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1 year ago

A startup that helps nonprofits build a social media strategy for their causes

429
2 years ago

A peer-to-peer lending company that helps non-profits raise money for their operations.

268
1 month ago

An online marketplace for selling used textbooks — a business that’s the only profitable part of the textbook industry.

203
1 year ago

 A Chinese-language news app. They have about 200,000 users, and are profitable. They’ve already raised $3.5 million.

173
1 year ago

A tool to help non-profits raise money with an online crowdfunding campaign

148
1 year ago

This is a subscription tool for nonprofits that helps them keep track of donations and donors. The company is launching in the US in early 2019.

147
1 year ago

A toolkit to help non-profits build and manage websites. Its pre-built themes include a person-powered fundraising site, an environmental website, and a donation-based site.

144
1 year ago

A startup helping small businesses create their own, more profitable, online marketing campaigns. The company helps small businesses with organic content creation, on-page SEO, and paid advertising. It’s currently looking for top-level talent.

143
2 years ago

A startup that is building a platform for training teachers in the US public school system. The startup wants to make school more attractive and profitable.

135
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can buy a box of random stuff for $100 and see if they can sell anything on eBay If they sell it, they get a portion of the profit If they don’

133
2 years ago

A startup that gives people a way to donate their old clothes to charities and non-profits

133
2 years ago

A startup that helps non-profits and nonprofits raise money by sharing their stories. The company is a YC alum.

128
2 years ago

A B2B company that helps businesses manage their email marketing. The company says they’re profitable and growing.

128
1 year ago

A tool for the agriculture industry (including farmers) to manage products, expenses, and profit on a day-to-day basis. The startup is working with farms to improve efficiency.

126
2 years ago

A startup that helps freelancers get paid up front, then moves that money to a business account if they don’t get enough gigs booked in a given period of time. Today it has paying customers in the US, UK, and Australia, and is profitable.

123
2 years ago

The company is aiming to bring the benefits of mobile marketing to nonprofits.

120
2 years ago

A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

120
2 years ago

A platform for managing and sharing programs that helps companies and nonprofits with their marketing materials.

119
2 years ago

A company that helps nonprofits and local governments hire digital marketing agencies that are more targeted to their needs. They’re currently offering 5 hours of consulting and digital marketing services for $200.

119
2 years ago

This is a loyalty platform for businesses, with a twist: users only get points for small purchases. The company claims it’s already profitable.

118
2 years ago

A platform that helps people create a more profitable business by helping them get more data and improve their marketing.

118
2 years ago

A company building a platform to enable "goodwill-driven" giving by connecting donors to nonprofits

117
2 years ago

A company that helps non-profits and charities raise money and manage all of their events.

117
2 years ago

A company that helps hire talent for nonprofits and charities.

114
1 year ago

A project management tool for non-profits, with a “social component” that helps them manage events and volunteers.

114
2 years ago

A “non-profit” that helps people tell their stories and finds them a publisher or platform that will promote them.

113
2 years ago

A company that documents and shares the most popular requests for charity and non-profit organizations with the goal of “democratizing” the process for donors.

113
2 years ago

A platform for organizations, including universities and non-profits, to raise money through crowdfunding.

112
2 years ago

A Facebook-like app that lets anyone build and sell a mobile website. It’s a way for people who don’t build websites to earn money rather than create their own, and has a profitable model.

112
2 years ago

A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

112
2 years ago

A platform for scheduling and tracking overhead costs for nonprofits.

111
1 year ago

A B2B platform to keep track of product costs, with a recurring revenue model that covers processing fees for orders, as well as profit margin.

111
2 years ago

A startup that helps people manage their cryptocurrency portfolios Users can keep track of their portfolio and see how much profit they’ve made

110
2 years ago

A startup that aims to help nonprofits better track donations, gain more funding, and convert their biggest donors.

110
2 years ago

A "grocery delivery and store-of-value" app, allowing users to order groceries, have them delivered to their door, and then sell them for a profit.

110
2 years ago

A startup that lets shoppers bid on items to help them save money, and that charges a small fee for the service. The startup is mobile-first and only takes a small cut of profits.

110
2 years ago

A startup that helps you find the cheapest places to go in the US (60,000 restaurants, 2,500 hotels, and 2,500 attractions) and then helps you price-compare them. The startup is profitable and has 75,000 users, and is profitable again after a $2 million round in late 2019.

110
2 years ago

A software company that helps insurance auto brokers become more profitable by streamlining their claims processes. They’re aiming to reach $2.5 million in revenue in the first year.

110
2 years ago

A startup for nonprofits to support their membership, fundraising, and communications via an API.

109
2 years ago

A company that pays people in the developing world to write content for a fee. They’ve already signed up one client (Watsi, a non-profit that helps poor people in medical emergencies) and expect to sign up another soon.

108
2 years ago

A platform that connects people who need help with people who can help them. They’ve partnered with cities, governments, and nonprofits.

108
2 years ago

A quick and easy way to pay, accept donations, and market for nonprofits on the web using just a mobile number, email address, and name.

108
1 year ago

A program that helps businesses and nonprofits engage their volunteers through social media, newsletters, and email.

108
1 year ago

A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

108
2 years ago

A company that makes AI-powered software to help nonprofits, raising funds from the community.

106
2 years ago

A company that buys the leftover food from the restaurants it serves, packaging and reselling the food for a profit.

106
2 years ago

A platform for small businesses to manage marketing and sales, enabling them to make more profitable sales and grow their customer base.

105
2 years ago

A tool to help nonprofits (and their supporters) analyze their data.

104
2 years ago

A startup that wants to be a digital platform that helps clients navigate the tax benefits of charitable donations. The startup is building an app that works with local charities and nonprofits that helps donors navigate the complexities of taxation. After its successful Kickstarter campaign, the startup raised $248,000 from angel investors.

104
2 years ago

A provider of microfinance loans to rural communities in the US. The startup is entering markets in India, Pakistan and Ghana to expand the profitability of its loans.

104
1 year ago

 A “boutique” loyalty program that offers extra perks like free flights, hotel stays, spa visits, concert tickets, and more to frequent shoppers. The company is currently profitable and has a $7 million valuation.

104
2 years ago

 A company that looks to make shared apartments more profitable, both for landlords and renters.

103
2 years ago

This is a non-profit that gives "micro-loans" to entrepreneurs in Laos so they can start businesses. The startup has raised $50,000 in seed funding.

102
2 years ago

The company is interested in building a new type of crowdfunding platform for businesses and non-profits.

102
2 years ago

A company that helps non-profits with online fundraising.

102
2 years ago

A small, locally-owned business in the Twin Cities that sells and rents space to small nonprofits and non-profits.

102
2 years ago

A platform for volunteer-powered projects that allows citizens to crowdsource solutions to local problems. It helps cities and nonprofits connect with volunteers to solve challenges like pollution, hunger, homelessness.

102
2 years ago

A web-based service that allows people to create events for non-profits and make donations easier.

101
2 years ago

A tool that helps small businesses manage their shipping and inventory via an app, with the startup saying they’re profitable. The company has a 1-person team and has raised $10,000.

101
1 year ago

A startup that helps companies adjust their business operations to be more profitable, with a focus on "lean operations" that can optimize use of resources and improve efficiency.

101
1 year ago

The startup helps nonprofits raise money, selling a “bundles of investments”.

101
2 years ago

This startup aims to make a hiring tool that is “instantly accessible and easy to use” that can “make every hire the right hire”. They have 1,000 happy customers and are profitable.

100
2 years ago

Webpage software for local non-profits. The company wants to help non-profits to reach more people with the tools they need to build their mission-critical websites.

99
2 years ago

A company that helps non-profits and foundations streamline their operations by using software to connect their various databases and systems.

99
2 years ago

A software company that allows businesses to manage their inventory by tracking products on a digital platform. The company wants to make it easier to determine the most profitable products to stock, based on demand, and to manage inventory.

98
2 years ago

A tool that helps non-profits create better digital apps.

98
1 year ago

A company that advises startups on how to manage their money in a way that’s profitable and that also benefits their employees.

98
2 years ago

A fitness tracking device that’s been downloaded over 3 million times, has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the App Store, and was sold to Apple. It’s been used by over 60 million people and is now the best-selling fitness tracker on the market. It’s profitable and has a $300 million valuation.

97
2 years ago

A startup hoping to help the homeless and veterans get housing. It uses a hybrid model of providing for-profit housing and non-profit housing.

97
2 years ago

A software company that partners with restaurants to provide delivery and catering services. The startup has signed up more than 3,000 restaurants and is profitable.

97
2 years ago

A startup that builds out self-service enterprise-grade analytics for businesses. FastForward provides tools for a profitable, high-volume marketing campaign.

96
2 years ago

A company that’s building tools for non-profit organizations to track and publish donations and donors, as well as tools for those organizations to track and publish their own press.

95
2 years ago

A platform for selling, buying, and shipping drugs online. The startup is now profitable and has a $2.5 million round of funding.

95
2 years ago

An online platform that helps find and manage projects, services and talent for non-profits.

95
2 years ago

A digital assistant for Real Estate Agents. The startup’s reasoning is that online agents are more popular than in-person agents, but the latter are still more profitable.

94
2 years ago

A startup that is building a tool to help non-profit organizations raise funds. It’s an SBI platform that allows donors to donate in their own currency and for donors to specify how much they’d like to donate.

94
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps people plan their trip to see the world’s best art. The app comes with a network of over 1,000 locations of art museums and galleries from around the world. The startup is profitable.

94
2 years ago

A platform for selling and buying things on your phone, similar to eBay and Craigslist, but with more personalization and a focus on local finds. In beta as of July, the company is not yet profitable, but has already signed up over 500 beta testers.

94
2 years ago

A tool to help companies estimate the time it will take to complete software development projects. Currently only for-profit SaaS companies, the startup wants to expand into the nonprofit and hardware sectors in the future.

93
2 years ago

This is a company building a platform where an existing customer can find and hire a contractor to repair or remodel a specific item in their home. It’s a marketplace for homeowners looking to hire contractors, and the startup is profitable.

93
2 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.

92
2 years ago

The creators of this startup want to bring the world a universal, open-source, and non-profit search engine.

92
2 years ago

A platform that connects lenders to people who have bad credit to pay loans back on time. The company’s cofounder, David Leon, says the company is profitable, has more than $1.3 million in loans, and has been servicing loans for over a year.

91
2 years ago

Designed to help clients define and measure their social impact, Consequence is a software company helping nonprofits and for-profits better track their impact. It helps clients measure the effectiveness of their programs and measure employees’ impact, too. The company has a $10 million Series A, with $1 million raised in its first round of VC funding.

90
2 years ago

A non-profit that follows and mentors African-American female entrepreneurs, providing them access to mentors and resources to help them build their businesses.

89
2 years ago

A company that helps charities and nonprofits raise money through online platforms. The company’s current product allows organizations to create an online presence, convert and store donations, and use the data to build and optimize their online marketing campaigns.

89
2 years ago

A new channel for people to sell their old books for profit

89
2 years ago

A company that makes tools for the non-profit and humanitarian space. It recently raised $1.5 million in seed funding.

88
2 years ago

A for-profit company that wants to create a social network for “sponsored content” where brands pay to influence public opinion.

88
1 year ago

 A collective of independent, small-time, and non-profit startups.

88
2 years ago

A non-profit organization which helps teachers discuss and share classroom resources, with an emphasis on developing new materials and resources for teachers.

87
2 years ago

Koku is a tool for people to build their own subscription-based service. Koku is meant to be a one-stop shop for all of a person’s subscription needs, with a toolset designed for ease of use. The startup is a Y Combinator company, and has over 200,000 users and is profitable.

86
2 years ago

This startup is building a service that helps companies manage their employee benefit programs with a single platform, and will take a slice of the companies’ profits to pay for the service.

86
2 years ago

A startup that helps restaurants and other places sell their leftover food for a profit.

85
2 years ago

A tool tasked with helping local governments and non-profits collaborate through digital tools.

83
2 years ago

A tool to help nonprofits do their fundraising. By taking in donations and giving them out to their clients in a direct, transparent manner, the startup wants to help nonprofits grow their donor bases and improve their bottom line.

83
2 years ago

We’ve all shared our thoughts on the internet, so why not do it for a profit There are a lot of people with some expertise in the areas of screenwriting, video editing, and voice acting who’d like to work in their free time on projects without any pressure to launch.

82
1 year ago

A way for people who need to move into a new apartment to take a photo of their living room or kitchen and quickly see a comprehensive price list of what it would cost to remodel it. The startup says it’s profitable and has a $150,000 monthly revenue run rate.

82
1 year ago

"A company that helps businesses go from idea to profitable reality. We help founders build ideas from day one and help them launch them successfully."

81
2 years ago

A software company that provides a platform to allow employees to submit professional development suggestions that are then implemented as part of a company’s onboarding process. The startup has signed on 5 companies and is profitable.

80
2 years ago

This company is building a platform to allow companies and non-profits to track their employees’ attendance, expenses, and other key metrics.

79
10 months ago

A startup that allows nonprofits to fundraise online and sell merchandise. The startup matches donors with nonprofits that need money, and allows users to also donate money to certain causes.

78
1 year ago

A company that’s building a platform for government and non-profit organizations to find and hire remote workers.

77
2 years ago

A mobile app that generates income for the user - a college student who buys cheap phone cases from China and resells them at a profit.

76
2 years ago

A Boston startup that aims to make it easier for people to start a business by cutting out the middlemen that currently profit from them. It offers a suite of services that allow companies to set up a website in 15 minutes.

75
1 year ago

Gives people the ability to “give back” in a way that’s easy, cost effective, and fun. It’s a platform that lets people donate a percentage of their income through a daily survey, which is then split between the nonprofit of their choice and the charity of their choice.

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
2 years ago

A startup that provides a way to connect donors with nonprofits through the power of social media.

74
1 year ago

A travel health insurance company for the U.S. market, which is trying to cover a profitable market with an under-insured customer base. It’s currently in the UK, and is looking to expand to the US.

74
2 years ago

A company that builds software that helps local governments and non-profit organizations use data to build better services for their communities. The startup wants to build a cloud-based platform that acts as a repository for all local government data.

73
2 years ago

A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

73
1 year ago

This is a messaging app for nonprofit organizations. The goal is to make it easier for groups to send information and announcements, but also to build a social network for the groups.

72
1 year ago

A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

71
11 months ago

Transnational startup that creates tools for small businesses and nonprofits to communicate in Korean. The company is working with a Korean NGO on the Korean-language version of Forecast.

70
2 years ago

A company that helps companies with bookkeeping, and aims to do it all online. They pitch themselves as something like a “full-service accounting platform,” complete with invoicing, payments, and accounting integrations. The company was founded in 2015, and has been profitable in its first year.

69
2 years ago

A suite of employee benefits that give employees a share of their company’s profits.

68
1 year ago

A SaaS app for U.S. non-profits. The startup says it helps “non-profits and donor-advised funds” keep track of their donors.

68
1 year ago

Predicts and enables “data-driven innovation”. The company is looking at building a machine learning platform to help their customers find new ways to use analytics to make their businesses more profitable.

67
1 year ago

A for-profit volunteer organization that makes it easier for people to donate their time to nonprofits.

67
1 year ago

A health insurance app which allows users to submit their medical claims and payment information with a couple of taps on their phone. The startup is a bit of an interesting case study for the healthcare sector. They launched in March and have over 1,000 customers already. They're profitable for the first time.

67
1 year ago

A not-for-profit that’s building a platform to teach girls to code.

65
1 year ago

Focusing on hiring methods for nonprofits, this startup is working on a platform that aims to take out the “friction” in the hiring process.

65
7 months 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.

65
2 years ago

An educational video platform that funds new educational videos through a non-profit membership model.

64
1 year ago

The company wants to become the Amazon of US foreign aid. It wants to help US citizens save money on international travel and give non-profits and governments more money to spend in the developing world.

64
4 months ago

A company that helps restaurants and retailers maximize their profits with a payments and marketing platform.

64
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for people to donate to nonprofits. The startup takes the hassle out of processing donations by replacing the 3-5% processing fee that many nonprofits pay for online donations with a 2.5% processing fee.

63
11 months ago

A startup for nonprofits to manage their recurring donation programs, allowing them to figure out which programs are most effective and where to invest their money.

63
1 year ago

A job board for non-profit organizations.

61
1 year ago

A US-based startup that wants to help businesses and nonprofits track and report on their social media activity.

60
1 year ago

A sales collaboration platform that helps companies with salespeople communicate better, run more profitable sales meetings, and close more deals.

58
1 year ago

A company that does data collection for nonprofit events. The company is going to help nonprofits run better, faster, and cheaper events through a better toolset.

58
8 months ago

A startup for crowdfunding for nonprofits

58
1 year ago

Non-profits in the U.S. and abroad rely on donors and volunteers to get their work done. Unfortunately, they aren’t always able to rely on these people to do what they promise. BitGive is a platform for non-profits that operates on the Ethereum blockchain. The platform lets non-profits raise money through cryptocurrency and use those funds to make donations to the causes they care about.

57
1 year ago

Imagine you’re a CEO who wants to maximize your company’s profits. One way to do it is to accept credit cards, but most companies struggle to get the rates they want. Debit-on-demand startup Debitize lets companies accept credit cards and debit cards on demand.

57
10 months ago

A platform for scheduling and managing taxi-cab service via smartphone. The startup is in the early stages of scaling, but the goal is to offer all of the things you could expect from a taxi cab service — like GPS tracking, real-time communication, and a dispatch system. The company is profitable and small but growing in the San Francisco Bay area.

57
1 year ago

The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

56
1 year ago

A platform for helping people donate to nonprofits. The startup wants to “take the pain out of giving.”

54
1 year ago

“Our mission is to provide profitability to the drone industry.”

53
1 year ago

A startup that helps people find free or discounted parking. The startup says it’s been profitable in the last year.

53
1 year ago

A tool that helps brick-and-mortar stores stay on top of inventory and customer data, helping them reduce labor costs and increase profits.

53
9 months ago

This is a not-for-profit that provides a global marketplace to sell and buy durable goods. The marketplace is meant to help reduce the environmental impact of consumer goods, especially in developing countries.

52
1 year ago

A startup focused on helping non-profits make better use of their data. It’s early days, but that’s one of the key areas where non-profits are struggling to get value from their data.

51
1 year ago

A tool to help nonprofits create their own call-to-action campaigns, by turning their event pages into a call-to-action page.

50
11 months ago

 A startup that helps companies and non-profits track their donations, using the donations as incentives to attract and retain employees. The idea is that the donations can be used as a sort of “pay-to-work” scheme.

50
7 months ago

A platform that enables a “one-click” process for nonprofits to raise donations, and for donors to get credit for their donations.

50
1 year ago

A three-way partnership between a university, a local government, and a private company that connects local governments and non-profits that want to find funding to their projects in a more efficient way.

49
7 months 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.

49
1 year ago

A startup that helps nonprofits replace donation solicitation with a call-to-action to register to vote.

47
1 year ago

A ride-sharing service that uses algorithms to match drivers with customers, as an alternative to the taxi companies that dominate the market. The drivers are paid when they’re matched with customers with a ride, and the startup is profitable.

47
1 year ago

A platform that helps people with no access to banking services, get small business loans and savings accounts. They’re a nonprofit and are building a platform to help people build their own financial products and have it administered by a bank, thus making it more accessible.

47
3 months ago

A tool for helping people visualize where their donations go when they donate online to nonprofits.

47
1 year ago

A startup that connects farmers with buyers. The startup helps farmers find buyers with the goal of making agriculture more profitable and sustainable.

46
1 year ago

A platform for helping non-profits and social enterprises connect with their customers.

45
9 months ago

A two-sided marketplace for businesses and nonprofits to quickly connect with donors.

45
1 year ago

A tool that helps smaller tech companies understand their technology costs and profitability

44
1 year ago

A financial services company that provides loan payments and collection services. The startup is now profitable and has a $4.5 million valuation.

44
1 year ago

A co-op centered around giving financial advice to companies, and letting them share in the profits.

44
1 year ago

Viable is a health insurance company that provides a 10th of the cost of other plans but covers primary care and urgent care. It’s currently profitable and the product is available in the Philadelphia area.

44
1 year ago

A startup that helps people manage their credit card debt, manage their finances, and stay on top of the things they owe. It claims to have helped over 1 million people, and is profitable.

43
1 year ago

A startup that tracks and analyzes the performance of affiliate sites, providing insights into which sites are bringing in the most money per month. Its goal is to help users maximize their profits and make money the most efficient way.

42
1 year ago

Based on the startup’s founder’s work at Kiva, a nonprofit that helps people in poverty create micro loans, the startup wants to expand its service to provide people in the US loans at a lower cost. It currently serves small businesses in 30 US cities.

42
1 year ago

A company that helps teams manage the accounting, invoicing, and other aspects of their work. Operating in the non-profit sector, the startup is helping them get organized so they can spend less time managing accounts and more time doing their work.

42
1 year ago

A software company that provides a platform to help companies sell their products and services to governments, nonprofits, and businesses. The platform allows for both quotes and payments to be made.

40
1 year ago

This healthcare startup wants to help employees avoid the cycle of health insurance premiums and high deductibles. They send a monthly debit card to employees, and can be customized to cover a certain amount of money per month for a certain service, ranging from life insurance to primary care to dental. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco Bay Area.

40
1 year ago

A company that provides a platform for non-profits and schools to fundraise, track donations, and manage their donors. The app currently has 1000+ users.

40
1 year ago

A platform for the entertainment industry to create, manage, and monetize its content. The startup says it will help artists “pivot to new business models, stay profitable, and expand their business”.

39
1 year ago

A B2B service that’s been in beta for over a year that helps restaurants manage their finances. The service helps restaurants manage their business from a single location and get a better sense of how they’re doing and where their money's going. The company was founded in 2013 and is profitable and growing.

39
4 months ago

This company is a marketplace for shared storage, storage on remote servers, with a network of people that store their stuff there. They charge a monthly fee, and they say they’re profitable with over 60,000 users.

39
4 months ago

A platform that helps non-profits raise money by selling sponsorships.

39
1 year ago

A platform that helps people find and book home services, like cleaners and handymen. The startup currently has 30 employees and is profitable.

38
2 months ago

An organization that helps finance professionals in developing markets establish upstart businesses using the same financing tools as larger companies in developed markets. The company’s clients have access to the same loans as big banks, but at a lower rate. The company is profitable and plans to expand to other developing markets.

38
1 month ago

A platform for working with government agencies and non-profits to help them develop applications for their constituents.

38
1 month ago

A company that helps non-profits raise funds by inviting contributions from people who care about the cause.

38
1 year ago

An AI that helps companies discover and understand meaning in text and voice. The product is used by companies like Duolingo, and the startup says it’s profitable and growing.

37
1 year ago

A platform that uses AI to determine the most profitable items to sell on your e-commerce site.

37
1 year ago

The startup facilitates the sale of old vehicles for a profit via a network of dealers that maintain and sell the cars.

37
10 months ago

A tool to help nonprofits offer more flexible and affordable services to low-income populations.

37
10 months ago

This startup, founded in May, has a tool that helps companies better understand their financial health. The startup’s software goes through all of a company’s expenses, tracks revenue and profitability and gives employees a report on where all the money is going.

37
1 year ago

An enterprise-grade video conferencing platform for business. The startup is already profitable and is looking to double its 50 employees over the next year.

36
1 year ago

A Chicago-based startup that helps companies build employee wellness products. It’s a way for companies to create wellness programs that are sticky and profitable.

36
10 months ago

A tool for nonprofits to raise money for their projects with “a fast, simple and effective way to communicate with potential donors.”

36
1 year ago

A company that helps companies and nonprofits raise money by letting people donate to causes they care about through the app.

35
8 months ago

A startup that helps small businesses and nonprofits sell merchandise online. The company provides the software, but it also handles the returns, shipping, and customer service.

35
8 months ago

In January 2018 James and his wife, Ali, founded a non-profit organization to help refugee children in Nepal.

35
1 month ago

Hoping to “democratize” the process of making art. The startup wants to create a “curatorial” platform that allows artists to crowdsource art, curate it and share in the profits.

35
1 year ago

A non-profit that is building a strategic communications and social media campaign to help bring clean water to the world’s poorest people.

34
1 year ago

An online service that helps non-profit foundations and research groups compete with for-profit companies by matching them with expert volunteers.

34
11 months ago

A startup that hopes to use AI to find gaps in the market, allowing people to make more profitable investments.

34
6 months ago

A platform for creating custom websites for non-profits, allowing them to build a website to promote their services and fundraise.

34
1 year ago

A decentralized network of health and medical devices that can connect to each other to streamline health data gathering and data sharing. The network is designed to be a completely decentralized, non-profit network, and is currently in talks with the NHS.

33
1 year ago

The first platform for wholesale drug purchasing, connecting drug companies with distributors. The startup is already profitable and has 1,000 customers.

33
1 year ago

A web-based service designed to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money. It charges a nominal annual fee for the service.

33
1 year ago

Nonprofits are often the ones using the most outdated technology, which can lead to cost overruns, delays, and ultimately poor results. Eloken helps nonprofits modernize their IT infrastructure by providing them with a cloud-based platform that cuts their costs while providing them with the tools they need to keep their programs running smoothly.

33
11 months ago

A startup that wants to help non-profits find sponsors, from high-value companies that have $100K+ to support, to local businesses that have $100 per year.

33
7 months ago

A startup that allows nonprofits to raise money for their causes, using a combination of a crowdfunding platform and a peer-to-peer lending marketplace.

33
11 months ago

A nonprofit that has built a model for giving low-income communities in the US access to loans from local banks

32
10 months ago

Building a platform to support freelance writers and publishers, where writers can make money by writing for others, and publishers can profit from selling their content.

32
10 months ago

A platform that enables retailers to grow their business, build a community and be profitable. The company is backed by True Ventures, Amazon, and Slack co-founder Stewart Butterfield.

32
6 months ago

A solution for small businesses to automate their bookkeeping, invoicing, and accounting. The startup is looking to partner with other companies in exchange for a cut of their profits.

32
4 months ago

“A platform that helps non-profit organizations, like universities and hospitals, get free advertising”.

32
2 months ago

This startup is building a way for people to create their own smart contracts, then use them to automate boring tasks and make them profitable.

32
11 months ago

A platform that offers a way for for-profit companies to buy and sell goods and services with other small businesses.

31
10 months ago

This startup makes a crowdfunding platform for non-profits and non-profits of charities. It’s currently for charities but plans to expand to for-profits in the future.

31
8 months ago

This startup is building an automated sales tool that helps you find your most profitable deals, track their progress and communicate with vendors. The startup has two customers so far, but plans to launch in the San Francisco Bay Area in Q3.

31
8 months ago

A startup that wants the world to know about the good work that nonprofits are doing

31
7 months ago

A tool that will allow non-profits to raise money for their causes by pre-selling branded merchandise, starting with a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Customers purchase pieces of a t-shirt or hoody and design their own text and images, which they can then have printed and shipped. The proceeds of their sale will go directly to the American Red Cross.

31
3 months ago

Startups that fit into multiple categories, where founders have multiple roles — co-founder, CEO, CTO and CIO, or just the founder and CTO — are a bit more common today, but still rare. The challenge is that it can be difficult to measure how much of the company’s sales and profit go to the founder. Here’s a partial list of startups that fit into that category:

31
2 months 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.

31
10 months ago

A web-based tool to help teams in the non-profit space get together, brainstorm and share ideas.

30
4 months ago

A startup that allows non-profits to fundraise directly from their email inbox.

30
1 year ago

A platform that helps small businesses manage their expenses. The startup has built a cloud-based software system that allows small businesses to run reports and track their cash flow, and handle expenses such as rent, utilities, and business contributions. It offers free plans for nonprofits and businesses with fewer than $1 million in revenue.

29
1 year ago

A startup that provides a platform for non-profits to raise and invest money in a transparent way.

29
9 months ago

A digital platform that pairs journalists with startups, non-profits and institutions that need help with their messaging.

28
6 months ago

A team that helps nonprofits use their corporate email addresses to help their organizational goals.

28
3 months ago

What if a garage was a non-profit Garage is a startup that wants to change the way we think about parking by creating a new type of community center, one that houses a library, skate park, and a community center.

28
1 year ago

A program for non-profits to get funding from investors.

27
6 months ago

Is building a database for small businesses to help them become more profitable.

27
5 months ago

A startup that makes it easy for anyone to access inexpensive and highly profitable lending.

27
4 months ago

The startup is building a platform that helps you find the nearest babysitter, and it’s already working with more than 100 cities. They’re profitable and expect to be profitable by the end of 2020.

27
2 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.

26
1 year ago

Services for working with nonprofits to help them raise more money via crowdsourcing.

26
11 months ago

A company that helps clients manage the relationship between their brand and the people who use its products. The startup was originally built to help the non-profit World Vision, but they found they weren’t a good fit and pivoted.

26
9 months ago

A crowdfunding website for creators that also makes a profit for the site.

26
9 months ago

The company is building a tool that helps “nonprofits step into the technology age” to help them change the way they use technology and build a better digital future.

26
8 months ago

A startup that helps non-profits and non-profits' donors engage with each other through a single login.

26
7 months ago

A startup that provides an insurance-like product for construction companies, which helps them track and manage their risks. It’s a “smart” insurance product that uses data to help track and manage risks like weather, equipment failures and employee performance. It’s already profitable.

26
14 days ago

A software company that works with nonprofits to help them attract more donors.

26
11 months ago

Since its founding in 2011, this nonprofit has built a library of online resources and tools for the disadvantaged, including an online database of nearly 100,000 student aid resources.

25
10 months ago

An ad network for the ad tech industry. The startup is working to make the industry more efficient and more profitable. They’re hoping it will work with publishers as well as advertisers.

25
8 months ago

A donation platform that connects non-profits with companies interested in supporting their causes.

25
6 months ago

A company that helps small businesses bring back profits through an app that lets them buy and sell services.

25
6 months ago

A tool for creating personalized videos for social media. The startup says they have 20 employees and are profitable and growing in the US, with a 10% conversion rate.

25
3 months ago

The founders of Zapier want to make it easy to set up a set of apps to automatically trigger each other. They say they have over 35,000 users and are profitable.

25
3 months ago

A non-profit that’s using a platform for urban farmers to sell their produce to nearby restaurants, making the product accessible to low income communities in cities like Philadelphia.

25
11 months ago

The Startup Genome is a resource for founders and investors. It covers early stage startups and is a non-profit that helps entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. The Startup Genome aims to improve the ecosystem by providing entrepreneurs with data to help guide their decisions and spread best practices.

24
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
10 months ago

A company that helps organizations like law firms, nonprofits, and schools safely store, access, and share sensitive information online.

24
6 months ago

A startup that wants to build a full-service, for-profit “Hotel of the Future” that is both a hostel and a small, boutique hotel. The company’s goal is to help youth find more affordable places to stay while they work on their career.

24
4 months ago

A startup that’s building a data analytics platform that can help retailers determine the most profitable locations to open new stores.

24
3 months ago

A free, web-based platform that allows people to donate and volunteer their time to local non-profits.

24
11 months ago

An advertising company that provides a platform for publishers, brands and non-profits to advertise on social media platforms.

23
9 months ago

A platform for using the cloud to host and share content, including music, photos and videos. The company wants to be a place where people can upload, edit and share their own content in a way that isn’t controlled by one single entity. It has 9,500 users and is profitable.

23
6 months ago

A “socially-conscious” app that lets users make gifts and donations to nonprofits.

23
6 months ago

In the US, many people live in places with multiple local currencies. Arbitrage builds a platform that allows people to buy and sell these different currencies, with the platform acting as the middleman for a profit.

23
5 months ago

The founders at this startup want to help restaurant owners around the US increase sales and profits for their businesses.

23
2 months ago

A corporate social responsibility platform for brands that allows brands to more easily do good and make a profit from it.

23
9 months ago

A company that helps people collect and report information on the state of the planet and helps them predict where the next natural disaster is likely to strike. It’s a project for The Planetary Society, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to space exploration.

22
6 months ago

A platform to help non-profits track online donations, allowing them to show donors how their contributions impact their goals.

22
3 months ago

This startup solves problems for the for-profit education industry by making it easier for students to file complaints, gain access to records and seek out new teachers.

22
11 months ago

A cloud-based platform for nonprofits and charities to manage their donor interaction and communications.

21
3 months ago

This startup helps retailers get more data from their customers and better schedule deliveries, cutting costs, and increasing profits.

21
3 months ago

A group of businesses that want to do something fun together. They’re looking for: non-profits, non-profits with low overhead, non-profits in the Bay Area, and non-profits with a good story.

21
1 month ago

A platform that helps non-profits measure their impact and reach donors. The startup also offers a service for nonprofits of all sizes to produce impact reports, generally a 6-month to 1-year undertaking for a nonprofit.

21
2 years ago

Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

20
8 months ago

A platform for non-profits to find and verify volunteers, allowing them to better engage their donors.

20
6 months ago

This Silicon Valley startup is building a way for creators to build “by-God” apps for businesses. The company’s products are aimed at Fortune 500 companies, but their software can be used to solve a wide range of problems for SMBs and non-profits.

20
3 months ago

The startup aims to make it easier for individuals to learn about the causes they care about. The company’s first product, a smartphone app, aims to make it easy to support nonprofits by helping users donate to them directly on the app or find local nonprofits in their area. The app is currently in beta.

20
3 months ago

A startup that pairs brands with nonprofits to raise awareness of the latter’s work and encourage donations. The company wants to help nonprofits reach a wider audience.

20
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that provides a full-stack CRM for nonprofit organizations. The founders claim the product has a 3x conversion rate compared to other major players, and is focused on helping nonprofits do more for less money.

19
5 months ago

A startup that lets users pay for their parking via a mobile app. The company says it’s currently working with over 1,000 parking lots and is profitable, in part because it cuts out the

19
3 months ago

Viable is building a platform for employers to manage their employee health plans. It’s a B2B operation, with its first customers being large employers like the Department of Defense and United Parcel Service. Viable is profitable and growing in the Philadelphia area.

19
2 months ago

A data-driven organization that helps non-profits with data analysis. It’s team of researchers and researchers will perform data analysis for charities, so they can focus on the most effective ways to raise money and encourage donors to give.

19
2 months ago

A solution focused on helping nonprofits and non-profits build audiences on Facebook.

19
5 months ago

The startup is building a cloud based “data hub” specifically for social impact companies. It aims to “make it easier for social enterprises and nonprofits to integrate their data with the rest of the world, and for those people to access it.” The startup’s first customers are a group of nonprofits in the Bay Area.

18
2 months ago

A non-profit that uses analytics to help the homeless find housing. The startup is using data-driven tactics to help homeless people search for housing and the resources that go with it.

18
2 months ago

Health-related non-profits must raise millions of dollars to grow and expand. Loop is building a tool for them to manage daily tasks and keep operations running smoothly.

18
3 months ago

This startup is building a real-time streaming analytics platform for retailers to track their store visitors and catch any patterns that could lead to e-commerce profit.

17
2 months ago

A company that wants to make it easier for non-profits to fundraise online. The startup’s platform connects nonprofits with the people or companies that can help them.

17
2 months ago

A pay-as-you-go delivery service that brings groceries straight to your door. Its founders say they’re currently profitable, but the plan is to raise more capital later this year.

17
7 months ago

A SaaS platform for creating, managing, and selling e-books. The startup wants to make publishing easier, and by working with publishers, it can make the process more profitable.

16
6 months ago

The creators of this startup are known for creating the first climate change website in the world, with a few other companies in their portfolio. Their new startup is a smart platform that helps companies track and measure their climate footprint, and also a tool for nonprofits to fundraise.

16
3 months ago

A startup that wants to make it easier for nonprofits to build and manage a digital presence. It helps them get on digital platforms like Facebook, Google, and Instagram.

16
3 months ago

A platform for startup founders to raise capital in a new way. Their pitch is that their platform is bringing transparency and efficiency to angel investing. Instead of a typical deal where a startup founder gets 50% of the company’s future equity, they offer equity up front as well as a stake in the company’s future profits.

15
3 months ago

A crowdfunding platform for nonprofits, aiming to help people raise money and volunteer for causes closer to home.

15
2 months ago

A chatbot that’s meant to help people with chronic and mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, get access to medical professionals. The bot is a project of the nonprofit Mental Health America.

15
1 month ago

In 2015, the foundation of the startup was a brief strategic meeting between a team of people with a shared vision of creating a new and better way to track and support youth development. Today, they’re a nonprofit with a mission to help youth reduce barriers and realize their full potential.

15
1 month ago

Nivi is an online marketplace for buying used cars for under $10,000. The startup is based in San Francisco and has been operating in the US market for the past year. It’s profitable, and wants to expand to other markets.

15
1 month ago

A technology that helps nonprofits to give donors a chance to support them without charging them.

15
1 month ago

A tool that connects businesses that offer professional development with those looking for it. The startup is building a marketplace that connects those looking for professional development with those offering it, to improve profitability by lowering the cost of training.

14
1 month ago

This startup is looking to help companies in the B2B space generate leads by using machine learning to predict where they’ll make the best profit.

13
3 months ago

A 100% web based accounting app with a focus on payroll and taxes. They’re profitable with $25k on the books after launching in January 2019.

12
2 months ago

This startup is building a time tracking tool for freelancers and small businesses. They say they have over 2,000 paying users and are profitable.

12
2 months ago

A tool to help nonprofits understand their competitors and how they’re spending their money

12
1 month ago

This startup helps nonprofit organizations — particularly those serving women and children — connect with government and other stakeholders to solve problems and create impact.

12
1 month ago

A non-profit that uses AI to help the homeless and indigent, with a focus on building an on-demand delivery system for healthy food.

12
1 month ago

A digital dashboard platform that helps small businesses and nonprofits track their monthly spending and optimize their finances.

12
2 months ago

A tool for helping freelancers manage their expenses and plan for taxes. The startup has built an app that makes it easier for freelancers to track the money flows from their business, and provides a “tax your business” tool to help them calculate their taxes. They’re profitable and growing in the San Francisco area.

11
2 months ago

A startup that assists small businesses in optimizing their advertising budgets, and helps them create more profitable ad campaigns

11
6 days ago

 A platform that makes it easier for companies to manage payroll, benefits, and retirement. The startup has 100 customers and is profitable.

11
2 years ago

Idea: This is a tool for hiring workers on an as-needed basis. The company is working with a non-profit in Atlanta to help with staffing at after-school clubs.

10
1 month ago

A startup that’s building an open source platform to help non-profits and municipalities manage their financial data.

10
14 days ago

A platform that helps employers with payroll and HR. They’re profitable and growing in the Raleigh, NC area.

10
2 years ago

Idea: A 3D audio startup that is trying to make podcasting more immersive by using binaural audio. The app has a pretty strong take on the future of podcasting, and its founder says that the company is profitable.

7
2 years ago

Idea: A startup for hand-made products. The startup is looking to disrupt the marketplace business by focusing on a niche of handmade goods. The startup claims it can make handmade goods more profitable for producers and more affordable for consumers.

7
2 years ago

A startup that helps non-profits and social enterprises improve their impact by giving them insights into how people use their products and services.

6
2 months ago

A startup that helps get people to donate their spare devices to nonprofits. The startup has built a platform that brings in excess devices and recycles them into new ones for those in need.

6
24 days ago

A tool that lets nonprofits and governments track donations and funds to make sure that the money is being spent well.

6
3 days ago

A company building a mobile-first digital platform for nonprofits to engage donors and volunteers, as well as maintain records of donations and volunteers.

5
2 years ago

Idea: A non-profit that aims to create a decentralized, open-source standard for blockchain identity

4
3 days ago

A startup that helps nonprofits get more donors, with tools to help them better engage people.

4
19 days ago

A platform to help nonprofits raise more funds, with a model similar to Kickstarter

3
18 days ago

A web-based system that helps charities, non-profits and organizations raise and manage funds.

3
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps nonprofits raise money from their supporters. The startup charges a 20% fee of all donations made through its platform, and says it’s using a $500k grant from the Knight Foundation to grow the company.

2
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a real estate investing marketplace where individual investors can connect with each other and do deals together. The company charges a fee on each transaction, and says it is profitable.

1
2 years ago

A startup that wants to make it easy to start and run a non-profit organization. The company is launching its first product today.

0
2 days ago

A CRM for non-profits, building “an easy way to track and report on all things nonprofit.”

0
16 hours ago

A startup to help non-profits raise more money by creating more effective social media content.

0
2 years ago

Idea: Early stage, VC-backed uBiome is an open source citizen science biotech that makes it easy for anyone to analyze their microbiome The company is profitable and is scaling internationally, but its founders want more funding

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2 years ago

Idea: A software company that helps non-profits and NGOs integrate with payment processors and other fintech services

-1
2 years ago

Idea: Public Relations for the Non-Profit Sector

-1
2 years ago

Idea: Luxe is building a platform for on-demand car service that charges $5 per month for bookings and $150 per mile The company expects to be profitable by the end of the year

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A platform that makes it easy to rent out office spaces around the world The founders say they’re already making a profit

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that has built an API for non-profits in the fundraising space

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2 years ago

Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A SaaS product that helps create recurring donations, a recurring revenue model usually only done by nonprofits The startup wants to serve for-profit businesses looking to encourage repeat purchases

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps small businesses pay for employees’ healthcare. The startup says it’s made $100,000 in profit in the first 5 months, and has $200,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that is building a platform for shared office space. The company’s founders say that it’s already profitable and has $2.8 million in revenue, with $10 million in annual recurring revenue. The company is installing $10 million in hardware in the next two years. It’s currently profitable.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps people manage their finances by pulling in all their accounts from various banks and credit card companies. The company says it is profitable and growing quickly.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A non-profit in Brazil that provides free financial planning to low-income families. The startup works with banks to offer credit to qualifying customers, and works with the family to create a plan for them to pay it back. They already work with 8 banks and offer credit to 300 families.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup for custom mobile applications for companies and non-profits. It’s a well-known model that has been around for a few years. The founder says his company has $30k in monthly recurring revenue, working with 500 companies.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A platform that uses AI to help small business owners scale by building an engine that automatically figures out the most profitable steps to scale a business.

-1
2 years ago

xtractor is a platform for helping publishers convert their subscriptions into recurring revenue, which is often more profitable. xtractor’s pitch is hyperfocused on their customers’ business needs, like improving reader retention and increasing subscription and recurring revenue.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A white-labeled version of the video scheduling tools used by companies like Google and Facebook. It also helps companies manage their video ads — and is profitable now by helping companies make native videos.

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