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A startup that an online marketplace for VR powered by blockchain to reduce the transaction cost
A startup that is building an AI-powered inventory management system for retailers. The startup is working with retailers like Nike and H&M.
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.
A company that wants to take stock trading to the next level with an AI-powered app that can trade stocks with the same confidence and speed as a human.
An AI-powered tool to help you personalize your resume
A startup that’s looking to build a chatbot that can serve as a digital concierge for your home. The startup is already working with a few dozen home service providers to offer its AI-powered service.
A solar-powered $15,000 jacket that generates energy from the sun and has a built-in battery to charge itself.
A startup that helps you make your house a solar-powered, internet-connected network, allowing you to control lights, appliances and other devices through an app.
A software company that makes it easier to train learning machines. The company is building an “AI-powered note taking” system for students.
A “human-powered” startup that helps people to organize tasks and conversations around a particular topic.
A startup that makes it easier for hotel guests to use their credit card on property. The company’s founders came up with the idea at a conference where the hotel they were staying at had a similar feature, and thought there was a better way to do it.
The 2017 batch was selected based on their work in the field, their potential to drive positive social impact, and their fit with Y Combinator’s mission. The following companies were selected:
An AI-powered financial advisory platform that helps people make better financial decisions.
A company that looks to take the data from the medical devices in your home and learn what your body needs to stay healthy. CIMA aims to build an AI-powered platform that can help you better manage all your health data, and then recommend medications based on what your body needs.
A customized AI-powered chatbot that helps you optimize your online dating experience.
A “machine-learning-powered” customer review management tool.
This startup is building an AI-powered tool that helps people communicate with their doctors, who can then respond with medical advice.
The founders of an AI-powered dating app want to use their product as a platform for investors to invest in AI startups.
An AI-powered product that converts music into a format that sounds good on all of your devices.
Idea: This company is building an AI-powered solution for retailers and suppliers to match inventories, to combat stockouts and to reduce markdowns.
This startup is working on an AI-powered system that monitors data on Amazon’s servers, allowing companies to guard against potential security breaches.
A SaaS accounting service focused on small businesses. It’s powered by Intuit’s QuickBooks enterprise software.
A company that sells an AI-powered financial advisor to help people save for retirement. The company says it has had more than $30 million in AUM.
A company that provides an AI-powered chatbot that helps customer service reps improve their customer interactions.
A group of entrepreneurs who were tasked with building out the Internet of Things for the US government. The team is building a programmable thermostat, which they say will “change the way people live and work”.
An AI-powered chatbot that can respond to questions about a person’s current location, and provide more detailed answers as you learn more about their habits.
An AI-powered dating site for people looking for long-term relationships.
A platform that provides personal finance advice in the form of an AI-powered personal financial advisor. The startup is currently in private beta.
The following startups were all listed in the “premier” category at TechCrunch Disrupt SF, but didn’t make the final cut to the demo stage of the event.
The following were selected by our judges in a preliminary round of judging:
This company wants to build an AI-powered data platform to provide businesses with the information they need to make better, more informed decisions.
This startup is building an AI-powered platform that helps people manage their relationships with their doctors. It uses machine learning to automatically scan medical records and find patterns that indicate better compliance with doctor’s orders.
Idea: A startup for “solar powered cars”. The startup wants to build a rooftop solar system that generates energy for your car, allowing the car to run on solar power.
A company that makes AI-powered software to help nonprofits, raising funds from the community.
A chatbot-powered automated service for making purchases at the airport.
A question-and-answer startup where users can ask questions of and then be answered by people all over the world.
AI-powered machine learning platform for the fashion industry that helps brands measure product fit and recommend products for different sizes and styles.
A startup for buying and selling tickets to events. The startup is focused on events in the UK and Europe. They were formerly known as Ticket Vending.
They want to build a self-driving, electric, solar-powered truck that can deliver goods by the hour.
In June 2018, the Startup Genome Project released data on the 100 most active venture-backed startups in the world. Of the top 100 startups, 12 were based in the San Francisco Bay Area. That was more than any other single city in the world.
This company’s founders were previously in the gaming industry, and want to help make that industry more inclusive. The startup is building a platform to help game developers with user acquisition and retention by building in features for “people of color, women, and LGBTQ people.”
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.
An artificial intelligence-powered system that lets businesses see how their employees are performing. The underlying AI platform is able to understand the inner-workings of a company. The company recently closed a $4 million Series A funding.
A startup creating a platform for the creation of customized, AI-powered marketing mailers
An AI-powered robot that can answer questions and track trends for business owners. The robot can capture data and use it to make decisions, and can work alongside human employees.
A startup that is building a new kind of e-reader that uses a 3-D lens to let users see books as if they were 3-D movies.
An AI-powered chatbot that will guide buyers through the home buying process, with an interface that is designed to make the experience very similar to that of a real agent. The startup believes that this will lead to a significant increase in home sales.
An AI-powered service that helps streamline the process of buying, selling, renting and managing a fleet of vehicles.
MailChimp wants to build a new kind of email, one that feels like a conversation and is powered by AI.
An AI-powered HR platform that helps companies recruit and manage employees.
In August 2018, Crunchbase reported that there were over 150 venture-backed startup accelerators in the United States. The list of top accelerators in the United States was as follows:
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.
A software that helps users create and manage their online portfolios. The software is powered by a sophisticated algorithm that helps users design a portfolio that is SEO-friendly and engaging.
A startup that hopes to replace the need for human financial advisors with an AI-powered automated wealth manager.
A startup that builds custom devices for businesses, such as a GPS-powered shelf for a refrigerator to keep track of stock, or a phone-controlled washing machine. It has raised $4.2 million in investments since it was founded in September.
The idea: A mobile phone that can be powered by your body movement, rather than by a battery. The goal is for the device to be small enough to fit in your pocket, but powerful enough to run a full computer. The company was founded in May 2016 by two ex-Apple engineers.
A startup that launched in May, Empowered Launchpad is a marketplace for a variety of services including legal, accounting, and engineering, with the goal of making it easier for startups to get off the ground. They’re already working with 100 companies around the world.
The startup is working with a range of retailers, from Ikea to J.Crew, to build out an AI-powered recommendation system.
This startup is building an app that helps people design their own personalized delivery drones. The drones will be powered by the startup’s own solar-powered drone charging technology.
An internal startup within Forte to create a series of products for the company. They wanted a brand that was fun and modern, but not too distracting for customers. The new app was designed to be a reward for people who were servicing Forte’s customers.
CEO and co-founder, Josh, is a self-proclaimed "Serial Entrepreneur." He's built startups in the past five years, including a few that were acquired by larger tech companies.
A startup that has created a chatbot that helps people organize their lives The chatbot is powered by NLU, machine learning, and natural language generation
An AI-powered onboarding platform for IT professionals. The company is hiring additional engineers to build out a team of over 100 currently.
A company that provides AI-powered technology for online retailers, including an AI-powered website that can automatically suggest new products and changes to products based on consumer behavior.
The winners of the first two Eastern European deals were announced in a blog post on July 1, 2018.
The following startups were named to the list of top startup ecosystems for the sixth year in a row.
A company building an AI-powered community of users who can share their expertise and help others.
"We are a group of experienced marketers and developers who believe in building companies that are powered by users and not investors. We want to move from a world of transactional businesses to ones that are built on relationships. Our mission is to build a platform that allows people to create and share their own content in the same way that they share links or photos on Facebook."
A hotel booking app for the Middle East, powered by a social network of travelers and a marketplace of local and international hotel partners.
An AI powered work scheduling app for HR managers, telling them who is available and what their availability is like.
A provider of “AI-empowered” imagery for advertising, which identifies and tags objects in photos to generate ad campaigns.
An ML-powered sales and marketing tool that helps companies connect with their customers.
The following companies were selected as semi-finalists in the 2014 Y Combinator Winter batch:
This startup’s utility is powered by the sharing economy. The app allows people to connect with local drivers and couriers to take care of what can be a labor-intensive activity, like moving a couch to a new apartment or delivering art to a new home.
An AI-powered chatbot that helps people find and make reservations at restaurants with the ease of an automated messaging system.
An AI-powered solution for the construction industry. It’s a predictive maintenance platform that helps maintenance staff fix machines before they break down.
A startup that builds AI-powered chatbots to help businesses automate customer service and other support tasks. Their aim is to replace human customer service agents with chatbots.
A startup that’s building an AI-powered email marketing platform, where emails are a lot more personal, without the need to go through a third-party service.
This startup wants to build an AI-powered chatbot to help you manage your money, with a focus on millennials.
The following companies were featured in the Inc. 5000 in the “Healthcare” category:
A startup that wants to build an AI-powered chatbot that allows your Facebook friends to talk to your bot for all the things.
This year’s judges were Jason Ho, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Kristi Puller, Founder, and CEO, Techstars; Bill Gaver, General Partner, 500 Startups; and Sanjay Dastoor, Founder, and CEO, InVenture Partners.
A startup that aims to help US cities build 100,000 solar powered charging stations across major highways to help people get around.
Playboard is an AI-powered tool that helps automate the search for new hires and finds data to validate job candidates.
A startup that’s building a blockchain powered tracking system for food. The startup is building a network of sensors that allow people to track their own food and what it’s been through.
A startup that “provides an AI-powered, ad-free content-based search experience for social media that allows users to see engagement, content, and activity across multiple social media channels and news outlets.”
A software/hardware company that builds AI-powered IoT devices like TVs and speakers.
A company that makes solar-powered charging stations for electric vehicles. The startup has built an entire flexible solar panel that can be connected to any car.
An AI-powered marketing platform for marketers working on social media.
An AI-powered chatbot that helps doctors diagnose and treat patients. The company says it is already being used by over 20,000 doctors in the US.
A solar-powered way of tracking crops that takes the heat off of big, expensive satellite and aerial data collection
In the 2017 Philadelphia Startup Week, 10 companies were featured.
A video conferencing platform that’s powered by the cloud and designed to work on all devices. It’s already integrated with Slack, allowing customers to schedule meetings from anywhere and get notifications when they’re available.
This startup is building an AI-powered bot that can help customers resolve disputes with their favorite brands
An AI-powered platform that helps travel companies and agents book seats and deals on the most popular airline websites. The startup's proprietary technology is a SaaS product that can be integrated with any travel site.
A startup that is building an AI-powered chatbot to help you find and buy your favorite sneakers. Users can create an account with the startup and then have the chatbot ask them questions about their favorite sneakers.
A company that tries to make the world's best artificial intelligence-powered chatbot.
This startup and its founders were inspired by the story of their friend who had to wait two years to get a colonoscopy. They want to make the process easier.
An AI-powered tool for building mobile apps with a focus on helping non-technical people.
This is an AI-powered service for finding the cheapest flights online. The startup currently boasts over 1 million users, and has built a complex machine learning model that it says can find you the cheapest flights.
A startup that helps small businesses in India build their websites, they were bootstrapped with seed funding from Y Combinator.
The founder of this startup grew up in a remote village in India and remembers a time when he was able to get a computer for the family and a year later they were able to get the internet. The founder realized the internet had brought a lot of connectivity to the country, but the next step was to bring connectivity to the millions of people who still didn’t have it. That’s what led him to start Jana, a startup that aims to give 1.5 billion people in India access to the internet.
A startup that wants to build an AI-powered bot for streamlining the process of buying and selling tickets on secondary markets like Stubhub. The startup is also building a mobile app that helps users make these transactions more easily.
This is a company that makes solar powered bike lights for cyclists to use on dark streets and trails.
The startup is building an AI-powered chatbot that helps you make better decisions about your health.
Spots are a blockchain-based social network powered by artificial intelligence. The company lets users create and manage their own chat groups, with each group being able to run a mini-economy.
A startup that offers a distributed human-powered AI that can help organizations build AI-driven chatbots.
An AI-powered chatbot that helps you negotiate the best deal on a car loan.
A startup that makes a “human-powered robot” that helps companies track their employees’ movements
A digital platform that helps companies recruit and hire employees in remote areas, powered by artificial intelligence. The company has brought on nearly 1,000 employees in remote areas, and is now focused on the US.
A startup that is building an AI-powered app for home delivery of plant medicine.
A standalone browser that integrates with the Slack team chat app. It allows users to create polls, polls that can be used in other Slack channels, and even polls that can be customized to display a specific emoji when they’re answered.
An AI-powered chatbot that helps consumers with their payments, including mobile wallets.
An AI-powered platform to allow businesses to manage social and digital marketing activities from one place.
This startup is building an AI-powered customer service chatbot that can help companies do customer service work without a human. Right now it works for customer support, but the company is planning to expand into other areas.
An AI-powered text to speech solution, that releases a text-to-speech solution for iOS and Android.
An AI-powered chatbot that can help companies and employees schedule meetings, handle travel coordination, book rooms and even help with pre-determined tasks in the office.
Amazon Web Services is popular for its cloud computing capabilities, but its AI-powered e-commerce system has not made it to market. Their SaaS product, Amazon Machine Learning, is intended to help companies use AI to improve their own products.
In 2015, a total of 9,615 seed-stage deals in the US were led by women with 108 companies, a 2% increase from 2014. A total of 1,906 companies from women-led startups raised a total of $1.1 billion in funding.
A company that’s building an AI-powered traffic monitor.
A company that makes an AI-powered solution for retail workers to help them keep track of inventory and sales.
Zujaa is building a machine learning-powered platform that helps those in the freight industry manage their freight.
An ecommerce-focused startup selling T-shirts and other clothing. The app is powered by a backend API that makes it possible for retailers to integrate their offline commerce into their online platforms.
An AI-powered marketing tool for content publishers. The startup says it helps publishers manage their social media marketing efforts and track marketing ROI.
A startup that enables users to create a ‘vision profile’ and share it with friends. Created by a couple in their twenties who wanted to know how other people were making it in the world.
An AI-powered employee engagement tool.
What is it: An AI-powered HR tech company, with the CEO saying it’s “the future of HR tech.”
The company is working on building an AI-powered chatbot that can sort through all your different college degrees and track your progress. The idea is that college degrees can be tracked in a way that makes them useful for future employers or graduate school applications.
The startup’s goal is to create a “travel agency on steroids”. The idea is to use AI and AI-powered services to plan trips and recommend hotels and activities.
This startup aims to help users of the cryptocurrency Ethereum create and manage DApps on their own platform. The DApp Store will let users deploy and manage their apps, and will be powered by a decentralized transaction system that allows users to send and receive payments for their work.
A platform that allows users to create and monetize short videos with an interactive component. This platform is powered by a community of curators and collaborators.
The following startups were featured on the show as a part of the Airtime segment, but did not have a pitch session:
A startup that wants to connect freelance workers with jobs through an AI-powered marketplace. The startup is currently working with Capital One to help the bank recruit independent workers.
The startup is building a way for consumers to check their credit scores on their phones, so they can see what if they were to refinance a mortgage, apply for a credit card, or shop for a new loan.
Idea is an interface to create and edit content for any electronic device that is powered by iOS or Android.
"These were the most popular ideas from the 9th batch."
A startup that wants to build AI-powered chatbots that can automatically generate chat transcripts, allowing companies to save time and money by using automated chat systems.
An AI-powered “digital concierge” that helps companies manage customer interactions. The B2B startup has a client list that includes Netflix and IBM.
A maker of solar-powered vehicles
An AI-powered platform that can provide insights to help companies identify, identify, and reach talent.
This company makes a “cute,” AI-powered tool that allows developers to translate a website into a number of other languages.
A data scientist-powered machine learning platform for the retail industry, enabling retailers to serve customers with personalized, real-time recommendations for their shopping trips.
LendingClub is a peer-to-peer (P2P) lending company that aims to cut out the middleman lending market by allowing borrowers to connect with each other directly. The company’s P2P model is based on an algorithm designed to match borrowers with lenders. P2P loans were responsible for $2.7 billion in loans in 2017.
In these polls, the respondents were asked to pick the most innovative young companies in San Francisco Bay Area.
A personal finance app that helps people track their spending and save money. Based on a survey of over 1,000 people, the company found that the top things most people wanted to track were their net worth, credit, and income.
This startup is building an AI-powered service that allows brands to send messages to their customers through their social media feeds.
Co-founders said they were inspired by the success of Airbnb but found themselves frustrated by the startup’s inability to deliver on its promises. Rival hotel booking site Hotels.com filed for an IPO in April 2016.
A Bluetooth-powered bra that connects to a smartphone app to track exercise and sleep cycles.
A California-based startup that makes a low-cost, low-power, solar powered charger for phones and other devices. It’s a rival to the crowd-funded Fission, which offers a similar product.
In October 2017, AdExchanger ranked them as the #7 ad tech company to watch, and as of February 2018, they were ranked as one of the top 50 ad tech companies. In July 2017, they won the Red Herring Europe Award in the Enterprise Solutions category.
A machine learning and AI-powered app for machine learning and AI-powered apps.
An AI-powered hiring platform that gets inside the hiring process and helps candidates find the best opportunities.
An AI-powered artificial intelligence system that helps optimize and automate the tasks of a salesperson.
A company that provides an AI-powered platform for hospitals to manage patient scheduling.
An AI-powered text editor that helps you write more consistently
An AI-powered platform for visualizing data that allows users to visualize and interact with data using simple drag-and-drop.
A startup that builds an AI-powered chatbot to help businesses with product research, customer support, and sales.
An AI-powered product to help companies understand the sentiment around their products. They’re currently working with 100 small and medium sized companies.
A blockchain-powered two-factor authentication provider that claims to prevent phishing, improve user security, and reduce fraud.
Idea: An AI-powered platform that helps law firms with their equity promotions
Idea: A tool to let people vote on questions they want answered and then pay to have the question answered
Idea: A startup that aims to help people learn to code through a combination of chatbots and online courses The company’s founders say they’re currently working on an AI-powered chatbot that can make coding exercises more interesting
Idea: A startup that is building an AI-powered platform, intended as an alternative to the likes of Verint and others, meant to help call centers
Idea: A small team of workers in the UK is building a new browser called Rethink… which is meant to be the only browser you need. The startup is building out a single browser with an artificial intelligence-powered search function as the core of the browser.
Idea: An AI-powered email platform that integrates with Gmail, with a focus on the “personal touch”. The startup’s founder says there’s a generation of people who grew up on AOL’s chat interface and have since forgotten how to write emails (because they’ve been using chat).
Idea: A startup that helps small businesses build websites that look like they were built by a big company. Envision helps businesses upload a logo and other elements that look like they belong on a big-name site.
A startup that’s built an open-source, artificial intelligence-powered bot that helps you schedule meetings on Slack. The bot is called Lino and was built by a team of ex-Google and ex-Yahoo engineers.
These 10 startups were profiled by "Fast Company" in May.
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