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Source: Venture Pulse, Q1'16, Global Analysis of Venture Funding, KPMG International and CB Insights (data provided by CB Insights) April 13th, 2016.
Q1'15 Q2'15 Q3'15 Q4'15 Q1'16
MOUNTING PRESSURES PUSH UNICORN CREATION
PACE TO NEAR-STANDSTILL
Q1’16 has borne witness to high-profile Unicorn company issues, layoffs, down rounds and mutual fund
valuation markdowns. This, mixed with hostile conditions in public technology markets, has resulted in a 5-
quarter low for Unicorn creations. Just 5 new VC-backed companies entered the Unicorn club in Q1’16,
less than half that of any quarter since Q1’15.
VC-Backed Companies Entering The Unicorn Club
Q1’15 – Q1’16
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