Speaking Startup: The attack of the SPAC

The special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, has seen a surge in popularity recently.

A SPAC is a company without any operations that goes public for the purpose of acquiring another company, effectively enabling the acquired company to access public markets without the same scrutiny and processes it would have to navigate in its own initial public offering.

The number of SPACs to go public jumped to 248 last year from 59 in 2019, an increase of 320%, according to data from the website SPACInsider. This year’s total has already eclipsed last year’s mark, with more than 300 SPACs going public to date.

The latest episode of the Speaking Startup podcast explores the explosion of SPACs and the effect they are having on startups in Missouri.

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The Speaking Startup podcast explores news and issues important to Missouri entrepreneurs. Find more Speaking Startup on our website or wherever you get podcasts.


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