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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.
A startup that provides a service where people can rent out their unused vacation home for 2 weeks a year and make extra money
A startup that provides a service where they visit your house and help you plan meals that will last a week
A startup that provides a service where people can rent a room in someone’s house for a night, a weekend, a week, etc
A startup that provides a service where it sends you a box of healthy food every week and you can pick it up at a convenient location
A home energy service software company that helps users track and manage their energy usage in real-time. Anyone can install the service, which allows users to subscribe to a specific time frame or a whole week and pay $5 to $8 per day. Meant to help people save money on their energy costs.
A startup that helps users keep track of their groceries throughout the week, with the goal of saving them money on waste.
Each week, the startup curates a list of 3-10 new books, videos, podcasts, and articles from the industry and the web that it thinks are worth reading and listening to. The startup also curates a weekly newsletter.
One of several startups that are building alternative work schedules that let people swap out their hours for the week. They all basically pair an employer with a local worker who can come in for extra hours in exchange for a small fee or a flat rate.
A social enterprise in Indonesia that sells bedsheets made of recycled plastic. The company is building a factory that can make up to 50,000 bedsheets a week.
The company has begun to experiment with a plan to bring a $10/month subscription service to consumers that would provide a weekly Amazon Prime-like service to customers. The company could be an alternative to people who don’t like Amazon Prime’s current offerings.
As we reported last week, Blue Capital is building a “wage engine” for the gig economy that will help people figure out how to actually pay their rent.
A remote-work solution for business partners and freelancers, letting them work from anywhere. It’s a sort of “Uber for freelancers”, and is based on the idea that most clients don’t want to hire someone for a long-term gig, but instead need someone to tackle a project for a few days or a week at a time.
A company that helps users find and book lodging for a unique event in a city. Right now, you can book a flight, but you can also book a hotel for a one-night stay or a week.
A startup that provides a service for renting servers, using a model similar to Airbnb Users can rent a server by the hour, day, week, or month They rent out their unused servers, which helps keep them up to date, and clients get cheap hosting
A company that wants to make it easier for companies to manage their sales force by helping them upgrade their CRM and marketing software on a weekly or monthly basis.
What’s a startup to do when they’ve secured $500,000 in funding and they don’t know what to build Unity is a tool that helps founders go from idea to prototype to product, all in a matter of weeks.
A startup that creates a marketplace for companies to outsource their recruiting to on-demand recruiters, with the promise of matching candidates to available jobs within a week
This startup helps employees track time they spend using the internet to find out how they spend their day, week, or month.
The Startup Grind podcast is a weekly podcast about entrepreneurship, hosted by founders of SBJ’s own portfolio companies.
Builds mobile apps for small and medium-sized businesses that are typically handled by outsourced developers. It helps the client keep track of their employees and their weekly hours, track expenses, and generate invoices.
The startup provides software, training and data to help consumers achieve their fitness goals. The company’s software, which is built on the premise that “it’s not about the number of times you go to the gym, it’s about how much you get done when you go”, has won the Best Startup Award at the Philadelphia Startup Weekend.
A loyalty app driven by a points system. Loyalty points can be earned and redeemed at over 3,000 retailers including Target, Best Buy, and Whole Foods. The startup says they are adding new retailers every week.
A software platform that allows brokers to lower their fees by sending buyers and sellers a weekly report with a snapshot of their properties.
(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.)
A company that wants to help people find a way to use a home like a hotel. People can rent out their home for a day, two weeks, or longer, with Airbnb-like booking options.
A tool for finding out how many people have downloaded your app, and how many have used it in the past week. The founders say that it’s been integrated into 75 different apps, and that they’ve seen a 20% increase in user retention and engagement once they started using it, with a 50% increase in revenue.
In the 2017 Philadelphia Startup Week, 10 companies were featured.
A company building a wearable that the company says is the size of a bar of soap and can be worn for up to a week. The company says the wearable can continuously monitor glucose levels, and can be used as a glucose monitor.
This startup is looking to automatically generate and sell weekly email subscriptions to people based on their buying habits. The email service is for people who want to make sure they get email notifications for products they purchase frequently, like coffee or a subscription service, like Gilt or Birchbox.
The Y Combinator summer school is a four-week program that teaches computer science fundamentals to top-tier high school students. The program was launched in 2010 by Paul Graham, the founder of Y Combinator.
A weekly newsletter that covers Y Combinator startups.
A podcasting app for journalists that aims to help them tell stories more effectively, so they don’t have to spend weeks on each episode.
A company that makes small, affordable homes from shipping containers. The company has built “a new kind of modular home that can be made in as little as one week, on site”. The first models are coming out in October.
A payroll company, where employees get paid bi-weekly.
A company that creates a suite of applications for small businesses to automate tasks and shave time off their work week.
The name of the service is taken from the Latin word “diaspora”, which means “dispersed” or “dissolved.” The company is building a platform for businesses to offer their customers a daily or weekly service, such as cleaning, cooking, or laundry.
It’s a subscription based service that sends users a new piece of content every week.
A startup that connects customers to third-party products that can be shipped in a day, rather than weeks.
A mobile app that helps people find the best deals on local flights. The startup is already seeing 1,000 downloads every week and is expanding nationally with a $500,000 investment.
A startup for crowd-sourcing, developed by the founders of Yelp, to help providers compete for customers. It’s currently a beta app, but the founders say it will be available for businesses to use in the coming weeks. If it catches on, it could disrupt the way users find and book services by grouping a person’s needs in front of a provider that has been vetted by the community.
A platform for quickly getting and paying for the right medication. The startup has raised $10,000 from the University of Pennsylvania Startup Weekend.
A platform that lets users receive a weekly email (or text message) that shows them how to use their phone.
A company that wants to help you get up and running with your first product idea in 12 weeks. They’ve built a platform for product discovery and ideation.
A company that wants to help companies and their employees work together after hours, whether that’s an early morning meeting or a weeknight hack.
A data-driven platform that helps brands find new customers on Instagram. Each week, it finds tens of thousands of new customers that are likely to buy based on data such as recent activity and location.
A startup that wants to help people find and use better alternatives to plastic bags, by helping them make shopping lists in their phone’s email. The startup has only been live for a week, but is already seeing a 30% conversion rate.
A startup that lets companies conduct discovery events and get feedback from a target market in just a few weeks.
The book was published on July 17, 2011, and made the New York Times Best Seller list on July 22, 2011, and remained on the list for two weeks.
A platform for connecting readers to products and creators. The company says it’s currently in talks with publishers, and has letters of intent from five publishers to launch the product in the next few weeks.
A micro-job platform where people can earn a few dollars an hour doing a task for a company that already has a full-time employee doing that same task. The idea is that someone can have a few hours of work on Mechanical Turk each day already, and that’s the entirety of their work week.
A company that provides a platform for artists to share their work and connect with fans. They currently have over 400 artists, and plan to announce a partnership with a major US publisher in the coming weeks.
A platform for creating travel packages, with a focus on weeklong trips
A startup that helps travelers rent cars for a day or a week at a time. The startup wants to rent vehicles from manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes Benz.
A startup that makes it easy for companies to build apps for their customers, by building an app store for developers to build apps for their customers. The startup’s founder tells us that he’s gotten 10,000 signups in 2 weeks.
A startup that wants to use machine learning to predict the next trends in fashion. The startup uses machine learning techniques to predict everything from what style will be popular next week to what brands will be the most popular in 3 years.
A startup that provides a service for picking up groceries for you at a certain time every week
Idea: An online marketplace for work-at-home jobs, like editing, transcription, and customer service The startup has raised $125 million in funding from angel investors and is currently paying out $1,000 per week in revenue
Idea: Every week, the startup sends people a bag of clothes that they’ve selected based on an algorithm that takes into account their preferences and the weather
Idea: This startup is building a platform for people to have food delivered from restaurants that have closed for the day The company says it has 200 weekly users, and an average order size of $10
Idea: This company is building a personal finance management tool for women that includes a feature to help them plan for their next vacation The startup says it has 5,000 weekly users who have created more than 10,000 budgets
Idea: A startup for cleaning services The startup says it has 100 weekly users, with an average order size of $100
Idea: A startup that is building a platform to sell hot sandwiches to restaurants They say they have 7x ROI on customer acquisition, and are growing 10% week-over-week
Idea: A simple way for people to pre-order food online from local restaurants, picking up their food without waiting in a line or ordering into a kitchen. Customers place an order on the website, and then the startup calls the restaurant to confirm. The startup says it’s grown 10% week-over-week for the last year.
Idea: An enterprise tech that helps companies manage the process of going from a workday to a workweek.
Idea: A ‘gig economy’ labor marketplace for graphic designers. The startup says it’s growing 1,000% month-over-month, and has already sold $3,000 a week in design work.
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