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A tool that helps entrepreneurs write the best pitches possible for angel investors.

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The company is building a platform to help startups connect with investors and build a community of backers. The startup is working with Y Combinator and other investors to get more startups to pitch at YC.

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A startup that is working on a location-based ad platform. Their pitch is that they are the only ones building a smart ad stack that works across all channels, including the web, apps, and the physical world.

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A pitch system that allows businesses to send out videos to potential customers. The startup, which was founded in August, is looking to attract businesses with a $5 per month price point.

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A mobile app that helps people find local cafes and restaurants. The startup, based in San Francisco, is pitching its app as a Yelp for food.

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A platform for social media content curation, with a focus on the financial sector. The company has been pitching the idea of creating “content factories” which can create content and deliver it in real-time to markets.

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A digital marketing platform for small businesses, pitched as a toolset to help companies reach their customers.

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A toolkit for programmatic buying of ads on Facebook. The startup is pitching the tool to agencies and advertisers as a way for them to automate Facebook ad buying.

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“A platform that allows you to connect with professionals in your area,” as the pitch goes.

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A cloud-based platform that aims to help users communicate in real-time. The company’s pitch is that it’s like Slack, but for international teams.

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A startup that aims to help realtors automate their sales process, using a digital agent that keeps track of the status of a property and opens real estate listings on the internet. The startup is pitching the service as a way to drive down “the average home sales cycle” from six months to two.

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Startups pitched as “LinkedIn for marketers"

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TechCrunch’s IPOs have been pretty good over the past decade. The 14 most recent IPOs have collectively brought in $2.4 billion as of April 2018, according to research from Pitchbook.

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A company that mentors startups on how to make a video pitch, and then helps them make a video that will get people to click “buy.”

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An AI-powered platform that allows artists to create unique video content, and also that provides a way for them to sell their videos for revenue. It is based on an idea for YouTube-based video sharing that was pitched in 2016, but has been in development since then.

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An on-demand marketplace for your home, pitched as a more effective, more satisfying alternative to Airbnb.

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The startup is building a service that replaces the traditional sales funnel with a series of interactions that make the process more intuitive for customers. The company’s platform is meant to help small businesses “tap into the power of the digital,” with a product that helps businesses pitch, pitch, pitch, and finally close.

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Pitchbook, a media company that covers the venture industry, has released a list of the top Y Combinator companies to watch. It includes several companies from the summer batch, including the following:

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A platform for businesses to manage their HR — hiring, payroll, training, and more — from the cloud. The company’s pitch is that the platform can be used by all kinds of businesses, not just HR departments.

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A tool for journalists to research and structure pitches and stories

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The startup pitches its platform as the “one-stop shop for all things HR”. It will offer HR software, payroll, and benefits management. It also recently raised $1.5M in seed funding.

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This app, pitched as a “social marketing platform”, lets people create and organize their own Facebook pages.

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A tool for curating an email inbox, the Startup is pitching as “email 2.0”.

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A chat platform that allows teams to connect to discuss work, exchange ideas, and collaborate. With the pitch, the company says it’s like Slack, but for TV.

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A new platform that allows big companies to help their employees get better at sales by offering real-time feedback on their pitches, and to see how they compare to others who are similar in their industry.

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An enterprise software company that works with local governments and educations systems, pitching its product as “the one app for everything.”

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This startup pitches itself as a “social network for developers”, with an emphasis on the “social” part.

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Pitching itself as “YELP for your personal life”, this startup attempts to make home-sharing a lot easier.

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a mobile payments system for India. The startup is pitching itself as a cheaper alternative to the likes of Google Wallet and Paytm.

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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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A tool that helps people find the best travel deals, picking up on the long tail of unadvertised fares. The startup is pitching itself as a sort of early booking agent, where customers can search for flights and then call in to a travel agent.

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Social networking for farmers. Farmline’s pitch is that as farmers grow and share more info about their crops, they’ll be able to reap more benefits from the same share.

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A platform that allows landlords to manage their rental units, connecting them to homebuyers and letting agents. The pitch is that it gives landlords a new way to run their business, helping them collect rent and keep track of their properties. It’s available in the UK and Australia at the moment, although they’re looking to expand internationally.

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A karaoke app, with the company pitching a feature that lets users record a video of their karaoke performance and share it on social media.

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Pitch: A learning platform for students, with gamification and a “social network” feeling.

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A robo-adviser for retirement savings, pitched as “Investment + Retirement Done Right”.

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(Note: This is an ongoing list, and I’m adding to it as soon as I hear about new startup pitches every week. I’ll keep updating when necessary.)

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A startup trying to bring payments made through a physical credit card to cash-only establishments. The startup is pitching its service as a way to bring cash-only businesses into the digital age.

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A business plan for a startup is like a sales pitch. It’s vague. It’s hard to see its potential. And it’s hard to know if it’s worth checking out. So many founders miss out on the chance to grow their business because they don’t have this thing called a business plan that explains how they’ll do it. The goal of this startup is to make it easy for anyone to write that plan. It’s currently only available in the Bay Area.

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A crowdfunding platform for healthcare startups. The company is pitching an app that helps prompt patients to schedule appointments and get lab results.

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The company’s pitch is that it is building a digital platform to help entrepreneurs raise capital at a much lower cost than traditional venture capital.

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The top 10 list of the most common ideas was based on the number of pitches submitted by companies.

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A tool for selling and managing your business’ insurance, pitched as an “all inclusive, seamless, and simple insurance brokerage.”

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An investment platform to help startups from the seed stage through growth. The company wants to help startups raise funds and make pitch decks quickly and easily.

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This company is pitching a “collaboration hub for teams”, with tools to help teams track what they’re working on, manage their work schedules, and review their progress. The company currently has 3 contracts.

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This company is building a social system for social media influencers to pitch products to their followers.

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A pitch for a health insurance platform that enables users to use a smartphone to view their health data, make payments, and receive regular communications from a doctor.

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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 startup that will help salespeople pitch more effectively using a “Playbook”-like interface with a combination of slides, infographics, and video.

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A digital tool that helps people manage their finances. The startup is pitching itself as a tool to help people manage their cash flow and manage debt.

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A tool for videographers, pitch as “YouTube for professional filmmakers”. The app is meant to make it super-easy to upload and share videos.

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A program for graduating students to match them with jobs and internships, pitching itself as an alternative to unpaid internships.

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A product that helps people visualize how their social media presence is being used by brands. It’s built for small businesses, and is pitched as a way to help them manage their online reputation.

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The startup is pitching itself as a “social ATM” that will let you make payments in person and online through a single app

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A tool for hiring project managers, pitched as a “

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The startup’s pitch is that “we help people save money by visiting restaurants that are good, but not the best.” The app now has 100,000 users in the UK, and its founders say they’ll be able to expand globally if their funding round meets its goal.

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An alternative to the pay-per-click model of web advertising that’s based on a subscription model rather than a pay-per-click scheme. It’s pitching itself as a way for both marketers and consumers to get the information they want.

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The following startups were featured on the show as a part of the Airtime segment, but did not have a pitch session:

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A tool for companies to build better mobile apps for their customers. Their pitch is that they’re not just another app development house, but rather a consultancy that helps businesses build apps that are more efficient, more responsive, and more intuitive.

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A tool for corporate recruiters to pitch job candidates to companies directly, cutting down on the time spent managing the process.

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One of the two startups in the Finalist batch to make the Demo Day pitch, Haptik is another VR system that allows you to create VR-based simulations of the real world. Haptik is targeting the market for VR training simulations, which is an idea that’s already working for real estate agents and other companies.

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A startup that helps members get the most out of their money. The startup’s pitch is that it’s easier to get money out of a savings account than it is to get money back.

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A startup that helps businesses identify, qualify, and acquire users on Facebook. The company has been framing its pitch as a way for businesses to organize and manage their Facebook pages and pages for their customers.

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The startup wants to bring online education to developing countries. It’s currently building its first pilots in India and Nigeria, where it’s pitched as a way to bring education to places that aren’t well-off enough to attract students from elsewhere.

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A financial management tool for small businesses, pitched as a solution to the “$1 trillion dollar problem” of managing small business finances.

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A company that provides an online profile management tool. The startup is also working on a beta version of a layer of security around user data. The company's founder originally pitched the idea at Y Combinator in 2014, but the founders decided to pivot to a more stable revenue stream.

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Idea: A platform for companies to manage their remote, international teams The startup’s main pitch is that its software serves as a better replacement for tools like Slack

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The startups pitched in the final batch of the accelerator program in February 2018.

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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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Idea: Trim is a fintech company that wants to become a one-stop shop for credit cards The company’s pitch is that it’ll use machine learning to notch up credit card rewards for users and help them manage their spending

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A team of engineers have built a product that lets homeowners control their home’s lights, AC, and thermostat via a smartphone — without the need for smart locks. They’re pitching the product as a way to bring smart home technology to more people, and without the need for a significant investment.

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Idea: A startup for private label goods. The founder wants to make it easy for people to create their own private label brands, and is pitching it as a marketplace for startups to create their own version of a “Brands You Love But Can’t Find In Stores” store.

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Pitch: “A B2B company that helps CFOs prioritize expense reports.”

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Idea: A company that offers an API for receiving payments through SMS. The company’s pitch: “We make money moves.”

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A startup that helps online businesses sell merchandise through Walmart. Their pitch is that it costs $5 on Walmart to sell every $100 of merchandise, while on Amazon it’s $20/100.

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Idea: A startup that creates a marketplace for intellectual property. The startup’s pitch is that there’s a whole market for IP like patents and algorithms that’s currently untapped.

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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: This is a real estate startup that wants to help people find homes to rent. They’re looking to target people who’ve been priced out of the market and need to rent instead of buy. The startup’s pitch is that it’s better than Craigslist because it focuses on neighborhoods and can recommend specific apartments.

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Idea: A startup that aims to be “the Uber for trucking”, claiming that the transportation industry is a $7 trillion sector ripe for disruption. It has a similar pitch to Uber Freight, which focuses on helping smaller trucking companies compete with big shippers.

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Idea: This startup is building a way to automate the process of filling out web forms. It’s also pitching itself as a way to collect data on form completion rates, and build a more familiar conversational experience with the site.

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xtractor is a platform for helping publishers convert their subscriptions into recurring revenue, which is often more profitable. xtractor’s pitch is hyperfocused on their customers’ business needs, like improving reader retention and increasing subscription and recurring revenue.

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Idea: Music creators can now use a new app called Soundmine to create songs using a variety of beats in a range of genres. Users can switch up the instruments and change the tempo or pitch, and add vocals, lyrics, and a melody.

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