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A startup that uses artificial intelligence to help prevent fraud in payments. It’s an API for banks and merchants to check if accounts are being used fraudulently.

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A startup that wants to sell insurance to people who own property, and who want to protect it in the event of a fire. The startup has already built a platform for homeowners to claim their coverage, but needs to raise $5 million to build out a back-end system and additional products.

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This startup will help prevent people from losing their data due to hardware failure.

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Custom holograms for marketing campaigns, allowing companies to create holograms of their logo or product that can be used for promotions, company events, or even as stickers to mark employees in the office

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An AI for fraud prevention for banks.

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A platform that lets people customize and sell their own tickets to events, with the potential to give artists more control over their work.

128

A startup that wants to create an online-only community for teachers, and eventually other professionals.

128

A startup that helps you learn to code by making you build a simple tool that you eventually turn into a real product. The startup’s co-founder saw a need for the same kind of bootcamps in the area, and created the site to fill it.

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The startup helps users register for their own events online, connecting them with other users and event organizers in the process.

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A platform for organizing and sharing events, with a mobile app and desktop version.

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A video streaming app that lets users watch live events like concerts and sporting events.

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A visual way to understand what your network of friends and contacts are doing, which the startup says will eventually include things like board games, sports, and other group activities.

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A security startup that’s building a platform to automatically detect and prevent fraud in the payments industry.

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A tool for managing an online student organization. It can be used to invite and manage members, track events, and make payments.

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A text message-based calendar that lets you schedule events and reminders, with a calendar interface. The app is available for iOS and Android

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A tool to create and manage offline events, like conferences.

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A startup that is building a way to sell tickets to virtual events. Currently focused on ticketing for fitness events.

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A digital marketplace for selling and buying event tickets. The company is currently in the midst of raising $500,000 in a seed round.

84

A startuplicant tracking platform for online job applications. The startup wants to scale to support large recruitment events like the YC Demo Day.

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A tool for meeting and event planners to help them build their own itineraries for conferences, meetups and other events.

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A platform for buying and selling tickets to sporting events, concerts, and other live entertainment.

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This is a B2B company that helps manage memberships for online event organizers.

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A startup that sends users curated lists of events in their area. It currently has 1.3 million monthly users, and works with “hundreds of thousands” of events/parties each month.

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A startup that makes it easy for small businesses to collect payments from their customers. The startup offers free accounts for small businesses and is looking to eventually offer a freemium model.

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A startup working on a program to prevent water damage in homes.

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A company that helps companies book tours and events at museums and galleries. The startup’s founders previously worked at the Louvre, and want to help them grow their business in the UK, US, and Canada.

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A platform that allows users to create and manage event pages on Facebook and Instagram.

81

The following startups were all listed in the “premier” category at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, but didn’t make the final cut to the demo stage of the event.

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A digital ticket seller for concerts, sports and other events.

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This digital platform is for booking conferences, events, and meetings between companies. It aims to be a “Facebook for meetups” and has already raised $1 million.

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A platform for forging relationships between people and businesses through technology and entertainment events.

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A social network for in-person events.

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A platform for event organizers that wants to help them build a new type of event around their brand.

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A way to help people share their calendars with family and friends and collaborate on events. The company has already raised $2.5 million in seed funding.

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A company that helps employees with allergies prevent reactions to the things they eat, rather than just dealing with them after a reaction occurs.

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A platform that helps retailers and brands create in-person or online events for their customers. Events include meetups, dinners, and dinners-with-entertainment. The startup has raised $288,000.

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This company helps middle schoolers learn about social justice by teaching them about the history of slavery in the US, how it intersects with other historical events, and what we can do to fight it now.

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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.

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A startup that lets people buy tickets to events that they can attend from their phone, and their friends can recommend. Ticketfly is focused on events like concerts, sporting events and live theater.

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A music and event ticketing startup that takes a commission on ticket sales.

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A tool for in-person recruiting events. The company claims to have 3,000 customers, including Y Combinator, and operates in over 50 countries.

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A platform for discovering and sharing events and locations, like concerts, festivals, and more.

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A startup for buying and selling tickets to events. The startup is focused on events in the UK and Europe. They were formerly known as Ticket Vending.

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A tool designed to bring transparency to the loan origination process, helping to prevent fraud, identify the best loan products, and save lenders money.

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A platform for people to register for events and discover events as they are happening

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This startup’s goal is to prevent ad fraud. It uses a combination of machine learning, data mining, and crowdsourcing to help companies like Amazon and Google detect fraudulent activity on their platforms.

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A free mobile app that helps you find things to do in your neighborhood for free, offering nearby events, nearby restaurants, nearby bars, and more.

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This startup is building an iOS app that helps users find and book events that fit their interests.

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A company that is trying to create an online marketplace for networking through networking events.

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A startup that uses machine learning to help prevent check fraud.

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An “organic social network” for concerts, sports, and events. It’s like Eventbrite for everything.

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A tool for creating event invitations and RSVPs. The startup allows users to create invites and RSVPs, offers a mobile app, and offers templates for various occasions.

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A startup with a $50 million-plus funding round, which makes networking events and events for startups much easier – with a central platform for event organizers and attendees.

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A “smart” hospital bed that monitors patients and adjusts the temperature in response to their health concerns. It also tracks their movements to prevent falls.

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A tool that allows people to register for events, including those who are not currently able to attend. Like Meetup, it’s meant to help people find and attend events both in person and online.

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A project management tool for non-profits, with a “social component” that helps them manage events and volunteers.

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A startup that provides a service where you can sell tickets for events you can’t attend

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A company that helps users find and book lodging for a unique event in a city. Right now, you can book a flight, but you can also book a hotel for a one-night stay or a week.

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A search engine for esports. The startup is meant to help fans find events, follow players and teams, and share content.

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A platform for running and publishing community-driven events, such as hackathons and meetups.

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A system for managing and tracking IT systems for distributed teams, using an event-driven approach.

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What happens when you start going to boring networking events A startup that sells tickets to events in a non-standard format, taking the pain out of organizing and selling tickets.

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A startup that helps developers build apps that can be shared, with a focus on grouping events together.

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A company that helps prevent data breaches. The startup’s software uses a “trusted data model” to protect data, and prevent hackers from accessing it.

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This startup wants to make it easier to sell tickets for events by allowing users to sell tickets to venues directly. Currently, the startup is only working with venues that have their own ticketing software, but in the future it hopes to work with event organizers as well.

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A tool to help predict and prevent the spread of malware, malware-related scams, and other malicious software.

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A solution to help people remember important dates and meetings. The startup is looking to help people automate reminders for the most important events in their lives.

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A company that helps non-profits and charities raise money and manage all of their events.

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A suite of tools to help schedule and track meetings and events

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The idea of this startup is to fill the void that the daily news leaves out. By aggregating and creating content from the hundreds of sources they partner with, they aim to provide a complete picture of the news events happening around the world.

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A startup that helps people find events based on their interests. It currently has about 50,000 users.

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PlayIt is building a platform for streaming, gaming, and esports events, it’s a platform that allows users to create and manage tournaments in real time.

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 A data platform that helps detect, prevent, and mitigate fraud on all payments. It works with banks, Venmo, and Western Union.

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This startup is producing the next generation of technologies that can detect and remove water in buildings to prevent mold, bacteria, and other harmful microbes from growing.

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A platform that helps recruiters find and schedule talent for in-person events. The startup wants to be the “LinkedIn for recruiters.”

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A startup that provides a custom-branded credit card for businesses. The startup is working with a handful of national merchants and aims to scale eventually.

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The startup is building a platform for event hosts. The app is aimed at small to medium size events, and includes features like group chat and live streaming.

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A way to monitor, measure and prevent “cybercrime”. The startup is currently being used by the United States Department of Defense to fight cybercrime.

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A startup that wants to grow in the middle east and eventually offer a hub for those looking to find a doctor, dentist, or other healthcare professional in their area.

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A digital “wallet” for rideshare drivers (that’s UberX, Lyft, etc.) to pay expenses like deductibles, gas and maintenance. The digital wallet eventually will allow drivers to take rides anywhere and pay their expenses without having to have cash on hand.

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A business that connects customers to local businesses and events.

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This startup is building a decentralized event planning platform

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A company founded by a team of Stanford and Berkeley researchers that uses AI to detect and prevent fraud. The software aims to detect when a person is trying to make a credit card purchase in a store and notify the appropriate employees, who can then stop the transaction.

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Aspiring to be like Amazon, this startup wants to be the Amazon of the $3.5 trillion retail industry. They say they’re currently focused on a core product that will eventually be able to make recommendations for products to customers, and have already signed up a number of retailers.

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 A tool for artists, record labels, and venues to find out how to better monetize their content, whether it’s a song, a TV show, or an event.

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A web-based service that allows people to create events for non-profits and make donations easier.

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The company helps athletes and teams figure out what to do next after winning a major sporting event.

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This is a platform for connecting people, events, and ideas. They connect people with the events they want, they create the events the people want, and they manage the events for the people.

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Helping small businesses create community-based, crowdsourced events that benefit all the attendees.

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A startup trying to make the creation of a new app as simple as asking a friend to help you. The idea is that creative people will be more likely to give their own time free to help others who may need it, and the startup hopes to eventually help with getting new users on their apps.

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A search engine for sales opportunities that pulls in data from the likes of LinkedIn and Eventbrite

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A platform for meeting planners and event organizers to book freelance talent for online event production.

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A tool to help event producers manage their social media posts, customer service, and other communications. It’s an ad-free, content-focused social media management tool with 15,000 paying customers.

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A product-as-a-service for companies to get more out of their event-planning software.

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A startup that provides a service that allows people to coordinate rides to and from events. The company says they have $15,000 in monthly recurring revenue, with a potential to hit $200,000 in revenue in 12 months.

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A new type of event registration system, which is a hybrid of Google Apps and Eventbrite. The company’s founder says that while it currently is free, it will be a subscription model in the future. The startup was founded in June.

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A startup that helps users organize their to-do list in a manner that’s most useful to them. It’s like a digital planner, but it also handles things like reminding you of deadlines and counting down the days until a big event.

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This company is building a way to sell tickets to events. The startup works with event producers to book locations and pull together tickets.

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A personal concierge service that helps people book events

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An online community for people to share stories, notes, and events.

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The startup uses digital technology to help prevent fraud in the food supply chain, essentially helping to prevent food poisoning in a way that’s less intrusive than the E. coli outbreak that occurred in the fall.

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This startup is building a photo-sharing app that helps users organize and share photos. It’s like Pinterest but for local events and places.

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A mobile app that helps businesses track sales to prevent fraud.

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A “social network for club members” that lets you save the best events in a club’s calendar for your friends to see.

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A startup that wants to make it easy to manage virtual attendees for events, which are usually hard to track and often not included in the database. The startup is releasing a beta version of its software in mid-November.

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An organization for entrepreneurs and start-ups in the New York area. The startup is building a digital community with a curated marketplace for mentors, events, and funding.

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An AI-driven (no more than 20 people) enterprise software company that is using “human intelligence” to predict and prevent customer churn.

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This company uses AI to help companies detect and prevent fraud.

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Hopper is a way for people to find, discover, and share local events.

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A platform for creating social connections around events, which is currently a popular form of entertainment. The startup wants to help users curate real-world events and build a community around them.

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Idea: A startup that helps utilities identify and prevent blackouts, utilizing machine learning and satellite imagery to predict when the grid will fail

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A platform that allows people to buy and sell tickets to live events, and then sell them at a discount.

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A B2B company that helps companies create a network of suppliers and vendors based in other countries to help save their clients money and prevent fraud. The company is launching in the US to manage supply chains in the US, China, and Europe.

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A tool for identifying and preventing fraudulent donations to political campaigns.

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The event took place on Friday, November 16th at 9:00 am at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

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This startup is developing an online platform for community members to receive and manage community and event information.

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This startup is looking to prevent the spread of the Zika virus and other mosquito borne illnesses by manufacturing naturally repellent sunscreen that users can apply to their skin.

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A platform to simplify and enhance streaming for live music events.

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An API for businesses to coordinate in-person events with scheduling software.

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An exclusive networking event for digital creatives.

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A startup that helps users find and connect with events near them. Since launching in May, the startup has seen over 2,000 new users join their platform.

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A platform that helps people create “e-vites” for any event. The company’s founders have approached companies like Slack and Apple about integrating the company’s service into their products.

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A platform for the entertainment industry to showcase talent, with a focus on both live events and social media stars. The company is looking to build out a 20,000-person network for talent.

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A search and discovery app for event producers.

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A tool for keeping track of and improving the quality of speaker trainings and events.

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A video sharing app for events and conferences. Following a seed round, it’s been acquired by Live Nation’s Blink.

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A web-based platform that prevents employees from falling asleep at their desks.

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A set of business-focused events for women. The company wants to start with a small group of founders in the SF Bay Area.

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A startup that lets you share blog posts, products, and events with your social network through SMS. It’s free, and as you write you get paid in cash, in dollars or in bitcoin.

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A startup for event and concert tickets.

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A new way of coordinating and selling tickets for events. The company’s product is less a ticketing platform and more a toolset for event organizers to use.

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A SaaS platform used by companies to automate and manage their recruiting and event planning.

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This startup is building a system that allows people to buy and sell tickets for events of any scale, with the ultimate goal of building an all-in-one ticketing platform for events.

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A tool to help connect people with annual physicals and prevent illness

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The startup is building a platform for event organizers to build their own branded events. It’s aiming to help organizers build a “social network of events” that start conversations.

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This startup is building an app that helps people plan their next moves in the event of a natural disaster.

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A software that helps provide continuity to companies in the event of a natural disaster or power outage

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A startup that helps hotels in Europe and the Middle East book rooms for corporate events with Fintech companies, using their own websites, without the need for a native reservation system.

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A company that helps tech companies prevent and integrate compliance with GDPR

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A company which helps brands and event planners create love letters to their fans, based on their feedback or engagement.

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A startup that builds communities around local events and share content.

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A platform for event planning, created by the same team that built Eventbrite

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This startup offers a platform to help companies and organizations collaborate on content, from making public records to organizing conferences. Its founders describe it as a “LinkedIn for events”.

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A news network for gay men and their allies, including news, events and lifestyle coverage.

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A booking app for millennials, featuring curated events from a local partner.

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A phone app for sending automated text messages to people who are at an event. Great when a speaker gives an update to a crowd and they are lost for a moment, and also great for sending reminders about things like a doctor’s appointment.

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This startup is building a tool that helps school districts keep track of their IT budgets and prevent fraud and misuse.

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This startup wants to improve the impact of school-based violence prevention programs.

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A new startup helping small businesses like grocers, restaurants, and events get new customers. They say they’ve already generated over $1,000 in revenue from 5 customers.

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The Startup Grind Philly Meetup is a group of local entrepreneurs, investors, and other startup enthusiasts who regularly gather to talk about entrepreneurship, funding, and startups in Philadelphia. The event is organized by a variety of organizations including the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, The Foundry and the Philadelphia Technology Alliance.

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A social network for Latin Americans in the US and Mexico that lets them connect, share photos, and discover events and activities related to their culture.

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A startup for the sale of tickets to live sporting events, including NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB

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This event was sponsored by Edelman Digital.

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A tool that allows you to purchase a ticket to a movie, museum, or sporting event at the last minute.

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A startup that offers one of the few ways to sell tickets to online conferences, and tickets to events in the past year, with a 2.8% take rate.

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A startup that wants to take on the role of the concierge, with a live human who can help you book a ride on Uber, book a hotel, or find an event.

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A suite of tools to help prevent workplace stress. The company offers a virtual office, a health coach and a network of wellness experts to ensure employees are staying on track.

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A company that sells ‘smart’ access cards for venues/events, allowing guests to swipe their cards, turn on an app, and receive push notifications of things like door status and food and drink orders.

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A SaaS-based application for meeting and event planning that includes an online calendar, interactive maps, and invitations.

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A startup that helps small businesses by organising and managing all their local events, from local meetups to trade shows.

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A startup that connects event planners to vendors to help them get the most for their money.

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A mission-based social platform for millennials to discover events based on their interests, follow the ones nearby, and make connections with people in their social networks.

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OurLive is a startup that wants to become a series of live events that you sign up for and can attend virtually.

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A platform for event planning, a marketing platform for events and marketing, and a video marketing tool for events.

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A company that builds a way to observe and track the movement of people in real time through a smartphone application. It’s a way to keep celebrities safe at festivals and other events. The founders say they’ve already been approached by several celebrities to use their product.

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Celery is a social networking tool for startups and entrepreneurs, created in 2014. It was originally called “Hootsuite for startups” but changed its name in 2016. Celery allows users to plan, track and share information with their community, or network. It also includes a suite of tools for scheduling events and offers a marketplace for connected service providers.

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A platform that helps companies host events, with a large focus on live events. It has a marketplace through which businesses can advertise their events, custom event tickets, and sell tickets to the public. Three big clients include LinkedIn, Twitter, and Visa.

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Allows users to create a “smarter” calendar, with a focus on things like highlighting “no shows”, removing “redundant” events, etc.

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A platform that allows small business owners to create and market coupons to their customers. The platform is growing in popularity for in-person coupon-based events.

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Startup Grind is a global community that aims to connect entrepreneurs and their startups with like-minded people, resources, and events in order to accelerate their growth. Startup Grind Philly is one of the first chapters based in the United States.

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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 for bringing together all the parts of an event — from venue, to catering, to security, to entertainment — into a centralized dashboard.

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A startup creating a new patent system for the fashion industry, similar to how patents work on music. It wants to prevent knock-offs, but also be used by brands for protection of their business models.

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A platform for event organisers to sell tickets to tickets for their events, with the typical markup going to the organisers.

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A platform that brings the power of social media to event promotion. The startup helps event organizers manage their social accounts, invite people to the event, and encourage them to talk about their experience on social platforms.

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A startup that helps people buy inexpensive, discounted tickets to live music, theater, and sporting events. The new company’s founding team is from Ticketfly, a platform that brings together event tickets and other forms of entertainment.

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A platform for businesses to pitch their services to event organizers, while also making it easier to manage them.

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A "daily deal" marketplace where customers can buy discount tickets to concerts or other entertainment events.

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Startups with a focus on the small business market are a regular feature of Y Combinator, and this one is a real game-changer. EnviroFinder collects data from multiple sources and makes it easy for businesses to see how they rank in their local market, then take that information and “re-market” it to their customers on websites they’ve built. The idea is to help entrepreneurs win at the local level in a way that doesn’t rely on expensive and time-consuming in-person events.

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A tool that helps with all aspects of booking training and events. It helps you find venues, speakers, and attendees, and generates an end-to-end proposal for pricing and payment.

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A platform that curates and tracks news and events relevant to a company or industry, with a focus on India.

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A network of “hackers” that help companies detect and prevent data breaches.

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A way to create social experiences around events.

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 A live-streaming app for the same kinds of things that Livestream does, except for video and the focus is on live events such as concerts and conferences.

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A tool for people to share their connections to people, events, and locations, with a focus on travel.

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A ticketing system for events, such as conferences and sporting events

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Business management for independent professionals, such as photographers, videographers, and event organizers. The startup provides tools for managing work obligations, expenses, and income, as well as coordinating and scheduling.

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A startup that wants to bring the conversation around current events to the next three billion online users.

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A platform that allows users to create events and sell tickets online, now in the third round of funding.

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A platform for people to place bets on their favorite sporting events

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A tool for social entrepreneurs that tracks fundraising milestones and goals, preventing over-promising.

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A platform that allows users to host their own events online, using a mix of location-based technology to lure attendees and social media to attract attendees.

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The startup is building its own 2-way messaging service for local groups in the U.S., which it says will help groups organize their events and events organizers get in touch with people.

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A startup that is building an insider-trading app that has a “whisper mode” that alerts the entire network when an event is happening. It’s working with clients like JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs.

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A digital ticketing and event management platform, catering to events of all sizes from small meetups to large concerts.

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This startup is building a toolset for identifying fake news and hoaxes on the web. It’s a service for news organizations, who can use it to filter out fake news stories and prevent them from appearing on their site.

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A ticketing and event ticketing software company. The startup wants to build a platform for events to sell tickets online, as well as a way to sell tickets at non-traditional venues like bars and gyms.

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A startup that’s creating a new way to arrange catering for events. The company is building a platform that makes it easier for event planners to book caterers and decorators in most major cities.

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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.

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A blockchain startup that aims to bring “fraud” detection to the supply chain, preventing “shady retailers” from selling counterfeit goods.

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Idea: A startup that helps you to search for nearby events, and also provides a link to the ticketing page. It’s similar to Eventbrite, but focuses on local events.

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A startup that lets companies conduct discovery events and get feedback from a target market in just a few weeks.

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A startup that uses AI to predict your health, using a mix of data from your medical history and the future to predict your risk for a variety of age-related illnesses. The company wants to use data to provide “preventative care” to people with chronic illnesses.

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A startup that sells clothes designed by students of fashion schools and helps them get exposure and eventually graduate from design school

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A startup that sells a tool to help people who are organizing large events to manage the volunteers and make sure they have the right jobs

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A startup that sells tickets for exclusive events They also offer concierge services for people who want to attend but can’t afford the tickets

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Idea: Event-centric marketplace connecting online retailers with high-volume consumers

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Idea: A startup that helps people improve their posture in order to prevent pain and injury The startup is currently working on an app that helps people track their posture

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Idea: A startup that provides software for scheduling employees on factory floors, allowing them to match production capacity with demand and prevent under- or over-production of goods.

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Idea: A startup that helps companies deal with the paperwork around events. The company’s pitch is that there’s a lot of red tape to navigate for things like conferences, and they’re aiming to save companies time and money.

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Idea: A startup that offers live video transcription services, using a team of freelance transcribers to convert in-person events into written content.

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Idea: A software platform that helps companies prevent their employees from misusing PTO by tracking their time

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The event was held on a larger scale than any previous TechCrunch event. It had a venue capacity of 2,500 people, and received 2,200 applications to attend.

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The event featured the first TechCrunch XR (extended reality) Hackathon in which teams built VR and AR experiences using HTC Vive and Facebook’s Oculus Rift VR headset. The event also featured a Startup Alley in which the most promising startups from the 2019 program showcased themselves to investors, mentors and press.

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Idea: This startup is building a service that uses computer vision to verify that a politician is actually at an event.

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Idea: A live-streaming service for Facebook and Instagram. The startup wants to make it easier for people to livestream events and add social features like polls and Q&As.

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Idea: A startup looking to bring the concept of “swag” from concerts to corporate events — employees are given a “swag bag” of items to take home with them in lieu of a company swag bag. The startup makes money by selling the items in the swag bag.

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Idea: Helping event organizers make money by adding a “pay what you want” option to their ticketing.

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Software that could help banks and other businesses prevent fraud by vetting new accounts for risk factors.

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A startup for meeting planners and event services. A software company that helps companies manage their capital, cash, and expense budgets. A SaaS company that provides companies with an easy way to predict how much inventory they will need to order. An online marketplace that connects hotel merchants, small businesses, and other groups with the company’s hotel partners. A solution for real-estate brokers to manage and share MLS data securely.

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A startup that helps people meet potential dates through curated events

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