25 promising start-up ideas the world may soon view as essential
The inaugural Upstart 25, CNBC's first-ever list of promising young start-ups, features a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names.
These entrepreneurial success stories are scaling quickly, growing user base and sales and attracting initial rounds of funding. There's always focus on the billion-dollar-plus unicorns, but there is more investment activity taking place among younger start-ups. Angel/seed capital reached $6.6 billion in 2016, according to PitchBook. In the past two years, early VC funding reached a decade high.
This is no exclusive Silicon Valley club. Five countries, eight U.S. states, and start-ups with 10 female founders made it. Read more about the methodology used to select the inaugural Upstart 25 companies.Zume Pizza A robot apocalypse to end Domino's dominanceMobileQubes Daily immortality for your phone batterySafeTrek The panic button to press before dialing 911
Markit Opportunity A farming app out of Africa
Cloudistics Keeping ahead in the clouds Virtru Sharing company secrets and keeping them privateSuperpedestrian A pedal-powered, urban Uber rival LOLA Peace of mind for the female body, delivered monthlyEllevest Wall Street's women-investing warriorGuardiCore Out-tricking the next cyberattackDia&Co Finally, an A+ idea for plus-size womenGrokker Watching your health and fitness improve from anywhereMidfin Systems Outdating Amazon Web ServicesPymetrics Brain games attracting better employeesTesla NanoCoatings Applying paint to an oil and gas problemScalable Capital Online investing made better, not cheaperNima Digging into, detecting what you don't want to dine onLANDR Audio Where A.I. meets AdeleFoodstirs Buffy the (organic, on-demand) Vampire BakerZeeMee An app to ace the college application process Curb Taking control of climate change from your homeHexadite The automated answer to endless security threatsFireglass A reality check IT update: All content is malicious InHerSight Breaking through the glass ceiling, one job at a timeDroneDeploy The new frequent flyer: 5 million acres mapped