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3 years ago

A startup that helps people who are applying for visas get into the country quickly

583
3 years ago

The startup is building a platform for house-hunting in India. It’s a service like Zumper or Realtor.com but for a country where 40% of houses are bought and sold on a daily basis.

265
3 months ago

A company that provides “the first cross-country ride sharing platform” that lets anyone set up their own carpool.

209
2 years ago

A road trip app that helps you find activities across the country, put them on the calendar and remind you when to go

198
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people get their business up and running in another country

191
3 years ago

A startup for people in retirement who want to retire overseas. The startup helps people in their 50s and 60s with this goal, by building a financial blueprint for a person’s retirement and then matching them with an appropriate country.

178
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service to help people understand the job market in the country they are traveling to

169
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can rent a home in a foreign country with other

167
3 years ago

The Startup Genome is a biannual report on the state of entrepreneurship. It is produced by a team of researchers from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. The report is based on interviews with founders about their businesses, the challenges they face, and their plans for the future. The report is intended to give entrepreneurs, investors, and other stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the startup ecosystem in a particular country, and to help predict trends between countries.

161
2 years ago

A platform that automates the process of getting a temporary license for a new driver in a foreign country. It’s a temporary insurance that helps new drivers who sometimes don’t have a valid license.

161
2 years ago

A global money transfer service that lets you send money to other people in a country without a bank account.

160
2 years ago

A startup that matches up students with internships in cities all over the country.

160
3 years ago

A platform for students to learn about and apply to jobs at some of the country's most powerful companies.

159
1 year ago

A “citizen journalist” for the Philippines that uses photos and videos to report on the country’s news and social issues.

159
1 year ago

A government-backed startup that analyzes data from the Boston Police Department’s body cameras and uses those statistics to help police departments across the country innovate their own policies around body cameras.

159
3 years ago

A real estate technology company that helps agents across the country with their home shopping and marketing needs.

156
1 year ago

China’s internet giants are increasingly dominating the global digital advertising market. A recent report from Digiday says: “Chinese social media and news platforms have commanded the lion’s share of ad revenue as global digital ad spend in the country has grown at a staggering compound annual growth rate of around 40% over the last five years.” How are these companies making money They’re using the vast audience of consumers on social media for traditional advertising.

154
3 years ago

This startup, which is a subsidiary of a government agency in Brazil, is focused on building technology to provide transparency into the country’s elections.

152
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that makes it easier for people to find job openings in remote areas, with the goal of helping people find family members jobs in different parts of the country.

150
3 years ago

This startup is building a payment platform to help rural local businesses accept credit cards. The startup is based in the Philippines and has been working with both credit cards and bank-issued debit cards in the country.

149
3 months ago

A company that helps people who are looking to move to another country and get a job. They have built a digital platform for both companies and individuals to find out how difficult it would be to get a job in a foreign country.

148
3 years ago

A B2B company that connects companies with Indonesian factories that can produce goods at a lower cost than competitors outside the country.

141
3 years ago

This startup is building a mobile payment solution in India that’s optimized for lower-income users. It provides a way for merchants to accept the main payment methods in the country.

140
3 years ago

LOWCOUNTRY is a startup building a live-action reenactment of the history of the Appalachian Mountains. The company is a production company that shoots reenactments, and it is building a storytelling platform to pair with them.

139
1 year ago

A project backed by the President of Brazil to develop the country’s cabs.

138
1 year ago

This is a platform that helps companies that want to start a business in a location they’re not in, find an employee in that place and work together remotely. They handle everything from recruiting to HR to employee pay, with the employee paid the same rate in their home country as the company is. The company is profitable, with $2M in recurring revenue and $1M in ARR and growing.

134
2 years ago

A digital storefront for low-income people to buy used items from other people across the country, with a focus on items that are hard to find in the country.

131
3 years ago

A startup that’s building a network of shared work spaces throughout the country.

130
3 years ago

A mobile payment app for the Philippines. The startup, which launched its app last month, is targeting the country’s growing middle class.

128
3 years ago

A legal analytics startup that wants to help companies like Airbnb and Uber navigate regulations. The startup wants to provide data that would be required for an uber-like app to operate in a country.

127
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

125
3 years ago

A product that helps businesses scale their operations across the country and around the world.

121
3 years ago

The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.

120
1 year ago

A startup that wants to help businesses do their bookkeeping in India, a country where the rule of thumb is that you can’t be a good accountant if you don’t know how to do your own bookkeeping.

119
3 years ago

VIC is a B2B company that provides a dashboard for small businesses across the country to manage their client relationships.

117
3 years ago

A software company that wants to help the legal profession connect with attorneys across the country. The company’s founder says they’ve already signed up over 2,000 lawyers and are working on a nationwide expansion.

115
3 years ago

A startup that helps freelancers take their clients on a time-definite tour of the country of their choice, tracking the itinerary, and making reservations for them.

113
3 years ago

A “location intelligence platform” that provides insight into the performance of restaurants (sales, etc) across the country.

113
1 year ago

In July, the Brazilian government canceled a $500 million investment in Uber. In response, Uber Brazil has been building a team of 150 to prepare for its eventual return to the country.

107
2 years ago

A company that’s building tools that send and receive money from people’s bank accounts. Using the software, people can send money to each other and keep an account for receiving payments. The app can be used by anyone in the country, and is available to customers through a bank account in the US.

106
2 years ago

A digital health system that connects people with health professionals in their home country. The startup just launched in Brazil in May.

105
3 years ago

A micro-insurance product that allows people to buy health insurance for $5 a month to cover catastrophic medical expenses. The startup is looking to build out a network of health centers around the country.

103
3 years ago

A tool for students that helps them track their progress and see how they’re doing in class. The company’s founders say they’re already working with a variety of colleges across the country.

102
3 years ago

A company to help online retailers in China tackle the country’s ever-present counterfeit goods problem. The startup offers services such as in-store analytics, product testing, and education.

101
3 years ago

A startup to help travellers navigate the security lines at airports and customs in any country.

99
10 months ago

A startup that wants to help mom and pop stores grow their sales by giving them a way to make online payments in a country where card fraud is rampant.

96
10 months ago

They’re creating an inclusive marketplace for people with disabilities to find employment, with a focus on people with a strong desire to help others. The startup’s platform is used by nearly 150 organizations across the country.

94
10 months ago

The company is building a tool to help recruiters discover and manage talent across the country

94
1 year ago

A company that helps employers and employees find out what the best health insurance plan is in the country they live in. The company and app are backed by NEA, a non-profit that helps people buy health insurance.

92
10 months ago

 This startup is building a tool for U.S. companies to stay compliant with China’s strict new cybersecurity law, which requires companies operating in the country to be “secure and reliable.”

90
9 months ago

A tool for learning about the local lifestyle, culture, and politics of a country before traveling there.

90
3 years ago

A platform for selling and buying used cars, introduced at YC’s Demo Day in 2015. The startup brings a car buying platform to a market where many people don’t have credit or don’t want to deal with the hassle of financing. It’s already in use in the Bay Area, and is looking to expand to other areas of the country.

89
3 years ago

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

82
2 years ago

A startup looking to make it easier for companies to hire and fire employees. The system’s algorithms help companies find the best people, and eliminate the high-conflict humans in the process. The company also offers a “health score” for each job candidate. The company says they’ve operated in New York and LA and are now expanding to other parts of the country.

82
2 years ago

A way to pay taxes in the Philippines. Tenpay became the first company to launch a digital tax payment system in the country.

81
1 year ago

A platform for citizens to report on corruption in their country’s government and report on election fraud.

80
2 years ago

A maker of subscription boxes to help customers discover, purchase, and ship products from retailers across the country. Each month, the service helps subscribers pick each month’s “box” based on their interests, which is hand-curated by the company’s team.

79
10 months ago

A social service that helps families coordinate their care. The idea is to give parents a hub that allows them to connect with family members around the country, who can in turn request care for their loved ones.

79
1 year ago

The business is a “B2B SaaS platform that connects manufacturers and distributors with manufacturers and distributors in other countries. The business is built on top of the global trading network of the SFL Group, a European multi-country network of a network of factories and distributors.”

78
2 years ago

A startup that’s building an “Uber for teeth”, recommending dentists for dental procedures according to the user’s needs. The company says it's already working with over 30 dentists across the country.

77
1 year ago

This is a digital delivery system for medical cannabis that wants to provide standardized strains, value-added services, and high-quality delivery across the country.

76
1 year ago

A tool for businesses looking to make international payments, publicizing that their business has a presence in a foreign country and helping them find a local bank account.

75
2 years ago

A self-serve platform for scheduling dental appointments across the country.

74
6 months ago

A company specializing in payment for the $1 billion Indian marketplace, starting with mobile payments and following up with physical cash and digital wallets. They’re looking to help merchants get access to the country’s massive and growing middle class.

74
3 months ago

A platform that brings together creative and technical expertise from startups across the country to help build a community of people who are making things in the US.

74
2 years ago

The startup launched in March, and has since focused on getting its holistic health and wellness app into the hands of people in the U.S.. The startup is currently working with more than 100 health providers across the country.

73
1 year ago

An SMS-based platform for sending and receiving money, with a focus on small transactions and users in emerging markets. Their idea is to allow people to transact across the street or across the country without going through a bank and without needing a bank account.

73
1 year ago

A startup that helps people who want to start a restaurant in a different country get their business off the ground.

70
2 years ago

A tool for finding and reporting on all the relevant information about any country, including the government, economy, and culture. It’s available in English.

69
1 year ago

Many startups on the list came from India, a country that has been a "fintech powerhouse" in recent years. The country has a large population of engineers and a growing consumer base, and the availability of capital and technology has led to a boom in the number of startups in the country.

68
1 year ago

The Startup Visa allows founders of startup in the U.S. to be able to work in the country for up to 2 years, and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

66
2 years ago

A startup that's working to make it easier for people to find those who have been to a foreign country and needs a translator.

65
2 years ago

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

64
2 years ago

A tool that allows anyone in the world to spend time in the United States in the same way they do in their home country. This startup wants to make it easy for people to live in the US temporarily, which they say would create about 15 million jobs.

64
3 years ago

Idea: This startup wants to help India’s 600 million smartphone users take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing e-commerce market.

62
1 year ago

A platform for connecting physical retail stores with customers in the same country. The startup wants to make it easier for people to find the stuff they need when they need it.

62
1 year ago

An on-demand delivery service for grocery orders in India. The startup is looking to disrupt the supermarket model in the country by providing a delivery service for online grocery orders.

62
8 months ago

A bitcoin ATM network that’s set up across the country and simplifies the process of buying, selling and spending Bitcoin.

62
1 year ago

A startup that makes it easy to run a business in the United States and Mexico, working with an in-country agent to help you get all the proper permits and licenses.

61
1 year ago

A startup that finds freelance developers to build things for you, in a country where developers are an underutilized resource.

61
1 year ago

A startup that allows companies to see where their customers are in the country, and how they get there.

61
1 year ago

A startup that helps you get your recycling sorted by country, weight, and type.

61
1 year ago

A company that uses AI to connect patients to the most competent doctors in the country. The company wants to ensure that people are getting the best possible care from the most qualified doctors.

60
1 year ago

In March, the Brazilian government passed a new law requiring companies to store data on servers in the country.

60
2 years ago

A platform that helps businesses with a global reach, from small companies to multinationals, to grow their brand in a country where they have no footprint. It charges a small monthly subscription fee and allows you to add your business to a pool of companies to bid on.

58
1 year ago

A solution to the issue of users who want to send money to people in developing countries, but don’t have access to phones or bank accounts. With PayM, you can send money to a mobile phone number in another country, with no fees or transaction fees.

58
1 year ago

A company that helps churches across the country look after their land

56
1 year ago

A company that allows businesses to create personalized discount coupons that are good in stores across the country.

54
9 months ago

A platform for finding off-the-beaten-path travel deals. The founding team traveled the country for a year for research before the founding.

52
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps agencies and consultants close deals with more confidence. The startup was founded in India, and is already seeing traction in that country.

51
5 months ago

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

51
1 year ago

Maven built a platform to help companies choose the right furniture and decor items for their space. The startup is looking to build selection into every major furniture store and home improvement store in the country, but has just a few hundred customers.

49
7 months ago

A startup that aims to help you save money on your monthly phone bills. It charges a monthly fee to connect you to the cheapest mobile data plans in each country.

48
1 year ago

A new way of hiring remote engineers, the startup is hiring engineers from any country who can work remotely and will pay them based on a strict fixed hourly rate.

45
1 year ago

A full-service business for startups that helps with finance, HR, and legal. The startup helps small businesses with legal, HR and accounting issues, and has a network of experts across the country to help.

44
1 year ago

This is a fintech startup that wants to build a platform allowing people to quickly and cheaply invest in small businesses. The startup is starting with just one country — Brazil.

43
6 months ago

A way to receive money from friends and family across the country using a phone call. The founders say it’s a bit like Venmo but with US banks available for people to transfer funds to.

42
2 months ago

This startup is building a messaging system that’s used by 400,000 people in Brazil to help with the country’s current economic situation.

42
8 months ago

A startup that is building a travel-forwarding tool for people to find and book cheap flights from their home to the country they want to travel to.

40
6 months ago

A platform that helps businesses in Vietnam get their products distributed across the country.

40
1 year ago

This is a startup that’s focused on building a platform that has data on all of the free/low-cost healthcare options available across the country. They’re building a platform that aggregates this information in a way that’s easy to use, so people can find the right plan for them.

37
6 months ago

People in developing countries think they’re living in a developed country. Algorama uses GPS to help them see their actual location.

36
7 months ago

A platform to connect businesses across the world with clients who want to hire talent in their home country. The startup aims to help the US employers find workers in Europe and vice versa.

35
7 months ago

 "Once you have your seed funding it's important to have a strategy. I think we need to build an innovative bank. Instead of a bank, we are building a program. We have a program that is focused on building a new financial system for the country. We need to build the smartest bank in the country."

35
1 month ago

A platform for college students to buy beer, wine, and liquor. The company says they’ve already started taking pre-orders on their API and working with a handful of college stores across the country.

35
6 months ago

A network of kiosks that allows users to pay for goods and services in-store by scanning a QR code on their mobile phone. The kiosks will be distributed across the country to customers that want to pay for goods and services using their phones.

34
6 months ago

A “credit score for the world” for 90% of the world’s remittance flows. Instead of relying on a single credit score, which may differ depending on where you live, IDream ventures wants to provide a global score that’s the same regardless of country.

33
6 months ago

A startup building a tool for international brands to get a better sense of how their products are selling outside of their home country.

32
11 months ago

 A cloud-based platform to help businesses in the US and UK streamline the process of getting their goods into the country.

31
4 months ago

A startup that helps people access food from other countries via the internet. It allows consumers to order meals from the comfort of their home without having to leave the country.

30
5 months ago

A tracker for the health of the country’s infrastructure.

29
4 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.

29
8 months ago

A startup that’s building a system to improve the safety and quality of healthcare services in Brazil, where a lot of the country’s healthcare infrastructure is in need of modernization.

28
8 months ago

A new kind of browser extension that lets users search the web from any browser and filter results by country.

25
2 months ago

A SaaS platform for businesses to find and manage contractors. The company is also working in more than 30 states across the country.

25
7 months ago

A tool for people who have to travel internationally and need to arrange for a visa or have a trip to a new country pre-planned.

24
3 years ago

 A startup that allows customers to transfer money to others in their country using a mobile app.

22
5 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.

21
4 months ago

This is a mobile app that helps you learn a new language, one that you enter at the top of the screen and that transports you to that language’s country for the duration of your lesson. It’s a social language learning app that lets you meet people from that country and learn about the culture and language from them.

18
1 month ago

A subscription-based service that helps people find affordable health and wellness care across the country.

18
1 month ago

A startup for connecting doctors in the UK with their patients. It’s a collaboration tool to help the country’s overworked doctors give better care to their patients, and share their experiences.

16
1 month ago

A mobile payments platform for e-commerce retailers. The business works with 300 retail partners across the country, and partners with brands like Sephora and TigerDirect.

14
25 days ago

 A way to streamline the process of buying and selling homes. The startup wants to help people search properties across the country without having to deal with realtors.

10
16 days ago

"a home investment loan lender that uses a network of independent agents to deliver loans across the country"

9
3 years ago

A startup that offers a service that helps people who are moving abroad get their car over to their new country

5
4 days 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.

4
12 hours 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.

1
3 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can hire someone to make a video for you to show your family and friends when you are stuck in a foreign country

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