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A browser extension that tracks the cost of your everyday items (fries, cup of coffee, etc.) over time and cross-references this data with the Starbucks menu. In addition to the main purpose of tracking your coffee expenses, the tool also allows users to find out if they are spending more than they should and how to cut back.

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Web-based software that helps farmers increase yields and reduce costs of farming

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People love their pets, but when it comes to veterinary care, there’s a shortage of vets, and a high cost. PetMeds is building a subscription service that integrates with veterinarians to deliver pharmaceuticals and supplies to pets at home, where they can get better care and less expensively.

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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.

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A startup that an online marketplace for VR powered by blockchain to reduce the transaction cost

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 A startup that creates low-cost, programmable electronics for the Internet of Things.

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A startup that helps big retailers manage a large number of different call center operations. The company says it has been able to save retailers over $100 million a year in labor costs.

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Inventor Dr. Ramesh Kale has been working on a low-cost, disposable "smart" pacemaker for under $1,500. The device is implanted in a pocket-sized battery pack that an individual wears around their waist. The pacemaker is connected to the battery pack via a small wire. When the device senses irregular heartbeats, it sends a signal to the battery pack, which then notifies the individual's doctor. The battery pack is replaceable, and is expected to last up to a year.

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 A micro-funding platform for entrepreneurs, reducing the cost of startup capital for high growth startups by providing a mechanism for investors to match their own funds with the startups they care about. The goal is to save startups money on the front end while generating real returns on the back end.

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A startup that reduces time and costs involved in obtaining and renewing a US work visa

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A software platform that lets brands communicate with marketing departments around the world — making workflows easier and more cost-effective.

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The startup makes on-demand cleaners available for home services, largely to help cities manage their waste. By putting the service in the hands of users, it helps cities cut costs and be more efficient.

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A startup that’s building a low-cost, low-power drone with software that allows it to do a variety of tasks, including aerial photography.

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A startup for teachers and parents to create an after-school program that takes place during the school day and aims to save money on travel and out-of-school costs.

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A kit for building low-cost drones.

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A startup that wants to help you find low cost utility companies that provide better service.

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If you own a home in the US, you can log into an app and see what the utilities are costing you in real time. However, the founders say that households throughout the world can benefit from a similar application.

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Building a subscription service for hosting websites, similar to Windows’ own hosting service but without the cost.

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A B2B platform company that helps healthcare and insurance companies gather and use patient data to improve care, manage costs, and reduce waste.

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Idea: A startup for tracking and keeping tabs on the cost of a medical procedure. The idea is to allow patients to shop around for prices, and also to provide a level of transparency that many hospitals don’t have.

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A startup that helps credit unions expand their lending options by lowering the cost and time it takes to get a loan.

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A customer and supplier management software to help small and medium-sized businesses reduce costs and increase productivity.

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 A cost of living comparison tool for millennials

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A new way of doing customer service that can cut costs.

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A company that helps companies buy the most cost-effective insurance coverage for their employees as a group.

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A web-based SaaS that helps businesses sell products with coupon codes, through the company’s own network of retailers. The startup sells coupons via a monthly subscription program, and will offer a “freemium” model to startups and small businesses who want to use the tool without it costing them.

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A startup that helps users send money and pay bills at no cost. Currently only available in the UK

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The Delhi-based startup is building a platform that helps users book flights, hotels, and car rentals with a single app. The company claims it can slash travel costs by as much as 80 percent.

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A company that offers a low-cost alternative to dental work for low-income people in the US.

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A platform for small business buying and selling services, which it says is more cost-effective than going through agents.

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A startup that’s building a tool to help schools estimate their energy costs. The startup’s founders say they want to make it easier for schools to measure and manage their energy costs, but they also want to make it easier for them to implement energy saving measures.

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A tool to help startups with the cost of raising seed funding, that seeks to integrate the big four of Kickstarter, AngelList, DigitalTilt, and SeedInvest in one platform.

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This startup helps companies deliver care to patients in a more efficient manner. The company works with hospitals to help them deliver care in a more cost-effective way.

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A solution that allows small businesses to build and manage their own virtual teams. The startup aims to help companies build virtual teams that are more efficient and cost effective than traditional team management.

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A mobile app that helps users manage their health care costs on a variety of health care plans

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The startup uses AI to guide you through the process of buying a home, starting with a base salary and home costs, then dividing up the costs per square foot and getting a personal loan.

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A startup that wants to disrupt the textbook market by offering low-cost, digital textbooks made by an average person.

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A startup that helps restaurants reduce costs by automating their point-of-sale systems, so they can focus on other areas of their business.

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A startup that pairs you with a community of debt-free, budget-conscious people who are willing to split the cost of a car, home, furniture, or other major purchase.

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A tool that helps small businesses streamline their operations via a cloud-based tool with CRM and marketing automation. The startup wants to help companies set up their own platforms, which they claim can help save 15% to 40% of costs.

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A home energy service software company that helps users track and manage their energy usage in real-time. Anyone can install the service, which allows users to subscribe to a specific time frame or a whole week and pay $5 to $8 per day. Meant to help people save money on their energy costs.

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A digital platform to help consumers compare home loans at a low cost

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A company that builds products that help people understand their finances and save money. It saves customers money in the form of lower interest rates and lower cost of credit, and it pays interest on all savings in a person’s bank account.

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A mobile app that lets people monitor the cost of their medications by scanning their barcode or entering the pharmacy’s name.

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A platform for sharing home services and letting customers compare costs and quality.

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This startup is building a platform that lets users scan in their groceries, learn how much it costs, and then print the bill at home.

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A platform for businesses to use and manage their international trade finance more easily, helping them avoid the costs and delays of traditional financing.

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A company that makes both low-cost and premium products for the fashion industry. The premium products include the T-shirt, the slim-fit denim, and the leather jacket. The company is also manufacturing a line of eyewear, and it recently launched a line of knitwear for women.

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A startup that wants to help you get to work faster by providing an easy-to-use, low-cost way to book rides through Uber.

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A startup for restaurants that helps them track and manage their food-related costs and inventory.

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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.

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This is a service that helps businesses manage their employees’ time and attendance, helping them cut down on administrative costs and employee theft.

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The startup offers some of the lowest-cost dental insurance in the United States. It wants to win over the many people with gaps in insurance coverage that many large companies have.

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App that helps travelers find and book carpools. The startup is equipped with a whole suite of tools for drivers looking to share the driving costs with others in the car.

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A company that helps its customers build their own hardware. Once they have the specs for the product, they can create a 3D design, and get it printed at Shapeways at a fraction of the cost of other companies that do the same thing.

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A digital tool to help managers and employees manage their time and costs.

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A social network for those in finance, made with the goal of “reducing the cost of the financial system by democratizing access to financial markets.”

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A no-cost education platform that helps students learn how to code by watching videos online. Arist wants to help millions of people learn programming.

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A startup that helps farmers and businesses avoid the high cost of getting loans, especially through microfinance.

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A delivery app that lets couriers send beer and wine deliveries to people’s homes for the same cost as ordering a pizza.

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A new company that wants to help people in need, particularly those who can't afford to buy an iPhone. The founders say that for a typical customer, "you'd have to work about 30 years to pay off a plan that costs $350."

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Builds and delivers smart meters for solar farms in India. The startup claims that it’s the lowest cost alternative to utility-scale solar.

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This “new era of vending machines” wants to help grocery stores sell beverages at a lower cost

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A startup that helps mobile app developers manage their costs by identifying the best time to purchase and sell mobile ads It’s currently working with 500 developers to help them optimize mobile ad spending

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New York - New York City is home to the largest financial district in the world, but the cost of living for interns in this area is so high that it’s difficult for companies to entice young talent to stay. This startup, known as Give, wants to make it easier for companies to hire interns.

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A tool to help people figure out the best way to get from point A to point B, based on cost, time, and traffic patterns.

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A platform for scheduling and tracking overhead costs for nonprofits.

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Connecting the bike-sharing market in China to the local electric vehicle market. The Startup offers a low cost electric car battery that can be swapped into an electric bike.

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A platform that helps companies create a digital open-book management system. The startup wants to help companies automate their paperwork and cut down on costs.

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A startup that helps companies manage their customer service costs by managing the number of customer support hours.

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A tool for procurement managers that helps them understand their spend and reduce costs.

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A local delivery service that uses the power of group buying to bring the price of a meal down to a single total cost per person.

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A platform that helps companies organize their email, Slack, and other messaging systems. The startup’s founders say it can save companies 5% to 30% on their monthly email costs, and that it’s used by companies like MercadoLibre, Zappos, and Expedia.

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A startup that gives people access to low-cost, high-speed wireless internet in a place they’d otherwise have to pay for a fixed line.

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PowerMeter is a smart meter data company. They want to provide “a data-driven mobile application for consumers and businesses that uses data from the smart meters to provide insights about power consumption, cost savings, and energy savings on a monthly and annual basis.”

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In the past, a person could get insurance through a company and then write off the cost of that insurance. With the advent of the individual market, many companies are no longer offering insurance because the rate they would have to charge is too low.

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A startup that’s helping small businesses in the US automate payroll and create financial reporting with minimal cost. The company is now focusing on being a one-stop shop for small businesses.

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A startup that simplifies the process of selling online, allowing anyone to list items on multiple shopping sites. The idea is that doing so is more cost-efficient than having to curate items individually on each.

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A tool to help users understand the credit and risk of the costs of their insurance plan.

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A company that uses AI to help make low-cost, high-quality face-to-face video calls.

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A startup that helps small businesses keep track of their finances. The company is an online invoice management system that helps companies manage invoices and costs more than $300 million in annual revenue.

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A payment processor for small businesses that provides low-cost ATM withdrawals and cash-back payments. The company wants to partner with ATMs that have locations in underserved areas that have a high concentration of cash-carrying customers.

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A company that helps small businesses connect with insurers and other partners to manage their risk and reduce their costs.

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A startup that wants to build a “green” power plant designed to burn trash. They want to build sustainable power plants, using waste as fuel, and keeping energy costs low.

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A financial management application to help freelancers get paid, track their costs, and manage their invoices.

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A company that helps companies create software that allows them to sell more online while keeping their costs down.

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A software company that aims to help employers and HR departments manage the cost of employee benefits. It aims to make it easier for employers to understand what they’re paying and how to improve it. They’re currently in talks with banks to offer a new product.

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A startup that helps businesses manage their employees’ time and attendance, helping them cut down on administrative costs and employee theft. This is a startup that helps businesses manage their employees’ time and attendance, helping them cut down on administrative costs and employee theft. This is a startup that helps businesses manage their employees’ time and attendance, helping them cut down on administrative costs and employee theft.

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A tool for hiring consultants, with the goal of reducing costs by 30% and cutting the number of steps it takes to get a consultant hired.

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This app for restaurant managers lets them manage their restaurant’s food costs. The app is designed for restaurants with a large number of employees and several kitchens, and helps them track costs and improve efficiency.

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A B2B Internet of Things platform for the construction industry that offers a platform for construction companies to make products that can be automated, from construction vehicles to buildings. The company is building a “smart factory” that offers a low-cost manufacturing model that can be automated, allowing construction companies to run on lean manufacturing principles.

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This startup is building an application that connects credit unions with third parties like landlords, allowing them to provide credit to their members at a lower cost than in-person lenders.

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A startup that sells a tool for customers to book travel for themselves and their friends at the same time, and to help them understand the cost of what they’re booking. The startup has built a system that allows them to share the itinerary with friends, and helps them navigate and understand the cost of their own travel.

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A software platform that enables the sharing of carpooling services based on income levels, creating a price that includes how much it costs to get to work, how much your coworkers are willing to pay, and how much you’re willing to pay.

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This startup is building a way for people to buy and sell used items at a fraction of the cost of new goods.

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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.

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A company that helps companies be more efficient and cost-effective

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App that helps you estimate the cost of your home renovations based on your own inputs.

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A startup that compares the costs of different lenders, which is what launched a year ago. The company aims to be a one-stop shop for people looking for loans, saving them time and money.

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The high cost of online advertising means that marketers struggle to find the right people to reach with their ads. Yieldly wants to automate the process of finding the right people, using a system of algorithms that finds the right person to target for the right job, based on the criteria the company needs.

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A B2B company that helps companies manage their insurance policies and costs. The company is currently in the process of raising a new round of funding.

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A Fintech startup that helps retailers like Macy’s and Neiman Marcus better manage inventory to help them slash their costs and increase sales.

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A startup focused on helping to lower the cost of the gig economy. They provide a platform for workers to outsource tasks as much as they need, and helps clients with tasks like hiring, HR, and payroll.

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A startup that helps people choose and set up online advertising campaigns, including cost-per-click (CPC), cost-per-thousand (CPM), cost-per-action (CPA), and cost-per-install (CPI).

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A digital media studio that helps brands create top-quality videos by combining story-telling and media technology. The startup is looking to create a platform that is easy for people to use, allowing for professional-level video production at a minimal cost.

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A company that aims to help companies track spending for every product they ship and identify opportunities to reduce costs.

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A new startup that wants to help small businesses and restaurants keep track of their inventory, and the cost of their items.

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It’s a way for companies to distribute benefits to employees without increasing their payroll costs.

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A simple solution that allows people to track and pay for their electricity, gas, and water bills. The company wants to make paying bills easier than it is today and aims to cut costs for customers as a result.

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A startup that wants to cut the cost of an “unmanned” service.

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A tool for helping companies understand which parts of their supply chain are inflating costs.

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A startup that builds software that helps automate physical inventory tracking at warehouses, helping companies lower costs and increase efficiency.

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A platform that allows retailers to sell their products online without buying wholesale, lowering costs and maximizing margins. They’re building a marketplace that connects retailers directly with manufacturers.

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A startup that helps people get their car inspected, selling it to insurance companies as an add-on rather than for the full cost of inspection.

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“A low-cost, durable, and scalable solution for the enterprise that replaces the expense of traditional PDAs and cellphones.”

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 This startup is building software to help Canadian insurers provide better information to patients about things like drug costs, clinic visit costs, lab visit costs, etc.

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An online insurance platform that helps people customize their coverage based on their health needs and desired cost.

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A solution that helps large retailers and manufacturers avoid expensive damage and return costs.

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A platform that integrates with existing systems to give users a view into the costs of running their business.

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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.

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A company building a kit to help you create your own “smart” home — for a fraction of the cost of similar systems.

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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.

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A platform for sharing and measuring data in real time. The startup’s goal is to help hospitals save lives by improving operation outcomes and reducing costs.

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A marketing software platform for pharmaceutical companies, meant to improve the customer experience and cut costs.

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A startup that wants to help companies and businesses grow by working with them to eliminate waste and reduce costs.

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The company’s pitch is that it is building a digital platform to help entrepreneurs raise capital at a much lower cost than traditional venture capital.

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A company that helps improve the efficiency of service delivery for restaurants. Their model is to use automation to eliminate the costs of inefficient or underutilized staff and equipment, allowing restaurants to focus on creating more value.

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This company is building a service for restaurants that will help them manage their money and track the cost of food. The startup aims to keep a more accurate tally of expenses, which will allow restaurants to save money.

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A startup for selling used cars, selling cars wholesale and at a lower cost than dealerships. The startup has partnered with dealerships in the US already, and is adding an auto insurance product to help offset the cost of rental cars for customers.

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A way to help people make better decisions in healthcare, by making it possible to compare the cost and effectiveness of different treatments.

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A new service that helps companies keep track of the travel costs of their employees. The company collects data from travel rewards programs, and allows employees to manage their travel spending.

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A startup that aims to reduce the cost of renting out a house while also making it easier for homeowners to rent out properties through apps and online portals.

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A platform which provides cost-efficient and secure cloud-based maintenance operations for IT infrastructure through a single API.

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With this company’s “socially intelligent” inventory management system, manufacturers can better predict demand for their products in real time, and thus lower their costs. It integrates with factories’ inventory systems and takes orders and shipment predictions from social networks to figure out where to place a product’s next shipment.

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A startup that helps women save on their families’ healthcare costs by creating a digital health dashboard of their monthly medical expenses

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A startup that wants to use AI to create bespoke, cost-effective car insurance policies based on an agent’s driving history

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A startup that’s helping dental offices reduce costs and improve patient experience by adding a 3D tool that lets dentists see what they’re doing in real-time.

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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.

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A shared vehicle rental service where drivers can split the cost of a ride.

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Taking a more “on-demand” approach to healthcare than traditional apps, with a goal of reducing cost and improving outcomes

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A software company that helps businesses figure out how much they’re paying for electricity, and then sets up a cash flow model to ensure they’re using less electricity. The company has a database of over 1,000 utility companies that it uses to calculate the cost of electricity.

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The company is looking to help service providers know which jobs are the most important to perform, and which jobs can be outsourced, to reduce costs and increase efficiency. Its software, called

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A platform that helps businesses track the true costs of their data, and then helps them make better decisions about where to allocate their resources. This startup is building an enterprise-focused tool that helps businesses track their data and calculate their true costs.

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A startup that wants to build a discount drug pricing loyalty card with a goal of reducing the cost of prescription medications by up to 50%.

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A platform for insurers, doctors, hospitals, and patients to communicate data about a patient without having to go through a third party. The data is used to improve care and reduce costs, and it’s currently being used in the UK.

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A startup that wants to bring the benefits of automation to the legal industry, helping legal firms reduce costs and increase efficiency.

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A platform to help people understand the costs of their health insurance, very similar to the OpenHealth platform.

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A company that brings down the cost of guest-listing events, from $20 for a single ticket to $20 for a guest list, to $5 for a guest list.

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A platform that automates and centralizes the insurance claims process, claiming to reduce costs in the process by up to 30%.

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A startup that helps small businesses in the US and beyond streamline their sales and HR processes, with a focus on increasing customer engagement and reducing costs.

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 A startup that compares and recommends providers of childcare, school, and daycare based on the cost, quality, and convenience of the care. Looks like a better version of Nannybook.

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A blockchain-based invoice financing platform. The company wants to lower the cost of capital for the global invoice financing market. It’s using the blockchain to replace the middleman and make the process more transparent.

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The company wants to take the cost of sending parcels internationally to $0.

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A tool that helps companies calculate their healthcare costs, prices, and monthly payments.

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A health insurance alternative for young adults. It’s a $1 per month plan that is affordable and has low out of pocket costs for patients.

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A startup that uses high-tech, low-cost sensors to monitor the quality of the air around us.

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This startup is building a platform for small businesses to create pricing structures and track their revenue, giving them a tool that will allow them to understand their revenue streams, cut costs, and increase revenues.

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A startup that connects retailers to the right supplier by monitoring the daily cost of raw materials, and then helping the retailer to negotiate a better deal.

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A software company that provides software for companies to calculate the cost of hiring new employees. The company says it’s already attracting customers like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Zendesk.

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A health care company that aims to make it easy for patients to access, at a fraction of the cost of traditional health insurance, the full range of doctor and hospital services.

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A startup that wants to help people save the cost of a cell phone plan by letting them bring their own phone, and set it up to work on their carrier’s network.

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A company that provides software to help companies that use cloud-based apps to keep track of employees’ health for better insurance rate negotiations. The startup is working with companies like Costco and Hyatt.

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A platform for low cost college housing. The startup is now working with one university, and plans to expand to many more in the coming years.

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An online tool to help employees track and control the costs of things like conference calls, or to help them split up phone bills.

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A B2B app for corporations that helps them better manage the costs of their business and their employees.

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A software stack for claims processing. The company, founded by a former legal executive, aims to reduce the cost of claims processing by 10-20%. It has raised $5.1 million in funding.

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A startup that helps senders and recipients of ransomware in the US to split the cost of a ransom if they’re unable to pay.

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Nota is building a tool that helps companies calculate their cost of goods sold on on each unit of product they sell. The startup built a tool that can predict and measure the cost of goods sold within an hour.

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A medical biller that gives users a way to compare healthcare costs across providers.

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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.

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A B2B platform for pharmaceutical manufacturers, letting them get products to market faster at lower cost.

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This startup wants to reduce the cost of purchasing and transporting food, building a hub to connect farmers to buyers via the internet through the use of smart contracts.

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A startup that helps businesses spend less on electricity costs by managing their energy usage (through usage monitoring and energy saving measures.)

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 A company that helps providers manage their own dental, vision, and life insurance needs. It doesn’t offer a traditional insurance product, yet covers 100% of a doctor’s out of pocket costs if they’re hospitalized.

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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.

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A one-stop shop for designer brands to offer their products through a subscription box service. It costs $35 monthly, with a commitment of 3 months.

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An API for credit unions to help them get up and running at lower cost.

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A startup aiming to create an insurance program that helps small businesses with insurance costs. The startup currently has a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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A software platform for healthcare companies to manage their prescription costs. Has been used to automate over 40% of the cost of a typical Medicare Part D plan.

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A startup that’s building a platform that helps retailers and manufacturers ship products directly to consumers. The company wants to offer a new model for connecting consumers with businesses that will bring down costs, and potentially lower shipping costs, and increase convenience.

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A startup that wants to help reduce the cost of creating and publishing original video content by using Adobe’s technology.

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A platform that lets you create and manage bids for your project's bids for a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.

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

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A food delivery platform for small businesses that is focused on reducing the financial burden of running a brick and mortar restaurant. It aims to lower the cost of running a restaurant by providing the owner with the tools to order their own food and have it delivered. The company has raised $10 million in funding.

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In the past year, the startup has built an in-house production facility and is rolling out a new production line that will allow it to produce larger batches with less waste and lower costs.

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A startup that’s creating a platform for sharing high-quality, low-cost medical images.

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A new way to sell and manage mortgage loans. The company wants to disrupt the industry by using artificial intelligence to manage home loans and lower cost by removing the middleman.

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A tool for finding out how much a particular product costs on Amazon.

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WellDoc is a medical record company that was founded by two doctors. It provides a service to all physicians to use patient information in electronic medical records to reduce costs and improve patient care.

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A tool that helps companies in all industries decide the best way to invest their thousands of dollars in customer acquisition costs.

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The startup has developed a way to bring the flexibility, speed, and cost-efficiency of digital printing to the printing industry. The company is building a digital printing platform for professional print jobs, with the goal of replacing traditional printing services. They’re currently in the YC Winter 2019 batch.

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Reducing the cost of healthcare for consumers by empowering them to collect, manage, and share their own health data.

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A startup meant to help people find out if a hotel room is worth the cost.

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This startup is aimed at manufacturers, selling them automation equipment that can cut down on labor costs.

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A platform that lets people rent tools, repair their own things, and get their things fixed instantly through the app, which uses a subscription-based service to keep costs down.

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A startup to help users know when the last time they texted was, and how much it cost.

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This startup is building a platform to drive down the cost of healthcare professionals.

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An on-demand pest control service for homeowners that finds pests, estimates how much it will cost to remove them, and then, in a few days, sends the homeowner a text message to let them know a technician is on its way. It’s a $500 million industry in the US.

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A startup that enables people to track their vacations, including the cost of flights, hotels, and rental cars.

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Campus Labs’s goal is to help students find low-cost and free apartment rentals while still providing professional service and quality amenities

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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.

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A platform which aims to cut the cost of organizing and managing events by making it easy to book riders and vendors, and to collect payments.

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A way for people to build their own low-cost homes using 3D printing, with a focus on the poor.

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A new app that lets people in the US track the cost of their utility bills. Energy management platform, YieldClerk, aims to help people save money by giving an overview of their bill and what they could be spending on other things. It also gives them a way to request service credits from their utility companies.

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A startup that helps manufacturers of air fresheners, air purifiers, and air purifying devices scale their operations. The startup creates software that automates the design of these products for overseas manufacturers, allowing them to keep costs down.

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A company that aims to help companies determine which labor-saving devices are actually more efficient and cost-effective for their operations.

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A company that helps people get on the path to financial independence by saving money, cutting costs, and investing. It plans to disrupt the current financial planning industry by offering services at a fraction of the cost of traditional financial planning.

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

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A platform that connects small farmers to buyers. The platform’s mission is to eliminate the middlemen in global trade by making it easier and more cost effective to purchase local produce.

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This startup helps to deliver a new kind of photo book with a digital book that can be sold or shared online. It’s a premium service that costs $600 for a year.

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A platform that allows anyone to build a website, designed to save cost and time for startups.

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A tool to help companies raise money at lower costs. It’s a tool for venture capital firms to automate the process of investing in startups.

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An online lending platform that lowers the costs of borrowing for micro-finance companies.

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A financial and investment platform that facilitates and provides insurance and retirement plans. The company says it wants to take the fees and costs out of these products. The company says it wants to take the fees and costs out of these products. The company wants to simplify the insurance and retirement plans experience for customers and consumers, and for companies to manage their employees’ plans.

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This company helps consumers compare credit cards, and also helps retailers understand the costs of credit cards on their in-store cards. The company charges an annual fee, but it’s so far been able to build a strong network of merchants and credit card issuers.

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A platform to help advise and manage small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The startup’s founder says he wants his product to be like a “low-cost version of Facebook for SMBs”.

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A California-based startup that makes a low-cost, low-power, solar powered charger for phones and other devices. It’s a rival to the crowd-funded Fission, which offers a similar product.

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A company that helps people find apartments. The company claims that the average cost to find a rental is just a fraction of a percent of monthly rent, and has found that it’s more effective to have a niche niche of renters rather than trying to convince all of the town’s renters to become landlords.

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Freight costs are high enough for this startup to make moving easier by letting you move any size item (such as a couch, or a full house) for $3.

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A software company that wants to help companies integrate their data and systems in a way that is more cost-effective and easier to manage.

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A company that helps doctors handle the immense volume of patient data to improve patient care and lower costs. It’s first product is a “data lake” that aggregates patient records and makes them searchable.

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A way to reduce costs and improve reliability for businesses using a device that uses radio to communicate with handheld devices and computers. The startup works with companies like Blackberry, Samsung, and Microsoft.

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A startup with the aim of lowering the cost of delivering medical care to remote regions. The company wants to build a tele-health network where doctors can treat patients remotely.

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A new approach to software development that promises to help companies deploy code faster and cut costs.

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This New York City startup is building a subscription service for the restaurant industry. The founders behind the company believe that the industry is plagued by high costs and a lack of execution.

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A startup that helps employees manage their medical benefits, offering both the ability to manage the entire process at their fingertips and an automated process that could save employers up to 70% of the cost of doing it themselves.

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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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Idea: A startup that is meant to help businesses manage their data storage costs by using self-serve products and software

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Idea: A series of low-cost, open-source WiFi routers

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Idea: Getting the power of an enterprise ERP at the cost of a SaaS

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Idea: A startup that helps subscription companies sell online courses more effectively. The company is currently working with companies like The Great Courses, Lynda and Udemy, offering their software at no cost.

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Idea: An online marketplace for wholesalers and small businesses to get access to low-cost goods in bulk.

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Idea: SaaS for managing fleets of vans and trucks, aiming to reduce costs and administrative headaches by streamlining receipts, invoices, and other paperwork.

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Idea: A company that wants to help businesses refine their hiring process by looking at past candidates. Specifically, they want to help companies discover talent in their town without having to go through the costly process of headhunting.

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Idea: A startup that makes it easy for US consumers to buy Mexican avocados. The company is doing this by helping consumers order avocados online, then providing a service that ships the avocados to them from Mexico, taking care of taxes and other details. It’s already working with several large grocery chains, including Costco.

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A startup that helps online businesses sell merchandise through Walmart. Their pitch is that it costs $5 on Walmart to sell every $100 of merchandise, while on Amazon it’s $20/100.

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Idea: A way for brick and mortar businesses to book low-cost appointments with customers.

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Idea: A software solution for restaurants to manage employee schedules and keep track of labor costs.

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Idea: A B2B startup making a new kind of AI for managing oil wells. They say their AI’s can help reduce costs, make oil wells more efficient, and reduce environmental impact.

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A startup that provides targeted advertising opportunities for businesses through a large database of local businesses and customers’ social media profiles. The startup aims to reduce advertising costs and increase ROI for businesses.

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 A startup that provides high quality, low cost legal services

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A startup that helps people find people who want to split the cost of a vacation rental

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A platform that allows users to purchase and sell data. For instance, a third-party could use the API to compare the cost of an Uber ride in different cities.

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