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Maker Startup Ideas



4 months ago

A company that helps small businesses (like makers, and farmers) get paid faster

617
1 year ago

Inventor Dr. Ramesh Kale has been working on a low-cost, disposable "smart" pacemaker for under $1,500. The device is implanted in a pocket-sized battery pack that an individual wears around their waist. The pacemaker is connected to the battery pack via a small wire. When the device senses irregular heartbeats, it sends a signal to the battery pack, which then notifies the individual's doctor. The battery pack is replaceable, and is expected to last up to a year.

199
1 year ago

A maker of smartphones and tablets, the startup wants to sell its own operating system and make its own hardware.

127
1 year 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.

118
1 year ago

A platform that connects car dealers and automakers to help them sell, advertise, and service new cars and repairs and replace existing ones.

112
1 year ago

A digital assistant for the wine industry, helping professionals like sommeliers and winemakers learn from the data they have without having to manually track it.

110
1 year ago

A self-driving car platform for developers and auto manufacturers. The startup wants to make it easy for carmakers to integrate self-driving technology into their vehicles.

105
1 year ago

A maker space for startups that helps teach users how to do 3D printing, with an initial focus on 3D printing in the oil and gas industry.

102
1 year ago

A startup that lets people opt in to offer their digital photos to filmmakers in exchange for money.

102
1 year ago

A startup that wants to allow consumers to buy directly from makers, like they would from Etsy.

101
1 year ago

Initially built to help people get around their cities without buying a car, Carpool is now a decentralized ride-sharing app that acts as a matchmaker for people who want to share their vehicles with a stranger.

100
1 year ago

A startup with a tool that allows beermakers to test their beers without having to brew their own. The startup, which has been around for about four years, says they have 10 customers that are testing its pre-brewed beer.

98
1 year ago

A hardware startup that builds medical devices. It’s the first company to make a 3D printer for producing pacemakers.

97
1 year ago

A data company that wants to collect and organize marketplace data for makers to help them improve their overall business processes.

95
1 year ago

An AI system for decision-making, designed to work hand-in-hand with human decision-makers.

94
1 year ago

A company that helps filmmakers and production companies track their work from beginning to end

94
1 year ago

A company that is building a tool that allows consumers to make use of the data from their fitness tracker to better understand what they’re eating and how they’re exercising. The company is working with fitness trackers like Fitbit and Jawbone, and has also been working with the makers of the Nike+ FuelBand.

94
1 year ago

A startup that combines the forms of a dating app, matchmakers, and a freelance marketplace. Like others in the space, Zoosk wants to make it easier for people to find jobs, but unlike others it’s only for women.

93
1 year ago

The company is building a tool for makers to test their products, with the goal of making failure less painful and more predictable.

92
1 year ago

A content curation and social network platform for news-makers

91
1 year ago

A suburban hacker space, the Haus will provide low-cost hack and maker spaces for people to build “things”. The business, which is also an answer to the trend of “maker spaces” in cities like San Francisco and New York, is built around a single shared space, where members can come to build and learn.

89
1 year ago

A maker of software to help create and organize personas for online marketing. It’s currently available for free, though the founders are looking to go premium.

88
1 year ago

A DC-based software company that wants to help members of Congress find more efficient ways of working. The company wants to help lawmakers streamline their day-to-day by helping them track and report their progress. It’s currently focused on the DC metro area.

86
1 year ago

The startup is working with partners to bootstrap the growth of a small-scale 3D printing community by providing the equipment and resources to move from a maker-model printer to a high-quality commercial printer.

86
1 year ago

Saving autonomous mapping startup HERE from bankruptcy. A consortium led by the German car maker and German insurance company has acquired the self-driving mapping software startup, with the group looking to merge HERE’s mapping data with Nokia’s mapping assets and use it to build its own self-driving car platform.

85
1 year ago

A software company that helps IoT devices connect to the internet. The company initially grew out of a maker of the exact same products with a smaller market, and it wants to grow into the larger IoT market.

82
1 year ago

A startup for public safety and first responders, that informs decision-makers when there’s a threat or emergency.

80
1 year ago

The startup has built an app that uses the same camera and lighting effects found in Hollywood movies to make a video look like it was shot by a camera crew. The startup aims to make it easier for filmmakers to add these effects to their own footage.

78
1 year ago

 A business that aims to help small-time beer makers have a better shot at getting a traditional distributor, by building a network of distributors and collectors who can help local brewers sell and promote their beers.

76
1 year ago

 A tool to help people organize and manage their media and the digital products they produce, with a focus on helping filmmakers produce and sell their work.

72
1 year ago

A web app for making artisanal soap, in which users can set up recipes and create their own soap. The startup’s founder says it’s like an online Tupperware party for soap-makers.

72
1 year ago

A platform of the future for self-driving cars, with a marketplace that lets companies sell their services to automakers.

70
1 year ago

A group of young filmmakers with a collective vision to build a film studio from the ground up, and will use the Y Combinator seed money to hire a chief operating officer and other staff to help them do it.

70
1 year ago

Smart contracts are basically pieces of code that will execute conditions set by the maker of the contract when the contract is broken.

69
1 year ago

A sensor embedded into a device that allows it to communicate with a connected phone and let the maker know if the device is being moved and where it’s being moved to. The sensor would also allow the maker some control over the device.

65
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform for model makers, aiming to compete with others in the 3D printing space such as Shapeways, Sculpteo, and more.

64
1 year ago

Matchmakers for the gig economy. The company is building a platform to help people find and hire gig economy workers for specific gigs, whether it’s a ride share, delivery, or a nanny.

62
1 year ago

A company that helps filmmakers to create and distribute videos. The startup has raised $2.5 million in funding and has 10 customers on board, including Filmora.

62
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.

59
1 year ago

An online marketplace for customized makers’ goods. It’s also a marketplace for more traditional products, like fuel.

58
1 year ago

 A maker of waterproof backpacks for the outdoors, a market that’s worth $1.2 billion and growing.

57
1 year ago

A platform for devices and makers to build internet-connected things and sell them.

56
1 year ago

A tool for videographers, pitch as “YouTube for professional filmmakers”. The app is meant to make it super-easy to upload and share videos.

55
1 year ago

A web-based packing list maker that helps consumers stay organized during travel.

54
1 year ago

A startup that makes a 3D printer designed for makers that’s affordable for schools and other startups. It also offers a crowdfunding platform for projects that need a 3D printer.

51
11 months ago

This startup is building a platform that allows filmmakers to work on productions that are in different stages of development, enabling them to make the most out of every moment in the cycle.

48
1 year ago

This startup allows people to create green screen videos using their own photos. The technology is used primarily by professional filmmakers, and the company also hopes to tackle the commercial market.

43
1 year 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.

42
1 year ago

A utility for "smart" homes from the makers of Nest, Dropcam and Honeywell. Eko is a new company that aims to bring more automation to everything from thermostats to security cameras. The company started with a thermostat that can be programmed through an app and communicate with a connected garage door, but it’s now also trying to develop a home security system that will stop someone by recognizing their face and sending a message to their phone.

42
5 months ago

A startup that sells 1,000s of unique designs for mugs, t-shirts and other merchandise. The startup sells items with quirky names or humorous messages (e.g. “Widow Maker” and “Snooze Button”) to help businesses stand out.

42
8 months ago

A tool for producers of creative content, like filmmakers, photographers, and designers, to record their creative process.

39
4 months ago

A platform for self-driving car startups to work with automakers and test their new technologies, and for automakers to do the same for self-driving startups.

39
3 months ago

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

39
10 months ago

This startup helps companies manage their customer service through an automated chat bot on Facebook Messenger. Its first customer is Zoosk, the dating site and app maker.

38
1 year ago

A “maker” version of Slack, where people can build their own add-ons and plugins for Slack

35
9 months ago

A company that builds software for mobile app developers. The company has worked with companies like Warby Parker, Kobo, and Maker Studios.

34
11 months ago

 A maker of solar-powered vehicles

33
8 months ago

A group of app makers, including a former YC batch, started a startup to enable broadcasters to promote their content through Snapchat.

32
8 months ago

This startup is building a tool meant to help mobile developers and app makers get their apps onto more handsets and platforms, helping to get them to market faster.

32
6 months 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.

30
6 months ago

This startup is building a coffee maker with a built-in grinder, to help you make the perfect cup of joe.

27
8 months ago

A maker of arcade-style games for iOS, with games including “Paintball” and “Dodgeball”.

26
7 months ago

A maker of home automation products and services.

26
6 months ago

A documentary filmmaker who wants to sell his films to international markets.

26
4 months ago

A system to help medical device makers track their inventory in a central location.

24
3 months ago

A platform for fostering a community of local makers to teach and learn from each other

24
19 days ago

A video-sharing platform for travel experts, musicians, and filmmakers.

24
3 months ago

A startup that acts as a matchmaker between consumers and local businesses — now.com. Customers can search for businesses and read reviews, while businesses can list their items, pricing and contact information. The company is based in San Francisco.

23
7 months ago

A tool to help makers design and prototype their products, based on feedback from a user community

22
4 months ago

A global, autonomous, decentralized network of plane makers, flight attendants, maintenance personnel, pilots, and airplane part suppliers.

21
20 days ago

The startup is building a way to bridge the gap between the design community and the maker community

21
3 months ago

A 3D scanner for making 3D models of things, like building prototypes or product packaging. The startup is backed by the CEO of Makerbot.

20
2 months ago

A replacement for the ubiquitous coffee maker. The startup wants to reinvent the coffee experience, creating a device that is as reliable as a Keurig but with the option for different-strength coffee, and with the ability to serve coffee to different people.

20
1 month ago

A maker of electric vehicles, battery packs, and software for charging and fueling stations.

20
7 months ago

A database of information about corporate decision-makers and where they work, with a database of people who are available to work for them. The startup aims to help recruiters find the right people for certain roles, without having to go through the recruiting process themselves.

19
3 months ago

A company that takes the hassle out of finding and optimizing ride-sharing trips. The startup serves as a matchmaker between drivers and riders, facilitating the sharing of rides.

19
7 months ago

Filmmakers want to keep track of their own costs while they’re making a movie. They wanted a way to track what they’re spending on equipment and how long things take. They also wanted to be able to follow their work in real time. They’re both very common problems, and the startup helps solve them.

18
22 days ago

A “smart” coffee maker that will automatically order coffee from various coffee shops and retailers, as well as make specific blends and brews.

17
6 months ago

The company is creating a digital platform for over 3,000 artists and makers to connect to potential buyers.

16
5 months ago

Build a platform for independent filmmakers to find actors, crew and equipment for their movies.

16
1 month ago

A platform that lets you order and interact with a smart home, like a smart toaster or smart coffee maker, over a secure messaging interface.

15
7 months ago

An automaker that builds electric vehicles, with a focus on selling electric cars in emerging markets.

14
5 months ago

This startup is working to create a new version of the Raspberry Pi, which will be smaller and better suited to control things like smart home appliances and lighting and other IoT devices. Right now, companies like Amazon and Google are building their own mini PC and smart home-computing devices, but RightBit hopes to make it cheaper and easier for other hardware makers to produce their own.

11
10 days ago

A maker of personal protective equipment for people who work with hazardous chemicals. The startup aims to create a more affordable and accessible alternative to the typical high-end PPE.

11
2 months ago

This is a community for people who like to make things. The community brings makers together to share their projects and ideas, and help each other out.

6
1 year ago

Idea: A business that provides an experience platform for making and organizing all kinds of lifestyle plans Co-founder Dan is the former head of product at Maker’s Market, the private label division at Walmart

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1 year ago

Idea: An online marketplace for buying and selling 3D-printed objects. The startup aims to be a marketplace for a new generation of makers, with a platform to bring together designers, engineers, and 3D-printers. They currently have 500 open-ended jobs, and a $1k average order size.

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1 year ago

Idea: A platform for getting the most out of your coffee. The startup offers three products: a coffee subscription service, a coffee maker that brews a single cup at a time, and a French press. Their subscription service offers 12 different types of coffee every month.

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1 year ago

Idea: A startup that wants to play matchmaker between people and moving companies. The founders say moving is a massive pain point, and there’s a huge demand for a simpler solution.

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1 year ago

Idea: A maker of a line of smart kitchen products which includes a smart juicer, a smart steamer, and a smart knife sharpener.

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