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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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Groceries are a necessity for many people, but the process is often expensive and frustrating. The startup wants to simplify the process of ordering groceries and delivery by offering a concierge service and integrated ordering platform on their website.

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

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A company that wants to help drivers get inexpensive fuel and drivers’ education through its website and mobile app.

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A tool that helps companies change their online customer service experience, and makes it more welcoming and less expensive.

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A company that makes a device to check a car's oil level and health. It plugs into a car's OBD port, and aims to eliminate the need to buy and install an expensive oil change tool.

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A small batch manufacturing business meant to help customers get their hands on the newest, shiniest (and most expensive) gadgets the minute they’re released.

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A startup that helps quickly build custom web pages for brands, selling them to clients at a fixed price. The startup wants to replace the very expensive full-page print ad with a mobile-friendly digital display ad. Their potential clients include agencies, brands and ad tech companies.

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A company that helps people save money on their mobile phone bills. The startup is focused on helping people in countries where mobile services are expensive, as is the case in Mexico. It currently offers a mobile plan on a monthly basis and has signed on the largest mobile company in Mexico.

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A company that makes a printable device for measuring the distance between two objects. The product is a small, inexpensive laser point that can be attached to things like cell phones, cameras, and other devices.

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A startup that provides a service to help people find less expensive alternatives to their cable package

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An API for companies to manage their own payroll and benefits. The company wants to offer a better experience for companies, and says most payroll systems are “untimely, expensive, and less than customer-friendly.”

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

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A startup that is building a platform to help small businesses know the best loan options at the best rates. Part of their pitch is that they’re aiming to help people in emerging markets, where banks are more expensive.

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An “incredibly fast” and “less expensive” way to process credit card payments on the web.

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Sphere is a new approach to online education based on the idea that online education is too expensive for many students and doesn’t provide high enough quality instruction. Sphere offers a free, high-quality education to anyone in the world.

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An engineering service for companies that wants to build a feature with a low barrier to entry, but is expensive.

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Clink is a marketplace app designed to help people find a ride from destination to destination in a more efficient, inexpensive manner.

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A solar-powered way of tracking crops that takes the heat off of big, expensive satellite and aerial data collection

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Student loans can be expensive, and this startup helps borrowers figure out what their rates are for different banks.

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

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A SaaS that lets people collaborate and work together on inexpensive, low-power devices. The team is working with a handful of clients, but more are in the pipeline.

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The company wants to help the city of London manage its parking meters with a system that’s less expensive and more efficient than London’s current system.

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A digital diary for doctors to track their daily activities. The startup targets medical consults and large-scale surgeries, which are often slow and expensive.

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While the idea of a self-driving car might look like far-fetched science fiction, the reality is that the technology is already at work on the roads of the United States and Europe. However, it is still too expensive for consumers to access. The startup, which is still in stealth, is working to make the technology accessible at a consumer level.

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Shoppers are no longer satisfied with the bulky, slow, and expensive payment options available today. Shift wants to provide the option of paying with cash at local stores.

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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 health insurance startup that helps people get less expensive coverage.

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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 company that helps hospitals and other medical facilities cut down on expensive paper records.

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A computer-aided design app with an emphasis on the “2D” side of things. The startup is looking to do two things: first, it’s trying to “democratize” design, a notoriously expensive and time-intensive process, by helping people do their own designs. Secondly, it takes some of the things people do on their own and turns them into a “compelling product”.

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A startup that wants to build a decentralized banking system. The founders say that banks are creating systems that are too expensive and too clunky to be used, and that the market is underserved — especially by credit cards, which are used by everyone in the world, but for which there’s no good way to transfer money across borders.

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A new way for startups to launch, with a “pay-as-you-go” model for founders and employees. It allows companies to grow without having to engage in the long, expensive process of raising a round.

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The startup is building an insurance product for travelers that helps them avoid the pitfalls of the expensive individual insurance market.

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A billing service for B2B companies that’s designed to be simple, easy to use, and inexpensive.

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Idea: A new way to execute smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain that’s meant to be more secure and less expensive

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Idea: A startup that is building a less expensive, more efficient way for doctors to prescribe and order treatment for patients.

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

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Idea: A startup for online food delivery aimed at solving the “last mile” problem, where it’s too expensive to deliver to some locations.

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A startup that helps people move to a more expensive apartment in a city that is rapidly gentrifying

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