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Trip Startup Ideas



1 year ago

Allows people to book free trips on flights, trains, and buses.

206
2 years ago

A startup that’s building a social network that connects strippers with clients

205
1 year ago

A tool for coordinating a group’s shopping trip with a single destination by using an app to do the driving.

188
7 months ago

A startup for travelers to find the best hotels, restaurants and attractions for their trip.

171
1 year ago

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

165
1 year ago

The first YC-backed startup to reach unicorn status was Airbnb, in 2009. Airbnb was followed by Dropbox, Stripe, Uber, Instacart, and Wayfair.

148
2 years ago

Idea: A new luxury travel brand that sells experiences like a cooking class in Marrakesh, a private beach in Bali, or a safari trip in Africa. The company is targeting high net worth travelers with up to $3 million in investable assets.

135
2 years ago

A mobile app that helps a person use a credit card that does not have a magnetic stripe. Instead, it uses a special card reader that reads the information on the card, and sends it to the app.

134
2 years ago

A startup that helps travelers plan their trip, determine the best route, and book the cheapest fare.

129
1 year ago

A payments company that lets users of services like Stripe and PayPal process recurring payments like car insurance or mortgage payments in a few clicks. It has raised $2.9 million from investors including Y Combinator and is currently in private beta.

126
2 years ago

A startup that enables users to create a story about a short trip online, using photos and maps. The app has been in beta for two years now, and has over a million photos and videos.

125
1 year ago

A platform for online retailers to sell products, primarily on Amazon, Shopify, and AliExpress. The startup wants to provide more of a full platform for e-commerce companies, allowing them to accept payments, manage inventory and payment processing, and integrate with Stripe to get paid.

120
1 year ago

A startup that helps you find a ride share for a trip by using a variety of technology to help you choose a car that’s right for you. The startup has raised $3.5 million in two rounds of funding.

120
2 years ago

A startup that’s building an online marketplace for visual artists to sell their work to the world, with payment handled by Stripe.

117
2 years ago

A product that makes it easy for people to plan their trips and book their flights.

110
2 years ago

Builds a platform for businesses to share and compare information about their products, services, and employees. It has partnerships with companies like Linkedin, Mailchimp, and Stripe, allowing employees to upload their resumes, manage their accounts, and receive paychecks directly within the platform.

110
2 years ago

This startup wants to use its data to help people decide where to vacation, and where to live. It’s a bit like other startup like TripAdvisor — but it’s also a concierge service that wants to help show people the best places to vacation and live.

110
1 year ago

A software company that helps people plan trips, like booking flights and hotels.

108
2 years ago

A wearable that helps you find the best places to park during a trip to the grocery store.

107
1 year ago

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

107
2 years ago

A platform that connects people with people who want to take independent trips.

105
2 years ago

A $1 cloud-based road trip planning tool that allows users to plan and share their travels.

104
2 years ago

A startup that is a directory of places to go on vacation and where you can do activities (IE A startup like TripAdvisor but for all sorts of activities)

103
2 years ago

 A little like Twilio and Stripe, this API makes it easier to build new kinds of voice-controlled software.

103
2 years ago

A new way to book travel. Instead of booking a flight, the travel planning app lets users plan their trip route and pick the times they want to travel.

103
2 years ago

An automated subscription service that promises to send you a box of the best things it finds on the internet for you — and it’s free. It’s based on a Reddit post from early January in which the founder said he was “unemployed and bored” while on a trip.

99
1 year ago

As of 2018, YC has graduated over 2,000 companies, including some of the most well-known startups in the world, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, and Lyft.

99
1 year ago

A platform that allows online and offline retailers to charge products to users’ cards. The company says it can boost conversion rates by 35%, but might also be seen as a competitor to Stripe and PayPal.

98
2 years ago

A startup that helps you plan your trip to the beach, from finding the cheapest flight, to finding the best hotel.

96
2 years ago

A startup that lets people book rideshare services, place trips, and get suggestions from the app. It’s already working with over 5,000 drivers.

95
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 startup that allows customers to order food and snacks to be delivered to their hotel room in advance of a trip.

87
1 year ago

A new startup that wants to provide a way for investors to connect with companies in the early stages of development, with a focus on B2B companies. The founder said it has around $24 million in funding so far, and has already worked with companies like TaskRabbit, Instacart, and Stripe.

86
2 years ago

Ex-Google engineers are building a new living room device they call the “Echo” that’s essentially a giant voice-controlled speaker. The device is a stripped-down, Google-made version of the Google Home, and can be controlled by voice, music, and TV apps. It’s set to launch in November.

85
2 years ago

A company that makes software to help manage large group trips. It helps groups of people communicate itineraries and organize everything from hotel reservations to transportation to food.

83
2 years ago

A company that aims to mitigate the need for business travel by allowing employees to schedule business trips for any day from their desk.

81
1 year ago

Online discovery service focused on solving the problem of finding the right home for your next vacation. The startup uses data and algorithms to help vacationers find the right home for their next trip.

81
1 year ago

This startup helps businesses manage their supply chains by using machine learning to predict how business will flow and allowing businesses to better manage and reduce trips to the office.

81
1 year ago

A startup that helps users find, purchase, and rate accommodation for their next business trip.

80
1 year ago

A mobile app to help tourists book trips in real time, in a way that’s similar to using a mobile app to book a ride-share or a hotel. The company has a large following of users, and a potential to build a global brand from the ground up.

80
1 year ago

Ideas is organized by YC staff and features the companies that have been accepted into the program. Past speakers include the founders of Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit.

79
1 year ago

A credit card for young people, targeted at millennials for whom traditional credit cards don’t suit their habits. The company has a physical card with a magnetic stripe that customers put on one side of their phones to pay their bills.

79
8 months ago

A tool for managing your business travel. Easily track all of your trips, expenses, and get personal advice on how to make the most of your time away from the office.

78
1 year ago

An online lending platform that provides loans to local businesses. The startup says they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more businesses grow.”

77
1 year ago

A platform for building mobile applications for small businesses, with an easy-to-use dashboard. The startup is looking to compete with popular platforms like Square and Stripe.

76
27 days ago

A technology that helps people in the developing world make full-time travel arrangements for work-related trips.

75
2 years ago

A platform for connecting electric vehicle owners to people who can take them on longer trips.

74
2 years ago

A software startup that helps businesses subscribe to services like Slack, Stripe, Microsoft Teams, WeChat, and more.

73
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where people can buy single-use items like baby wipes and toilet paper for their next camping trip

70
1 year ago

A startup for planning a family trip that you can then sync with your calendar.

70
1 year ago

Founded by a pair of former Stripe engineers, this startup helps companies store and deliver their data in a way that is accessible to developers.

69
1 year ago

A data-driven platform for B2B businesses looking to make smarter hiring decisions. The company says they have over 10,000 customers, including YC partner Stripe.

67
2 years ago

A “street level” mobile app that helps users select a local driver to take them to their destination, and pay for the trip via the app.

66
1 year ago

A platform that allows you to book your next vacation, find a place to stay, and find other travelers to share the trip with.

66
1 year ago

This startup wants to be the Airbnb of after-hours travel for dentists. Dentists can use the service to help students and interns for practice trips, and offer their own services to travelers looking for a dentist while on vacation.

64
2 years ago

A startup that provides a service where you can rent out your car to someone for a day so that they can make a distance trip but don’t want to pay for a plane ticket

63
3 months ago

A company that helps companies with “employee engagement”. The idea is that by using its “engagement platform”, companies can find more engaged employees and more engaged customers, and it’s been used by companies like Airbnb, Stripe, and LinkedIn.

63
9 months ago

A data-driven service that estimates the cost of a trip based on emissions, driving it all the way to booking a flight. Their platform works with airlines and car rental companies to help reduce emissions, as well as help people make smarter travel decisions.

62
1 year ago

A platform for “telling your story”. For instance, you can write a story about your business trip to China, dump it into their database of a million other stories and have it created as an infographic.

61
1 year ago

Expense sharing for travel is a growing trend, but Expense Buddy aims to do it better than others by creating a “predictive expense engine” that creates a bill for your trip before you leave, and serves it to you via email or SMS.

60
1 year ago

A platform that lets businesses sell directly to their customers – similar to services like Shopify or Stripe.

59
1 year ago

A platform that helps you build and save customized travel itineraries for your next trip, and then allows you to share them with your friends to help them get a head start on planning.

59
1 year ago

A platform for managing and tracking intellectual property. The startup’s founders say they have “tripled their revenue as we scale to help more inventors create and protect their inventions.”

57
8 months ago

An online tool to help people plan trips. The company has a team of travel experts and works with travel agencies.

57
7 months ago

Build a game that helps you visualize where you’re going on a road trip, using a case study of the most popular game in China.

54
8 months ago

A product that helps users plan their grocery trips without the use of a computer. It’s designed to help walk people through their selections and make sure they don’t forget to pick up something they need.

53
1 year ago

A micro-insurance platform for the Southeast Asian market that wants to make sure that medical expenses, trips, and other events are covered.

51
1 year ago

A trip app, built to connect travelers with local hosts to get them a place to stay.

50
1 year ago

A startup that arranges travel-to-work commuter trips. The company’s main idea is to help people save on gas, and in a press release said it was already saving customers $150 million in gas.

49
1 year ago

A travel service that leverages machine intelligence to anticipate your needs better. It takes into account past similar trips and predicts your next trip in real-time.

46
1 year ago

The startup’s goal is to create a “travel agency on steroids”. The idea is to use AI and AI-powered services to plan trips and recommend hotels and activities.

46
1 year ago

This startup is building a “digital” tool to help people with things like vacations, travel, or spending money. The startup is on a mission to make saving money as easy as booking a trip. They have an Android application and a web app.

43
1 year ago

A tool that helps businesses manage their cashflow. The startup currently has over 100 customers, including Shopify, Stripe, Stripe Connect, and more.

43
1 year ago

Citizen is building an app that helps people plan trips, make reservations, and book hotels online.

43
10 months ago

A startup that helps people plan their visits to a doctor by breaking down the cost of a trip in different currencies.

41
7 months ago

A “global comms company” for business travelers, which helps them chronicle their trips and share them with their friends and families.

41
2 years ago

A startup that helps people with travel planning For example, I need a hotel for my trip to New York, so I go to a travel planner and tell them that I want to go to New York and they find a place for me and then they also find me a flight and maybe even a rental car

40
9 months ago

Stripe is a payment platform that wants to help e-commerce merchants on smaller margins and those outside the US. The company is looking to partner with other services to help customers in places like China and Mexico expand their customer base.

40
7 months ago

A tool for sharing pictures and video of your trip with friends and family, so you can see what it looks like where you’re going. The company says they’re the only startup in the space that focuses on creating a travel-first experience.

40
1 year ago

A data scientist-powered machine learning platform for the retail industry, enabling retailers to serve customers with personalized, real-time recommendations for their shopping trips.

39
10 months ago

A “social travel planner”, building a community of people and destinations to help travelers plan their trips.

39
2 years ago

Idea: This startup is helping to launch a product called “Tinder for travel” where users can pick and choose flights, hotels, transport, etc. and then a concierge arranges the trip for them.

38
1 year ago

A tool that lets users share their photos and stories from a digital experience on a social network. It’s a way to create a digital scrapbook from a trip or event. It’s been used by celebrities like Pamela Anderson and Jack Black, with a team of four people.

37
9 months ago

A developer-focused SaaS firm, this startup is building a suite of tools for developers that integrates with Salesforce and other platforms, as well as third-party services like Stripe.

37
5 months ago

A startup that tracks the cost of a person’s trip, and then uses that data to help them save money.

37
1 year ago

A startup that helps you create a travel itinerary for your trip, with maps, reviews, and hotel bookings.

36
1 year ago

A startup that lets people earn money by helping their friends book trips. At present, the company has partnered with Airbnb and Kayak to help people book their own trips.

36
6 months ago

A startup that makes it easy to book airline tickets and manage your trip, with a “very simple” interface that looks like “Yelp for travel”. The company is focused on the Latin American market, where 90% of airfare sales are made by word of mouth — and where travel agents often have to call different airlines to book tickets.

36
7 months ago

Technology to help teams in Brazil manage corporate travel more effectively. As travel becomes more important for companies, TriptoHelp wants to help teams book travel, sort itineraries, and manage more efficiently.

35
1 year ago

A travel concierge service to help people book trips, whether they are traveling or are booking stays for others. It currently has over 1,000 people signed up.

34
1 year ago

This startup, which launched in May, is building a tool that allows people to take on the role of a travel agent by offering to book their trips online.

33
1 year ago

A platform for creating travel packages, with a focus on weeklong trips

32
11 months ago

The app will make it easy for customers to book trips and delivery orders by selecting from a shortlist of the three most popular services, such as Uber and Postmates, and using a booking code to complete the purchase.

32
1 year ago

A local delivery business that can pick up your groceries from your local grocer, or your mail order from Amazon, and bring them to your doorstep. The service is geared towards people who are too busy to make their own shopping trips.

31
10 months ago

This is an app that helps people plan trips based on similar stats to Yelp.

31
7 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.

29
6 months ago

A company working on a mobile app that will allow users to share trips with friends and family, and see where they are going. The founders say they can currently see users traveling to over 100 countries with the app.

26
5 months ago

A SaaS tool for invoicing and payments, co-founded by two former engineers at Stripe.

26
4 months ago

This app is meant to help business owners make purchases of services that travel to a person’s house. Instead of making a trip to the store, you can use a smart phone app to purchase a service like a plumber or a carpenter.

25
5 months ago

A travel booking app that lets users create trips without leaving the app, without having to create a separate account.

24
3 months ago

A banking solution meant to offer a new alternative to the credit card. The company is co-founded by former players from Stripe, who say they’re “creating a banking brand that works for the modern consumer”.

22
3 months ago

A company that makes it easier and cheaper to pay back student loans. The startup is now taking payments via Stripe.

21
5 months ago

People in the US often travel to Europe to enjoy a summer holiday. But while they’re gone, they miss all the things they usually do back home, like seeing friends and family. So iHome wants to give them the ability to go online and see photos and videos of their friends and family back home who they miss during their trip.

20
5 months ago

An enterprise billing system that integrates directly with Stripe.

20
5 months ago

The president of a company called Trip Monitor, who spoke about the startup in a recent episode of The Startup Podcast, says that Trip Monitor, which is built on the idea that hotels should give consumers a “tiered” experience when it comes to online reviews, has built up a database of over 10 million hotel reviews.

20
4 months ago

A startup that wants to help customers find the best Uber and Lyft drivers, by letting them track their trips and view ratings and details about their drivers. They’re currently testing with 10 cities in the US, and plan to expand to the UK in the future.

20
1 month ago

A square-shaped camera that could eliminate the need for tripods, a monopod, and a ball head.

18
1 month ago

A tool to help companies record and share the most valuable moments of a trip and plan better for the next time.

18
2 months ago

The startup is building an application to find, book, and take group trips to the same locations.

17
4 months ago

A startup that wants to trip up criminals on the dark web with its browser extensions, which will show you where the site is hosted and how secure it is.

15
2 months ago

A startup that plans to build a trip-planning mobile app. The company says it has already built its own app and is looking to a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital to build it further and bring it to market.

15
1 month ago

A company that maps and tracks all your trips.

15
2 years ago

Idea: A platform that connects to the APIs of a variety of e-commerce services (Stripe, Shopify, etc.) to help them better manage and analyze customer data. The founders say they have $1,500 in monthly recurring revenue.

14
1 month ago

 A tool for helping commuters get to their train station on time, called "Trip Planner."

13
1 month ago

In 2014, the number of accepted startups from Y Combinator had tripled since launching in the summer of 2010.

11
2 months ago

A travel-booking startup for independent workers that wants to make it easy for people to book exotic trips.

10
17 days ago

The company wants to build the “Facebook for travel”. The startup’s software helps Facebook users plan trips, find deals and book flights and hotels with a few clicks.

8
22 days ago

A startup that helps users plan out their trips so they can maximize time spent traveling and minimize parking costs.

7
12 days ago

A startup that helps small businesses manage and track customer data. The app is currently in beta and has integration with Stripe payments.

6
23 days ago

This is a startup that combines the likes of Stripe, PayPal and Venmo in one platform. It’s a payment processing platform for merchants in the US.

4
2 years ago

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

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2 years ago

A startup that lets companies send employees on business trips and have them pay for their visits to restaurants, bars, and other places on their own dime

-1
2 years ago

Idea: This travel startup helps travelers book group trips, like tours and cruises The startup is focused on building a marketplace that helps small businesses find customers

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2 years ago

Idea: This startup is building a low-code application development platform. It’s currently used by companies like AppDirect, eero, and Stripe.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: An AI-powered marketing platform for small companies. The startup plans to launch a tool that can help companies like physical therapists and yoga teachers market themselves to nearby customers who are looking for similar services. The startup claims that their AI-driven marketing campaigns have a double or triple digit ROI.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that helps SMBs in the UK manage their payments. The startup wants to go beyond Stripe and Paypal into something more similar to Xero for SMBs.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A startup that wants to become the Stripe of Brazil. It has a payments solution to help anyone accept payments online and in-person.

-1
2 years ago

Idea: A Brazilian startup that wants to be the Stripe of Brazil, helping e-commerce companies accept credit card payments.

-1
2 years ago

A startup that helps people plan trips to vacation destinations

-1
2 years ago

A startup that gives people a platform to post everything from their trip to the grocery store and how they spent their money

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