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A tool that will help you build your own e-commerce site within minutes.

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Idea: A virtual reality startup for the e-commerce industry It wants to help online retailers build VR ads and other virtual experiences

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A startup building a software platform for retail that automates product returns, credit, and refunds on all e-commerce sites

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A software company that builds tools for eCommerce businesses to understand their customers better and increase conversion.

104

A platform for building e-commerce sites from a set of drag-and-drop blocks.

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An e-commerce platform for the fashion industry. They say that their technology can help fashion brands save billions of dollars in handling admin tasks.

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The startup, which is based in Delhi, is building out a platform for the e-commerce market in the region.

97

An ecommerce platform for the Chinese market, allowing customers to purchase items online without leaving home.

93

An API that allows buyers to purchase products on Amazon, Walmart and other e-commerce platforms all in a single place.

93

A tool that helps small e-commerce and SaaS companies find and manage vendors.

93

A startup that helps e-commerce businesses expand globally. The company says it has helped over 1,000 merchants expand into more than 60 new countries. The company has already launched its first product, a global e-commerce marketplace, to the public and has launched in six countries.

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A software platform that allows customers to find out where they can buy products and then subscribe to them in advance. The startup is building an e-commerce platform for physical products, with an emphasis on beauty. The company is based in San Francisco.

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A way to create a “digital currency” that can be used across a number of e-commerce sites, allowing them to transact easily and quickly.

88

A startup that provides an online toolkit for building ecommerce storefronts.

88

A software company that helps publishers and e-commerce sites manage all their content in a single, unified system.

88

A software-as-a-service tool for automating product support in ecommerce stores.

88

A company that makes it easy to build out e-commerce sites for mom and pop stores

87

This company wants to help retail and e-commerce businesses in China with logistics and shipping.

86

A startup that provides merchants with a secure, spam-free e-commerce platform to sell their products and access marketplaces in the US and around the world.

86

A cloud-based platform that helps small to mid-sized organizations with their e-commerce operations.

86

A startup that’s creating a novel way to buy and sell sports memorabilia. The startup is building a “sport wallet” and hopes to have a “sport wallet” inside the Google Wallet app. The startup is also trying to build an ecommerce marketplace for sports collectibles and memorabilia.

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An ecommerce marketplace for buying and selling used products.

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A platform that helps companies manage their customer service and chat support. They have a contract with a major e-commerce company.

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A tool that can build an inventory for a company’s product, or an E-commerce site for a product. The startup says it already has $2,000,000 in sales per month after launching in February.

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The India-based company wants to remove the middleman from B2B commerce by allowing businesses to create individual shopping carts and price all their goods without an agency setting charges.

84

A startup that wants to make it easier for businesses to build their own online store. Instead of a lengthy process of building an e-commerce site themselves, the startup will make it easy for a business to buy in to a pre-built site.

84

A startup that’s building a tool that automatically designs and builds ecommerce stores for you

83

A company that develops web applications for businesses, such as e-commerce platforms or online store builders.

82

A tool that helps businesses track inventory for their e-commerce site, which is the dream of every store owner but impossible to do manually.

82

A B2B e-commerce software that lets corporations sell products through Amazon.com.

82

An email marketing tool that helps e-commerce brands push their sales and follow up with customers. The startup needs to complete a YC Demo Day.

81

A startup that provides education on the benefits of Keto and how to go about it, has an ecommerce component where you can buy all your Keto needs

79

A startup operating in the European market that is building a network of e-commerce sites that allow users to shop from multiple stores in one place

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A logistics marketplace for e-commerce companies. The startup wants to help buyers and sellers find each other, and has already paired up with a few major retailers.

79

These guys have a chatbot called “Alexa” that helps you track down a product you may have ordered. The company has integrated with major e-commerce companies to provide the service to their customers.

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A tool to help people buy and sell homes in different cities, in a way that’s similar to e-commerce. It’s currently in private beta.

79

An eCommerce company that offers virtual and physical storefronts for customers to order from.

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"An automated way to scale and manage applications that help businesses solve problems. It uses machine learning, ecommerce, and a referral program to build a community of users.”

78

A company that provides a platform for businesses to build and promote their own e-commerce stores. The company acts as a clearinghouse for inventory and shipping, taking a commission on each sale, plus a minor fee for each product.

78

A Chinese-focused ecommerce platform that was built on the idea that China's economy is less of a free market and more of a controlled economic system. The company is working on a solution to let individuals buy goods without a bank account and without a traditional credit card.

78

A platform for managing the supply chain for e-commerce, aimed at companies with very little time to spare.

77

A platform that makes it easy for authors to build their own websites from scratch, selling their content to publishers and charging them per view or per download. The startup is also working on a platform to run e-commerce stores.

76

A “Social Commerce Platform” that allows brands to tie social media to their sales. The startup wants to help brands take advantage of social media to interact with their customers and drive sales. It’s working with a number of brands including Lululemon, Gatorade, and, most recently, Kia.

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A startup that uses an AI-based algorithm to build personalized voice bots for e-commerce. The startup is currently in a closed beta and has 3 reports of revenue in 2019.

76

A startup that provides a suite of mobile-first eCommerce tools to help drive business growth. They’re building a platform to help brands create a single, seamless customer experience across all sales channels including online, mobile, social, in-store and in-app.

76

A startup that provides software to help eCommerce store owners who are trying to grow their business

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The goal is to build a B2B marketplace for e-commerce retailers to sell their products to other retailers in bulk.

75

A product that helps e-commerce companies send out quick press releases to media outlets.

75

An ecommerce platform for pet-related products and services.

75

A startup that’s building an app to allow people to buy and sell products from one another who are local to each other, with the goal of making local commerce easier.

75

A platform for sellers of various goods to sell their goods with the right buyer and at the right time. The startup is currently in beta with one of its partners, which has an e-commerce app for a large US based retailer.

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A venture-backed startup that builds customized video games for e-commerce, boutiques and retail.

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A startup that wants to be a one-stop shop for all your ecommerce needs. In concept, it’s a combination of Square’s small business tools and the Shopify app.

73

A digital platform for private label products. The startup helps small businesses sell private label products via their own e-commerce websites.

72

A way for businesses to track their e-commerce spend over the past 12 months, then see what they could have saved.

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SaaS marketing platform for e-commerce retailers, with tools for product listing, collection, payment processing, shipping, and customer support. The startup wants to make e-commerce more efficient.

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A platform that allows small businesses to quickly and easily sell their products to customers via a white label platform, replacing the need for expensive e-commerce platforms.

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An e-commerce platform for online marketplaces seeking to help brands distribute to more people. The company’s first product is a tool that helps fashion brands find more ways to sell their clothes.

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An online marketplace for e-commerce merchants to sell their products and services in bulk. The startup is currently focused on the US, but has plans to expand internationally.

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The startup is building an e-commerce platform that allows customers to buy flowers and plants online, with an emphasis on freshness. The plant and flower merchants use the platform to sell their wares, while the customer is incentivized with loyalty points and coupons.

68

A tool that lets you create and manage your own personal e-commerce store. The startup aims to help you create a storefront, or online shop, on Shopify or WooCommerce that will be managed entirely by you.

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A startup that makes it easy to find, buy, and sell used books online in an effort to combat e-commerce and Amazon.

68

A software company that is building a technology platform that helps e-commerce retailers and merchants deliver tailored messages to consumers based on their gender and demographic information.

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A company that helps companies deal with the challenge of web sales. It was founded by the former chief executive of Gilt Groupe, an e-commerce fashion company.

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An e-commerce for the under-served, aimed at those who want to buy a good but don’t have the means to do so. The founders believe that “goods are the new money”, and that the startup has the chance to be a “new currency” for the poor.

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A software company that helps create and manage custom e-commerce sites for brands.

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A payment technology company that works with online retailers and e-commerce platforms. The startup uses blockchain technology to enable payments between the retailer and the customer. It has been featured on the “top 10 under-the-radar blockchain startups” from CB Insights.

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A startup that’s building an ecommerce platform for the toy industry, targeting a market that’s worth $100 billion by 2025.

63

This startup is building a platform intended to help e-commerce companies manage their inventory across different channels.

63

The e-commerce company wants to be the Amazon of the professional world.

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A commerce platform that allows small businesses to sell their wares and services directly to consumers online.

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A web-based platform that helps automate tasks for the e-commerce business, such as setting up a new website, or a new email campaign.

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A startup that builds an e-commerce platform for the cannabis industry. The team has been operating in the Asian market for the past three years.

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A SaaS platform that invests in e-commerce startups across Europe and the US.

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A company that helps brands sell products on Amazon, in addition to other eCommerce sites.

59

This startup has a software-as-a-service that helps homeowners build custom products online, which they sell to their local brick-and-mortar stores through an e-commerce platform.

58

A company that provides a software platform for optimizing the customer journey for mobile commerce.

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A cloud-based platform for e-commerce that allows sellers to create their own storefronts.

58

An e-commerce company that aims to help improve customer loyalty by providing discounts and other benefits for frequent users.

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A platform that allows brands to design packages for retailers to sell. The company wants to be a one-stop shop for e-commerce fulfillment.

54

A company that is building a platform to connect people and products for e-commerce and B2B. It’s trying to build a trusted marketplace that connects buyers with sellers.

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A payments company that serves high-volume ecommerce merchants. It’s in the process of launching a service that will enable online sellers to offer rewards to buyers.

53

Shopify is a B2B company that helps companies with the e-commerce side of things. It wants to be the go-to platform for companies like Ikea and others that want to sell products on the web.

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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.

52

Startup that’s building a platform for creating tools for publishers to manage their brands and products. It’s like a platform for brands to set up their own Facebook pages, but for e-commerce.

52

A network of e-commerce businesses all operating on one platform.

51

A software platform that helps connect retailers with ecommerce platform designers and developers.

51

An on-demand e-commerce marketplace for consumers, like those found on Etsy and Shopify. The startup wants to help consumers buy the right products and get the right discounts, while helping businesses manage their online sales and inventory.

50

A two-year-old startup that builds tools for the lucrative e-commerce market in China. The startup has a system that allows online shoppers to track orders, and has a team of about 20 full-time developers.

49

A digital marketing platform for e-commerce that helps create customer personas, conduct user research, and optimize campaigns.

49

An ecommerce platform for individuals looking to buy and sell items on the eBay auction website

49

A company that helps people come up with products and services that can be sold on its e-commerce platform.

48

A digital currency for local commerce that can be used in the UK and Europe.

48

Social commerce startup that offers a way for shops to translate their product descriptions into multiple languages, and allows users to easily connect with the businesses that sell the items.

48

This startup is looking to bring the power of location, social, and commerce to micro-businesses like restaurants and flower shops.

47

A “next generation” ecommerce platform for startups and small businesses, that uses AI to help them grow their businesses.

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An e-commerce company that simplifies the process of buying and selling physical products between individual users.

46

A platform that makes it easier to sell and ship products online. CEO Jairaj Habbal has raised $100,000 in seed funding and says he wants the company to be the eBay of the e-commerce world.

46

A startup that builds value-added solutions for the e-commerce industry, helping online retailers optimize customer experience and build better sales.

46

A company building a tool for e-commerce companies to find the best possible locations to open new stores.

45

A startup that is looking to build a toolset for e-commerce and inventory based on the principles of the game “Magic: The Gathering”.

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A platform for B2B e-commerce companies to streamline their processes.

43

A platform that allows small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The startup, which is based in New York, is looking to help small business owners avoid the pitfalls of other e-commerce platforms while scaling their business.

43

A web platform that focuses on e-commerce, food delivery and other service-based businesses.

42

Creates software for small businesses to create and manage their own online store. The company is offering a cloud-based platform that gives businesses a set of tools to create an e-commerce store without any coding knowledge.

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A company that helps companies setup a single cloud-based site, on the site a mixture of physical and digital products can be sold through an e-commerce platform.

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A platform that helps companies search for product concepts by leveraging their e-commerce data.

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A startup that specializes in making it easier for customers to do commerce without using the web.

39

An e-commerce platform for zoos and aquariums to sell souvenirs to customers. The startup is working with three aquariums in the United States, and has had over $360,000 in sales in its first year.

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This startup helps identify fraud in the ecommerce industry by identifying network traffic patterns that indicate a high level of fraud.

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 A B2B AI startup that helps e-commerce businesses track inventory, order fulfillment, and customer engagement. They have raised $20 million.

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This is a tool for creating and managing custom e-commerce solutions on the Shopify platform.

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The global e-commerce and shipping company is building a new, mobile-first checkout experience.

34

A startup that helps companies manage the sales process from product development through to shipping. It’s a B2B software company that caters to B2C e-commerce companies.

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An API for e-commerce websites to easily integrate their shopping carts with a payment gateway.

33

A platform to let consumers connect with the right people and businesses for their needs, and then to take advantage of the discounts and services that are available. The startup is building a "social commerce" platform, designed to make “bid-for-deals” a thing that users want and businesses want.

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A B2B company that sells a platform that allows retailers to build and manage e-commerce websites.

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An e-commerce platform for small businesses. The company is building a marketplace that lets small businesses sell online.

32

A SaaS platform for social commerce that helps e-commerce companies set up and manage social media pages.

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A tool that helps designers build widgets and apps for e-commerce platforms.

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An e-commerce marketplace for the European market, which relies on a collaboration between sellers and manufacturers.

30

A team of former Google engineers are building a “SEO suite” for e-commerce platforms that includes keyword research, sitemaps, and other tools. It helps brands rank better on search engines and direct more traffic to the site.

30

A startup that connects shopper accounts to e-commerce sites, allowing consumers to spend their shopping dollars more wisely.

30

A startup that calls itself the Amazon of homeopathic products. The company sells and ships over a hundred products to consumers, including aromatherapy oils that help people relax. It’s the leading homeopathic e-commerce site in the UK.

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 Tapping into a $30bn market, the startup wants to create “e-commerce for the developing world.”

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We’ve covered many e-commerce startups in the past year, but this one is different. An e-commerce startup that is focused on helping people find the right products for their needs.

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E-commerce site for America’s small towns, offering everything from electronics to home goods. The company is looking for more partners to grow the business.

24

Amazon Web Services is popular for its cloud computing capabilities, but its AI-powered e-commerce system has not made it to market. Their SaaS product, Amazon Machine Learning, is intended to help companies use AI to improve their own products.

23

Everyone is doing it: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, then you have Home Depot and Lowe’s. But Meijer, a Midwest-based retailer that operates grocery stores and a number of other retail chains. Meijer is looking to use the e-commerce trend to stay ahead of its rivals and has begun selling products that haven’t been available in stores in the past, like wine and cheese.

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An ecommerce-focused startup selling T-shirts and other clothing. The app is powered by a backend API that makes it possible for retailers to integrate their offline commerce into their online platforms.

21

A platform for e-commerce in Southeast Asia. Helps merchants sell online in Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The startup has raised $1 million and has 12 employees.

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A company building a platform for e-commerce fulfillment services

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A software service that helps companies with “notification, marketing, and e-commerce”.

18

An offering that gives e-commerce businesses a way to track orders, which is particularly useful for online retailers in China and India.

18

The e-commerce startup focuses on selling and installing a secure, open source operating system for IoT devices.

18

The company is building a decentralized overlay payment platform that helps banks and e-commerce companies to build and manage loyalty programs.

18

A platform that lets users manage their e-commerce stores from within Shopify. It allows users to add products, create and manage inventory, and commission a team of retail employees to help manage the store.

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This is a service that helps companies with their end-to-end e-commerce operations, from fulfillment to marketing to customer support.

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A startup that wants to bring an inventory-based mobile commerce platform to the store of the future. It wants to track inventory in real-time, without the need of a physical store.

16

A tool that lets you buy “shop” at potteries and other retailers. The startup is working with individual retailers to integrate the app into their e-commerce experience.

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This startup makes a paid email system that helps companies avoid GDPR fines. The company’s founders say they’re working with over 100 large European e-commerce sites. It’s currently in private beta.

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A startup offering a way to manage the many e-commerce and shipping accounts on a single platform.

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A SaaS company that helps brands build a digital commerce strategy with a focus on maximizing efficiency, revenue, and ROI.

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Shopify is one of the most popular Shopify-based e-commerce platforms.

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A startup that lets you make custom designs for e-commerce products, with automation and inventory management tools.

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A web and mobile app that helps small businesses manage their entire back end, including accounting, payroll, and e-commerce. It’s backed by a bunch of VCs, including Andreessen Horowitz, and has raised $10 million in funding.

15

A “complete” e-commerce solution for a one-stop-shopping experience for customers. The startup is currently adding free shipping to customers, and plans to add paid shipping options.

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Social commerce platform aimed at helping people discover, promote, and buy products based on their social connections.

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Zulberry is a mobile payments and commerce platform aimed at growing business in emerging markets. The company wants to become a more effective digital alternative to cash.

14

This is a cloud-based tool for selling products that lets you track sales across merchants and get notifications when sales are made. It was built for e-commerce businesses, but the company says it can be adapted for other sectors.

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An e-commerce app for small operations (typically unlicensed) that allows them to get orders and ship products directly to customers, as well as manage inventory and customer accounts.

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Woothemes is a B2B e-commerce platform that helps companies sell branded items online. The company’s business model is based on a subscription model that charges companies a monthly subscription fee to use the company’s software and marketing services.

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A “social commerce” app that helps you connect with people who make products similar to yours.

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An e-commerce platform for water management and management of natural resources.

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A tool for e-commerce companies to manage inventory by routing it through warehouses.

11

A subscription based e-commerce platform that allows users to purchase merchandise on an exclusive basis or for a limited time.

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A digital platform for the organic food industry to sell directly to customers, with its current focus on e-commerce fulfillment. The founders envision a future where they can send one of the world’s most trusted brands of food directly to your doorstep.

10

A mobile payment system for mobile commerce, which supports pay-as-you-go mobile wallets, cash on delivery, and mobile carriers. The startup has partnerships with mobile carriers in India, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

10

A fashion e-commerce startup that sells affordable fashion with an emphasis on sustainable fashion.

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A company that helps auto dealers build a better online store on top of a standard eCommerce platform.

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E-commerce startup that allows shoppers to buy groceries and other products directly from brands and merchants.

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A platform that aims to capitalize on the power of the “frictionless” commerce that comes from services like Uber and Airbnb. The platform will allow consumers to use apps to order groceries, ride-sharing, or take-out, and the company will cover the cost of delivery.

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A new way to do direct-to-consumer retail, using a modern e-commerce system to create a virtual store on a company’s website.

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Idea: An e-commerce site that sells recycled products, such as old books, smartphones, and art

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Idea: E-Commerce for High-Quality, Handmade Goods

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Idea: A “data-driven” solution to help e-commerce companies sell more goods online The startup wants to help them make more informed decisions about what products to sell

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Idea: Build a SaaS app on top of your eCommerce platform

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Idea: A startup building a chatbot for e-commerce, meant to improve customer service and boost sales

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Idea: A startup that helps e-commerce businesses set up an online shop and streamline their payments processing, with a focus on offering recurring billing options for SaaS businesses and subscriptions

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Idea: A cloud-based customer service platform for online businesses The company says that its tools are a good fit for e-commerce businesses

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Idea: A platform that helps people build e-commerce businesses with less overhead

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A “subscription commerce” platform for selling art. The startup charges $5 per month for 3 paintings, which subscribers receive in the mail every month.

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Idea: Software that offers a plug-and-play API for streamlining e-commerce in South America.

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Idea: A startup that provides a payments API for developers building offline commerce apps.

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Idea: An e-commerce startup that’s building a marketplace for used products, the team of which will be composed of previously incarcerated people.

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Idea: A machine-learning service that helps companies build products that are customized for their users. The company says it’s built for high-touch, high-volume businesses like ticketing, travel, and e-commerce.

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Idea: A tool to help companies manage their fulfillment operations. A traditional ecommerce company that sells a single product at a time could use it to automate their shipping and posting.

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Idea: A German-based startup that offers a browser-based solution for online retailers to run a full-fledged e-commerce business.

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

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Idea: This startup wants to help India’s 600 million smartphone users take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing e-commerce market.

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Idea: A new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded. The company calls itself “a new kind of ecommerce platform for physical goods, where every product page has a video embedded.” Users can watch videos to hear the story behind the product, or if they want, can touch the screen and hear the video narrated by a voiceover.

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A startup providing a marketing automation platform for e-commerce businesses.

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A software company that provides a platform for banks to use to enable e-commerce payments on their sites.

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A software company that is building a tool for retailers and e-commerce companies to manage their inventory.

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Idea: A software company for e-commerce inventory management, currently working with three large customers and 15 small ones.

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