Startup statistics for 2021: basic numbers - CfE Accelerator

Startup statistics for 2021: basic numbers

We have prepared an extensive statistics digest from the field of startups so that you can assess your capabilities. We want you to have all the facts. We offer the main points from such resources as The Boss Magazine, Statista, Crunchbase.

  • About 37% of all startups fail due to lack of capital or profitability.
  • 77% of startups admitted that they faced a potential failure in 2020 due to the coronavirus.
  • 4.4 million new companies started operating in 2020.
  • China accounts for the largest share of patents worldwide.
  • 36% of employees in the United States are freelancers.
  • 75% of startups supported by venture capitalists fail.
  • Sponsorship of artificial intelligence startups has grown to $ 8.2 billion.
  • Quibi Holdings LLC was the most unprofitable startup failure of all time, losing $ 1.75 billion.


  • Chile has the highest level of business development in the world (The Boss Magazine).


Chile has reached 76% as the best country to start a business in 2021, based on indicators such as innovation, sponsorship, education, and fear of failure. If we talk about the latest startup statistics, then India and Guatemala, with rates of 69% and 67% respectively, are not far behind Chile.


  • The robotics industry has grown by 1,400% in the last 5 years (Statista).


Robotics and advanced manufacturing are two industries that have grown rapidly over the past five years. It is clear that humanity is now moving in a direction where robotics is becoming more and more connected to everyday life. Therefore, if you are looking for the best options among startup industries, you should consider these options.


  • Venture capital investment in startups reached $ 300 billion in 2020 (Crunchbase).


Overall, this is an increase of 4% compared to last year, when it comes to global venture financing. This shows that there is an optimistic mood in the industry, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, which hit the economy last year. Also, thanks to new technologies, businesses can now start on a much smaller budget than ever before. All investors are trying to “get in the elevator on the ground floor” and get on it to a new generation of unicorns.