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Alternative Startup Ideas



11 months ago

In addition to making new sodas, this startup is looking to take on the soda industry as a whole by introducing healthier alternatives to soda, such as carbonated teas and fruit-flavored water.

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1 year ago

A startup that helps hospitals find cheaper alternatives to the expensive equipment they use in the ER.

134
1 year ago

A company that’s a Slack alternative, designed to be more intuitive and user friendly.

121
1 year ago

Builds an alternative to the traditional car buying process.

112
1 year ago

A lightweight alternative to a Mac, PC, or laptop on which you can perform any kind of computational work

112
1 year ago

A startup that wants to provide an alternative to the major companies that offer access to credit cards.

107
1 year ago

This company is building an alternative to the social networks that people use to connect with others. Rather than posting updates about yourself, you can post updates about other people.

107
1 year ago

A startup that provides a “free and sustainable” alternative to plastic bags

105
1 year ago

A company that offers a low-cost alternative to dental work for low-income people in the US.

103
1 year ago

Notify is a data entry platform used by companies like Facebook, Slack, and Etsy. The startup is building an email-based alternative, so companies don’t have to rely on their help desk.

101
1 year ago

A more affordable alternative to the Fitbit fitness tracker.

100
1 year ago

A tool for modeling and simulating the physical behavior of interaction with a product, with a focus on wearables. The startups aims to allow customers to model wearables in a way that’s more intuitive than the current alternatives

99
1 year ago

A company aiming to expand the college degree market by making an alternative to the traditional college experience.

99
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service to help people with their immigration paperwork (basically lawyer) A startup that provides an alternative to Airbnb for people to rent out their homes (which they are not living in)

97
1 year ago

A startup that wants to build a platform for alternative medicine, like homeopathy.

97
1 year ago

Builds and delivers smart meters for solar farms in India. The startup claims that it’s the lowest cost alternative to utility-scale solar.

96
1 year ago

A startup that is building an alternative repository to Airbnb for people to find rentable resources This includes everything from homes to lawn mowers, from the startup’s own website

94
1 year ago

The company has begun to experiment with a plan to bring a $10/month subscription service to consumers that would provide a weekly Amazon Prime-like service to customers. The company could be an alternative to people who don’t like Amazon Prime’s current offerings.

94
1 year ago

One of several startups that are building alternative work schedules that let people swap out their hours for the week. They all basically pair an employer with a local worker who can come in for extra hours in exchange for a small fee or a flat rate.

92
1 year ago

A new kind of payments solution that’s an alternative to a bank account.

91
1 year ago

A mini-storage startup that rents out small lockers, intended to be a more affordable alternative to larger storage units.

90
1 year ago

A startup that provides a service to help people find less expensive alternatives to their cable package

89
1 year ago

A platform that helps companies track and manage their employees' spending. It's a more transparent alternative to the likes of Mint, but also one that has to be paid for by the company that uses it.

89
1 year ago

Recruiting software for the travel industry and alternative work arrangements.

88
1 year ago

A startup that helps users find the closest public school or charter school that’s right for their family. It’s meant to bridge the gap between traditional public schools and new alternative school systems like charters.

88
1 year ago

The startup is building an alternative to the traditional paycheck. The company gets paid by employers, and in turn, pays employees in cryptocurrency.

85
1 year ago

a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

85
1 year ago

An on-demand marketplace for your home, pitched as a more effective, more satisfying alternative to Airbnb.

84
1 year ago

A company hoping to make it easier for companies to own and manage their IP, bringing a digital licensing alternative to the enterprise. The company is based in NYC, has raised $1.5 million, and is looking to use the funding to expand.

81
1 year ago

A news aggregator that’s meant to be a more effective alternative to Flipboard, and a way to get the latest news in your email inbox. The startup has raised millions of dollars and has over 10 million users, it says.

78
1 year ago

This is an alternative to the standard subscription model for software. Instead of buying software and only using it, it allows companies to buy access to the software for a set number of uses over a year, and then the software is deactivated once the period is up.

78
9 months ago

An enterprise-focused Slack alternative, with focus on teams that need to collaborate. The company has also been expanding into other areas like marketing, design, engineering, and other business functions.

75
9 months ago

A group of friends who are building a kind of alternative to LinkedIn, with more emphasis on connections and less emphasis on the algorithm.

72
1 year ago

It’s not uncommon for someone to wake up with a hangover, but it’s often a hassle to find something to drink that doesn’t taste gross. The startup wants to make sure there is always a drinkable alternative to the morning-after-party staple, water.

70
1 year ago

A Slack alternative for companies that have a lot of teams.

69
1 year ago

This startup wants to offer a cheaper alternative to the costly, time-consuming process of renting a car, and make it easy for car buyers to find the right car for their needs.

67
1 year ago

A health insurance alternative for young adults. It’s a $1 per month plan that is affordable and has low out of pocket costs for patients.

65
1 year ago

BridgeCoin is a cryptocurrency-based lending platform that is “an alternative to the traditional banking system.”

64
1 year ago

Only 1% of all workers in the US have their overtime legally included in their paychecks. This startup wants to be the alternative. They’re building a mobile app that tracks time and automatically computes overtime pay.

62
1 year ago

A digital alternative for physical notes and calendars. The startup says it’s a better way to organize and share calendars with family and friends. They charge $5 per month for a calendar with unlimited notes.

62
1 year ago

A startup that wants to use blockchain technology to create an alternative to Wall Street. The company wants to connect investors with funds and manage risk.

61
1 year ago

This company is building a “truly independent” alternative to Google News. It looks at all the news sources on the web and aggregates them into a single stream, eliminating the need for users to manually visit all their sources.

59
1 year ago

A startup that builds a homegrown alternative to the likes of Instagram, PicsArt, and Snapchat

59
1 year ago

This is a credit card processing startup that is aiming to offer a cheaper alternative for small businesses.

55
1 year ago

A startup that will make it easier for companies to take their vacation time. Founders say it’s designed to be a more affordable alternative to the likes of Voyageur, which charges $50 for the service and $99 per person.

54
1 year ago

A group of startups that wants to build a more flexible alternative to the more common SaaS model. The startups want to build tools that let people customize their solutions into “custom apps” that can be sold to customers directly.

54
10 months ago

A tool for freelancers that allows them to create invoices with no upfront cost or monthly subscription. The startup is looking to be a cheaper alternative to Upwork and Freelancer.

53
1 month ago

A digital alternative to a courier service that provides delivery within a few hours.

53
10 months ago

A B2B company that aims to offer an alternative to payroll services that is based around the value employees bring to companies.

47
10 months ago

A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

46
9 months ago

A startup that wants to help people find and use better alternatives to plastic bags, by helping them make shopping lists in their phone’s email. The startup has only been live for a week, but is already seeing a 30% conversion rate.

45
5 months ago

This startup is building a digital bank account in India. The founders say it’s a simpler, cheaper alternative to the physical ATM cards found in most cities.

45
10 months ago

A startup for restaurant workers that allows them to pick up shifts from other employees on the app, serving as an alternative to hiring.

42
4 months ago

Walnut Ventures is building a digital banking alternative that is designed to be a bank for the unbanked.

39
5 months ago

A provider of video and live streaming services for the enterprise, aiming to be a low-cost alternative to traditional video production.

38
9 months ago

A ride-sharing service that uses algorithms to match drivers with customers, as an alternative to the taxi companies that dominate the market. The drivers are paid when they’re matched with customers with a ride, and the startup is profitable.

36
8 months ago

An alternative to the pay-per-click model of web advertising that’s based on a subscription model rather than a pay-per-click scheme. It’s pitching itself as a way for both marketers and consumers to get the information they want.

36
10 months ago

A millennial-focused startup that wants to create a locally-sourced and craft beer-friendly alternative to “traditional” craft beers. LocalBev will work directly with a brewer to create a unique beer style, with each batch brewed on an on-site system.

35
2 months ago

A remote employee scheduling and communication tool, serving as an alternative to Slack and Hipchat.

35
1 month ago

The world’s first ad-free news app, designed to be a more ethical and trustworthy alternative to services like Facebook, Google and Twitter.

35
9 months ago

This company wants to build a platform for sharing and trading solar power. It’s an open source alternative to solar exchange markets.

34
5 months ago

An alternative to credit cards for startups, based out of Spain.

33
9 months ago

A startup that’s building a text-based payments platform for the people of the developing world. The company offers an alternative to Venmo for users in countries like Kenya, Nigeria, and India.

32
8 months ago

This startup offers an alternative to the traditional lockbox for data centers. It’s a tamper-resistant container that can be set to be unlocked by a single person, making it easier to ensure that data is secure.

32
8 months ago

This is a wearable for women that helps them track the menstrual cycle. The company aims to create a cheaper alternative to other wearable products.

31
2 months ago

A free online calendar that syncs across all devices. It’s a digital alternative to paper calendars, and uses a scoring system to keep track of upcoming events.

31
5 months ago

A smart suit that monitors a cyclist’s body and sounds an alert if the cyclist is having a heart attack. Geekster’s founders say that it’s a much cheaper alternative to an electrocardiogram, and only takes a few seconds to measure a person’s heart rate.

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8 months ago

Zulberry is a mobile payments and commerce platform aimed at growing business in emerging markets. The company wants to become a more effective digital alternative to cash.

27
7 months ago

An alternative to the more popular sharing apps like Snapchat, where people can share videos with friends, but also keep their messages private.

25
7 months ago

A platform that helps people in developing economies get around the inefficiencies of the current financial system. Its founders say that their platform is “an order of magnitude cheaper” than other existing alternatives.

25
6 months ago

This startup looks to build a more flexible, less expensive alternative to traditional DNS (domain name server) services (think Cloudflare.)

25
3 months ago

A startup that's offering an alternative to a traditional 401(k) plan. It’s a “savings account for a millennial” that lets people take out cash for specific purposes.

22
1 month ago

A credit card processor that works with large banks to offer startups and small businesses an alternative to credit cards.

22
18 days ago

A way to get monthly market quotes from a few different sources, pitched as an alternative to the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.

22
3 months ago

A digital alternative to the physical world for worker training, meant to allow companies to become more efficient by paying their employees to work at home.

21
1 year ago

Idea: This startup is building an alternative to Paypal for international money transfers, with a focus on Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite country, India.

20
4 months ago

A startup that wants nothing more than to help consumers get their hands on a healthier, more sustainable, more convenient alternative to bottled water.

20
4 months ago

A startup that’s working on an alternative to the taxi app. Instead of calling a car to come pick you up, you call your car. The startup is working on an app that lets you call the car using a phone app, rather than having to use your phone.

20
3 months ago

A “library of points of interest” that allows users to search a 3D Spatio-temporal map, which they can then mark as favorites. The startup says their “points of interest” are more than just “coffee shops, restaurants and art galleries” and that their map will be “a more inclusive, relevant and vivid alternative to Google Maps”.

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4 months ago

A digital signboard for photos and text that the startup hopes will be an easier alternative to using a wall or attic. The business is currently in beta and is looking to raise a Series A round.

17
28 days ago

A digital alternative to the gym membership that offers fitness classes and events tailored to the individual.

17
5 months ago

Building an alternative to the standard ERP software package for small business, one that is faster, cheaper, and easier to use.

16
2 months ago

A keylogger for Macs. It’s a little bit less annoying than the alternative.

15
1 month ago

An “organization of organizations” that claims to offer an alternative to traditional venture capital, with a focus on helping founders bring their products to market.

15
5 months ago

This startup is building a simple service for sending and receiving payments that are cheaper and faster than the traditional option. The startup is focused on being a cheaper and faster alternative for peer-to-peer payments in developing markets.

13
3 months ago

A “private social network” with a “pay-what-you-can membership” that’s meant to be a more private and fiscally sustainable alternative to social media sites like Facebook. The company is growing quickly and currently has 30,000 members.

12
9 days ago

This startup is building a service to help people create their own “satellite” internet, connecting it to existing cellular networks. The founders of the startup say the service is a better alternative to the speeds of existing satellite broadband.

12
6 months ago

A company that helps people pay their bills, offering a more simple and affordable alternative to the existing systems that charge users too much money for complex and unneeded features.

11
4 months ago

This “alternative” investing platform is working to give investors a way to use algorithms to help them determine which stocks will go up and which will go down, and their currency of choice.

11
1 year ago

A startup that provides an alternative to a hotel for people who are traveling

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1 year ago

A startup that provides a directory of doctors who specialize in alternative medicine

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1 year ago

Idea: A peer-to-peer lending marketplace The startup offers an alternative to traditional banks, which the founders say offer high interest rates, but often have hidden fees

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1 year ago

Idea: Building a blockchain-based twitter alternative

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1 year ago

Idea: A Salesforce alternative that offers easy integrations with Github, Bitbucket, and Slack

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1 year ago

Idea: An alternative to Adobe, focused on web performance

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that is building an AI-powered platform, intended as an alternative to the likes of Verint and others, meant to help call centers

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1 year ago

Idea: This company has created a coffee substitute made from cassava root. It’s designed to be a water-soluble powder, and aims to be a healthier alternative to sugar-laden coffee.

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1 year ago

Idea: A customizable webmail service, which aims to be a ‘safer’ alternative to Gmail. The startup has seen over $25,000 in monthly recurring revenue since launching in April 2019.

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1 year ago

A startup that provides a platform for creating custom photo edits for your social media posts. A nice alternative to Canva and other tools for creating social media images.

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1 year ago

A startup that provides a way for users to alert emergency services of their location This is meant to be used as an alternative to calling 911, which is often the default option for users in emergency

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