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70% unicorn startups led by ‘underdog’ founders

70% unicorn startups led by ‘underdog’ founders

New Delhi: A global study of 845 unicorns and more than 2,000 tech leaders has revealed that most companies with a valuation of $1 billion and above have ‘underdog’ founders and female entrepreneurs are on the rise.

The study, titled “Unicorn Founder DNA Report” by Defiance Capital found that 70 per cent of unicorns have “underdog founders” (like immigrants, women and people of colour).

According to a TechCrunch report, unicorns used to earlier have only male founders “but this is changing with 17 per cent having a female founder in 2023”.

About half of them (53 per cent) have earned degrees from the top 10 global universities and 49 per cent of unicorn CEOs had STEM degrees, the findings showed.

The study also revealed that unicorns were dominated by white founders, but that every third unicorn had an Asian founder. Several unicorn founders were forced to develop a growth mindset, “with values, work ethic, and ambitions all established during childhood”.

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