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California Startup Ideas

2 years ago

A community that helps students of the University of California and beyond get the finance and career capital they need to start their own business.

2 years ago

A mobile app that helps users avoid sales taxes when shopping online. Currently serving businesses in California and Texas.

2 years ago

A project at the University of California, Berkeley that uses machine learning to classify and identify patterns found in images.

2 years ago

A startup in California that wants to help businesses set up and manage Internet-connected locks — a trend that’s seen by some as a “fourth industrial revolution”. The startup is in the process of raising $1.6 million to launch.

1 year ago

A California-based startup that aims to use data from its app to improve medical care.

1 year ago

A startup that helps small and medium-sized companies manage their accounts receivable. They’re currently serving customers in California, Florida, and Illinois.

1 year ago

A California-based startup that makes a low-cost, low-power, solar powered charger for phones and other devices. It’s a rival to the crowd-funded Fission, which offers a similar product.

10 months ago

Convenience store chain in California.

1 year ago

A startup that helps companies provide food delivery to their employees. The startup is working with companies such as California Pizza Kitchen, Denny's, and Pei Wei to bring in revenue. The startup screens customers for a monthly membership fee of around $10 and works on a monthly basis. The startup says they have over 5,000 active customers, with over $2 million in monthly revenue.

1 year ago

A startup that wants to take a person’s health, from a doctor’s perspective, and put it in a dashboard. It’s a “free radical”, a company in San Francisco, California, that wants to change the way the world thinks about health. It has a commercial in production with a director who’s won a couple of Oscars, and a book in development.

1 year ago

The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

1 year ago

On 2 June 2015, an app called "YouNow" was released by a team of developers from the University of Southern California. The app allows users to broadcast live videos to their friends, and allows viewers to tip the broadcasters. The video is only viewable for 24 hours, but viewers can re-watch them at any time.

5 months ago

A startup that collects anonymous data about all of the gas pumps in California, with the goal of helping drivers make the most efficient choice for their journey.

1 year ago

The Specialized Technology Fund (STF) is a $25 million venture fund hosted by the University of California, Berkeley, where it was founded in 2011. The fund is meant to facilitate the creation of new technologies that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. It is the first university-backed venture fund focused on developing technologies for developing countries. The fund is run by the university's Haas School of Business.

6 months ago

A startup for workers to schedule and pay for their cleaning services. The startup says the service is currently only available in San Diego, California.

5 months ago

The startup is building an online platform that provides a “one-stop shop” for all California cannabis customers, so they can buy cannabis products with one simple click.

5 months ago

A company that wants to help with the clean-up of plastic waste. The startup has amassed a team of scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is bringing the science to a product that can be used by anyone.

1 year ago

Has launched in the past year in the US, in areas in which cannabis has been legalized in the past year in states like Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and California. The company’s founders say they can apply their technology to any state/state-regulated cannabis industry, and are already in business in the US.

7 months ago

A SaaS startup based in San Francisco, California. The company has been growing rapidly, claiming to have “signed up more than 20,000 people in just the past month”. Its app lets users schedule and pay for deliveries, including food and household items, with a delivery fee.

9 months ago

An infrastructure company that provides services to cannabis companies in California.

1 month ago

Founded in August 2017 and based in San Francisco, California, Y Combinator-backed Skip provides a way for businesses to get in touch with customers and keep track of purchases.

3 months ago

A team of students from the University of California at Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz came up with a game that’s meant to help improve emotional intelligence and emotional resilience for kids. The game is designed to be engaging and fun, but still help kids develop their emotions and thinking skills.

3 months ago

The San Jose, California-based startup offers an introduction to basic accounting, billing, and invoicing. The startup launched in San Francisco in December and was one of 10 finalists in the TechStars New York program.

22 days ago

The company sells a device that can provide a constant supply of fresh water to remote areas and places where water is scarce. The startup is a spinoff from the University of California Berkeley.

4 months ago

A startup that helps consumers save money on their car insurance by comparing insurance quotes online. It’s currently available only in California.

25 days ago

In the last two years, the cost of building a nuclear plant in the US has increased seven times, while the cost of building a solar plant has dropped. Upstart Energy is building a solar plant in the desert of California to compete with utility companies that have built nuclear plants. The startup aims to use an asset-light model and build a plant for around $1.5 billion.

3 days ago

Y Combinator’s waiting list is a list of companies that are accepted into the program but haven’t yet received funding. The list is kept in a secret room underneath Y Combinator’s offices in Mountain View, California. The list is closed to the public and is generally used as a way for Y Combinator to vet companies that are accepted into its program.