Retail Unicorns

37 Well-Known Unicorn Companies in the Retail Industry

If you're building a retail startup, you must check these 37 companies that have joined the unicorn club.

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Countless retail startups are being launched every day, and many fail because they did not learn from the success of other companies who've managed to rise above and join the unicorn club.

We just published this list of 37 well-known retail companies in the retail industry that impressed investors enough to achieve a $1 billion valuation.

37 Unicorn Companies in the Retail Industry

ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU

ABOUT YOU offers a wide selection of quality apparel and accessories at a great price, all in one place.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    July 2018

    )

  • Country:

    Germany

  • City:

    Hamburg

  • Started in:

    2014

  • Founders:

    Sebastian Betz, Tarek Muller

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Marketing, Personalization, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $300,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Away

Away

Away is a travel brand with a vision to transform their industry with thoughtful and purposeful products for consumers worldwide.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.40

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Jen Rubio, Steph Korey

  • Industries:

    Consumer, Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, Lifestyle, Retail, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $181,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    20

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Bianlifeng

Bianlifeng

Bianlifeng designs, builds, and operates cashier-free convenience stores that sell snacks and beverages in China.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.60

    B (

    July 1905

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Chenchao Zhuang

  • Industries:

    Consumer, Retail, Snack Food

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $400,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    1

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BigBasket

BigBasket

BigBasket is India's largest online marketplace providing India's one billion people with easy access to groceries and household needs.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.80

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Bangalore

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Abhinay Choudhari, Hari Menon, Vipul Parekh, VS Ramesh, VS Sudhakar

  • Industries:

    Delivery, Delivery Service, E-Commerce, Grocery, Internet, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,119,863,468

  • Number of funding rounds:

    17

  • Number of investors:

    17

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Dmall

Dmall

Dmall is a solution that makes brick-and-mortar stores smarter and more connected to their customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Haidian

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Feng Zhang, Jiangfeng Liu, Jie Lin, Wenzhi Li, Wenzhong Zhang, Xin Han

  • Industries:

    Food Delivery, Retail, Supply Chain Management

  • Number of employees:

    50-100

  • Funding Amount:

    $527,820,304

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Faire

Faire

Faire is a platform that helps local shops discover the best products to stock their stores risk-free.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.50

    B (

    October 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Daniele Perito, Jeffrey Kolovson, Marcelo Cortes, Max Rhodes

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Marketplace, Retail, Retail Technology, Wholesale

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $435,950,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    14

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Fanatics

Fanatics

Fanatics is a worldwide leader in licensed sports merchandise and fan gear, including jerseys, t-shirts, hats, and much more.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $12.80

    B (

    June 2012

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Jacksonville

  • Started in:

    1995

  • Founders:

    Alan Trager, Michael Rubin, Mitch Trager

  • Industries:

    Manufacturing, Retail, Sporting Goods, Sports

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,365,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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FirstCry

FirstCry

FirstCry was created to make your life easy with a range of products that include feeding, bathing, diapering, and toys for baby.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.10

    B (

    February 2020

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Pune

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Amitava Saha, Prashant Jadhav, Sanket Hattimattur, Supam Maheshwari

  • Industries:

    Baby, Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $741,360,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    17

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Grove Collaborative

Grove Collaborative

Grove Collaborative is a direct-to-consumer, retail-driven ecommerce business that provides an end-to-end platform and community for natural home and personal care product companies.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.32

    B (

    January 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Chris Clark, Jordan Savage, Stuart Landesberg

  • Industries:

    Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, Internet, Retail, Sustainability

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $337,256,219

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    27

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Gymshark

Gymshark

Gymshark is an online retailer and technology company that brings together the hottest fitness brands, latest sportswear styles, and high-performance training gear.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.45

    B (

    August 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United Kingdom

  • City:

    Solihull

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Ben Francis

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fitness, Lifestyle, Retail, Sporting Goods

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    £200,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Huimin

Huimin

Huimin is a B2B e-commerce platform that offers online supermarket websites with a community network. Now anyone can start a business for communities and build a community e-commerce website easier than anyone else.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    September 2016

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Zhang Yichun

  • Industries:

    B2B, Communities, E-Commerce, Internet, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $516,946,859

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Huitongda

Huitongda

Huitongda is an integrated logistics service provider with a broad range of solutions enabling Chinese consumers to shop at home for the widest selection of trusted imported brands.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.18

    B (

    December 2017

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Nanjing

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Xiuxian Xu

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Logistics, Retail, Supply Chain Management

  • Number of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    CN¥6,300,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    8

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Hyperion Insurance Group

Hyperion Insurance Group

Hyperion offers a wide range of risk management solutions to businesses and individuals across the globe.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.00

    B (

    September 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United Kingdom

  • City:

    London

  • Started in:

    1994

  • Founders:

    David Howden

  • Industries:

    Auto Insurance, Insurance, Retail, Wholesale

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,900,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Ibotta

Ibotta

Ibotta is a money-saving app that pays its users back for their everyday purchases.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    August 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Denver

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Bryan Leach

  • Industries:

    Apps, Coupons, Mobile, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $92,915,076

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    12

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Jollychic

Jollychic

Jollychic is a premier online fashion destination, offering the latest looks straight from the runways for women and men.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.50

    B (

    May 2018

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Hangzhou

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Aaron Li

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail, Sales

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $95,798,797

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    6

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Meesho

Meesho

Meesho run a successful operation that frees entrepreneurs to start a business without investing money.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.10

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Bangalore

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Sanjeev Barnwal, Vidit Aatrey

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Mobile Apps, Retail, Social Media

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $515,200,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    25

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MUSINSA

MUSINSA

Musinsa is a fast-growing online fashion store and marketplace that offers stylish clothes, accessories, shoes, and bags from over 200 global fashion brands and designers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.20

    B (

    November 2019

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Cho Man Ho

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Paytm Mall

Paytm Mall

The Paytm Mall store is an easy to shop, safe and secure online shopping destination for all your online shopping needs.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.86

    B (

    July 2019

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Noida

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Vijay Shekhar Sharma

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, E-Commerce Platforms, Internet, Marketplace, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $795,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Pharmapacks

Pharmapacks

Pharmapacks is an e-commerce company that offers products for daily health and wellness needs, including vitamins and supplements, as well as pharmacy medical products.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.10

    B (

    November 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Islandia

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Adam Berkowitz, Andrew Vagenas, Bradley Tramunti, Jonathan Webb

  • Industries:

    Beauty, E-Commerce, Health Care, Retail, Wellness

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $472,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    10

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POIZON

POIZON

POIZON is an e-commerce platform that focuses on the secondary market of limited edition streetwear and sneakers. They were the first website to sell limited edition shoes from mainstream fashion designers, including Kanye West, Louis Vuitton, and Raf Simons.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    April 2019

    )

  • Country:

    Hong Kong

  • City:

    Hong Kong

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Yang Bing

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Information Technology, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Qdama

Qdama

Qdama is a vertically integrated provider that offers fresh food and frozen good intermediary services to processors, distributors, retailers, and consumers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    December 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Guangzhou

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Jisheng Feng, Song Tan, Weihua Feng

  • Industries:

    Agriculture, Food and Beverage, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $142,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway

Rent the Runway is a membership rental service that offers designer dresses for women to rent.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Jennifer Fleiss, Jennifer Hyman, Jenny Fleiss

  • Industries:

    Consumer Goods, E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $541,150,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    12

  • Number of investors:

    18

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Saks.com

Saks.com

Saks.com provides the ultimate shopping experience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    1924

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $965,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Savage X Fenty

Savage X Fenty

Savage X Fenty is an innovative fashion brand specializing in underwear, sleepwear, training gear, and accessories for women.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    El Segundo

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Robyn Rihanna Fenty

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Lingerie, Retail, Women's

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $185,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    7

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Skims

Skims

Skims is the creator of innovative underwear, loungewear, and shapewear designed to fit, flatter, and beautify.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.60

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Culver City

  • Started in:

    2019

  • Founders:

    Jens Grede, Kim Kardashian

  • Industries:

    Fashion, Lingerie, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $154,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Snapdeal

Snapdeal

Snapdeal is the place to discover, buy and sell great products at unbelievable prices.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    May 2014

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Gurgaon

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Kunal Bahl, Rohit Bansal

  • Industries:

    Consumer Electronics, E-Commerce, Internet, Marketplace, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,776,260,825

  • Number of funding rounds:

    13

  • Number of investors:

    26

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Standard Cognition

Standard Cognition

Standard Cognition provides a checkout tool that allows retailers to increase the efficiency and speed of their transactions.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    San Francisco

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Brandon Ogle, Daniel Fischetti, David Valdman, John Novak, Jordan Fisher, Michael Suswal, TJ Lutz

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Retail, Retail Technology, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $238,479,194

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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TechStyle Fashion Group

TechStyle Fashion Group

TechStyle is a global membership-based, fashion commerce company that provides state-of-the-art technology and a completely reimagined mobile-first consumer experience to millions of consumers worldwide.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    August 2014

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    El Segundo

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Adam Goldenberg, Don Ressler

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Lifestyle, Retail, Shoes

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $336,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Trendy International Group

Trendy International Group

Trendy International Group is a vertically integrated fashion company that incorporates art and business to produce luxury goods.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    February 2012

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Guangzhou

  • Started in:

    1999

  • Founders:

    Jacky Xu

  • Industries:

    Fashion, Lifestyle, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $200,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Udaan

Udaan

Udaan brings manufacturers’ product catalogs, trading companies supply-chains, retailers’ orders, and wholesalers’ warehouses into a single platform to make business more efficient.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.10

    B (

    September 2018

    )

  • Country:

    India

  • City:

    Bangalore

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Amod Malviya, Sujeet Kumar, Vaibhav Gupta

  • Industries:

    B2B, Business Development, E-Commerce, Internet, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,179,919,112

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Veepee

Veepee

Veepee is a multi-platform e-commerce company that helps connect customers to sellers around the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    No Data

    B (

    -

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    La Plaine-saint-denis

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Michael Benabou

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Marketing, Retail, Sales

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Vestiaire Collective

Vestiaire Collective

Vestiaire Collective is a luxury, pre-owned fashion marketplace. It provides people with the perfect way to sell and buy high-quality, designer clothing and accessories at a more affordable price.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    March 2021

    )

  • Country:

    France

  • City:

    Paris

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Alexandre Cognard, Christian Jorge, Fanny Moizant, Henrique Fernandes, Sebastien Fabre, Sophie Hersan

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce Platforms, Fashion, Marketplace, Retail, Social Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $454,571,116

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    15

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Warby Parker

Warby Parker

Warby Parker is a revolutionary brand that offers the latest in designer eyewear while being socially conscious and socially responsible.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    April 2015

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    New York

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, Jeffrey Raider, Neil Blumenthal

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $535,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    31

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Womai

Womai

Womai net is a comprehensive B2C food store platform that helps urban middle-class and youth families to discover and order healthy food online.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2015

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2008

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Internet, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $330,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Xingsheng Youxuan

Xingsheng Youxuan

Xingsheng Youxuan is the only one-stop community shopping platform for consumers to buy products and services in one place.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $8.00

    B (

    July 2020

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Changshahsien

  • Started in:

    2018

  • Founders:

    Lihua Yue

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Food and Beverage, Grocery, Retail, Shopping

  • Number of employees:

    10,000+

  • Funding Amount:

    $3,894,600,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Yiguo.com

Yiguo.com

Yiguo.com is a fresh food e-commerce platform offering Asia’s best choices in online grocery shopping.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.20

    B (

    November 2016

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Changning

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Founders:

    Zhang Ye

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Grocery, Online Portals, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    5,000-10,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $500,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    3

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Yunwang Wandian

Yunwang Wandian

Yunwang Wandian is an eCommerce and online retail service that provides the ultimate shopping experience to the customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.80

    B (

    Dcember 2020

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shenzhen

  • Started in:

    2020

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    No Data

  • Funding Amount:

    CN¥6,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    4

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