Unicorn Nest, Ukrainian-born platform that matches startups and investors using AI algorithms, has published a database that contains structured information on more than 26,000 VC funds across the globe in an effort to support fundraising efforts of entrepreneurs hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak. The list — distributed as a huge Excel file — also contains data about key people within the funds, as well as email address composition templates for some of them.
“In times of the COVID-19 crisis, we decided to share some elements of our dataset with the startup community for free,” the startup's team wrote in a launch post on Product Hunt. “We suppose that file will save you dozens of hours that you’d previously spend on searching and collecting information about potential investors.”
Along with the basic data on the VC firms and fund managers, the database includes a number of data points like which funds the VC in question co-invests with most often or whether the fund's country coincides with its investment geography.
Unicorn Nest is giving the dataset away for free with a number of conditions, including that it can't be used for academic research or commercial purposes.
The startup itself uses an even more sophisticated version of the database to match startups with “perfect investors.” On its platform, a startup can fill out a short survey and get a list of matching investors picked by Unicorn Nest's AI. Users can either pay $5 per query (the amount will supposedly increase to $50 on April 30) or spread the word about the service on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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