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A startup that is building a network of solar power microgrids, allowing users to self-generate their own power.

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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 sells a tool for determining if someone is lying or not (voice recognition, eye movement, micro-expressions)

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A company building a browser extension that adds web-based editing to Microsoft Word, enabling users to do everything from adding images to creating tables and charts.

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A platform for managing micro loans for rural households.

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A company that uses Microsoft Azure to help businesses create and manage online store fronts

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A platform that allows people who have low credit scores to apply for microloans

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A microfinance platform for the poor that provides an online finance management system. It helps with credit, savings, loans, and building businesses.

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A micro-loan startup that helps small businesses get loans to cover inventory. The company, which was founded in May, says it has already closed $1.5 million.

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Idea: An online platform for verifying resumes for job-seekers The startup is working with employers like Microsoft, with plans to expand to the finance, health, and education sectors

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Podium is a tool for building and running sales meetings. The startup is working with companies like Slack, PayPal, and Microsoft to build digital sales meetings that are more efficient and engaging.

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A micro-insurance company that insures the risk of non-payment for vendors and freelancers.

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A “shareable” version of Microsoft Word, with a story, an audio component, and a visualization component.

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A platform for micro-transactions for online merchants. The startup wants to eliminate the need for credit cards. The startup has its first pilot under its belt, with $300,000 in monthly revenue.

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A tool for distribution of food and groceries to people in need, in the form of a vehicle equipped with a fridge, a microwave, and a coffee machine, and that can travel down the street from a central hub. The startup’s founders are veterans of the American military.

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A startup that helps people in developing countries get micro-loans

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A tool for teams to manage their Microsoft Dynamics 365 contracts, making it easy to see who has been paid and which tasks have been completed.

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A micro lending platform that helps small businesses in India access credit. It doesn’t charge interest, but charges a fee for the loans.

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A startup that wants to make it easy for companies to have a way to keep track of their products’ life cycles. The plan is to sell the idea to the likes of HP, Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, and Volkswagen.

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As a company, HirePound has raised $1.4 million in capital. But as a company, it says it is on track to make $50 million in revenue in the next year. The company is a job board for the growing gig economy, connecting employers with micro-consultants and other contractors.

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The startup is looking to disrupt the $2.8 trillion consumer credit industry, which it says is ripe for disruption by building a better credit scoring system for micro and small businesses using data from a company called Credit Karma.

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A startup that aims to take the power out of microgrids and put it into the hands of consumers. The startup is working on a battery pack with solar panels that can be installed on the rooftops of homes and offices and be used to supply electricity for a certain period of time, much like a powerbank.

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A startup that wants to help companies build special-purpose blockchains for their use cases, eliminating the need to create an entirely new blockchain. The startup is currently focusing on the health industry, with an emphasis on micropayments.

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Microfinancing platform that uses a machine learning algorithm to do credit checks and a risk assessment in order to make sure the capital they lend is actually utilized. Microfinance is a $2.6 trillion industry where millions of people lack access to loans, and that’s where the startup wants to come in and help.

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A startup that offers a platform for building micro-communities online. The company wants to bring the community dynamic of crowdfunding to communities in which people have a shared interest.

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A microinsurance startup that serves older Americans looking to make sure they don’t spend money on medical expenses they can’t afford.

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 A “Global Credit Network” where you can borrow money from anyone in the world — no credit checks and no collateral. The startup is building the infrastructure to make international microlending easy.

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 Gives entrepreneurs and startups easy access to the hardware they need to build and run their business. Founded by a former Microsoft engineer, the company has raised $2.5M and is launching in beta today.

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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 “micro-investment platform” that lets employees invest in each other’s startups.

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This is a non-profit that gives "micro-loans" to entrepreneurs in Laos so they can start businesses. The startup has raised $50,000 in seed funding.

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A provider of microfinance loans to rural communities in the US. The startup is entering markets in India, Pakistan and Ghana to expand the profitability of its loans.

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A SaaS platform that helps businesses manage their accounts receivable and payables. The company works with clients like Microsoft and Infosys.

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A startup that enables anyone to create a micro-site and sell it for $10 a month.

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A company that says it is building a “micro-lending platform”.

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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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This startup is building a way to bring the power of analytics to the micro-economy. The startup has been in stealth mode since 2016.

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Fingers is a web-based email app for teams that aims to look familiar to those who’ve used Microsoft Outlook, and is for teams that are already using Microsoft Office. It allows users to set up and share meetings, schedules, and tasks.

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Centrify Corporate Services is a cloud-based managed services provider that helps enterprises bring their on-premises Microsoft-based services into the cloud.

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A tool that helps programmers build and execute microservices-based applications on any cloud or on-premise infrastructure. This is a startup that is building its own infrastructure on top of AWS.

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A micro-insurance company for the UK market.

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A company that’s building a platform to allow businesses to create “microlearning” modules that can be embedded in email, webinar, or web pages

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A digital wallet for micro-businesses that allows them to accept payments online and get payment cards in the mail. It provides a merchant account and payment card.

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A micro-invention technology startup that lets anyone print 3D objects using simple DIY kits.

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A platform that helps brands get social media engagement from their customers. The company is developing a micro-blogging platform for brands, with a focus on its “Brand Advocates”, who are Instagrammers who are paid to share and promote the brands with their followers. The company is nearing $2 million in funding after raising $800,000 in seed capital.

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A startup run by former Microsoft employee Jason Pelczer, that’s developing a system for companies to accept crypto payments for their enterprise software. The company is targeting companies in the financial services sector.

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A startup that lets you sync your Microsoft Outlook calendar to your iPhone.

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A cloud-based version of Microsoft Word that lets people create and edit documents from their phones.

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A micro-insurance company that is beginning to offer healthcare coverage to low-income individuals in the US. Their goal is to reach the uninsured and help them purchase insurance.

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A micro-payment platform for small businesses and freelancers. The startup is building a platform that enables small businesses and freelancers to accept micropayments via PayPal or their own branded payment processor.

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A microservices-based API which helps developers build applications which benefit from faster and more efficient data processing, often beyond traditional limits of the cloud.

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A “worker-owned cooperative” that will put a new spin on the working world, pairing freelancers and clients with each other to help them co-create a working space, and to help members through a “micro-retirement” plan.

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A new kind of “under-the-radar” startup that creates and maintains “micro-cities” for renters, like Uber for apartment complexes.

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A micro-investment product for small investors. The startup has created a platform that allows you to invest in a portfolio of loans rather than a single loan.

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A microfinance company that provides small loans to farmers in India to help them hedge against the possibility that their crops might fail.

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A microfinancing platform that gives small businesses access to capital they need to grow.

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Help large companies save money on marketing campaigns by letting them create their own micro-websites on the Shopify platform, with custom-designed pages and a store location.

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A micro-app that helps teachers (and students) create and share lessons online. Zoono is currently in private beta, and is designed to help you teach, review, and grade lessons more efficiently by providing a single platform.

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A company that helps freelance and on-call workers find jobs. It’s currently working with 10,000 companies including Uber, GoDaddy, and Microsoft.

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A software startup that helps businesses subscribe to services like Slack, Stripe, Microsoft Teams, WeChat, and more.

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A startup that plans to help large and small companies build their own cloud infrastructure on top of Microsoft’s Azure platform.

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This startup is building an “enterprise-ready” version of Microsoft Office for businesses.

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Another digital banking app for Brazil, offering a new way for micro-businesses to manage their financials.

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A startup that helps marketers create social media content on a micro-benchmark basis

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 A micro-sanctuary for homeless pets in New York City. The startup aims to make it easy for people to adopt homeless pets while keeping them in a safe environment.

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

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A startup that wants to make it easy to replace your old and inefficient microwaves with a new model that uses less energy

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A new startup that creates “micro-apps” for Web sites and apps, which are small pieces of software that can be embedded into a site or app to do powerful things like pull data from an external API and present it in a way that’s easy to use. For instance, one startup called Jingo lets small-business owners track employee schedules by giving them a “checklist” embedded in their website.

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A startup that provides a SaaS platform for SaaS companies to build high quality content. The startup is backed by some of the largest tech companies in the world, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter.

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A micro-insurance product that allows people to buy health insurance for $5 a month to cover catastrophic medical expenses. The startup is looking to build out a network of health centers around the country.

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A SaaS that serves as a “commercial intranet” for companies, developed by a former Microsoft executive. The company says it has nearly 1,000 customers and has raised $30 million in funding.

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Y Combinator alum Dan Ellis and co-founder Andrew Conway came up with the idea to make an app that would help people use Microsoft Excel more efficiently. The startup, which has raised $1.3 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz , works with large companies to help them get their work into Excel faster.

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A startup that uses Microsoft Azure to help banks and other financial institutions build their own online banking services.

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A company that provides a micro-insurance product for students to cover important expenses.

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A micro-task marketplace to help people find work, and help businesses manage the process of hiring and paying, while getting more things done.

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The company’s software helps companies with customer service, and is used by companies like Microsoft and Salesforce

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A resource for women on the road to help them be better travelers. The company says it’s already working with companies like Microsoft and Time Warner Cable.

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A micro-entrepreneur in India that wants to relieve the stress of small businesses by providing them with a platform for managing all their accounting needs.

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They’re building an app for crowdfunding microloans to SMEs in India.

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

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The fund focuses on two themes: 1) creating new tools to enable better access to financial services (including micro-credit, financial products, and payment systems) and 2) creating new technologies for improving the quality of health care.

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This startup is building an app to help companies decide between what they call “full stack” or “micro-services” architectures.

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A productivity startup that wants to make office Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel much more efficient. Available on Windows/Mac.

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A micro-insurance platform for the Southeast Asian market that wants to make sure that medical expenses, trips, and other events are covered.

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A finance startup with a focus on microloans. It wants to connect the world to tiny credit that they can use to make small purchases like groceries or pay small bills.

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A startup that aims to bring the power of blockchain to microfinance

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An online platform for peer-to-peer lending in India. The startup serves community microlenders in India that are looking to lend out smaller amounts of money to people in need.

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A shirt that tells you when you're about to burn your finger when you touch the microwave.

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A startup that’s looking to help the global microfinance community use new technology to reduce losses.

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A cloud-based office that provides over-the-desk access to a suite of productivity tools, including office apps like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It’s available as a SaaS service, or as an onsite installation.

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Microcredit company. They are providing micro-loans to low-income earners in developing countries.

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A micro-job platform where people can earn a few dollars an hour doing a task for a company that already has a full-time employee doing that same task. The idea is that someone can have a few hours of work on Mechanical Turk each day already, and that’s the entirety of their work week.

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 A place to find gigs, a micro-tender marketplace.

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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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The startup is building a “mesh” of a microgrid. Microgrids are local electricity grids that can re-route power, and as such are an effective tool for disaster recovery.

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A startup that helps small businesses use their phone to do basic accounting. The company is working with complex micro-payments, inventory management, order-taking, and invoicing.

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A micro-finance tool meant to help entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

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This company wants to make it easier for service companies to manage their customers' data. Its software will manage customer relations, customer support, billing, and other tasks. Its founding team includes veterans of companies like Google, Microsoft, and Box.

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A company that helps people store and manage content on Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Microsoft OneDrive.

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A credit card-processing platform for the $1.3 trillion microloan market.

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

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A micro-loan company that converts energy into cash for the poorest people in the world.

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A micro-insurance company that works via an app. The startup wants to offer affordable auto insurance to small businesses.

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A company that sells photos taken by its users to other companies like Coca Cola, Microsoft, etc., for use in advertising.

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A digital micro lender that aims to help small businesses and startups purchase inventory and other supplies, and set up loans for that inventory, using a combination of bank and non-bank lending.

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A startup that lets you create a custom, branded, and optimized mobile application using the same platform that’s used by Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

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Idea: A new way to look at micro-investing

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A company that wants to build a platform that allows users to run their own autonomous transportation service. The startup has raised $2 million in seed funding. Their first product is the Dragon Ride, a micro electric vehicle that can carry up to 40 pounds of cargo.

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A platform for micro-loans that don’t require collateral.

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A micro-purchase tool for students to pay a particular school a specific amount, and also a tool for teachers to track the progress of a group of students. The startup was founded in July.

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Micro-loans for the unbanked, with a minimum term of 9 months, a maximum term of 20 years, and a minimum interest rate of 2%. The goal is to offer a lifeline for the unbanked, who often have a hard time obtaining a traditional bank account.

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A micro-financing company that uses a network of community banks to help people in developing countries get loans.

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Idea: This is a startup that makes a “smart” doorbell. It has a camera, a microphone, and a speaker. Users can talk to delivery and service providers through the doorbell, and the device can be used to monitor and intervene in domestic abuse cases.

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A way to make local micro-loans, especially to women in emerging markets, by offering them a small loan and providing them with training.

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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 platform for “micro-farmers” to sell crops in bulk, either in person or online.

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The startup’s software helps companies create, share, and keep track of all the things they care about. The business has over 1,000 customers in the US, including Microsoft, American Express, and Google.

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A company that is building a “micropayment” system for mobile games, which allows players to “purchase” virtual resources without having to go through a full transaction. The idea is that it could help games that otherwise wouldn’t be able to monetize with the current payment systems.

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A platform for microfinance banks to quickly pull information from the field to monitor clients.

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A micro-banking startup focused on helping the unbanked in low-income, remote areas of rural Kenya.

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A micro-finance company that provides loans to entrepreneurs in rural India.

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A B2B company that sells cloud-based software that helps companies create and manage online training programs. The startup’s product is already used by the likes of LinkedIn, Salesforce, and Microsoft.

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A startup that creates a marketplace for “micro-hubs”, meant for places where people can go to learn about new technology, get help with

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Idea: Micro-investing mobile app to invest spare change

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Idea: Early stage, VC-backed uBiome is an open source citizen science biotech that makes it easy for anyone to analyze their microbiome The company is profitable and is scaling internationally, but its founders want more funding

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Idea: A startup for creating and tracking to-do lists, but also automating micro-tasks like moving a cart from one aisle to another

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Idea: Node is building a microwave that can connect to a smartphone and cook food It's crowdfunding the device on Kickstarter and claims that it can cook a frozen pizza in 2 minutes

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iphree creates a micro-grid for off-the-grid communities in developing countries. It currently has a pilot project in Cameroon.

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Idea: A programmable, micro-controller chip for industrial automation.

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Idea: A business intelligence startup that tracks the “micro-market of the moment”.

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Idea: A startup for “micro-consulting”, connecting freelance consultants with small businesses.

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Idea: A micro-financing company that provides small loans directly to merchants in Kenya. It aims to bring a better online experience to the underbanked.

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Idea: A voice-to-text app for Android that uses the microphone to take notes. The startup claims that voice is 20x faster than typing on a physical keyboard.

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