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A team on a mission to build better and more accurate algorithms to predict the future of the US presidency.

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The startup, which is meant to help the US military create innovative solutions, is looking for a customer with a mission-critical application to help it develop a better one.

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A platform that connects employees to various services via mobile apps and an API. The startup is building out a platform that lets companies grant permission to employees to use their mobile devices to access services and apps.

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A platform that connects people looking to buy and sell goods and services for a commission. It’s similar to Groupon, but focused on more niche products and services.

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The 2017 batch was selected based on their work in the field, their potential to drive positive social impact, and their fit with Y Combinator’s mission. The following companies were selected:

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An online marketplace for independent artists to sell their art online and generate income from commissions, and a portfolio of creators.

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The company’s mission is to “redefine the way people live and work”.

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A startup for financial advisors to offer financial planning services to businesses, taking a commission on the fee. For instance, the advisor might charge $150 to help a company with a financial budget.

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

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A real estate investment platform that claims it will help reduce real estate agent commissions by up to 80%.

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Webpage software for local non-profits. The company wants to help non-profits to reach more people with the tools they need to build their mission-critical websites.

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A platform to find and book airfare and hotels. The company’s mission is to democratize travel with a transparent and fair marketplace.

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A startup for managing knowledge management tasks for local government, such as data governance, mission management and knowledge management.

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

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A startup that helps artists and bands promote online, connecting them with fans and listeners. The company charges artists a commission for promoted posts, and users pay a flat monthly fee for the service.

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A tiny startup with a big mission: it wants to find out what happens to coral reefs when they are threatened by climate change. The company has launched a stand up paddleboard to see how much pollution and sediment a reef can handle, and wants to combine this with data from satellites and drones.  The startup also wants to restore coral reefs and is building a drone to do this.  It plans to use this data to create predictive models of how reefs could react to climate change.

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A startup that allows homeowners and renters to search for rental houses or apartments based on amenities, price, and neighborhood. It doesn’t charge any commission, so it’s free.

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A startup that provides a commission-free stock trading platform for accredited investors

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A startup that brings in a freelance marketer from anywhere in the world, and pays them a commission for their work.

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A platform that helps people find the best way to pay for medical care. The startup’s mission is to make healthcare more affordable in the US and in Europe.

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“The company’s mission is to create a better way to communicate between employees and employers. They’ve built an app that allows companies to send out salary increases to employees in advance, which they say helps employees be more productive and be better at their jobs. They say their users have improved their productivity by 30% and received an average salary increase of 84%.”

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A startup for the sale of travel services, including package tours, hotel stays, car rentals, and more. The company does not charge commissions.

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"We are a group of experienced marketers and developers who believe in building companies that are powered by users and not investors. We want to move from a world of transactional businesses to ones that are built on relationships. Our mission is to build a platform that allows people to create and share their own content in the same way that they share links or photos on Facebook."

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This company is building a mobile app that helps hospitals track patients. The app helps hospital staff get real-time information about patients and is intended to reduce the number of readmissions.

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The startup's "mission is to make it easy for people to create and share their bitcoin and crypto wallets with their friends and family."

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A software company that provides a way to more easily manage app permissions for Android.

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A digital-only media company that publishes content and films for the YouTube generation. The company says its mission is to “empower creators” and “make life better for the next generation of influencers”.

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A tool that helps organizations create a “permissioned” blockchain.

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A startup that helps users get free admission to museums when they travel.

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A platform for zero-emission cars, building off the technology that makes electric cars drive themselves.

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 This startup wants to replace the traditional broker model with a commission-free, network-based system that brings together buyers and sellers. The startup says it already has several dozen clients.

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A grocery delivery service that works with local farmers in the US. The startup wants to create a local food system for cities with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and food miles. The company is currently in the process of getting its first pilot partners.

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A startup for direct sales of international travel, with a focus on leisure travelers. The startup provides an easy way to book and pay for the flight with a credit card and splits the commission with the travel agent.

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This real estate startup helps buyers and Sellers negotiate properties with a series of automated videos and text messages. It also takes a commission for each sale.

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A startup that’s building a marketplace for people to buy, sell, and trade used cars, taking a commission of each transaction.

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A wearable device that uses a sensor to measure how much CO2 each person is emitting. The startup is looking to reinvent the carbon footprint game by working with employers to offer discounts to employees who can reduce their emissions.

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A free service that helps Americans who are moving abroad find work and employment opportunities in their new countries. Their mission is to help Americans transition to their new countries by providing job opportunities in their new countries.

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One of the most important parts of the mission is to create a platform that allows workers to generate a living wage while keeping them connected to their friends and family.

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"Mashape’s mission is to help small businesses grow and scale. Mashape has developed a suite of tools that allow small businesses to manage their businesses from a central platform. This can be anything from scheduling a meeting to processing invoices. Using Mashape, small businesses can focus on running their business and not their IT. Mashape’s platform is designed to be easy to use and free for small businesses."

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A personal concierge app for hiring and scheduling personal trainers. The company takes a 20% commission on all sales.

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This startup is building a tool for companies to manage user permissions in their app by creating a “whitelist” of applications that can be approved for access, and a “blacklist” of apps that can’t be approved.

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This startup sells a zero-emission travel device that charges a phone, laptop, or other device when the traveler is near a wireless source.

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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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Dedicated to helping tech companies build more sustainable products, it’s a platform for tracking products’ carbon emissions and life cycle, and helping companies figure out what to do to reduce them.

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“Our mission is to provide profitability to the drone industry.”

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A new way of paying artists, based on a kind of marketplace model. The major difference is that the company doesn’t take any commission from the artists. The startup instead takes a 30% cut as a fee for the use of the platform.

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A startup that’s building a platform that connects you to freelance “artisans” in your local area, allowing you to commission custom craftsmen or other professionals. It’s based in San Francisco and New York.

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This startup is building a “digital” tool to help people with things like vacations, travel, or spending money. The startup is on a mission to make saving money as easy as booking a trip. They have an Android application and a web app.

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

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A productivity tool for artists, allowing them to manage their portfolio, manage their commissions, manage their social media, manage their online stores, and more.

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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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A digital advertising platform that serves as an intermediary between publishers and advertisers. The startup takes a 30% commission from ads sold.

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The app lets you make money when your friends want to buy stuff from you. The app creates a “payment” link when you post a photo of an item. When a friend clicks the link, they’re charged a commission on the sale.

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This startup wants to be the Airbnb of the hotel industry. Its mission: to make corporate events a lot more social.

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The startup’s mission is to make the internet as cheap as a phone call. Its technology uses existing cellular networks to make cheap local and international peer-to-peer calls.

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A platform that helps craftspeople work with brands to create custom goods, taking commissions

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A software company building a platform to help companies create mission-critical information they can use to run their business.

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The company’s mission is to help the elderly maintain their independence, and wants to provide a “one-stop shop” for emergency and long-term living needs. They’re also bringing an e-commerce product to market for seniors to find and shop for the products they need.

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A startup that wants to help people check their credit score, which is sometimes hard to get because of privacy concerns. Its service offers the ability to report your financial well-being to the Federal Trade Commission in one step. The company is pitching it to companies like Capital One and Chase.

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This is a startup that wants to make a “real-time” a marketplace for a new kind of “tattoo”. It’s a new kind of tattoo that is temporary and means you don’t have to get a tattoo artist’s permission to use it.

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A company that lets small businesses commission jobs done online by professionals in the field.

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Idea: A startup that helps people with bad credit get loans It finds loans for customers, and takes a 10% commission from the borrower

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Idea: A chatbot for the admissions process

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Idea: Automate Admissions at top Entrepreneurial Universities

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Idea: A home services marketplace that offers reduced commissions to contractors working for customers in the US They’re looking to handle the entire process on the backend, from scheduling and payment to cleaning and service

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Idea: A software company that makes a platform for college admissions officers to make their application process more efficient.

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