With a record number of unicorns (privately owned startups valued at $1 billion+) emerging in 2021, investors are looking more than ever for the next hot company to back.
We’ve rounded up this list of innovative and exciting companies, across different industries and sectors, that we think you should keep your eye on this year.
Five Companies To Watch in 2022
- Spike (Communications)
Spike is a team chat and conversational email app that turns your inbox threads into chat-style conversations. It also functions as an all-in-one workspace for team communication and collaboration.
The innovation demonstrated by Spike, being the world’s first conversational email app, has earned it a spot at the top of our list of companies for investors to keep an eye on in 2022.
With so many different communication apps and productivity tools out there these days, there’s a huge demand in the market for unified platforms like Spike that let you and your team do it all, thus minimizing the amount of time spent switching back and forth between tons of apps and screens
Spike is still a privately held company, and has raised upwards of $30 million in venture capital so far. The company most recently raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by Insight Partners, with participation from Wix, NFX, and Koa Labs as well.
Spike is frequently mentioned in lists of the best team communication and collaboration apps out there right now, and we think it has the potential to become even more widely used this year, potentially becoming the new communication standard for teams across a variety of industries.
Learn more about Spike here: https://www.spikenow.com/
- Microsoft (Software)
OK, so Microsoft isn’t exactly a new player in the software industry, and certainly isn’t a new company to investors. But we think it deserves a mention as one of the companies to watch in 2022 for a specific niche it has been growing in: cybersecurity.
With more people than ever working from home and other remote locations, from different devices and over different networks, cybersecurity is more important than ever.
High-profile cyber attacks have also been hitting the headlines a lot recently, and Microsoft is one of the companies really stepping up their suite of cybersecurity products to meet the rising demand.
Microsoft reportedly earns more than $10 billion in annual revenue just from its cybersecurity offerings, and it’s security franchise is reportedly set to grow more than 40% this year.
- Landing AI (Machine Learning)
Global supply chains have been met with great challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has presented new opportunities for innovative supply chain tech companies to have a moment in the spotlight.
With the lessons learned from 2021, this year is likely going to see a shift to more agile supply chain management technology. This includes using technologies like machine learning and AI to improve processes in manufacturing, which is exactly what Landing AI provides.
Landing AI’s offerings allow manufacturers to detect system breakdowns and product defects in their production lines using a combination of sensors, AI, and other technology. They can then quickly address issues.
Landing AI was founded in 2017 and has since raised more than $57 million in venture capital for its machine learning operations technology and tools.
- Airbnb (Travel)
As countries continue to open their borders up to tourists again and more and more people return to taking vacations, both abroad and at home, Airbnb is poised to see a huge uptick in business.
The company has also been making headlines lately for its “Live Anywhere” program, which selected 12 individuals to live in different locations via Airbnb for a whole year.
The program is sort of a prototype for what a growing number of remote workers can now do by using the platform: work from almost anywhere in the world, switching locations at will and experiencing new countries and cultures along the way.
Airbnb’s current market value is $108 billion, and this is likely to grow as its global sales and revenue increase in the post-pandemic world.
- Brookfield Renewable (Green Energy)
Clean energy continues to gain more of a market share as more people are making the switch to using renewable energy from sources like wind and solar.
Brookfield Renewable is a global leader in the clean energy sector and one of the world’s largest producers of hydroelectric power. They also have growing onshore and offshore wind and solar energy farms, as well as green energy storage facilities.
The predicted annual growth for Brookfield Renewable through 2025 is 20%, so keep your eyes on this company if you’re interested in the renewable energy industry.
The shared global experience of the past two years has changed the way many people are living and doing business.
Because of this, industries like communication, cybersecurity, supply chain management, travel, and renewable energy are especially sure to see huge amounts of growth in 2022 and beyond.
From young privately held startups to publicly traded industry veterans, there’s something for everyone on this list of companies to watch in 2022.