:

    Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $345.20M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    16

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Copado

Copado

Copado is an end-to-end native DevOps platform built for Salesforce.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    September 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Federico Larsen, Philipp Rackwitz

  • Industries:

    Collaboration, Developer Platform, Developer Tools, IT Management, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $276.05M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    10

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G2

G2

G2 operates a software marketplace for business organizations to research, buy, and manage their software and services.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Godard Abel, Mark Myers, Matt Gorniak, Mike Wheeler, Tim Handorf

  • Industries:

    B2B, Business Intelligence, CRM, Marketing Automation, Marketplace, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $265.07M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    22

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Amount

Amount

Amount is a financial technology startup that speeds financial institutions' digital transformation.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    May 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2019

  • Founders:

    Al Goldstein, Al Goldstein

  • Industries:

    Banking, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $187.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Cameo

Cameo

Cameo is making personal video shoutouts affordable and accessible to everyone. From saying thank you to sharing your birthday wishes, they’re giving fans a platform where they can connect with their favorite people.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Devon Townsend, Martin Blencowe, Steven Galanis

  • Industries:

    Information Technology, Marketplace, Media and Entertainment, Social Media

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $165.71M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    27

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Clearcover

Clearcover

Clearcover is a digital car insurance provider using innovative technologies and data-driven insights to give clients the best possible prices.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Derek Brigham, Kyle Nakatsuji

  • Industries:

    Auto Insurance, Financial Services, InsurTech

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $307.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Heyday

Heyday

Heyday is a skincare company offering customized facial treatments.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    November 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2020

  • Founders:

    Adam Ross, Jeni Sykes, Michael Pollak

  • Industries:

    Beauty, Cosmetics, Health Care

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $800.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Nature's Fynd

Nature's Fynd

Nature’s Fynd is a food company that makes nutritional vegan protein from a microbe.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    July 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Mark Kozubal, Matthew Strongin, Thomas Jonas

  • Industries:

    Agriculture, AgTech, Food and Beverage, Food Processing, Sustainability

  • Number of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    $508.48M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    17

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ShipBob

ShipBob

ShipBob is a global logistics company that offers an e-commerce fulfillment order platform for direct-to-​consumer brands.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Dhruv Saxena, Divey Gulati, George Wojciechowski, Jivko Bojinov

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Logistics, Mobile, SaaS, Shipping, Supply Chain Management

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $331.10M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    33

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SMS Assist

SMS Assist

SMS Assist is a web-based real estate platform that provides branchless solutions for multi-site property management companies and single property owners.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2016

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Chicago

  • Started in:

    2003

  • Founders:

    Michael Rothman, Stephen Watkins

  • Industries:

    Facility Management, Property Management, Software

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $481.50M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    4

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