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A chat bot that helps you find the cheapest flights to your destination, set alerts for when prices drop, and handle tons of other travel-related tasks. The startup is focused on helping travelers manage their itineraries and get the most out of their travel.


A company that helps people figure out what kind of insurance they need, and then helps them find the best and cheapest way to get it. The startup says they’ve already gotten good feedback from people who have used their site.


Two different hardware startups that aim to help businesses set up a server farm on the cheap. Both claim their products are the lowest-cost solution for businesses looking to set up a private cloud.


A company that helps retailers manage product returns and make refunds faster, more efficiently, and cheaper.


A startup that sells food that is healthy and cheap and also helps people lose weight


A company that helps people get cheap house cleaning services.


The startup is rolling out a network of mobile clinics and Ubers for cheaper care in lower-income parts of the US that need it.


A startup that helps hospitals find cheaper alternatives to the expensive equipment they use in the ER.


A startup that allows users to search for, and buy, a cheap used car from other people’s parked cars.


A new startup that aims to modernize the payments industry for businesses, making it faster, cheaper, and more secure.


A company that wants to help people find and book cheap accommodations.


A mobile app that helps people find the best and cheapest public transportation in their city. Called "Uber for Transportation", it's already in beta in New York and San Francisco.


A company that wants to make it easy to find high-quality, cheap health insurance to fill a gap in the market


A startup that’s building a way to help people get their gas cheaper. The company is now in the process of raising funds to launch its platform.


A new search engine that’s faster and cheaper than Google.


A startup that helps businesses in the UK get the cheapest rates on international shipping


An online marketplace where people can sell their old textbooks for cheap.


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


A startup for the sale of used cars, which is designed to be faster, cheaper, and easier than dealerships.


A startup to take the guesswork out of buying tickets to events. It helps consumers find the cheapest ticket and compares deals from around the web, thus making the experience of buying tickets simple and convenient.


A computer science startup that builds simple, cheap, and fast hardware for India’s unconnected. One product, called the Laptop Bridge, is a $35 device meant to plug into an electrical socket and convert it into a computer-like device that can run basic programs and connect to the internet, so that farmers, students, or anyone else can use it.


A second-screen app for creating, managing and distributing podcasts, taking on a market dominated by hosts. The company is also building an app for the live video market, aiming to be the first to tap into the VOD market on the cheap.


A digital platform for group-buying, with the goal of making it simpler and cheaper for people to order directly from the group, and helping them better manage the group.


A SaaS startup that helps software engineers get their code reviewed faster and more cheaply.


A new app for cheap, reliable rides.


A venture for helping people find and book cheap flights on both domestic and international flights. The startup is a spin-off of co-founder and CEO Zachary Mider’s previous startup, which is also focused on domestic flights.


A startup that makes it cheap and easy to order products from around the world


A travel booking app that helps travelers find the cheapest flights.


A company that makes it cheaper to travel to Europe, the UK, and the US. It’s based in London and is looking to grow with the help of a $250,000 series A round.


A self-serve platform for saving money on auto insurance or just comparing rates, which they say is “faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive then any other website”. They currently have $2.5 million in monthly recurring revenue and are looking to launch in Miami and Atlanta.


Two founders left YC to build a $10 per month service to help food delivery services become more cost effective and more like an on-demand service. It’s available in a few cities in the US, and it’s simple: a “geofenced” area with a few delivery zones that are cheaper than a full city block.


This startup is looking to help people invest in property in ways that are cheaper and more secure than the usual methods.


A platform that shows you the cheapest electricity rates in your area, saving you money.


Cofounder Alex Zabludowicz co-founded this fintech company with his brother, Alex. It wants to make payments faster, cheaper, and more secure, with a focus on the developing world.


A platform for finding and booking cheap rooms in hostels, hotels and other accommodations.


A startup that uses a software program to crunch open data to predict land value The startup claims that it can predict land value more accurately than appraisers and cheaper than buying survey data


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.


This startup is building a tool that helps companies launch a new product easier and cheaper. It’s currently focused on B2B customers and is looking to partner with the B2B startups that come through YC to help them with their product launch process.


A startup that provides a service for renting servers, using a model similar to Airbnb Users can rent a server by the hour, day, week, or month They rent out their unused servers, which helps keep them up to date, and clients get cheap hosting


A product that helps people save on bills by switching to the cheapest energy provider in their area.


A company that makes better and cheaper software for developers.


A startup that wants to make decentralized identity management that’s cheaper and more secure. It’s highly ambitious, and the company has raised $2 million in seed funding.


This app helps users find dentists, find the cheapest prices for insurance, and a host of other financial services.


A solar panel that is cheap, durable, and highly efficient.


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


The company’s goal is to create a cloud-based service that’s cheaper, more secure, and more scalable than Dropbox, Box, and other cloud storage companies.


a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.


A high-speed and cheap way to create custom-made, high-resolution 3D printed parts.


A startup that wants to help users find the right parts at the cheapest price. It’s currently in testing with parts retailers.


An AI-powered personal assistant that finds the cheapest ride for the user. The startup has over 500,000 rides booked since launching in April, with a 2% take rate.


A way to find the cheapest flights by comparing travel prices in real time.


A smart phone app that makes it easier to find the cheapest airfare for travel on Facebook. The startup has already seen success with the app, and says they’ve seen a 150% increase in the number of people in India who use it on a daily basis.


A community of people who want to live in space, and want to live in space for at least $200,000. They want to live in space because they think it’s a better place to live than Earth. They want to live in space because they think it will be cheaper than if they were to live on Earth. And they want to live in space because they think it will be safer than if they were to live in Earth.


A company that wants to improve the way people pay for airline tickets. The startup is building a new online travel booking platform that they say will help travelers get the cheapest and best seats, and even get upgrades.


This cloud-based platform for payments brings together payments processors, banks, and merchants to offer a service that is cheaper and faster for consumers than traditional methods.


A mobile app that helps users find the cheapest price for goods they're buying online.


A new way to get a medical diagnosis, aiming to connect patients with health providers in a way that is convenient, cheaper, and better for patients.


This startup is building an Uber-like app that it says will be cheaper and more accessible for those who can’t afford a car. It will also have a carpooling component, so you can share a ride to work and your car with others.


A company that builds a platform for people to post their rent, so others can find and rent cheap housing in that area.


A platform that helps people find the best and cheapest healthcare, based on the best information available on what treatments are effective, and what providers are best. HealthMap is targeting big cities in the US that have good healthcare options and are currently underserved by them.


A platform that aims to build a “bespoke” container for goods between any two ports in the world. They’re working on building a tool to help ship companies quickly and cheaply move stuff across the ocean.


A startup for book lovers that lets you see what books are available to buy in your area and set a reminder to buy it when it’s cheaper.


A startup that helps you find free and cheap parking in NYC, Baltimore and Los Angeles. It’s already live in NYC, and will expand to LA and Baltimore in the coming months.


This is an AI-powered service for finding the cheapest flights online. The startup currently boasts over 1 million users, and has built a complex machine learning model that it says can find you the cheapest flights.


A startup that helps people find cheap flights to and from the city where they’re visiting. The company says it’s already been used by tens of thousands of customers who saved $1,000 on a flight.


This startup wants to offer a cheaper alternative to the costly, time-consuming process of renting a car, and make it easy for car buyers to find the right car for their needs.


A platform for companies to send and receive money from customers and suppliers very cheaply. It aims to be the PayPal of the developing world.


A travel planning app that helps users find the cheapest flights from A to B, with an average savings of over $100.


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.


A startup that makes it cheaper and faster for online businesses to choose the best suppliers. It’s essentially a marketplace for business to compare suppliers.


A startup that uses your location to show you the cheapest gas stations near where you are.


A startup that wants to help “thrive in an era of automation and cheap labor”. It’s a platform that helps businesses pick the right type of machine for the task, whether it’s for a B2B company or a manufacturing facility.


This startup wants to use blockchain technology to help companies cancel contracts as efficiently and as cheaply as possible.


A program that helps people trade in their old textbooks for credits to buy new ones. The startup is working with publishers to get its new textbooks a little cheaper than new ones.


A messaging app that eliminates the need for SMS text messages to communicate with a business in China. The startup wants to make calls and texts cheaper and faster, with a focus on reducing spam.


This is a credit card processing startup that is aiming to offer a cheaper alternative for small businesses.


 This startup is building an app that will help people find cheap flights for a flight that’s longer than three hours.


A tool for freelancers that allows them to create invoices with no upfront cost or monthly subscription. The startup is looking to be a cheaper alternative to Upwork and Freelancer.


A mobile app for finding a cheap lawyer if you end up in jail.


A B2B specialist that connects global buyers with local manufacturers. The company is building a supply chain management platform for businesses that is meant to be faster and cheaper than traditional methods.


A digital assistant for travel planning, to help you find the cheapest flights, hotels, and car rentals. The startup has raised $2.5 million.


A German startup building autonomous cars that are cheaper and more energy efficient than competitors.


A startup that is building out a faster, cheaper, and more secure IoT platform that will be used by startups and large businesses alike.


An online marketplace for buying and selling used items and goods. The company is using a technology called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) to allow consumers to scan an item and find out what they’re worth on the platform, which they say is a cheaper way to buy used goods, and helps sellers by cutting out the middleman.


A tool that allows people to find out the cheapest way to drive to a particular location.


A startup that offers a way for people to book rides from their homes to the airport. UberX rides are typically cheaper than cab rides, but even after the startup’s recent troubles, it has a market share of over 30%.


A fun app for finding the cheapest car rental when traveling abroad.


The startup wants to build a marketplace for the next generation of employees, where companies can sell affordable part-time and contingent labor for tasks like cleaning, deliveries and other services. It wants to build a company that will be able to create a network of “micro-employers”, who can offer cheap labor, solve for the “short-term inconvenience of an extra employee,” and scale quickly.


A startup that wants to make a way for brands to quickly and cheaply build an Instagram-like social media account directly on Facebook. Great for influencers who don’t want to deal with complicated Instagram accounts.


A software company that helps small businesses run their inventory, from stocking to payment processing. The startup wants to make the process of running a retail store “easier, faster, and cheaper”.


A new type of product for ecommerce, with a leaner, cheaper solution for goods with fewer options. The startup’s customers include Warby Parker and Bonobos.


A credit card that doesn’t charge interest and is cheaper than a credit card with a small monthly fee.


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.


This startup wants to solve the problem of keeping track of customers’ payments for businesses and helps them with a phone app and a digital solution that they claim are more accurate and cheaper.


Solve a consumer problem by using the power of the internet to make the shopping experience faster and cheaper.


A startup that aims to build the next generation of AVs, keeping them safer and cheaper than current models.


A way to find cheap, reliable electricity, with solar panels on the roof.


A remote brain-computer interface startup, which claims to be cheaper, faster, and more accurate than existing solutions.


A startup that makes car rentals cheaper and more flexible


This startup is building a digital bank account in India. The founders say it’s a simpler, cheaper alternative to the physical ATM cards found in most cities.


A platform that helps retail employees find out how to get cheaper insurance, pay taxes, and save money on taxes.


A financial services system for the unbanked, intended to be much cheaper and less complex than existing options. The startup is building the product for users in India and Nigeria.


A peer-to-peer housing marketplace, where people can find roommates or share their own home for cheaper rates.


A developer of a "dockless bike share" system in the hopes of giving people a cheaper, cleaner, and faster way of getting around.


A “decision engine” that helps businesses make sense of regulatory and compliance challenges. The company aims to make legal processes easier, cheaper, and more transparent.


This is a wearable for women that helps them track the menstrual cycle. The company aims to create a cheaper alternative to other wearable products.


 A platform for people to make money by taking pictures of what they’re eating. It’s faster, cheaper, and easier to use than Instagram.


A company that helps manufacturers quickly and cheaply produce prototypes of new products


A startup that allows you to track flights and hotels so you can find the cheapest prices.


A smart suit that monitors a cyclist’s body and sounds an alert if the cyclist is having a heart attack. Geekster’s founders say that it’s a much cheaper alternative to an electrocardiogram, and only takes a few seconds to measure a person’s heart rate.


This is a mobile app that uses facial recognition to help you find the cheapest gas in your area.


A startup that wants to show you how to easily find the cheapest prices on stuff you buy regularly.


A company that helps companies track and manage health and safety in the workplace. The startup is designed to be cheap, cheap, cheap.


A Facebook Messenger bot for finding good, cheap flights.


A startup that allows users to find and book the cheapest flights to any city.


A startup that uses artificial intelligence to direct users to the cheapest and most reliable oil prices offered at the pump.


A tool to help people learn how to code and build websites. The startup wants to help people get up to speed quickly and cheaply. It already has 50,000 users and has raised $20 million in funding.


 The startup is building a team of drone pilots that can fly parcels to people within 20 minutes. The service is cheaper than UPS and FedEx, but requires a subscription fee.


The startup’s mission is to make the internet as cheap as a phone call. Its technology uses existing cellular networks to make cheap local and international peer-to-peer calls.


Ideas: A chatbot for Slack. A bot for Slack that helps you find the cheapest flight to a destination, among other things.


The startup helps companies build their own personal training programs in order to make in-person training more efficient, cheaper, and more accessible.


A company that aims to make office-sharing easier and cheaper for its users. It’s a peer-to-peer office-sharing service that allows people who share an office to save money on their utilities and rent.


Building an alternative to the standard ERP software package for small business, one that is faster, cheaper, and easier to use.


A computer vision startup that wants to help computer vision researchers get access to more data by making it cheaper and easier for them to process images. The startup currently has a small team of 7, but they’re looking to grow that to 15 by the end of the year.


Not only does this startup make a cheap, disposable pen that works like a ballpoint, its CEO is also a pen manufacturer. The startup sells its pens for $5, and are made in China similar to Apple products.


A platform that helps people in developing economies get around the inefficiencies of the current financial system. Its founders say that their platform is “an order of magnitude cheaper” than other existing alternatives.


This startup is building a simple service for sending and receiving payments that are cheaper and faster than the traditional option. The startup is focused on being a cheaper and faster alternative for peer-to-peer payments in developing markets.


This is an app that helps you find the cheapest prices and delivery times for your favorite vendors.


This startup is building a software platform to make renting out equipment and furniture easier and cheaper for small businesses.


This startup is building a platform to help renters manage their finances and manage their utilities. The company’s founders say they want to build a tool that’s cheaper and faster than a traditional bank account and are seeking seed funding.


An all-in-one headphone that’s designed to be both high-quality and cheap.


This is a service that provides a way to transfer large amounts of money to a friend or family member, the company claims it’s cheaper than the international wire transfers it aims to compete with, with a 3% fee.


A tool that helps content marketers find the most effective ways to promote their work. The startup wants to make content marketing cheaper by removing the middleman and letting companies choose what works best for them.


A “payroll for the sharing economy” where companies can hire independent contractors with a more flexible relationship with customers and company. The company claims it’s cheaper, faster, and easier than traditional payroll systems.


A tool to help people get their doctor to prescribe cheaper medications by checking Medicare cost data and comparing it to what a doctor’s office would charge for that medication.


A payments company that aims to help companies simplify their payment processing and make it cheaper for small businesses to accept payments.


A startup that helps people find cheaper or free parking by aggregating and ranking parking lots and garages.


A “cloud-based global network of journalists” to help local newsrooms publish faster and more cheaply by connecting them to international partners.


The founders walked away from their jobs in the technology industry to focus on food, and built a tech app that makes it easier and cheaper for restaurants to source from local farmers.


Idea: Easy, cheap satellite internet service


Idea: A tool for reducing the time between when a company identifies a bug, and when that bug is actually fixed The startup says their product is 80% cheaper than competitors


Idea: A startup that makes it easy and cheap to make custom shirts for businesses, with the goal of making custom garments more accessible to small businesses


Idea: A startup that makes it easy to make a video covering a news story, using an on-demand, cheap workforce in the Philippines.


Idea: A tool that lets you generate legal documents like NDAs out of a simple web form. The company says it makes generating and maintaining legal docs easier, cheaper, and more transparent.


Idea: A startup that aims to replace the ancient, insecure, and expensive fax machine with a paper-less, secure, and cheaper system. The startup is working with large corporations to do this, and has sold $100,000 in the last month, with a 2.5% take rate.


A startup that helps people find the best time to travel by providing personalized flight information and pricing The idea is to provide a better customer experience and a better chance at getting a cheaper ticket The startup says that it can save customers up to $300 annually on their air