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Urban Startup Ideas



3 years ago

A messaging app for urbanites in India, where the government has banned SMS and WhatsApp, and SMS is often unreliable.

422
3 years ago

A startup that intends to help people in rural areas get the same level of internet access that they would in an urban setting.

216
3 years ago

On-demand laundry, dry cleaning, and dry-cleaning pickup service designed to make urban living easier.

178
3 years ago

Characteristics: “Urban, intellectual, and educated.” High-earning professional women over 50.

176
3 years ago

This is a financial platform for the “urban poor” that helps track their income, expenses, and savings. It connects people to financial services and also helps them understand how to make savings and investments.

164
3 years ago

A search engine for rental properties in blue-chip suburban regions.

160
3 years ago

This Boston-based startup wants to make it easier for urbanites to find the perfect park for all of their needs.

149
3 years ago

A company that maps the world’s urban areas using satellite imagery. It’s currently working with six cities: London, New York, San Francisco, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Hong Kong.

138
3 years ago

This startup is building a premium, shared-bikes-for-hire platform in Los Angeles that aims to be an Uber for urban transport. Their bikes will be electric and can be reserved online, on-call 24/7, for one hour or longer.

134
3 years ago

UrbanClap specializes in helping local businesses find customers through their mobile app. It’s building a tool that helps people book appointments at local businesses from their phones directly.

131
3 years 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.

130
3 years ago

Food delivery service that has ambitions to be the Uber of urban food delivery.

121
3 years ago

A startup that helps poor people earn money through their smartphones. The startup wants to replace the urban poor with a new type of labor force that’s more productive and less susceptible to exploitation.

117
3 years ago

A group of startups and investors that want to build a new, more inclusive type of urban campus

115
1 year ago

A product that helps urban farmers manage the water they use, and even help analyze their soil.

105
2 years ago

One of the startup’s cofounders, Sumeet Singh, was born in India, raised in New Jersey, and still regularly wears a turban. Harsh and Singh met as PhD students at MIT.

103
3 years ago

A grocery delivery business in the UK. Postmates offers services like same-day grocery delivery, which is especially useful to people living in urban environments where it’s hard to get to grocery stores.

100
3 years ago

A company that creates a line of high-end electric scooters for use in urban areas, no motorcycle license required.

99
1 year ago

A DIY air pollution sensor that fits in a plastic bag and has a long battery life. This is an attempt to build a sensor that’s cheap enough for urban air monitoring without having the expense of a $500+ industrial sensor.

94
2 years ago

A platform for home service workers, connecting them with customers while helping them negotiate and find work. The startup is based in the U.S. and works in urban areas.

90
2 years ago

Idea : This app and service helps urban planners and developers figure out what to do with empty lots, bringing a social element that allows neighbors to decide what to do.

89
2 years ago

A company in India that’s working on a new way to bridge the rural-urban divide by using a product called “the farming app”. The app helps farmers manage their crops, including automatic seeding, crop rotation, watering, and planting.

88
2 years ago

A platform for urban sustainability.

81
2 years ago

A startup for building community gardens. The startup wants to make urban farming accessible to anyone.

79
2 years ago

A company that helps urban farmers sell fresh produce directly to local consumers via a network of farmers.

78
2 years ago

The startup is creating a simple way for people to grow their own food in urban areas

75
2 years ago

A cycle sharing startup aimed at growing urban cycling in cities.

74
2 years ago

A startup that launched in India wants to help small businesses create a sales funnel, and their technology is already being used by brands like Urban Decay and Yakult.

69
2 years ago

Pitch: Drawing from its roots as a real estate company, Urban Green is building a platform that allows real estate agents to use AI and services like text messaging to manage listings and customers. The company is also building a marketplace for agents to use to find and book listing agents.

65
1 year ago

A public transport app for urban areas in India. It allows users to get the best schedules and buy tickets directly from their phones.

65
2 years ago

The founders of this startup have been working on a mobile-first platform since 2010. Now they’re building a mobile-only social network focused on young urban professionals.

58
1 year ago

A delivery service for fresh produce and groceries, with a focus on the underserved health-conscious market. The startup is targeting both urban and rural areas as well as senior consumers.

58
1 year 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.

57
1 year ago

A design company with a focus on the intersection of urban spaces, design systems, and digital platforms. The goal is to create spaces that can be entirely designed online, in real-time and at scale.

56
1 year ago

A platform for selling and renting electric bikes in urban areas.

55
1 year ago

A food delivery service with a focus on vegetarian/vegan meals and rooftop urban kitchens.

51
2 years ago

A group of friends launched a startup racing to build a go-anywhere, accessible, and affordable modular electric car. The car is a lightweight, urban electrical vehicle, with a range of about 500 miles, a top speed of about 70 mph, and a starting cost of $10,000.

48
1 year ago

A platform that helps users buy and sell secondhand goods, the product of a collaboration between serial entrepreneur and the cofounder of Urban Outfitters. The CEO says the company has 3,000 users, and is profitable.

45
1 year ago

This startup is building a platform that connects doctors with patients in both rural and urban areas. It’s built on the premise that global health and healthcare spending are under-invested in and that an effective way to solve the problem is to partner with and incentivize local doctors to deliver care in underserved areas.

44
1 year ago

A startup aimed at creating software for the housing market. The idea is to offer software that can help first-time home buyers find an ideal home in a specific area, based on location (large-city, suburban, etc.) and price range.

42
1 year ago

The team behind this co-working space-cum-event space wants to build a community that caters to the growing number of startups that live outside of major urban areas.

37
8 months ago

A company that builds tools to help retailers automate their sales and customer service. It’s also worked with brands including The Gap and Urban Outfitters to launch their own online shopping tools.

36
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that’s building a software platform for on-demand logistics, for things like food delivery, urban farming, and other forms of non-standard courier services.

27
11 months ago

In the past, the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics has run a number of initiatives to support startups in the city, including a grant program and a series of hackathons. Now the office has launched a pilot program to provide startups with a $2,000 grant to help them get off the ground. The program is run through the Mayor's Office of Innovation, and is specifically meant for startups that provide new or novel solutions to the city's biggest problems.

26
8 months ago

A company that wants to grow the world’s most valuable urban farm. They’re a customer acquisition platform that helps businesses find customers.

25
3 years ago

Idea: A startup that’s trying to make it easier for urbanites to move around their city using a variety of transportation options, from public transit, to ridesharing, to walking.

24
11 months ago

A startup that looks to improve the way urban planning happens worldwide by using data analytics to reduce traffic jams in cities. The founders have the firm belief that traffic jams make cities less livable.

22
5 months ago

A startup that wants to use technology to make downtowns safer and more vibrant. The company says it can use machine learning to identify high-risk groups and crowd-source intelligence to identify where urban violence is most likely to occur.

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