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Funded Startup Ideas



2 years ago

A credit card that is funded by users rather than banks, with a cap on monthly spending.

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1 year ago

Y Combinator has funded a wide variety of companies such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Reddit.

165
1 year ago

A startup that helps small businesses take advantage of a new type of insurance: self-funded insurance.

154
1 year ago

A tool for automating and streamlining the many steps it takes to launch a startup. Currently focused on the US, they want to help companies “bootstrap faster, raise better and get funded more easily.”

141
2 years ago

A consumer credit card that’s crowd-funded

137
2 years ago

A crowdfunded service that helps people get their photos on the TV screen with their voice.

122
1 year ago

 TinyDesk is an online service that lets remote workers have “a desk in their pocket”. This is a product that helps employers manage their remote workers’ desks, and allows employees to take their work with them. The startup is funded by Y Combinator and CRV.

115
2 years ago

A venture-funded mobile app that helps users book hair and makeup services.

110
2 years ago

A tool for stores to sell goods online, funded by an angel investor.

110
2 years ago

A crowd-funded project to bring the benefits of underfloor heating and cooling to the underdeveloped world. The startup’s founders came up with the concept for a client-focused project as a way to combine the technology with other humanitarian efforts.

109
2 years ago

A self-funded, fast-growing accelerator for retail ventures and consumer brands.

107
2 years ago

A tool for setting up radio stations, which is self-funded, but a side-project.

104
2 years ago

A free digital interface for app developers, allowing them to create virtual machines for testing. It was crowdfunded by the company’s own customers.

101
2 years ago

The following are the companies that Y Combinator has funded.

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2 years ago

A crowdfunded loans startup that helps credit unions offer small business loans to their members. It partners with Fiserv and its lending platform.

95
2 years ago

The company is a funding-and-dissemination platform for science projects. It’s funded by Y Combinator, and has raised $2.6M in seed funding.

94
2 years ago

A web-based platform that offers customized reports and analytics for projects that are funded or in progress.

85
2 years ago

This is an app that allows people to pay their taxes with bitcoin, in a program that’s funded by Coinbase.

78
1 year ago

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

77
1 year ago

"This list of startups is a non-exhaustive collection of the best companies funded by YC. It's not intended to be a comprehensive list of all startups funded by YC. Regardless, we'll be publishing additional startups funded by YC at a later date."

75
1 year ago

A crowdfunded fundraising platform for startups. The startup wants to help startups get better funding, and wants to do it by bringing together investors and startups.

75
1 year ago

A tool that helps manage grants and contributions for non-profits. The company has been funded by YC and the National Endowment for the Arts.

75
1 year ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for new startups to get funded by providing an online platform for finding investors.

66
1 year ago

A platform for makers to connect with people who want to make their products. The company is funded by Maker’s Mark and Breyer’s among others.

65
8 months ago

 A tool for managing crowdfunded products, focusing on the last mile of crowdfunding, helping scalability and distribution.

64
1 year ago

This company is making it easier for small businesses to invest in their own ventures, by providing them an online platform for managing investments. The seed round has already been funded, and the company is looking to the next round to help it scale.

63
1 year ago

A software platform that helps companies manage the customer data and retention process. The startup says it’s been customer-funded for 2 years and raised seed funding for another 6 months.

61
1 year ago

A self-funded startup that’s looking to solve the problem of acquiring large amounts of data without having to pay a lot for it: they sell data as a service.

58
1 year ago

A “crowd-funded credit card” for people with bad credit.

49
1 year ago

A crowd-funded business that seeks to build a “smarter” retirement system for Americans.

44
7 months ago

The following companies have received funding from 500 Startups, a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley with over $1 billion in funded companies:

41
3 months ago

A way for businesses to manage their employee benefit plans more efficiently, especially for those that are self-funded.

39
7 months ago

This is a B2B company that helps companies structure and automate their recurring payments. They’re seed funded and have a customer base in the military.

35
6 months ago

A new business accelerator based in Silicon Valley, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, that targets African-American tech founders with the goal of “helping them grow their businesses so they can help build the next generation of African-American tech leaders”.

34
2 months ago

Taking a very different approach to the app idea, Crowdbucks is a crowdsourcing app for business owners that wants to help them get funded, with a credit card-based payment system and payment feature.

34
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building an end-to-end solution for businesses making hardware to help them get funded and bring their product to market. They want to automate a lot of the backend work needed to launch hardware like creating a company and getting funding.

33
5 months 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.

33
1 year ago

In September 2014, Y Combinator announced a second batch of companies it funded, including the following:

31
11 months ago

An accelerator that helps women in tech get funded

30
6 months ago

A startup that has crowdfunded a device that translates the physical world into digital code

30
6 months ago

A personal trainer that can be accessed from the app. It’s being funded by a $12M series A.

30
1 year ago

A company that sells a “price guarantee” guarantee that if a store’s price is lower than a customer’s online price, the latter will be refunded.

28
10 months 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.

24
5 months ago

A digital platform for matching philanthropists who want to give their time to charities. It claims to be international in scope and that it has already funded over 100 projects.

24
4 months ago

A company that helps users track and manage their cryptocurrency assets, in a manner similar to their competitor Coinbase. The company is funded by the founders of Bibox, a Chinese exchange that has been involved in controversy before and has had expensive legal battles against the IRS.

23
4 months ago

A web-based payroll and recording service for independent contractors. The startup is being funded by a number of angel investors and is looking to launch its first product later this year.

23
6 months ago

This is one of the first of the non-bank digital payments startups to be funded by the super-investors of Silicon Valley — Peter Thiel. The company is building a payments platform for financial institutions, where they can send money overseas and allow their customers to pay using cryptocurrency.

22
5 months 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.

22
5 months ago

A payment platform that allows customers to send money to their friends and family, just like Paypal. The startup is funded by investors including Google Ventures and Thrive Capital.

22
6 months ago

A company that wants to use its machine learning to help you find the best deals at local stores. The company is self-funded and has already built a prototype. The company says it will use the funds from YC to scale its team and move into a warehouse in San Francisco.

20
1 month ago

A VC-funded London-based fintech startup that helps people use digital currency to make and receive international payments.

19
5 months ago

A credit card that eliminates overdraft fees by using a line of credit, which is funded by a credit card so the user can pay their bills without paying interest.

16
27 days ago

A platform that allows kiosk users to pay for parking remotely with their credit card, and be refunded the money in their account immediately.

15
29 days ago

A worker-owned cooperative for testing, which is funded by Kickstarter.

13
8 days ago

A new kind of crowdfunding platform that operates as an app, with a huge focus on rewards and perks. It’s also a new model for getting money to creative projects, which are often poorly funded.

13
2 years ago

Idea: A startup providing free credit scores to customers, funded by a paywall around their credit report They believe this will generate better engagement than the traditional credit monitoring model, which pays customers to read their credit report

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2 years ago

Idea: A software company that sells a free version of its software for up to 10 team members. The software helps teams track their time and sell their products or services. The startup is self-funded and

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