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A platform for “pay-at-the-table” service restaurants.

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

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A startup where you can buy used tablet computers from big retailers like Best Buy and Staples.

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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 revenue sharing model for people who want to share their personal data with advertisers. By offering a monthly subscription, the company expects to earn revenue from those who feel most comfortable sharing their data.

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A startup that lets people track their food from farm to table.

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A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program that provides customers with weekly deliveries of fresh produce and other items from local farmers. Customers pay for their weekly deliveries of local fruits and vegetables through a subscription model.

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A startup that makes a reusable and portable medical device that helps people keep their wounds clean

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A maker of smartphones and tablets, the startup wants to sell its own operating system and make its own hardware.

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

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A SaaS platform that helps companies manage their expense reports. It starts with a monthly subscription and then allows the user to create expense reports that are editable and searchable, with the option to export.

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A startup that is building an alternative repository to Airbnb for people to find rentable resources This includes everything from homes to lawn mowers, from the startup’s own website

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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 “factory farming” startup that plans to take over the entire process of raising and slaughtering animals from the farm to the table.

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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 startup for pre-owned tablets.

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A company that makes a printable device for measuring the distance between two objects. The product is a small, inexpensive laser point that can be attached to things like cell phones, cameras, and other devices.

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A tablet organizer that aims to keep the iPad in sync with your desktop and other devices.

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A location-based service that aims to bring the real-time chatter of restaurant reviews to the table. It’s targeting customers with $25 meals or more that don’t have a reservation.

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Philadelphia is home to many notable media companies, including:

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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 SaaS platform that helps IT teams automatically create a repeatable, secure, and reliable infrastructure for IoT/edge devices.

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A solution for the unstable relationship between digital ad buying and the media buying process.

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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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A company that will allow you to stream your favorite TV show to any TV device in your house. The company is building a platform to stream video from any streaming platform to any device, including TVs, computers, game consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and anything else that can play video.

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A startup that allows you to create an “Airbnb for Food”, allowing you to find and discover local restaurants that also allow you to book tables in advance. The company says it has already helped to book a hundred tables in New York City.

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A food delivery service that will allow its customers to order their own vegetables, rice, and protein and have it delivered directly to their door.

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This is a “tech-for-good” project that wants to build a marketplace where people can donate their old smartphones and tablets to be refurbished and repurposed into solar-powered lights for developing countries.

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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 different kind of charging station for electric vehicles, focusing on the home. Rather than wirelessly charging vehicles, the startup's stations are stationary and have a separate charging port for plugging in phones and tablets.

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A restaurant-booking app that pairs with your favorite restaurant so you can just look at the menu and book a table. The company has raised $1.3M to date.

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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 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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Like Uber, this startup gamifies the concept of a taxi ride, with the user playing a dispatcher for a network of taxis. The app helps users find the closest taxis using data from Yelp and OpenTable.

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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 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 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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In the past year, there have been a few notable exits from Indian startups and their founders. Vani Kola, co-founder of Zomato, sold her company to local rival Swiggy for an estimated $50 million.

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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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Smartphones, tablets, and laptops have all become computers. This startup wants to make the home a computer. The company is based in San Francisco. The company’s name comes from the idea that a home computer is the center of the home.

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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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This startup is building software for people who aren’t online. It’s not just for the elderly, but for people who aren’t comfortable with the internet, or don’t have access.

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A company that makes a 2D-printable prosthetic for people who need one

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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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A startup that wants to make it easier for people to “write” music. The startup is building a music editing app that takes your tracks and makes them more palatable for radio and podcasts.

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This startup helps people track the status of their favorite charitable causes. They helped raise $50,000 from the Center for Global Development and the Connected Ventures Fund in NYC.

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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 is working on an injectable drug that will help heal damaged nerve fibers. They’re working on a treatment for a degenerative disorder called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, which is caused by damage to the peripheral nerves.

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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 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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One of the original investors in OpenTable raised a $1 million seed round to help “Bring the magic back to the restaurant industry.”

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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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An online network for women to share advice with each other and access peer support. The startup is trying to build a community that helps women keep each other accountable, and tells them when they’re in a rut and need to make a change.

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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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A startup that helps customers book restaurant tables, with a check-in and payment feature. It’s the first startup in India working on a restaurant booking app.

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An iOS app and web-based service that helps people find the best deals on headphones, portable speakers, and more.

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A startup that brings the “higher education experience” to students by connecting them with tutors. Notable alumni include Sarah Lawrence College, Harvard, and the University of Michigan.

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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 tool that provides a series of smart defaults for a wiki, like a suggested table of contents.

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A tool that allows employees to manage their expenses so they can take accounting to the next level (and hold their bosses accountable for it). The team has raised $500,000 in seed funding and is based in NYC.

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A tool that can be used to create “mini apps” that can be used to run tiny tasks on a business’s phone, like taking a picture with a tablet, or looking up a restaurant’s location.

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This startup wants to make the world’s most durable tablet, one that can withstand a drop from a boat in the ocean, or a puddle of coffee.

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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 company that markets and sells “performance” clothing for men. The startup is trying to make sure that the clothes it sells are comfortable and high quality.

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A way to make paying taxes easier, with a tool that lets you pay your taxes in a way that’s more efficient than the IRS’ online tools. The startup also wants to make the tax process more predictable and transparent by providing a taxpayer’s tax form for every state, and giving an estimate of what the liability is.

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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 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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A messaging service for companies to send and receive messages without requiring employees to have smartphones. The company is working on a product that will work with existing hardware, like a tablet.

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A C2C marketplace for buying and selling used furniture. There’s a big market for people looking to buy used furniture but no good way to find them. The startup’s website shows a few beautiful tables and chairs, but the bulk of the site features the items for sale.

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A next-generation restaurant delivery app that allows users to order food, track it and pay, all through a mobile app. What They Deliver is putting a new business model on the table to help restaurant owners grow their companies.

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A company that makes it easier for developers to build apps for every device they can imagine: phone, tablet, tv, car, etc. The business is bootstrapped and has had a $1.3M in seed funding.

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These compostable cups are meant to help coffee shops reduce their packaging waste. They can be full of coffee or tea or soup and you can recycle them, but they don’t break down in landfills.

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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 software company that helps businesses and foundations manage their contributions to charitable causes. The company wants to be the “Yahoo of charity”.

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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 credit card that rewards its customers for giving back to the community. Instead of paying a flat fee for the credit card, customers are charged based on the number of points they earn for charitable donations.

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A digital currency for the global market. It’s first product is a stablecoin for local currency payments in the US and across the world.

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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 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 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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is a platform for selling used textbooks and keeping college students accountable for their books.

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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 new way for entrepreneurs to get funding. The startup, which launches today, wants to give entrepreneurs access to a “constant stream of regular, predictable investments”.

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A company that builds flexible, adjustable shipping containers that can be used for housing, shipping, and construction.

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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 SaaS product that monitors a company’s IT infrastructure in real-time, helping it remain stable and avoid downtime.

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A medical device startup that’s trying to simplify the medical industry by tracking and improving on the performance of injectable drugs.

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 A platform for creating 3D models on top of a 3D model. The startup is building a way to create 3D models of buildings and other structures, and create 3D printable models of them.

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A social network for restaurants, startups and developers. It’s a platform where restaurants can find users to fix their tables, answer the phone, and do general upkeep.

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A personal computer for managing back pain. It’s essentially a smartphone that sits on a medical table and provides a diagnosis, treatment recommendations, and a system for collecting patient data.

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A startup where you can buy and sell your homegrown vegetables, herbs, and fruit.

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This startup is building a tool that helps you connect with lenders who can provide you with capital for your business. Notable for being a woman-founded startup (two of the three founders are women).

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A new way to help people stay accountable for their food. The company wants to help people keep track of their meals with a graphing platform.

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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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The following is a list of notable consumer product startups in North America that have raised venture funding, according to Crunchbase and its sources.

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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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A web-based platform for organizing your life, sharing with friends and family, and managing your daily activities. Notable for its “paperless” interface, which lets you create to-do lists and share them with others.

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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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A startup that helps users make a case for charitable donations in their life, so they can take advantage of tax benefits and make a donation to charity.

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To help the fresh produce industry, which is worth $100 billion in the US, Farmako hopes to build a “smart warehouse” that uses artificial intelligence to track when and where fruit and vegetables are grown, to help ensure they’re grown locally.

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The following are notable U.S. venture capital firms that invest in or work with startups in the areas of healthcare:

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Other notable startups in the city include:

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A 3D printable gun that allows you to modify the shape of your weapon. The idea behind the technology is that it can be used to make semi-automatic weapons capable of being fired more quickly.

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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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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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The California-based company, which previously had raised $16 million, is selling custom-designed power banks, which are basically portable chargers for smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices. The company is selling them through its website but is also looking to partner with retailers to sell them in their brick-and-mortar stores.

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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 company looking to build the ultimate medical-grade exam table. The startup has built a prototype that can raise and lower patients in ways that medical professionals often describe as “magical”.

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A platform that gives users the ability to share their photos on an Android phone, tablet, or computer. The company wants to become a one-stop solution for sharing photos and videos.

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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 startup that allows anyone to rent a table at popular festivals at a discounted rate.

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A ping-pong robot that can play table tennis at a fast pace.

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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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Web-based software that gives restaurants a way to track guests from table to table, and find out how much money they spend.

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A platform that helps users find nearby ping pong tables, buy tables, and host matches.

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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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Connects with a user’s Evernote account to create a pivot table, with a map or a list.

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A startup founded by several ex-Adobe employees to develop a creative suite for mobile and tablet devices. It has raised $26 million in funding.

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A company that helps companies enable “pay it forward” and other charitable and social giving programs and enable them to get tax benefits for donations.

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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 startup that arranges bookings for table tennis clubs, school gyms, or snooker clubs. The startup connects people looking for table tennis, snooker, or other sports to people who would like to host them.

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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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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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A product that helps companies and individuals track and control mobile phone and tablet usage through location and mobile network data, with a focus on consumer safety using data from apps and websites.

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A decentralized prediction market, looking to use the power of the blockchain to bring more transparency to public wagers. The startup already has a partnership with the NBA to use data on player performance to create more stable markets.

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A startup that makes a shared, portable USB charger that’s small enough to fit in a wallet, but can still power smartphones and tablets.

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Idea: This startup helps restaurants streamline operations through an app that lets customers order their meals on a tablet and then pick them up at a counter inside the restaurant

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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 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’s building a tool for online tutoring, but its focus is on the digital-first approach it’s taking: the startup sees the future of education as a lot more digital, and so it’s building a teaching platform that works with students’ tablets and phones.

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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 startup that wants to be the Open Table of the cannabis industry, creating an online directory of marijuana dispensaries and delivery services.

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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 platform for booking medical appointments, similar to OpenTable or Uber. Users can book with a doctor inside or outside of the platform, and it will handle the

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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: A startup that wants to get people off the couch and get them playing table tennis. The startup’s primary focus is on what they call “casual players” — people who play recreationally, but don’t want to spend a lot of time practicing to get better. The startup offers lessons on how to play the game online, as well as in-person lessons in San Francisco.

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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 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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