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NEW TV SHOW WILL ALLOW VIEWERS TO INVEST PRE-IPO

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Katsumi Yukimura
Date:
2021-04-13 18:54:47


A new streaming-TV series called “Unicorn Hunters” will spotlight up-and-coming growth companies looking to hit the $1 billion “unicorn” valuation.

The series, which has been described as a “Shark Tank”–style show by its creators and will air on a number of streaming services, allows a group of investors to put up money for pre-IPO companies. Those investors include Apple AAPL, 2.46% co-founder Steve Wozniak and TransparentBusiness CEO Alex Konanykhin.

One way “Unicorn Hunters,” set to debut on May 10, is different from the ABC DIS, -0.35% program “Shark Tank” lies in who is allowed to invest. On “Shark Tank,” only the so-called sharks on the show can invest in the featured companies, while on “Unicorn Hunters” viewers can get in on the investing.

“We will provide millions of people a transparent access to select pre-IPO investment opportunities, which in the past were usually only available to venture-capital funds and investment banks,” Konanykhin said in a press release. “The capital raised by the companies featured on the show may reach the nine-figure range, and some of them may deliver high returns on investment.”

In an email to MarketWatch, Konanykhin said audience investments “will be handled through FINRA-licensed broker-dealer companies and, in case of a crowdfunding round, via licensed crowdfunding platforms.”

The show’s website includes a section that allows people to pre-register for “special access” to featured companies.

The emergence of this show comes as the number of investors is spiking. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have gotten into various forms of investing for the first time.

“Unicorn Hunters” can be seen on Amazon AMZN, 0.99% Prime Video, LinkedIn MSFT, 0.86% Broadcast, Facebook FB, 0.19% Video, YouTube GOOGL, 0.36% GOOG, 0.47% and Vimeo.
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