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A startup that helps nonprofits build a social media strategy for their causes

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A female-focused, non-sexualized virtual reality platform where women can connect with other women in a safe and judgement-free environment to discuss and learn about sexual health and wellness.

274

A peer-to-peer lending company that helps non-profits raise money for their operations.

235

A tool to help non-profits raise money with an online crowdfunding campaign

122

A company that makes it easy for non-technical people to develop apps

117

A toolkit to help non-profits build and manage websites. Its pre-built themes include a person-powered fundraising site, an environmental website, and a donation-based site.

116

This is a subscription tool for nonprofits that helps them keep track of donations and donors. The company is launching in the US in early 2019.

115

A startup that gives people a way to donate their old clothes to charities and non-profits

104

 A startup prototyping a platform for helping companies recruit non-employees without having to pay to recruit a job applicant, which would be a win for the applicant and the company. (This is similar to the above Idea.)

104

A startup that helps non-profits and nonprofits raise money by sharing their stories. The company is a YC alum.

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The company is aiming to bring the benefits of mobile marketing to nonprofits.

91

A startup that lets users anonymously rate their Uber drivers and drivers rate them.

90

A platform for managing and sharing programs that helps companies and nonprofits with their marketing materials.

89

Builds a simple, secure, and anonymous way to rent out a private room in your home.

89

A company that helps nonprofits and local governments hire digital marketing agencies that are more targeted to their needs. They’re currently offering 5 hours of consulting and digital marketing services for $200.

88

A platform for organizations, including universities and non-profits, to raise money through crowdfunding.

87

This startup is building a tool to make building custom software easier for non-coders. It's similar to tools like Kaleidoscope or CodeRunner.

86

A platform that provides video-editing tools for non-professionals.

86

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

85

A platform that connects people who need help with people who can help them. They’ve partnered with cities, governments, and nonprofits.

85

A company building a platform to enable "goodwill-driven" giving by connecting donors to nonprofits

84

A company that makes AI-powered software to help nonprofits, raising funds from the community.

83

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.

82

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

82

This company is focusing on anonymized data for companies. The startup lets anyone sell anonymized data about their customers, which can be used by businesses to provide better services.

81

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.

81

A startup that helps people who are non-native English speakers navigate the US immigration system. The startup is based in San Francisco and is hiring.

81

A company that helps non-profits with online fundraising.

81

A free and anonymous account of all of your medical bills, keeping you from falling behind on payments and giving you peace of mind.

81

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.

80

A “non-profit” that helps people tell their stories and finds them a publisher or platform that will promote them.

80

A platform to help users manage and make sense of their music libraries. It’s a Spotify for non-premium users.

80

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

79

A messaging app, with a mobile web client to allow for SMS-based communication without a smartphone. The company is working on a browser-based client for non-mobile devices and has raised $3.5M in funding from Y Combinator.

79

A startup that wants to be a digital platform that helps clients navigate the tax benefits of charitable donations. The startup is building an app that works with local charities and nonprofits that helps donors navigate the complexities of taxation. After its successful Kickstarter campaign, the startup raised $248,000 from angel investors.

78

A platform for scheduling and tracking overhead costs for nonprofits.

77

A startup for nonprofits to support their membership, fundraising, and communications via an API.

77

A startup that aims to help nonprofits better track donations, gain more funding, and convert their biggest donors.

76

A company that helps non-profits and foundations streamline their operations by using software to connect their various databases and systems.

76

A simple way to set up a company, with a clear, no-nonsense guide for the process.

76

A company that helps hire talent for nonprofits and charities.

75

A company that pays people in the developing world to write content for a fee. They’ve already signed up one client (Watsi, a non-profit that helps poor people in medical emergencies) and expect to sign up another soon.

75

The company is interested in building a new type of crowdfunding platform for businesses and non-profits.

73

The creators of this startup want to bring the world a universal, open-source, and non-profit search engine.

73

A quick and easy way to pay, accept donations, and market for nonprofits on the web using just a mobile number, email address, and name.

72

A startup that is building a tool to help non-profit organizations raise funds. It’s an SBI platform that allows donors to donate in their own currency and for donors to specify how much they’d like to donate.

70

The software lets employers manage the careers of anonymous employees. The startup is using the data to help companies recruit talent from candidates who have the best qualifications.

70

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

69

A tool that helps non-profits create better digital apps.

68

A company that’s building tools for non-profit organizations to track and publish donations and donors, as well as tools for those organizations to track and publish their own press.

67

The startup helps nonprofits raise money, selling a “bundles of investments”.

67

A company that brings internet of things-style technology to the previously non-internet-connected, like home appliances. It’s a home monitoring hub that allows you to control things like your lights and heating from your smartphone.

64

A company that helps charities and nonprofits raise money through online platforms. The company’s current product allows organizations to create an online presence, convert and store donations, and use the data to build and optimize their online marketing campaigns.

60

A tool tasked with helping local governments and non-profits collaborate through digital tools.

60

A software development company that tries to reduce the number of bugs in a product by having customers pretend to be nonspeaking computers.

60

Designed to help clients define and measure their social impact, Consequence is a software company helping nonprofits and for-profits better track their impact. It helps clients measure the effectiveness of their programs and measure employees’ impact, too. The company has a $10 million Series A, with $1 million raised in its first round of VC funding.

59

A platform for data science and machine learning that’s meant to be accessible for non-technical users.

59

 A collective of independent, small-time, and non-profit startups.

59

Works with companies to provide non-technical training, like how to write a resume, how to respond to an interview question, or how to talk about your experience.

58

A program that helps businesses and nonprofits engage their volunteers through social media, newsletters, and email.

58

This company is building a platform to allow companies and non-profits to track their employees’ attendance, expenses, and other key metrics.

57

A startup that makes it easy for non-programmers to spread their own ideas together with others in real time. The company has been building a community of online users to ask and answer questions in a Q&A format.

56

A tool to help nonprofits do their fundraising. By taking in donations and giving them out to their clients in a direct, transparent manner, the startup wants to help nonprofits grow their donor bases and improve their bottom line.

54

A startup that’s building a machine that can read your medical records, listen to your voice, and communicate with you in non-verbal ways.

50

A company that builds software that helps local governments and non-profit organizations use data to build better services for their communities. The startup wants to build a cloud-based platform that acts as a repository for all local government data.

50

A startup that provides a way to connect donors with nonprofits through the power of social media.

50

An AI-powered tool for building mobile apps with a focus on helping non-technical people.

50

A video editing platform for non-professionals,

48

A remote support tool for technical and non-technical users

47

A “non-traditional” startup that focuses on the aftermarket. It focuses on a market that’s typically difficult to reach because of the need for a deeper understanding of a customer’s business and needs.

45

"This list of startups is a non-exhaustive collection of the best companies funded by YC. It's not intended to be a comprehensive list of all startups funded by YC. Regardless, we'll be publishing additional startups funded by YC at a later date."

45

An educational video platform that funds new educational videos through a non-profit membership model.

43

A company that’s building a platform for government and non-profit organizations to find and hire remote workers.

43

A platform designed for the non-technical employee to communicate with their managers.

43

This is a messaging app for nonprofit organizations. The goal is to make it easier for groups to send information and announcements, but also to build a social network for the groups.

42

A cryptocurrency exchange for non-accredited investors. The company’s founders have said they’d like to build a decentralized exchange for non-accredited investors.

42

The company wants to become the Amazon of US foreign aid. It wants to help US citizens save money on international travel and give non-profits and governments more money to spend in the developing world.

42

This startup provides a platform for people to to create a ‘personal AI’ to help them track and manage their personal data. They use data from your emails, social media, and web browsing to help you monitor your data, and create a personalized AI to help you manage your personal data, with the data you give them being anonymized.

41

A SaaS app for U.S. non-profits. The startup says it helps “non-profits and donor-advised funds” keep track of their donors.

41

A digital bank account for Indian startups and SMBs looking to get a loan from non-banks.

39

A for-profit volunteer organization that makes it easier for people to donate their time to nonprofits.

39

A tool for non-tech students to learn about programming.

39

A job board for non-profit organizations.

36

Gives people the ability to “give back” in a way that’s easy, cost effective, and fun. It’s a platform that lets people donate a percentage of their income through a daily survey, which is then split between the nonprofit of their choice and the charity of their choice.

36

A US-based startup that wants to help businesses and nonprofits track and report on their social media activity.

35

A financial service that helps manage non-bank financial products in Latin America.

34

Startup that wants to create a platform that would allow people to create an “anonymously encrypted blog” for their friends, family, and co-workers.

33

A “dynamic” service that allows customers to take a picture of a receipt and have it automatically translated to 10 other languages. It also provides translation services for non-English speaking customers.

32

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.

26

Non-profits in the U.S. and abroad rely on donors and volunteers to get their work done. Unfortunately, they aren’t always able to rely on these people to do what they promise. BitGive is a platform for non-profits that operates on the Ethereum blockchain. The platform lets non-profits raise money through cryptocurrency and use those funds to make donations to the causes they care about.

25

The founder of Code.org, a nonprofit working to make computer science education more accessible, wants to create a foundation to encourage high school students to learn software and programming.

24

A startup focused on helping non-profits make better use of their data. It’s early days, but that’s one of the key areas where non-profits are struggling to get value from their data.

23

A startup that helps nonprofits replace donation solicitation with a call-to-action to register to vote.

22

A platform for helping people donate to nonprofits. The startup wants to “take the pain out of giving.”

22

Idea: Website builder for non-technical people

21

[email protected] is an email marketing tool that allows businesses to send personalized anonymous email messages to customers at scale.

21

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.

19

It’s a basic accounting app for small businesses, geared towards non-accountants. It allows users to connect their bank accounts and get a basic accounting system for their company.

18

A platform for helping non-profits and social enterprises connect with their customers.

17

A software company that provides a platform to help companies sell their products and services to governments, nonprofits, and businesses. The platform allows for both quotes and payments to be made.

17

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.

16

A company that wants to help investors diversify their portfolios with non-traditional investments.

16

A way to protect your privacy by using data from social media to “unmask the real, anonymous person behind a fake account”.

16

A chatbot that can help people with “recovering from addiction” by providing a forum for anonymous support.

15

As part of the Make Tech Easier project, the team is building a tool to help non-tech folks make tech purchases. They have a custom loyalty card that helps users identify the problem they want to solve, then build a purchase workflow. The startup now has $6,000 in monthly recurring revenue after just a year in business.

15

A tool to help nonprofits create their own call-to-action campaigns, by turning their event pages into a call-to-action page.

15

A social initiative focused on helping refugees in Lebanon find jobs and jobs find refugees.

15

The company’s vision is to make the process of creating a video game “as simple as making a PowerPoint presentation”. It wants to make video game creation accessible to non-programmers, and today’s software for that is too difficult to use.

14

A platform that helps people with no access to banking services, get small business loans and savings accounts. They’re a nonprofit and are building a platform to help people build their own financial products and have it administered by a bank, thus making it more accessible.

14

An anonymous messenger for LGBT teens, aimed at the Mormon community. The startup’s founder says the startup’s customer base is made up of LGBT Mormons who feel the need for a safe place to talk about their sexuality.

13

A company that helps companies and nonprofits raise money by letting people donate to causes they care about through the app.

11

 A tool for helping universities forge relationships with non-academic communities.

11

The idea behind the startup is that most companies have a “secret” culture they don’t want to share, so they hide it. It’s a way for employees to anonymously share a picture of a prospective employee’s work style and culture.

11

This startup is building a tool that designates specific parts of an app as “core”, “intermediate”, or “non-core”, which helps developers prioritize work and makes it easier to switch to a different language.

10

A consumer mobile banking mobile app for the developing world. It’s meant to bring mobile banking to consumers in places where banking infrastructure isn’t robust, and where there are often mobile networks that are poor quality or nonexistent.

10

A company that makes subscription-based graphics for web, iOS, and Android. They make their graphics available for free for non-commercial use, but charge for commercial use.

10

A company that builds a platform for non-legal software contracts, allowing businesses to use a contract that’s more flexible and can be altered without getting a lawyer involved.

10

This company is building an AI bot for executives to give daily guidance to employees via anonymous text messages.

10

A company that helps teams manage the accounting, invoicing, and other aspects of their work. Operating in the non-profit sector, the startup is helping them get organized so they can spend less time managing accounts and more time doing their work.

9

A program for non-profits to get funding from investors.

8

A non-profit that is building a strategic communications and social media campaign to help bring clean water to the world’s poorest people.

8

A web-based service designed to make it easier for nonprofits to raise money. It charges a nominal annual fee for the service.

8

A decentralized network of health and medical devices that can connect to each other to streamline health data gathering and data sharing. The network is designed to be a completely decentralized, non-profit network, and is currently in talks with the NHS.

7

Services for working with nonprofits to help them raise more money via crowdsourcing.

7

A platform that helps small businesses manage their expenses. The startup has built a cloud-based software system that allows small businesses to run reports and track their cash flow, and handle expenses such as rent, utilities, and business contributions. It offers free plans for nonprofits and businesses with fewer than $1 million in revenue.

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A startup that provides a service where you can buy a non-perishable dinner, put it in your freezer and it will cook itself

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Idea: Design-first API for non-developers

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Idea: This startup wants to build a “non-technical” interface for setting up web servers It’s building a platform that allows anyone to create a web-based service, and it’s been used to launch a website about the alt-right, among other things

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Idea: A software company that helps non-profits and NGOs integrate with payment processors and other fintech services

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Idea: Public Relations for the Non-Profit Sector

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Idea: A SaaS product that helps create recurring donations, a recurring revenue model usually only done by nonprofits The startup wants to serve for-profit businesses looking to encourage repeat purchases

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Idea: A startup that’s building a software platform for on-demand logistics, for things like food delivery, urban farming, and other forms of non-standard courier services.

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Idea: A non-profit in Brazil that provides free financial planning to low-income families. The startup works with banks to offer credit to qualifying customers, and works with the family to create a plan for them to pay it back. They already work with 8 banks and offer credit to 300 families.

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Idea: A startup for custom mobile applications for companies and non-profits. It’s a well-known model that has been around for a few years. The founder says his company has $30k in monthly recurring revenue, working with 500 companies.

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Idea: This startup is building an anonymous social network that focuses on autodidactic content, like tutorials and courses.

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Idea: A startup that helps nonprofits raise money from their supporters. The startup charges a 20% fee of all donations made through its platform, and says it’s using a $500k grant from the Knight Foundation to grow the company.

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Idea: A new brand of premium, non-GMO, gluten-free chips for people who want to avoid the chemicals and additives found in most store-bought chips.

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Idea: This is a tool for hiring workers on an as-needed basis. The company is working with a non-profit in Atlanta to help with staffing at after-school clubs.

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Idea: A startup that provides a full-stack CRM for nonprofit organizations. The founders claim the product has a 3x conversion rate compared to other major players, and is focused on helping nonprofits do more for less money.

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A startup that helps non-profits and social enterprises improve their impact by giving them insights into how people use their products and services.

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A startup that wants to make it easy to start and run a non-profit organization. The company is launching its first product today.

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