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99designs Reveals Top Four Emerging Startup Industries for 2020

Astrology, biohacking, CBD and plant-based products are among hottest newcomers this year

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Astrology, CBD, veganism and biohacking: these are among the fastest growing  industries for entrepreneurs in 2020, according to data released this week by global creative platform 99designs.      

As it has done for the past two years, 99designs has identified the following emerging industries forecast for explosive growth in 2020, based on analysis of the number of companies in these sectors requesting design work on the platform:

  • Astrology-related businesses: Already an estimated $2.1 billion dollar industry that's caught the eye of venture capitalists, astrology businesses include everything from horoscope apps and podcasts to spiritual consultancies. The number of astrology-related brands in this sector getting design work has risen 209% since 2015 and more than doubled (127% increase) in the past 12 months.  
  • Biohacking: Also known as 'DIY biology,' biohacking encompasses a wide array of practices used to boost physical and mental performance.  That can mean anything from sleep tracking and IV hydration therapy to intermittent fasting and much more. The number of businesses in this sector commissioning creative work on 99designs is up 445% since 2015 and 71% in the past year alone.
  • CBD businesses: Already estimated to be a multi-billion dollar global industry spanning food and drink, health and beauty, pet products and more, 99designs has seen an incredible 1568% increase in CBD-related design work since 2015. With a sharp 61% increase over the past 12 months, the sector is showing no signs of slowing down as it continues to shed its social stigma thanks to more widespread legalization and increased public awareness of the difference between psychoactive (THC) and non-psychoactive cannabis extracts.
  • Vegan and plant-based products: Continuing with the health and wellness trend, vegan and plant-based brands continue to flourish with the number of design projects in this space showing a 20% increase year-over-year, and a 214% increase since 2015.

"Every year we take the pulse of what's on the rise and the wane in terms of the types of businesses creating brands on our platform. It's a fun way to spot emerging industry trends on a global scale," said 99designs COO Pamela Webber. "While last year it was all about drones, AI healthcare and influencer agencies, 2020 shows a notable shift toward the wellness space. We think it is driven by consumers seeking to take control, and wanting to address social anxieties and concerns about their health, happiness and future success."

To download an infographic and for more details and examples of companies in 2020's hottest emerging industries, visit https://99designs.com/blog/business/emerging-industries-2020/.

About 99designs:
99designs is the global creative platform that makes it easy for designers and clients to work together to create designs they love. Founded in 2008, 99designs has grown from a small, online forum into a worldwide community of talented designers that is now the go-to solution for businesses, agencies and individuals. Designers from 192 countries are active on the platform, and at any given moment there are 10,000 designers online to tackle projects across 90 categories from logos and book covers to web design. With headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, 99designs also has offices in Oakland, California and Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit www.99designs.com.

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