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

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

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 A Chinese-language news app. They have about 200,000 users, and are profitable. They’ve already raised $3.5 million.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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A startup that is building a platform for training teachers in the US public school system. The startup wants to make school more attractive and profitable.

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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.

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A startup that helps freelancers get paid up front, then moves that money to a business account if they don’t get enough gigs booked in a given period of time. Today it has paying customers in the US, UK, and Australia, and is profitable.

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A startup that provides a service where people can buy a box of random stuff for $100 and see if they can sell anything on eBay If they sell it, they get a portion of the profit If they don’

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

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A B2B company that helps businesses manage their email marketing. The company says they’re profitable and growing.

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

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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.

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A Facebook-like app that lets anyone build and sell a mobile website. It’s a way for people who don’t build websites to earn money rather than create their own, and has a profitable model.

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

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A startup that works with restaurants to provide them with the tools they need to “self-serve” their customers. The startup wants to make it easier and more profitable for restaurants to provide meal delivery.

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

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A platform that helps people create a more profitable business by helping them get more data and improve their marketing.

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

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

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This is a loyalty platform for businesses, with a twist: users only get points for small purchases. The company claims it’s already profitable.

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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 company that helps non-profits with online fundraising.

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

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

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A startup helping small businesses create their own, more profitable, online marketing campaigns. The company helps small businesses with organic content creation, on-page SEO, and paid advertising. It’s currently looking for top-level talent.

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A startup that helps people manage their cryptocurrency portfolios Users can keep track of their portfolio and see how much profit they’ve made

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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.

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A platform for scheduling and tracking overhead costs for nonprofits.

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A startup that lets shoppers bid on items to help them save money, and that charges a small fee for the service. The startup is mobile-first and only takes a small cut of profits.

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A software company that helps insurance auto brokers become more profitable by streamlining their claims processes. They’re aiming to reach $2.5 million in revenue in the first year.

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

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

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A way to hook up with a freelance designer for in-house design, build a site, and then manage it all from one app. The company says it has $6 million in funding and has been profitable since 2014.

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A "grocery delivery and store-of-value" app, allowing users to order groceries, have them delivered to their door, and then sell them for a profit.

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A software company that allows businesses to manage their inventory by tracking products on a digital platform. The company wants to make it easier to determine the most profitable products to stock, based on demand, and to manage inventory.

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

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A startup that helps you find the cheapest places to go in the US (60,000 restaurants, 2,500 hotels, and 2,500 attractions) and then helps you price-compare them. The startup is profitable and has 75,000 users, and is profitable again after a $2 million round in late 2019.

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A company that buys the leftover food from the restaurants it serves, packaging and reselling the food for a profit.

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A startup that helps people track the money they’re spending online, including all their subscriptions and subscriptions to services like Netflix. The startup’s co-founder said it’s been profitable in the past year.

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A company that helps hire talent for nonprofits and charities.

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 A company that looks to make shared apartments more profitable, both for landlords and renters.

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A company that advises startups on how to manage their money in a way that’s profitable and that also benefits their employees.

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

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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.

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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.

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A mobile app that helps people plan their trip to see the world’s best art. The app comes with a network of over 1,000 locations of art museums and galleries from around the world. The startup is profitable.

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

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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.

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A platform for small businesses to manage marketing and sales, enabling them to make more profitable sales and grow their customer base.

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A startup that helps companies adjust their business operations to be more profitable, with a focus on "lean operations" that can optimize use of resources and improve efficiency.

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

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A platform for selling, buying, and shipping drugs online. The startup is now profitable and has a $2.5 million round of funding.

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This startup aims to make a hiring tool that is “instantly accessible and easy to use” that can “make every hire the right hire”. They have 1,000 happy customers and are profitable.

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This is a company building a platform where an existing customer can find and hire a contractor to repair or remodel a specific item in their home. It’s a marketplace for homeowners looking to hire contractors, and the startup is profitable.

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A B2B platform to keep track of product costs, with a recurring revenue model that covers processing fees for orders, as well as profit margin.

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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.

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

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

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A company that helps hot dog vendors in New York City sell their hot dogs by linking them to their Instagram accounts. It’s meant to make the process of selling hot dogs more efficient and profitable.

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A platform that connects lenders to people who have bad credit to pay loans back on time. The company’s cofounder, David Leon, says the company is profitable, has more than $1.3 million in loans, and has been servicing loans for over a year.

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A fitness tracking device that’s been downloaded over 3 million times, has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on the App Store, and was sold to Apple. It’s been used by over 60 million people and is now the best-selling fitness tracker on the market. It’s profitable and has a $300 million valuation.

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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.

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

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A software company that partners with restaurants to provide delivery and catering services. The startup has signed up more than 3,000 restaurants and is profitable.

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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.

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This startup is building a service that helps companies manage their employee benefit programs with a single platform, and will take a slice of the companies’ profits to pay for the service.

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

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

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A for-profit company that wants to create a social network for “sponsored content” where brands pay to influence public opinion.

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A tool that helps small businesses manage their shipping and inventory via an app, with the startup saying they’re profitable. The company has a 1-person team and has raised $10,000.

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A tool for the agriculture industry (including farmers) to manage products, expenses, and profit on a day-to-day basis. The startup is working with farms to improve efficiency.

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A startup that helps restaurants and other places sell their leftover food for a profit.

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Koku is a tool for people to build their own subscription-based service. Koku is meant to be a one-stop shop for all of a person’s subscription needs, with a toolset designed for ease of use. The startup is a Y Combinator company, and has over 200,000 users and is profitable.

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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.

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

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A way for people who need to move into a new apartment to take a photo of their living room or kitchen and quickly see a comprehensive price list of what it would cost to remodel it. The startup says it’s profitable and has a $150,000 monthly revenue run rate.

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A Boston startup that aims to make it easier for people to start a business by cutting out the middlemen that currently profit from them. It offers a suite of services that allow companies to set up a website in 15 minutes.

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A software company that provides a platform to allow employees to submit professional development suggestions that are then implemented as part of a company’s onboarding process. The startup has signed on 5 companies and is profitable.

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A new channel for people to sell their old books for profit

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A travel health insurance company for the U.S. market, which is trying to cover a profitable market with an under-insured customer base. It’s currently in the UK, and is looking to expand to the US.

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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.

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"A company that helps businesses go from idea to profitable reality. We help founders build ideas from day one and help them launch them successfully."

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

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A profitable startup that provides software for businesses to create and operate their own community-based group insurance plans. It also provides a platform for businesses to track and control their health care costs.

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A technology company that creates “smart” thermostats for home and business use, allowing homeowners to control their thermostats via their smartphone. The company is led by CEO and founder Rajat Pahuja, who previously built a business in India called Shubh Loans that went “very profitable,” according to Pahuja.

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A mobile app that generates income for the user - a college student who buys cheap phone cases from China and resells them at a profit.

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A suite of employee benefits that give employees a share of their company’s profits.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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A not-for-profit that’s building a platform to teach girls to code.

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

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A job board for non-profit organizations.

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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.

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

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 A “boutique” loyalty program that offers extra perks like free flights, hotel stays, spa visits, concert tickets, and more to frequent shoppers. The company is currently profitable and has a $7 million valuation.

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A startup that helps people find free or discounted parking. The startup says it’s been profitable in the last year.

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A health insurance app which allows users to submit their medical claims and payment information with a couple of taps on their phone. The startup is a bit of an interesting case study for the healthcare sector. They launched in March and have over 1,000 customers already. They're profitable for the first time.

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

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A tool that helps brick-and-mortar stores stay on top of inventory and customer data, helping them reduce labor costs and increase profits.

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Imagine you’re a CEO who wants to maximize your company’s profits. One way to do it is to accept credit cards, but most companies struggle to get the rates they want. Debit-on-demand startup Debitize lets companies accept credit cards and debit cards on demand.

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A sales collaboration platform that helps companies with salespeople communicate better, run more profitable sales meetings, and close more deals.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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A ride-sharing service that uses algorithms to match drivers with customers, as an alternative to the taxi companies that dominate the market. The drivers are paid when they’re matched with customers with a ride, and the startup is profitable.

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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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A Chicago-based startup that helps companies build employee wellness products. It’s a way for companies to create wellness programs that are sticky and profitable.

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A startup that connects farmers with buyers. The startup helps farmers find buyers with the goal of making agriculture more profitable and sustainable.

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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.

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

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A tool that helps smaller tech companies understand their technology costs and profitability

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A financial services company that provides loan payments and collection services. The startup is now profitable and has a $4.5 million valuation.

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A platform for the entertainment industry to create, manage, and monetize its content. The startup says it will help artists “pivot to new business models, stay profitable, and expand their business”.

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A co-op centered around giving financial advice to companies, and letting them share in the profits.

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

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The first platform for wholesale drug purchasing, connecting drug companies with distributors. The startup is already profitable and has 1,000 customers.

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A B2B service that’s been in beta for over a year that helps restaurants manage their finances. The service helps restaurants manage their business from a single location and get a better sense of how they’re doing and where their money's going. The company was founded in 2013 and is profitable and growing.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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An enterprise-grade video conferencing platform for business. The startup is already profitable and is looking to double its 50 employees over the next year.

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

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A platform that helps people find and book home services, like cleaners and handymen. The startup currently has 30 employees and is profitable.

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Idea: A startup that helps people who are new to a city find places to live. The startup is targeting international students, new workers and the like, and aims to partner with landlords to make a profit.

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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: Luxe is building a platform for on-demand car service that charges $5 per month for bookings and $150 per mile The company expects to be profitable by the end of the year

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Idea: A market for people who want to rent their vehicles to others for a few hours or the day The company has grown to 15,000 drivers in the Boston area They’re aiming to be a trusted marketplace that makes it easier to rent cars, and more profitable for their drivers

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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 helps small businesses pay for employees’ healthcare. The startup says it’s made $100,000 in profit in the first 5 months, and has $200,000 in monthly recurring revenue.

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Idea: A startup that is building a real estate investing marketplace where individual investors can connect with each other and do deals together. The company charges a fee on each transaction, and says it is profitable.

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Idea: A startup that helps people manage their finances by pulling in all their accounts from various banks and credit card companies. The company says it is profitable and growing quickly.

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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: 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 platform that uses AI to help small business owners scale by building an engine that automatically figures out the most profitable steps to scale a business.

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Idea: A 3D audio startup that is trying to make podcasting more immersive by using binaural audio. The app has a pretty strong take on the future of podcasting, and its founder says that the company is profitable.

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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: 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 for hand-made products. The startup is looking to disrupt the marketplace business by focusing on a niche of handmade goods. The startup claims it can make handmade goods more profitable for producers and more affordable for consumers.

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Idea: A white-labeled version of the video scheduling tools used by companies like Google and Facebook. It also helps companies manage their video ads — and is profitable now by helping companies make native videos.

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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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Idea: A startup helping businesses in emerging markets manage inventory and orders using a mobile app and a desktop dashboard. The founders say they’ve already signed more than 50 customers in the past month (and have been accepted to Y Combinator,) and that the business has been profitable since it launched at the end of May.

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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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