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City Startup Ideas



5 months ago

A software company that works with cities to host apps and build software that can help city governments do things like manage parking tickets, grant utility time to disabled people, and keep track of traffic and parking violations.

611
10 months ago

A startup in New York City that helps people create video content for social media.

425
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps people build a virtual reality experience while they walk around a city. Currently focusing on VR adoption in India.

376
1 year ago

A micro-city and coworking space, which will include a cafe, a bar, a rooftop garden, and a dance floor.

373
3 years ago

A startup that provides a marketplace for businesses to buy and sell excess freight capacity

369
2 years ago

A company that wants to help members of the LGBTQ community and other minorities get affordable health insurance. HealthForceOne has been in the market for almost a year, with a client list that includes the New York City Department of Health and the LGBT Center.

344
3 years ago

A tool for choosing where to eat in a city.

296
3 years ago

New York City’s drone delivery startup. The startup wants to get packages from warehouses to homes in a half hour.

286
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help cities build and deploy smart city solutions

264
3 years ago

The app acts as a digital wallet for your car, helping you use your phone to buy gas and get directions, and to pay for parking and tolls in the city.

250
3 years ago

A social network for people to share and discover what’s new in their city.

234
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps you locate and pay for parking spots at the top-rated and most-utilized parking garages in the five boroughs of New York City.

231
3 years ago

A conference in New York City on blockchain in the energy sector.

229
2 years ago

A Web3-enabled P2P marketplace to buy and sell electricity. The company has a white paper in development and a prototype.

227
2 years ago

Other notable startups in the city include:

224
2 years ago

A company that helps you find the best restaurants in your city

221
3 years ago

A startup for city-dwellers to browse, buy and sell locally produced goods.

220
2 years ago

A ridesharing app that will pair people with drivers who have a car that can fit the rider’s luggage. The startup wants to make it easier for people to visit the city on vacation.

220
3 years ago

A new online service for monitoring food safety by connecting restaurants to their city’s local health department, so they can get regular reminders about things like food safety.

216
3 years ago

“Best of Philly” Awards by the Philadelphia City Paper:

209
3 years ago

In October 2014, The Wall Street Journal ranked the Philadelphia area as the top city in America for startups.

209
3 years ago

A startup that helps track and connect people who want to apply for jobs in a specific city, and allows them to see the job openings, apply and schedule interviews, get feedback on their applications, and communicate with recruiters. Available in the San Francisco Bay Area.

208
2 years ago

A digital communications company based in New York City. Their software is designed to help companies interact with their employees via phone, email, or chat.

199
2 years ago

A company that is working with local governments to help them use the power of social media to bring transparency to city hall.

197
2 years ago

A platform for drivers to find customers via chat. Currently operating in New York City.

191
2 years ago

Having grown from 10 employees to 160 in the last three years, the company is the fastest-growing startup in the city and Pittsburgh's largest private technology employer.

189
2 years ago

A collection of U.S.-based startups and investors working to build a new city in Mexico. A couple of villages are already built, and a new city is being built in the future.

188
2 years ago

A ridesharing service based in New York City.

186
2 years ago

This startup asks the question: “What if you could make your kitchen more efficient” If you want to save money on electricity, the company says, you could make your kitchen more efficient, cut down on your food waste, save time, and eat healthier.

182
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people who are visiting a new city can get a box of carefully selected items that will help them enjoy their stay

180
10 months ago

A physical store for buying and selling old technology in New York City.

178
3 years ago

In 2018, the firm moved its headquarters from San Francisco to New York City.

177
3 years ago

A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.

176
3 years ago

A new company to help people make connections in a city, using a “social media platform for the community”

175
3 years ago

Starting as a maker of carbonated drinks with the tagline “For those who don’t have air,” this startup is building a new kind of Citrus Cloud, which will use the sun as a source of carbon dioxide to allow plants to grow in areas without electricity.

174
3 years ago

aims to aggregate all the deals and coupons for a given region or city. Users can search, compare, and subscribe to the best deals in their area, then get updates on new deals, or even unsubscribe.

171
3 years ago

A company that helps users schedule, organize, and share their ideas. The startup currently has a few dozen customers in New York City and San Francisco.

168
3 years ago

A startup that aims to take the power out of microgrids and put it into the hands of consumers. The startup is working on a battery pack with solar panels that can be installed on the rooftops of homes and offices and be used to supply electricity for a certain period of time, much like a powerbank.

166
3 years ago

The startup is an online marketplace for local services. Currently it’s focused on New York City.

165
3 years ago

A digital platform for apartment hunters to compare various apartments in a specific city.

161
3 years ago

A web and mobile app that helps people learn which service providers offer the best deals on electricity, gas, and water.

161
3 years ago

THISWEEK.io is a news magazine that tells you what’s happening this week in your city.

161
2 years ago

App that maps out your home’s electricity usage by appliance.

160
3 years ago

A company that creates a platform to help people find the best places to live in their city.

159
3 years ago

A company that helps users find and book lodging for a unique event in a city. Right now, you can book a flight, but you can also book a hotel for a one-night stay or a week.

158
3 years ago

A simple way to find and pay for parking in the city of Chicago

158
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people who are visiting a new city, to help them get a feel for the local culture

157
3 years ago

 A platform to help people pay for parking in a city using a smartphone.

157
3 years ago

A shortcut to finding new restaurants in a given city

156
3 years ago

New York City-based startup that helps schools manage their online course catalogs and payments.

156
3 years ago

A video food delivery service. The startup is planning to launch in Mexico City in the fourth quarter.

155
3 years ago

A startup that lets users order and send takeout in New York City.

155
3 years ago

A startup that sells a service that helps people who are visiting a new city find interesting things to do

154
3 years ago

In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.

154
3 years ago

A platform for letting people work remotely from anywhere. Currently working with three companies, including one in New York City.

154
3 years ago

A data center with a 1 MW capacity for storing data and a network of 20,000 servers. It aims to help businesses and governments solve big problems with big data.

154
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people who have lost their job to find work in another city

152
3 years ago

A platform for people who want a green source of electricity (like rooftop solar)

152
3 years ago

a startup that wants to help you find an electrician or plumber from a group of local pros. All you have to do is plug in the city and zip code.

152
3 years ago

A startup that helps international entrepreneurs network with each other in their city

151
2 years ago

 A company that makes a low-cost, high-capacity drone that can drop off packets of goods in a package attached to an airplane. The drone can then land at the destination, drop off its payload and return to the airport. The startup has already secured $1.2 million in funding.

150
2 years ago

A P2P car-sharing app that matches drivers with unoccupied cars in their city from automakers.

150
2 years ago

In the past year, the startup has funded a bunch of startups, including the one above, and has been the largest VC in Philadelphia since coming to the city in 2014.

150
3 years ago

A startup in the hospitality industry that helps people do business travel (IE A startup that helps people find a place to stay when they travel to a different city for business)

149
3 years ago

A SaaS tool for finding and booking open-ended, immersive style tours in any city. The startup also offers a booking platform for short-term travelers and an app that lets you book tours in advance.

149
3 years ago

Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.

149
3 years ago

This startup is building a better way to find local services. The company is taking a data-driven approach to finding services for residents in a given city and helping them find what they are looking for.

149
3 years ago

A blockchain startup that verifies the authenticity of luxury handbags

149
1 year ago

A startup that helps you create and share maps of your city on a website or social platform.

149
3 years ago

A startup that makes a sensor that attaches to the outside of buildings and measures the humidity and temperature for every room. The startup is currently working with a handful of commercial buildings across New York City.

148
3 years ago

A startup that uses AI to identify what companies will be impacted by the city’s transportation-tech initiatives, so they can be more strategic in their expansion plans.

147
3 years ago

A platform that shows you the cheapest electricity rates in your area, saving you money.

147
3 years ago

A platform meant to make it easier for city governments to build and manage their own smart cities.

147
7 months ago

A startup that helps you find a restaurant in the nearest city and pay for it with your loyalty card.

147
3 years ago

This startup is building a social network for people to share their favorite places in their city, the things they like about them, and maybe even buy things from them.

146
3 years ago

"Idea" is a series of articles that provide a comprehensive overview of the startup scene in a given area. The goal is to highlight the most interesting and unique startups in a given city.

146
3 years ago

A startup that finds the best places to eat, shop, and stay in a new city.

145
2 years ago

A platform for events to use the blockchain to generate buzz and sell tickets. The startup saw early success in New York City, but they’re looking to expand nationally.

145
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who are visiting a new city know what the best restaurants are to eat at

144
2 years ago

A company that helps companies that operate in a surge capacity — those that operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week — manage their power usage and energy costs. It’s a 15 person company that launched in New York City in May, and is profitable.

144
3 years ago

A startup app that helps you put your Tesla car into “hybrid mode” so you can use it like a gas car in the city.

143
3 years ago

A Boston-based startup that wants to take on Slack. The startup is creating a full-fledged chat platform that they say can go head to head with Slack. The company, which has raised $2.5 million and has no product yet, is based in the city’s Innovation District.

142
3 years ago

A real estate startup in New York City that’s looking to help people and companies find a space in the city. They’re focused on the New York City market.

142
1 year ago

Businesses that have a permanent physical presence in a city can now use Google Maps to check the status of their storefront — whether it’s open or closed — and see when it will open.

142
3 years ago

A startup that helps people find a place to stay when they travel to a new city

141
3 years ago

A startup that provides research and analysis to companies that want to do business with the city government

141
3 years ago

A new company that aims to make it easy for people to get to know each other in a new city and find a place to live, quickly.

140
3 years ago

New York - New York City is home to the largest financial district in the world, but the cost of living for interns in this area is so high that it’s difficult for companies to entice young talent to stay. This startup, known as Give, wants to make it easier for companies to hire interns.

140
3 years ago

With the help of a $500,000 grant from the New York City Economic Development Corporation the company is building an app that lets companies share the same schedule in one place, regardless of whether they’re centralized or distributed.

140
3 years ago

A startup that allows you to create an “Airbnb for Food”, allowing you to find and discover local restaurants that also allow you to book tables in advance. The company says it has already helped to book a hundred tables in New York City.

140
3 years ago

A way to pay for parking and city transit in order to reduce traffic and keep cities green.

140
3 years ago

A startup that lets you buy, organize, and sell artwork from artists around the world, with the option of searching for art by artist or subject. ArtGen is based in New York City.

139
3 years ago

A startup that makes it fun for anyone to submit a link to a site they’ve created, have it reviewed by real people, and feature on the site. They’re currently working with a few sites, like the website for an artsy bar in New York City.

137
3 years ago

A startup that’s building a location-based search engine for restaurants, highlighting the cuisine of a city via an interactive map.

136
3 years ago

The team behind this startup wants to help you connect with people you know, but only if they’re in the same city.

134
3 years ago

A company that helps hot dog vendors in New York City sell their hot dogs by linking them to their Instagram accounts. It’s meant to make the process of selling hot dogs more efficient and profitable.

134
3 years ago

A simple solution that allows people to track and pay for their electricity, gas, and water bills. The company wants to make paying bills easier than it is today and aims to cut costs for customers as a result.

134
3 years ago

A physical marketplace for selling and renting used cars in New York City. The startup wants to build a “supermarket for second-hand cars” and focus on luxury cars.

133
1 year ago

An online marketplace that connects short-term rental landlords with vacationers looking for short-term rentals in your city. Their service is free and the company is currently offering free-trial usage.

133
3 years ago

This is an “ATM of the future” where you can quickly find the nearest cash machine and pay with your phone, with the machine having the capacity to be disassembled for easy travel.

132
3 years ago

A weather app that shows the color-coded forecast for the next 2, 3, or 4 days for your city, added to your iPhone’s weather app. This startup is in the space currently, but differs in that it recently launched as a standalone iOS app.

131
1 year ago

A small-scale, on-demand grocery delivery service with a $25/month membership fee. It’s currently servicing just San Antonio, but is expanding to Austin, Denver, Portland, and Salt Lake City.

131
3 years ago

A city-level tool to let governments track environmental health and pollution using sensors, analytics, and mobile-based data. The startup has the backing of the mayor of Chicago and the EPA.

130
3 years ago

A startup that helps people who live in the city get things they need from the country (IE I live in the city but need a goat to sacrifice, hire someone to go out into the country and find me a goat

129
3 years ago

The company has a fleet of self-driving delivery vans that can deliver anything from groceries to dry cleaning to furniture. The startup has 100 drivers in its first city of Los Angeles and plans to expand to other cities in the US and abroad.

129
3 years ago

An employee-owned co-living space in the heart of New York City in which residents can rent private rooms for $1,000 a month with monthly fees of $200.

129
3 years ago

A way to build a “smart city” using AI and sensors, with the goal of reducing energy consumption and creating a better overall environment.

129
3 years ago

A company that helps athletes and other team members make sense of their training data. The startup was founded in November and is currently available in San Francisco, New York City, and Boston.

128
3 years ago

Another startup looking to challenge the status quo of the food delivery space. Olo wants to deliver a food service experience with a focus on healthy eating and delivery. It’s currently focused on New York City.

127
3 years ago

A company that allows people to fly from city to city without ever having to catch a plane.

127
3 years ago

A tech company that provides data on the city’s road network, and the people who drive them.

126
3 years ago

A resource for finding the best yoga classes and teachers in a particular city. The company also wants to develop a global directory of yoga studios.

124
3 years ago

Jeeves is a service that lets people reserve rooms on Airbnb, post photos, and chat with hosts. It’s currently running in San Francisco and Los Angeles and has plans to expand to New York City, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

124
3 years ago

A platform that allows people to see how their city compares to others in terms of access to safe drinking water and sanitation. It’s currently in beta and launching in San Francisco.

124
3 years ago

City-state management software company, enabling governments to be more dynamic, efficient, and effective. The startup was founded in May, and has over 50 clients nationwide.

124
3 years ago

A tool that predicts which part of a city you might want to live or work in, based on what’s nearby.

124
3 years ago

A startup that helps people find cheap flights to and from the city where they’re visiting. The company says it’s already been used by tens of thousands of customers who saved $1,000 on a flight.

124
3 years ago

A startup that aims to help companies find the best talent for each job. They are based in New York City.

123
1 year ago

A startup that has set up a platform to share information on the San Francisco housing market with the goal of improving the city’s economy and quality of life.

123
3 years ago

The startup has built a software platform that gives brands the ability to create real-time webinars through web browsers or mobile applications. The company is based in New York City and is backed by a $3 million seed round from investors including 500 Startups, Forerunner Ventures, and Lerer Ventures.

122
2 years ago

A mobile app where people can donate money to artists or bands that they like. The startup is working with artists like N.E.R.D., KATY PERRY, and SEX AND THE CITY.

122
3 years ago

A startup that helps people experience the city of their choice in VR. The startup has already helped a few dozen people experience the Amazon rainforest, and has plans to expand to other cities.

120
10 months ago

A startup that lets people book a ride on a private vehicle in New York City. The founders developed the business after realizing that most of the trips they made were less than 10 minutes, but the few they spent longer in took too long to book.

120
3 years ago

Combining the ease with which inter-city carpooling apps like UberPool and Lyft Line can be found with a new approach to making the rides more affordable, by adding a personal concierge to the ride to help with navigation, scheduling and other tasks.

119
3 years ago

A startup that helps businesses spend less on electricity costs by managing their energy usage (through usage monitoring and energy saving measures.)

117
3 years ago

 A micro-sanctuary for homeless pets in New York City. The startup aims to make it easy for people to adopt homeless pets while keeping them in a safe environment.

114
1 year ago

A startup that provides support for the New York City subway map, and fixes issues with it.

114
3 years ago

A company that aims to help people who don’t have money invest in mutual funds. It’s based in New York City.

113
3 years ago

This startup is working on a $10,000 electric bike aimed at the city commuter,

113
9 months ago

A “smart” car that collects data on its surroundings and keeps a log of what happens. The car is built for the rigors of the city and promises to save drivers time.

113
3 years ago

A company that tracks and lets users track their own electricity usage, to help them save on their monthly bill

112
2 years ago

A software company that helps businesses figure out how much they’re paying for electricity, and then sets up a cash flow model to ensure they’re using less electricity. The company has a database of over 1,000 utility companies that it uses to calculate the cost of electricity.

112
3 years ago

A mobile app providing users with recommendations on where to eat in their city based on their location. The company says it processes over 20 million restaurant reviews every month.

111
3 years ago

A startup for finding and sharing the best parties in your city

110
3 years ago

A startup that sells an innovative model of “waste-to-fuel” that turns waste into electricity.

108
1 year ago

A real estate company for the Airbnb-hostile city of Amsterdam.

108
1 year ago

A video game where users build a virtual city and help determine its fate from within the game. While other games have used this format before, the most successful example is Clash of Clans, which has over 1 billion monthly active users. It’s a familiar model, with the startup working with major publishers like Disney and Warner Bros. to reach that audience.

106
1 year ago

Enter a city’s zip code, the app will give you a list of local LGBTQ-friendly businesses, including restaurants, bars and bathhouses.

106
3 years ago

A platform for hiring and managing employees at the city level, connecting businesses to local workers, and also to city governments for help.

105
3 years ago

A platform that helps companies build their own “anchor stores” — the “experiences” that people want to do in a particular city. For example, a company like Amazon might want to open up a store in San Francisco, but they’re not the first company to do so. The startup builds out a list of all the other stores in the area, and allows companies to apply to open up a new one.

105
3 years ago

The company wants to help the city of London manage its parking meters with a system that’s less expensive and more efficient than London’s current system.

104
3 years ago

A company that combines the reach of Facebook, the functionality of Slack, and the simplicity of email. The startup is aiming at small businesses and enterprises that want a way to collaborate across teams to stay connected without spending a lot of time in the office. The company is currently in private beta.

104
2 years ago

iaidigital is building a digital tool that helps cities better manage their streets and sidewalks. The startup’s software can take a photo of a pothole and instantly notify the city of the problem.

104
2 years ago

iaidigital helps cities manage their streets and sidewalks. It uses the power of machine learning to automatically flag and alert city workers about potholes, graffiti, and other issues.

104
3 years ago

A payment system for small businesses in the Philippines, with a focus on remittance, based on a user’s location. The startup wants to target merchants with a high volume of transactions but low capacity, such as small shops and restaurants.

103
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find affordable housing in cities like New York City, Los Angeles, or San Francisco (and other cities too).

102
3 years ago

Derringer is a company that reduces the risk of email scams by providing a service that verifies authenticity of emails, using domain reputation.

100
3 years ago

A 4-person team has written an iOS app that lets people search and pay for tickets to, and receive discounts on, the city’s iconic public art installations.

100
3 years ago

A startup based in New York City building a “personal assistant” for the workplace.

100
2 years ago

Trying to make it easier to find a rental property in a city

100
2 years ago

A business that seeks to create the next generation of data reporting for agencies, which are tasked with crunching the numbers on everything from city budgets to loan applications.

97
1 year ago

A healthy food delivery service, currently operating in New York City. The founders describe their service as more of a meal service than a food truck, with meals prepared and delivered to customers, who can choose to pick it up at a designated spot or have it delivered to their home.

97
1 year ago

A platform to help people find affordable housing. The startup says it’s already found 50,000 people in need of housing in New York City.

97
3 years ago

A startup that’s building a way for people to explore and explore a world of their own around their city. It lets you drop in for a day, look around, and get a sense of the neighborhood without having to physically travel to it.

96
3 years ago

VentureBeat is an American technology news and media company based in New York City. It was founded in 2009 as a print publication, and has since expanded to include a website and mobile apps, and became a venture-backed startup.

96
2 years ago

A meat delivery service for restaurants. The startup, which has raised a $500,000 seed round led by Khosla Ventures, is working with restaurants and chains to deliver lunch and dinner to customers in San Francisco, New York City, and Boulder, Colorado.

96
9 months ago

A peer-to-peer marketplace where people can buy and sell things locally without going through a middleman. Currently, it works with people in New York City, but the startup plans to expand to other cities soon.

96
3 years ago

A virtual assistant that works with your phone’s GPS and data to help you find and reserve a place to stay while in a new city.

95
3 years ago

A startup that provides on-demand access to a local barista. The concept is similar to Uber Eats, except these “district kitchens” are meant to be in neighborhoods that don’t have their own cafes. The service is currently only available in one city, but plans to expand to others in the near future.

94
3 years ago

A shopping app that brings product discovery, price and availability data to comparison shopping, with an emphasis on simplicity.

94
2 years ago

A way to find cheap, reliable electricity, with solar panels on the roof.

94
1 year ago

A smartphone app that lets you pay for your cab ride directly with a thumb scan. They’re starting in New York City and hope to expand to other US cities.

94
1 year ago

This startup is building an on-demand electricity provider to help non-profits and non-profits scale up their operations.

93
2 years ago

A startup that helps brands create their own mobile app using a service that lets them create apps for iOS, Android, and web platforms. It works with a variety of clients, including Sesame Street and the New York City Transit Authority.

92
2 years ago

A health care startup in New York City that provides home care to seniors.

90
2 years ago

This New York City startup is building a subscription service for the restaurant industry. The founders behind the company believe that the industry is plagued by high costs and a lack of execution.

90
2 years ago

A mobile app that lets you search for local entrepreneurs in your city to connect with and request help.

90
2 years ago

A startup that tracks how much you’re paying for electricity and other utility bills. The company won’t tell you how much you’re paying, but they’ll tell you what it’s worth and how long you may be paying for.

90
2 years ago

San Francisco-based startups, the city is famous for being “the capital of startups.” However, in recent years, the city has begun to lose its startup scene to other locales in the Bay Area, particularly Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco itself.

89
1 year ago

A startup that aggregates local deals from a variety of sources to help you find cheap or free stuff in your city.

89
3 years ago

A mobile loyalty program on the city’s streetcars. Citymapper has a small but active mobile app for iPhone and Android devices that is a map of the subway and bus system in London. The company is also building a loyalty program that rewards users for using it.

88
2 years ago

A food delivery service that uses a fleet of small delivery scooters to deliver food to busy city streets.

88
2 years ago

A company working to connect “smart cities” around the world, hoping to connect smart devices and smart city infrastructure.

88
2 years ago

Similar to the idea of saving money on your electric bill, but for water. This service connects people who live in the same building and have the same water account in the same city.

88
2 years ago

 A platform that incentivizes rental cars to offer free rides for people who don’t have cars. The startup is based out of New York City.

88
2 years ago

A low-cost, high-speed, high-capacity network for manufacturing. Each hub is designed to be small, modular, and scalable.

88
2 years ago

A tool to help small businesses identify and actively manage their customers. The startup is already up and running in New York City.

88
1 year ago

Bebop is building a platform for booking a DJ in a hotel. Users can use the app to find and book DJs in a nearby city and then communicate with them directly. The startup is building a brand and community around this, with the goal of helping users book DJs and parties at hotels.

88
1 year ago

A company that lets you create a profile on a website that tells you when your employers, friends, and other people you know are going to leave their company. The company says they have a network of “hundreds” of websites, including the NBA, the New York Times, the New York City Fire Department, and the New York City Police Department.

88
2 years ago

“From the outside, our team is probably the most diverse in the YC batch [of the past five years],” says cofounder Raman Harsh, an MIT alum. “There are no limits on race, ethnicity, religion, or gender.”

87
2 years ago

The startup is building a “mesh” of a microgrid. Microgrids are local electricity grids that can re-route power, and as such are an effective tool for disaster recovery.

87
2 years ago

Citymapper is a map app that helps people navigate cities around the world.

87
2 years ago

In the past year some over 500 new startups have launched in Seattle’s startup scene and the number of new startups in the city has increased by a factor of 10 since 2013. We’ll be looking at some of the most exciting startups in the city in the coming weeks.

87
2 years ago

A search engine that aims to provide a direct answer to the question “What is the best restaurant in this city”

86
2 years ago

 Sites like Coursera and Udacity are popular for learning to code, but the Code Academy wants to do it better. It’s a specialised course for those who have already graduated from bootcamp.

86
1 year ago

This startup is building a “self-driving” robotic delivery system that drives around a city and drops off packages at people’s houses

86
2 years ago

A free, public-access platform for planning and sharing ideas on how to make San Francisco a better city.

84
2 years ago

An online payday lender that offers short-term loans of $500 to $2,500 to customers who are struggling to get by. The company is currently in New York City - it is looking to expand to other cities.

84
2 years ago

A platform that allows people to test out and share their own designs, called Viva Labs. The startup calls it “Uber for manufacturing” and is already helping people test their ideas out at the Maker Fair in New York City.

84
2 years ago

A wave-generated, self-powered electricity generator

84
2 years ago

This startup is building a connection between developers and local governments to help them build projects faster. They’ve had a great response so far, and the city of San Francisco is using them to build projects like the “people’s hub” on Market Street.

84
2 years ago

Building a platform that lets users to buy and sell home goods via a marketplace. The startup has already secured a partnership with the Indigo chain of bookstores, and is looking to launch in New York City soon.

82
2 years ago

A startup that will allow users to order a ride on demand, for a flat rate. The company is one of the startups in a new, large-scale industry that wants to change the way that people move around the city and get around places in their downtime.

82
2 years ago

 An AI-powered search engine that searches the web to find the latest, best sales and coupons. It uses an algorithm to scan the web for relevant information and compiles it into a report by category, city, and brand.

82
1 year ago

A company that makes wayfinding software for cities. It helps city planners create maps and understand where people go.

82
3 years ago

The Startup is developing a toolkit for city governments looking to bring internet to poor places. The company is building it using the latest smartphones and is working with the government of Kenya.

81
2 years ago

A place for people to find events that work for them. You’ll see a map of the city and nearest parks. You can also add events to a “todo list” and have the map and todo list sync up.

81
2 years ago

A platform to give users a “just in time” grocery delivery in a few minutes in a city where in many places a delivery can be a two hour wait.

81
1 year ago

This is a solution for the $5 trillion market where logistics companies are paying for cargo capacity, enabling them to buy and sell space for other companies to store their inventory.

81
1 year ago

A “sanctuary city” for marijuana users in California. The startup wants to set up places where people can smoke pot without fear of prosecution.

81
2 years ago

A chat app that lets you order food at home and pay ahead of time. The startup has already worked with two restaurants in New York City to demonstrate the concept.

80
2 years ago

A startup that allows members to connect with others in their city and import their address book to find things to do, see what’s open and when, and share with friends and family.

80
2 years ago

A tool that helps users manage their electricity usage with a dashboard.

80
2 years ago

The startup’s goal is to build a $500 device that can be used to produce electricity from small amounts of water, such as rainwater.

80
2 years ago

The company wants to help marketers predict which city will see the most growth in mobile app usage. They’ve built a machine-learning algorithm that generates possible markets based on a number of factors, including population density and the amount of money spent on mobile devices.

80
2 years ago

A grocery delivery service that aims to combine the best of Amazon Prime, Instacart, and GrubHub. It’s a business that makes sense in a city that has no grocery store within a half mile of most homebuyers.

80
1 year ago

A company that helps people keep track of their city’s bike share program, enabling them to track their usage and see where the closest stations are located.

80
2 years ago

A company that works with local governments and nonprofit organizations to help them get free, city-wide WiFi for their residents. They have funded and built their own network in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and expanded to New Orleans, Detroit, and Indianapolis.

79
2 years ago

 A dating app that connects singles in the same city. The app works with the two users to schedule a date, with a free trial of the paid service. The founders are former Google employees.

79
2 years ago

In August 2018, the company raised a $2.5 million seed round from Right Side Capital, and has since expanded to New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco.

78
2 years ago

This startup is building a “mobile workbench” for independent contractors using the same tools as an in-house workers. The startup is working with over 50 contractors in their home city of Boston.

78
1 year ago

A startup that helps a network of local non-profits collaborate. It aims to make it easier to organize a group of people to do something in the city.

78
1 year ago

A startup that builds a landing page for bus tickets and allows users to buy bus tickets to any city in the world.

78
2 years ago

A full-stack mobile app for local businesses with a focus on food and drink, designed for city living.

77
2 years ago

An on-demand, on-the-go, and on-the-nose resource for Pittsburgh families interested in buying a home in their city.

77
2 years ago

A company that helps teachers get better at teaching. The startup is currently in a pilot with a few hundred teachers in Philadelphia and New York City, and has been in Y Combinator since November. It aims to take out the headache of grading papers and lesson plans.

76
2 years ago

A startup that allows users to find and book the cheapest flights to any city.

76
2 years ago

An online business that provides a way to search for and buy tickets to international festivals and events. The startup’s app helps users discover which festivals are coming to their city and allows them to see the line-up and buy tickets before the event.

76
2 years ago

A company that has built a tool for cafés to use for ordering food, billing, and tracking. It’s currently being tested in a few cafés in New York City.

76
2 years ago

A green energy startup that wants to provide electricity to people in the developing world.

76
2 years ago

A startup building a shared bike network in San Francisco. The company is looking to build a system that’s simple to use and ties back to the city’s existing Circulator bus system.

75
2 years ago

This list is not a comprehensive list of every startup in the region. We have excluded startups focused on a single vertical in a city, startups founded in a certain part of the world, and startups that are only based in one city.

75
2 years ago

It is a drop-in-a-bucket startup incubator in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The company was founded in 2017 by former Google executive Brian Wieser. The company's mission is to foster entrepreneurship in the city of Los Angeles.

75
1 year ago

 A home-based career coaching system for women. The startup is currently in the testing stage, and plans to launch in the New York City area.

75
2 years ago

A startup that helps users find and share the best places to go within their city, then make reservations directly with the restaurant.

74
2 years ago

A startup that lets people create profiles, connect with each other, and search for events in their city.

74
2 years ago

A digital agency that helps companies like Facebook, Google and Apple with communications needs in China. They launched around the same time as startups like Bird and Paper City.

74
2 years ago

A cheaper, more efficient way to distribute electricity. The startup wants to rewire the way we think about electricity, combining the best of blockchain and distributed computing.

74
1 year ago

This startup is building a 3D model of a city based on historical and archaeological evidence.

74
2 years ago

A platform for managing and tracking the public records of a large group of users. It helps a school, a city hall, or a large organization keep track of its records.

73
1 year ago

Below is a list of startup pitches and other company announcements by city.

73
1 year ago

A startup that helps people find their way around a city using the app’s crowd-sourced traffic data

73
1 year ago

A startup that can track the air quality in any city in the world. The startup is announcing a new partnership with the World Health Organization to help people track their own health and the health of their children.

73
1 year ago

A mobile app that lets you summon a city’s emergency services.

72
2 years ago

A tool that lets you manage and schedule your home’s electricity consumption.

71
2 years ago

A way to buy and sell real estate from your smartphone. It’s currently in talks with real estate companies and local governments to bring the startup to its first city.

71
2 years ago

A company that offers a service that allows the public to view details of the companies that supply their electricity. The app displays companies’ ethics and data from their websites and connects to their electricity suppliers through the cloud, giving people the ability to see how much they’re paying for electricity.

71
2 years ago

A search engine for fashion. The startup wants to be the Google for fashion. They’re starting with the New York City market and expanding to other markets. They have a huge library of fashion data and have the reputation of the biggest fashion followers on Twitter and on Instagram.

71
8 months ago

The startup, founded in 2014, aims to let you use your smart phone to take a picture of a cityscape and send it to a friend for his or her critique.

71
2 years ago

A local news app that curates the best stories written about the neighborhood, city, state, or country you’re in.

70
2 years ago

A platform to streamline the hiring process for contractors. The startup is working with the New York City government to build a platform for the city to hire construction contracts as efficiently as possible.

70
8 months ago

A startup that helps people find the closest parking spots in a city, with parking data sourced from the city itself.

70
2 years ago

A tool to help people navigate an unfamiliar city in real time by overlaying maps to show their relative location on the map.

69
2 years ago

Becoming a New York City taxi driver is a good way to make good money, but only if you have a clean record. The startup, which has a number of New York City employees, wants to make the process of getting a taxi license more efficient, and safer. They’ve gotten a lot of traction in New York City, and have promised a monthly income of $1,000.

69
2 years ago

An online registry for electric scooters and bike-sharing. The startup wants to make it easier for people to rent their scooters and bikes so they can easily hail them from other users in a city.

69
2 years ago

A content curation platform that helps brands reach their audiences. The startup is based in New York City and is recruiting a team.

69
2 years ago

A startup that lets drivers park for free in one hour increments in a few thousand cities. Rather than having to go through the hassle of finding parking spots in a city, Uber drivers can simply show up at the area they want to park and get a pass.

69
1 year ago

A platform for companies to sell their unused capacity, like server space, to startups and other companies.

69
2 years ago

A startup that helps build more affordable, modular homes in places that have historically been difficult to build. The company has built affordable housing as part of the Green City Solutions program in Philadelphia.

68
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps you find, book and pay for a fun activity in your city.

68
1 year ago

“What happens when a city’s daily routine is disrupted by a new kind of city-wide data visualization”

68
1 year ago

This company is building a network for local jobs boards. The startup is focused on creating a platform that allows users to find available jobs in their city and across the U.S.

68
1 year ago

A startup that promises to make finding parking around a city easier through an app.

68
2 years ago

A startup that will let you see real-time data on the weather for the day in your city, in order to get ready faster.

67
2 years ago

An online tool that can help you map out a city to find the best places to live, work, and play

67
2 years ago

Tech startup X-Ray Vision is building a smart home security system that uses AI to identify security risks, including things like motion and sound, and send alerts to homeowners. It’s currently in beta testing in New York City and San Francisco.

67
2 years ago

A platform that helps local governments keep track of who has the rights to land in their city.

66
2 years ago

Paylocity is building a tool that will help companies automate payments between companies. Their tool works with multiple companies, with plans starting at $10/month.

66
2 years ago

The startup allows users to take a picture of a receipt, upload it to their account, and instantly receive a credit or cash back from the brand. The startup is using AI and image recognition to verify the authenticity of the receipt, and can also automatically link the payment to your bank account.

66
1 year ago

This app helps you find the best parking spot in New York City.

66
2 years ago

There are two ways to get around the city. The first is the conventional private vehicle. The second is a bicycle. EcoBike wants to connect users to their bicycles via apps, and provide a software platform to allow the bikes to talk to each other.

65
2 years ago

Using AI, this startup aims to make it easier for people to help their friends and family by text. The platform is currently running in beta in New York City for the time being.

64
2 years ago

A tool that lets companies find their customers’ social media influencers, and helps them find their fans online. The startup is based in New York City and already works with over a dozen companies.

64
2 years ago

A startup that is looking to build a tool that can help people with their “incidental expenses”, like water and electricity. The startup is pitching it as the first credit card for the un-creditworthy.

64
1 year ago

This startup is building technology for auto repair shops to enter data about customers and repairs into a single, cloud-connected database. The startup is based in New York City.

64
11 months ago

A platform for finding a ride in any city or country in the world.

64
2 years ago

This startup is developing an app for people to find parking spots in the city. It relies on real estate data, and also uses images of parked cars to supplement the real estate data.

63
2 years ago

A data science platform that helps companies understand their customers better with AI-based tools and AI-powered insights. The startup is based in New York City and is backed by Y Combinator and SV Angel.

63
2 years ago

A social engagement analytics tool that tells agencies how they’re doing on social media, and one of the first startups based in New York City to start working in social media.

63
1 year ago

A mobile app that helps people find parking in a city by mapping parking garages, lots, and on street spots.

63
1 year ago

A platform that helps artists find new venues to play their music by connecting them to venues within their city

63
2 years ago

A startup based in New York City that aims to kill the email inbox forever by creating a tool that allows users to “scan and organize” their email inbox, creating an “out of sight out of mind” mentality that could help people focus on the most important things.

62
2 years ago

A startup that helps users find and coordinate taxis so they can travel in the city more efficiently.

62
2 years ago

The best ideas are usually the simplest. And in the startup world, simplicity and finding a way to solve a problem is not easy to execute. We’ve selected the best ideas from the last two months to help you jumpstart your next idea. We’ve grouped them by market.

62
1 year ago

A machine vision startup that is building technology to help autonomous vehicles see and navigate the city.

62
1 year ago

A “name your price” platform for short-term rentals. For example, you can rent a bike or a car on demand in any city in the world, so long as it’s in a major metro area.

62
2 years ago

A way to connect people with jobs in a city, making it easier for job-seekers to find work in an area, and more efficient for employers to find employees.

61
1 year ago

This startup is building an app that will let drivers in New York City charge gas and parking to their phones, and get paid via Square. The startup is currently focused on delivery market in London, New York, and Seattle.

61
11 months ago

This is a startup that wants to take on the oil industry. It’s developing a system that uses algae to power fuel cells to create electricity and chemical reactions that can be used to clean up oil spills.

61
2 years ago

A free bike parking app for NYC that was built by a team of New York City bike messengers.

60
2 years ago

A tool for online learning, similar to LinkedIn Learning or Udacity. The startup helps you integrate, manage, and track your educational programs.

60
2 years ago

A free app that helps people find good places to eat in a given city by rating and mapping the restaurants, and providing reviews by community members.

59
2 years ago

A startup for house cleaning in NY City. The startup wants to help people get it done without the hassle of hiring cleaners.

59
2 years ago

An algorithm that helps companies find the cleanest and most sustainable ways to generate electricity. It’s a way to use the power of AI to help companies at the 1MW to 100MW range, like power plants and chemical plants, use less energy.

59
2 years ago

A startup that helps people find the best doctors, hospitals, and clinics based on their needs and location. Aimed at people looking to get medical care in a specific city, the startup wants to increase doctor and hospital access to areas that aren’t well-served by the existing medical system.

59
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier to share a room as a group, both with friends and with strangers. The company also wants to be a way to connect people with roommate matches, and also plans to support free housing for people who need to stay in a certain city for a certain amount of time.

59
1 year ago

A startup that aims to use heat from a person’s body to make electricity. Currently the startup is focused on the UK and Europe, looking for the right materials to make their battery work.

59
1 year ago

An on-demand electric car service for New Yorkers and people in the Midwest. The startup wants to bring the electric car-sharing experience to the city’s sprawling metro area.

59
1 year ago

A company that makes it easier to find an apartment in San Francisco and New York City.

59
1 year ago

This startup is creating a database of law documents, like health and safety codes and city building codes, to help cities make better decisions.

59
1 year ago

A platform for college students to connect and collaborate on projects. The service allows students to connect with other students in their school and city and launch projects together. There are currently over 100,000 students using the platform.

59
2 years ago

A product for online learning platforms, like Coursera and Udacity, that connects every student and tutor face to face. It aims to simplify the e-learning experience for beginners and help students avoid the “ beginner’s paradox”.

57
2 years ago

A tool that helps users to search and find the cheapest flight possibilities between their city and their destination.

57
1 year ago

A company that matches businesses with employees who are moving to another city.

57
1 year ago

A US-based company that’s building a lending platform for homeowners in Japan. The company’s offering is a line of credit that has a goal of 5% of the value of the property. They’re looking to launch in Tokyo and New York City.

57
1 year ago

A company that helps companies verify the authenticity of their products. It works with companies like Nordstrom to allow its customers to make product authentication claims.

57
1 year ago

This is a mobile app that helps people get around the city by suggesting nearby rides, based on location and demand.

57
1 year ago

Health-focused crowdsourcing platform that helps users find the best doctors and health care professionals in a given city.

57
9 months ago

The startup is looking to build a platform for people to create personalized cities. The platform will allow users to build and edit the city's infrastructure and visuals, and add people to it.

57
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps people who are new to a city find places to live. The startup is targeting international students, new workers and the like, and aims to partner with landlords to make a profit.

56
3 years ago

Idea: A community directory for short-term housing aimed at tourists and newcomers to a city. The startup is planning to expand to other cities in the future.

56
2 years ago

This company is developing a new way of generating electricity from water, with the ability to generate large amounts of clean and sustainable energy.

56
1 year ago

A note-taking app that supports Markdown. It’s very similar to Notational Velocity, but for storing notes in your phone.

56
1 year ago

An online community of artists and creators dedicated to developing, promoting and building the creative economy in New York City

56
1 year ago

These guys are building a system to create interactive city guides for businesses, with a focus on architecture, design, food and drink, and fashion.

56
1 year ago

The startup, which is created by a pair of former Facebook employees, is building a new kind of email service that combines the power of email with the simplicity of SMS.

56
1 year ago

This startup wants to help companies that use natural resources to produce electricity, such as farms and wind turbines.

55
1 year ago

A company that helps retailers build custom software to help them outsource inventory management. Think of a company that has five stores in New York City and wants to outsource its inventory.

54
1 year ago

Calculates how much electricity your appliances use — and how much you could save by switching out your old ones for more efficient models.

54
1 year ago

A company that provides a platform to help people find and connect with other people who live in a nearby city. The startup has a $55 million valuation after breaking out of stealth in late-July 2019.

54
1 year ago

A platform that allows users to find the best pre-vetted maid and concierge services in a specific city.

53
1 year ago

 A Y Combinator alum, Cityzen is building a marketplace for events that boasts a 90% conversion rate. The company is also looking to offer a web-based event-planning platform, with a focus on making events easy to organize.

53
1 year ago

A startup that promises to deliver the “cheapest tickets in the city” for all events, from concerts to movie screenings. The startup has made its money off selling tickets to events that would have been sold out.

53
10 months ago

A startup that is building an algorithm to determine which city you should move to

53
2 years ago

A New York City-based startup that makes it easy for people to book a private car ride, starting with a driverless Uber that picks up from the customer’s location.

52
2 years ago

A startup that is building a way to mine cryptocurrency without using any electricity. The company says its technology is 10,000 times more efficient than that of a traditional bitcoin miner.

52
1 year ago

The most popular city for the founders of the top 50 startups, based on talking to founders, was New York. The city was home to 10% of the startups and the rest are spread across the US, including Silicon Valley and Seattle.

52
1 year ago

Multi-city, crowdsourced apartment rentals, as well as a matching service that pairs renters with potential roommates

52
1 year ago

A tool for verifying the authenticity of the origin and provenance of products. The startup wants to have a more transparent supply chain and will announce the first product they’re working on in the future.

51
1 year ago

A startup that puts an “Uber for ride-sharing” model on demand delivery. The company’s app works with an Uber-like network of drivers to get you to any address in the city.

51
1 year ago

The following companies have been selected to participate in the YC Demo Day in New York City on November 16th.

51
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find the best local movers and shakers in your city. It’s a bit like Nextdoor, but for moving services.

50
1 year ago

A startup that’s building an online forum for inner-city teens to share advice and work together on creative projects.

50
1 year ago

An API that gathers and displays data on a particular city, then makes it available to developers as a series of maps and charts.

50
1 year ago

A startup that is building an app that lets you explore, plan, and book all the best things to do in a city.

49
1 year ago

We are an on-demand car service that makes it easier for you to get around the city. We’re a technology company, which means we’re building the tools that enable people to get around and save time.

49
1 year ago

A startup whose end goal is to provide a cheap and easy way to provide electricity to people in remote communities.

49
11 months ago

A solution to help renters find the best apartment in a city with thousands of options. Trulia aims to show the pros and cons of an apartment based on information that's culled from landlords and neighbors.

49
1 year ago

A digital calendar for cities and governments. The platform has a partnership with San Francisco that includes the city’s 311 service and departments like Human Resources. It’s also building data-driven dashboards for the city.

48
1 year ago

A mobile app that allows users to see what’s happening in their neighborhood at a moment’s glance, and make their own recommendations. It’s a way for people to interact directly with their city council and city services.

47
1 year ago

A startup that shares real-time data on the usage of city infrastructure. This can help cities plan for maintenance and use better data in the future.

47
1 year ago

A company that helps users find, book and pay for parking spaces or parking garages in major cities around the world, including New York City.

47
1 year ago

A food delivery app that supports a social contract among its users, which rewards them for sharing their “foodie” data. It’s a SaaS company that serves New York City and hopes to expand to other cities in the next few months.

46
1 year ago

A company that makes and sells eco-friendly products to raise awareness of water scarcity and climate change.

46
1 year ago

A platform that provides users with a device that manages the electricity usage of their home automatically. The company claims to save up to 80% on energy costs with this technology.

46
1 year ago

A charter bus company that provides affordable transportation options to underserved communities in New York City

45
1 year ago

A company that uses the power of crowdsourcing to help the homeless. The startup has already built a series of widgets for the New York City subway system that provide homeless people with a “home away from home”, where they can shower, receive assistance and be housed.

45
1 year ago

A platform for creating and sharing custom maps, so users can set up directions for a route into the city or out of the city.

45
1 year ago

A way to manage electricity usage and bill paying for customers, currently in beta.

44
1 year ago

The New York Tech Meetup is a group of New York City engineering and technology professionals that meet monthly to meet, share ideas, and have fun. The group is supported by Inveneo and supported by the New York City Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment.

44
1 year ago

Cupcakes has created a way to allow customers to order their cupcakes by the hour, with a $3 delivery fee. Founded in 2015, the startup has more than 1,000 customers in New York City and says it is on track to be profitable by the end of the year.

44
1 year ago

A SaaS sales app that helps salespeople and managers track sales pipeline, resources and pipeline capacity.

43
1 year ago

A knowledge-sharing app that helps users find useful information, like the best places to eat in their city or how to get to the airport.

43
1 year ago

This startup is building a social network for people who want to be in the know about how their city is behaving. It’s a B2B app that operates similarly to Foursquare, giving people the ability to check in and post on their local environment.

43
1 year ago

A way for city governments to sell public land.

43
9 months ago

A dating app that gathers data on users and provides insights so users can find their ideal matches. The company is currently testing in New York City.

43
1 year ago

A company that helps small businesses and brands to put up a billboard or a sign in a city. It’s a “digital billboard on steroids”, offering clients the ability to capture and store content, create digital versions of their signs, and interact with the public.

42
1 year ago

A startup aimed at creating software for the housing market. The idea is to offer software that can help first-time home buyers find an ideal home in a specific area, based on location (large-city, suburban, etc.) and price range.

42
10 months ago

Dundee is a Scottish city in the northeast of the country. It's the 2nd largest city in Scotland. Dundee is an independent city, which is often nicknamed the "Granary City" due to its location and history.

42
10 months ago

Education is expensive, and not everyone is ready to go back to school. So this startup wants to help people find their perfect fit for the future, whether it be a new career or a new city.

41
2 years ago

A startup that wants to help people grow a healthy garden in any city. It will provide a tool to help people plan out where to grow what and a network of experts to help with questions.

40
1 year ago

A hyper-local delivery service for groceries in New York City. The startup is building a network of delivery hubs, with prices determined by demand.

40
1 year ago

The startup will help construction companies with their construction materials purchases, including lumber and paint. They’ve already begun offering a service in the New York City market.

40
1 year ago

Parents who have moved to another city often have to worry about their kids. The startup uses AI and machine learning to monitor kids and send parents messages when they need to check in on their children or make sure they’re all right.

39
1 year ago

A company that allows consumers to order fresh food from home to pick up when they’re in the city.

39
5 months ago

A social network built around the idea of the “disconnected workforce.” As the name suggests, it aims to be a network of remote workers who can easily meet up and collaborate. It’s live in New York City, and in the past nine months has grown from 20 to 50 employees.

39
1 year ago

A dating app for the LGBTQ+ community, made for the black community, from New York City.

37
1 year ago

It’s a design firm that takes a humanist approach to product. It’s clients include the New York Times, News Corp, and the New York City Department of Education. Clients include the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Department of Education

36
1 year ago

A startup that helps people figure out if they can afford a home in a city. The company says that in cities where a lot of people are renting, it’s hard to find out which ones you can afford because the data isn’t readily available. So it’s building a tool that will show you what neighborhoods are affordable in a new city and help you figure out if you can afford to live there.

36
1 year ago

A startup for finding and contacting real-time taxi cabs in the city of your choice. The company is currently in talks with New York City

36
1 year ago

This startup, dubbed “the Uber for food”, is focused on helping people coordinate food deliveries from restaurants. The startup is currently focused on delivery in New York City, but it has ambitious plans to expand to nearly every US city.

36
1 year ago

A dating app for people who like to visit museums, to see if they have a match in a given city before going.

36
6 months ago

 A startup that is building a co-working space for developers in New York City.

36
1 year ago

A real-time public transportation app for New York City. The startup wants to transform New York City’s MTA and provide real-time information on different buses, trains, and subways to users.

35
1 year ago

A tool to help city officials collaborate with one another to visualize and understand data.

35
6 months ago

A startup that makes it easy for cafes and restaurants to take credit cards through their phone. The company is currently offering their product in New York City and hopes to expand into LA by the end of Q3

34
1 year ago

A market for airplane tickets that has been around for a while, but this is the first company to be able to offer a product that takes into account the last few days of weather in a city to predict how bad it's going to be.

33
11 months ago

A browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE that allows you to “confirm” the authenticity of website links.

33
8 months ago

A company that builds a mobile app for field workers that helps them with their jobs by alerting them to work-related delays in city infrastructure and traffic.

32
5 months ago

A start-up that seeks to provide utilities to the world’s poor and remote with an affordable system that would allow customers to pay a small monthly fee and have access to light, gas, water, and electricity 24/7.

32
1 year ago

Bonobos was founded in New York City in 2007 by Andy Dunn, a former executive vice president at Target and former director of product at Yahoo. Bonobos is a men's clothing retailer.

31
1 year ago

This is a company that has a mobile app that helps people find parking spots in the city, connecting drivers and drivers with open parking spots. It’s currently in beta, now available in San Francisco.

31
11 months ago

The startup has created an app that displays real-time data about traffic congestion in the city you’re driving in. The data is gathered from over 1,000 sensors and aggregated on a map.

31
11 months ago

A team of blockchain specialists is building a decentralized platform for managing a city’s economic activity. The platform is meant to be a middle ground between the government and the market.

31
10 months ago

A startup that provides real-time data on the status of a city's traffic lights.

31
7 months ago

A company that helps you start a new business or help an existing one scale in your city.

31
5 months ago

A company that helps businesses negotiate and standardize terms with the city, and then their contractors.

31
1 year ago

A startup that’s building a service that makes it easy for people to create their own off-grid power plants and sell electricity to their neighbors.

30
1 year ago

Co-working space for freelancers, located in New York City. The space is designed to encourage collaboration, with desks scattered around the common areas and a large kitchen. Red Kettle says it’s already hosted over 150 startups, and is currently looking to expand.

30
1 year ago

A startup for finding and sharing items at a discount in your city. Founded in late 2014, the startup is based in Boston, and has signed up more than 1,000 stores in the US, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Staples, and Price Chopper.

30
1 year ago

Story: They have a product that helps companies find and hire developers. Their office is in New York City.

30
6 months ago

A video-chat app for businesses that offers a flat rate of $20 per month for unlimited meetings. The company hosts a monthly meetup in New York City to test out its product and plans to scale nationally by 2020.

30
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that wants to connect travelers with locals The idea is to enable people to go on trips and connect with locals who can show them the top things to do in a given city

29
3 years ago

A startup that helps people move to a more expensive apartment in a city that is rapidly gentrifying

29
1 year ago

A system to help cities and states meet their goals under the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program. It helps city governments track energy and water usage, and gives them the tools to implement energy efficiency and conservation programs.

29
1 year ago

This is a startup that lets people request a ride from an Uber driver who’s already on their way. The company is testing their idea in New York City.

29
1 year ago

A tool for analyzing air quality around a city. It’s meant to help people avoid pollutants, but it also draws comparisons between different cities, for instance, Shanghai and Los Angeles.

29
6 months ago

A tool that allows people to create a customized, color-coded map of their city that shows where they’ve been and where they’d like to go. The startup uses GPS data to create a 3D visualization of a city.

29
1 year ago

A platform for monitoring infrastructure, built for internet-enabled devices and sensors. The startup says it can monitor the health of a city’s mass transit system and alert authorities when something goes wrong.

28
11 months ago

A consumer-facing app that helps you find the closest restaurant to your location, search for nearby deals, and get delivery quotes using a single app. The startup has already served more than 1 million users in San Francisco and plans to launch in Los Angeles and New York City soon.

28
9 months ago

A startup that will help companies verify the authenticity of the content on their websites.

28
8 months ago

A startup that wants to create a platform to store and distribute the energy of the sun in the form of electricity. The company wants to build a grid of solar farms, which they say can be built in a day and will produce more energy than is currently needed, and sell that excess electricity back to the grid.

28
11 months ago

A cloud-based platform that helps photographers, interior designers and other creative professionals collaborate in real time. It is a new platform from a company that has been in business for 18 years. Founded in February, it already works with more than 15 top creative professionals in New York City and plans to open for business in the third quarter.

27
9 months ago

 A startup that is building a platform that allows cities and municipalities to build their own parking apps. The idea is that the parking app can be accessed via an app on a smartphone, and gives the city data on the movements of the cars in the area, in real time.

27
11 months ago

In the past, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics has run a number of initiatives to support startups in the city, including a grant program and a series of hackathons. Now the office has launched a pilot program to provide startups with a $2,000 grant to help them get off the ground. The program is run through the Mayor's Office of Innovation, and is specifically meant for startups that provide new or novel solutions to the city's biggest problems.

26
9 months ago

A startup that wants to connect people on the same street (or city) via a phone call, text message, or video call.

26
7 months ago

Y Combinator was founded in 2005 by Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with a satellite office in New York City.

26
6 months ago

A company that helps companies manage their data centers through a platform that tells them how much electricity they’re using and where their money is going.

26
8 months ago

Starting a local business in New York City can be incredibly difficult. MyDunkin allows you to get a local coffee shop delivery of any major coffee brand, whether that be Starbucks, Dunkin, or Peet’s.

25
6 months ago

This startup is a W-2 calculator that lets you make tax computations with your personal tax information in a few minutes. The startup is based in New York City.

25
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that’s trying to make it easier for urbanites to move around their city using a variety of transportation options, from public transit, to ridesharing, to walking.

24
9 months ago

A startup that offers GIS and mapping services for manufacturers, helping them manage capacity, inventory and more. They’re working on an app that allows people to view the location of items they’re looking to buy in their area.

24
8 months ago

This startup is building a platform that helps people find utilities and services that work best for them. It’s first product is a platform for neighbors to find the best plan for their electricity usage.

24
10 months ago

The Philadelphia tech scene has received the most venture capital of any city in the US, with $1.6 billion in funding since 2011.

23
9 months ago

WePower is a renewable energy marketplace. The company wants to help its clients operate more efficiently by allowing them to trade electricity, and, eventually, tokens back and forth as a means of payment for energy.

23
11 months ago

A group of Canadian entrepreneurs are building a way to let people in multiple countries share a single map of their city. The startup want to let people share their city with others, but most people in the world only have access to maps from their own country.

22
11 months ago

A startup building a tool that allows people to easily visualize what it will cost to live in a new city.

22
8 months ago

A startup that hopes to generate electricity from waste materials. It’s first product is a portable generator that converts waste into energy through a catalytic reaction. The generator is designed to be used in the home, in the field, and in developing countries.

22
7 months ago

A macro-investment fund with a goal of providing $1 billion in capital to the local economy in a specific city.

22
11 months ago

Automatic, real-time recommendation engine for travel. Clients include Expedia, Kayak and Travelocity.

21
6 months ago

The Foundry is a marketplace for creative professionals in the U.S. based in New York City. The company was founded in 2014 by three creatives, including a digital design director at Condé Nast. The company’s flagship product is a marketplace for creative professionals.

21
6 months ago

An iOS app to help people find parking spots near a location they're visiting, in a city they're in, or in a country they're visiting.

21
5 months ago

A “personalized meal delivery service” that uses a combination of text messaging and GPS to outfit a customer with a meal fit for his/her tastes, and then delivers it to their door. In the US, the startup is focusing on New York City and Los Angeles.

21
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that provides software for scheduling employees on factory floors, allowing them to match production capacity with demand and prevent under- or over-production of goods.

20
8 months ago

A P2P car rental site that connects cars with drivers who have extra capacity.

20
6 months ago

It’s another on-demand delivery service with a twist: Instead of run only in neighborhoods where workers are already prevalent, DoorDash delivers in any city or town, with a fleet of drivers who are hired on the spot to meet demand.

20
8 months ago

An AI-powered platform that gets people to use their time more effectively. The startup is working with the City of New York to make public transit more accessible.

19
7 months ago

A B2B company that helps large corporations plan and negotiate a multi-city trip, building a global itinerary for the group.

19
5 months ago

An AI-based app for managing the better-in-class grocery store in your city.

19
5 months ago

A Baltimore-based company building a tool for tracking and reviewing the city’s budget and city services.

19
10 months ago

A startup for people who live in apartments to get the stuff they need delivered to them from a central warehouse. The startup helps people take advantage of the location density of New York City to use the service.

18
8 months ago

A Slackbot that helps you find an apartment, find roommates in your city, and find roommates to share the rent on your apartment.

18
7 months ago

A startup based in New York City that’s building a set of tools to automate the process of generating and analyzing marketing reports for companies.

18
7 months ago

A platform that allows users to order food from their favorite restaurants in the US, and have it delivered in under 30 minutes. The startup has been operating since 2017, and is based out of New York City.

18
5 months ago

A New York City-based startup that helps people invest in financial innovation, such as new fintech startups.

18
9 months ago

A tool that helps people find their way around in a city. The startup wants to use low-cost, low-power sensors to build a network of indoor maps. As users move around the city, the plan is to use a combination of indoor mapping data and crowd sourcing to build a live street map.

17
5 months ago

A startup that helps consumers find the best service providers in their city, based on the rating of local service providers provided by local consumers.

17
11 months ago

A tool meant to get people to fall in love with their new city. Glimpse is a mobile app that helps users find things to do in their new city, along with a visual of where they are in the city and what they can see from that location. It’s available for iOS and Android.

16
6 months ago

A tool for helping people find a babysitter who can also keep an eye on the kids. It offers a flexible platform for parents to set up a “safe area” for their kids, and then a babysitter can request access to that area at certain times. The startup’s selling point is its simplicity.

15
6 months ago

New York City has a ton of abandoned buildings, and it’s not just the ones that were built in the 1800s. There’s currently a database of over 30,000 abandoned buildings. Larkin wants to digitize that data and make it easier to search and navigate.

14
7 months ago

A startup that wants to eliminate the need for traditional office space by letting local stores and restaurants set up shop in public parks, city squares, and other public places. The startup hopes to expand to cities across the US.

13
5 months ago

Working on a mobile app to help people find the best time to travel to a city based on their schedule.

13
7 months ago

This startup wants to connect people who want to become an Uber driver with people who want a ride. It’s currently live in San Francisco and New York City.

12
7 months ago

Biklers is building a bike-sharing solution that’s unique because it doesn’t require a user to rent a bike. Users just have to download the app, sign up and scan an account QR code to unlock a bike they can ride for 30 minutes, anywhere in the city.

12
6 months ago

A startup that lets you buy and sell used transit tickets, along with a way to find out about nearby events. The company is based in New York City and launched in June of 2019.

12
5 months ago

An original story about the story of a city, told through the eyes of data visualization and AI.

12
5 months ago

This startup is building a smart city bus stop that allows riders to upload their schedules to the bus stop and check whether the bus is running on arrival.

12
7 months ago

 A startup that lets users locate and buy parking spaces and find nearby restaurants. It's in a trial run in Boston, where the startup has partnered with the city's parking authority and is charging $10 a month for a user account, plus $1 for each parking space for which the user is a permit holder.

9
6 months ago

A startup working with the city of San Francisco to provide ride-sharing services. The company wants to use the city’s existing assets to help build out a new platform to provide low-cost service, whether it’s between passengers or to seniors or to people with disabilities.

9
6 months ago

Ideas are created by Y Combinator alumni. Many of the ideas are specific to a company or industry, or are specific to a single city or country. The ideas are shared here to give an idea of the breadth of innovation being pursued by Y Combinator startups.

8
3 years ago

A startup for people who are moving to a new city and need help finding new friends

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people get their pets set up in a new city

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for helping companies transition employees from one city to another

-1
3 years ago

A startup that specializes in helping people who are applying for a job in a different city

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides people with a directory of all the furniture stores in their city so they can go out and buy furniture for their new place

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can rent a room from a stranger and stay in the city that you are visiting for a short period of time

-1
3 years ago

A startup that connects people who are looking to buy a property in another city with a realtor in that city

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides people with a service for packing up their pets and shipping them to a different city

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people who are moving to a new city and are looking to get a job there A startup that provides a service for people who are moving to a new city and are looking to get a

-1
3 years ago

A startup that gives people a guided tour of a city (I know there’s one for NYC, but there could be one for other cities)

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that reduces e-commerce fraud by analyzing images for authenticity

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that connects consumers with local, sustainable food products The startup says it’s already working with over 50 local food producers, and has customers in New York City, San Francisco, and Montreal

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A fiber optic company that wants to build “the fastest network in history”. Their first city is Orlando, Florida.

-1
3 years ago

The event was held on a larger scale than any previous TechCrunch event. It had a venue capacity of 2,500 people, and received 2,200 applications to attend.

-1
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that makes a $500 software-as-a-service platform for managing storefronts. These give pop-up shops a chance to set up shop in a new city in a matter of hours.

-1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a platform to connect visitors with locals who can show them around a city

-2
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service for people to use when they are going to a new city for business It helps them find places to go, things to do, and restaurants to eat at

-2
3 years ago

A startup that helps people move more easily through the city

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