It seems like unicorns aren’t so rare anymore: Toronto-based Alphawave IP filed to go public on the London Stock Exchange, according to The Globe.
- The filing puts the startup at a $4.5 billion valuation.
What is Alphawave? It develops and licenses technology which enables semiconductor chips to process data faster. This will become critical as our networks continue to grow and data centres need an additional boost.
- Alphawave has been highly profitable since 2018, just one year after it was founded. It made around $44 million in profits in 2020 from just 14 customers.
Deliveroo put the London Stock exchange in an embarrassing situation last month, but that’s not deterring Alphawave from listing its shares in London.
- The company has opted to go public in the U.K. where the semiconductor chip industry is already thriving.
- Alphawave’s headquarters will move to London after it goes public.
Big picture: While we’re sad to see Alphawave move to the UK, the global semiconductor shortage has revealed to everyone just how dependent our entire economy is on these pieces of hardware. Building a business in such a critical part of the world’s economy is not a bad bet at all and we wish them the best.