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The 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of

by Administrator, on Apr 20
The analytical company Quid together with Bloomberg have made analysis of 50.000 of successful startup companies and chose the 50 of most promising startups in 2017.
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This March Bloomberg published the article by Ellen Huet with the review of the latest data from Quid - the market analysis tool based on artificial intelligence. Quid looked at more than 50,000 of successful startup companies that had received venture capital or venture debt in the past three years. The data on investment received, investors, location and founding year came from S&P Capital IQ and are current as of September 2016.  As a result researches chose 50 it deemed the most promising.

They used the the following criteria of success:

  • Have the company’s founders worked together before?
  • Is the business in a hot sector, one where many other new startups are also focusing?
  • Has it raised funding at a quick pace? 

According to the data of the report, all the companies in the list were founded in the past six years, have been raising money typically once every 9 months (271 days), suggesting heavy interest among investors. The average business had already raised 3.42 rounds.

As it is mentioned in the article, investors had a particular interest in certain emerging sectors: startups in the sectors of online security, fraud detection and artificial intelligence startups raised more than others on Quid’s list. The chart below demonstrates other Top startup sectors by the capital raised:

top startup sectors by capital raised

In the most number of companies on the list of 50 the following investors and venture companies have taken stakes:

► Andreessen Horowitz and Sequoia Capital in 6 startups out of 50

► Felicis Ventures, First Round Capital, Y Combinator and TechStars in the 4 startup out of 50

► Kleiner Perkins, Founder Collective, TriplePoint, Shasta Ventures and Promus Ventures in 3 startups out of 50

Here’s the full, sortable list of the 50 most promising startups from around the world, based on Quid’s research:

The 50 most promising startups

Company name


Market sector Capital raised Average number of days between rounds
Accion Systems Boston

Space Technology

Satellite propulsion


Airware San Francisco


Commercial drones


Astro New York

Smart Home

Speaker light bulbs


AYR New York


Bonobo spin off for women


BlueLine Grid New York

Online Security & Fraud Detection

Securing mobile usage for govt


Clark Germany Berlin


Digital insurance


Cognotion New York
Digitization of Education


Deako Seattle

Smart Home

Smart lighting


Deep Space Industries Moffett Field, Calif.

Space Technology

Space mining


Dispelix Oy Espoo, Finland

Augmented Reality

AR optics


Distil Arlington, Va.

Online Security & Fraud Detection

Cloud security

$55.8M 270
Doppler Labs

San Francisco

Smart Sensors

Smart earbuds

*$58.0M 202
Eccrine Systems Cincinnati

Smart Sensors

Sweat analysis - DoD applications

$8.9M 476
Edyn (Soil IQ) Oakland, Calif.

Smart Home

Smart garden

$3.8M 228
EyeVerify Kansas City, Mo.

Smart Sensors

Eye authentication (Wells Fargo and Sprint)

$6.0M 312
Focus FS London


Digital banking

$17.6M 180
Folloze Palo Alto, Calif.

Artificial Intelligence

Sales and marketing integration



Geoblink Madrid

Artificial Intelligence

Geospatial business intelligence

$1.5M 160
GrayMeta Agoura Hills, Calif.

Artificial Intelligence

Enterprise search

$8.9M 244
Instamotor San Francisco

Mobile Retail

Second hand car sales

$9.5M 298
Kahuna Palo Alto, Calif.

Artificial Intelligence

A.I. in multi-platform marketing

$58.3M 382
LEIA Menlo Park, Calif.

Smart Sensors

Holograms from smartphones


Mad Street Den San Francisco and Chennai, India

Artificial Intelligence

AI for fashion

*$1.5M 579
Mapillary Malmö, Sweden

Image Recognition & Mapping Technologies

Crowdsouring street-level view maps

$9.5M 430
Mast Mobile New York


Connects mobile phones to corporate network

$7.0M 196
Meta Company Redwood City, Calif.

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality platform

$99.0M 336
Mihup Communications Kolkata, India

Artificial Intelligence

AI digital assistant

$6.7M N/A
Mobvoi Shanghai, China

Artificial Intelligence

Chinese voice recognition/AI

$31.6M 341
Naritiv Los Angeles

Mobile Retail

Snapchat marketing

$7.1M 654
Navisens San Francisco

Augmented Reality

Location awareness without GPS or Wifi (for AR)

$2.7M 385
NewStore Boston

Mobile Retail

Mobile retail platform / fashion

*$51.5M 111
Notion (Loop Labs) Denver

Smart Home

Smart home sensor

$8.9M 97
OB1 Company Fairfax, Va.


Bitcoin marketplaces

$3.3M 424
Omada Health San Francisco

Digital Health

Chronic disease prevention programs

$77.0M 324
Omapal Technologies Mumbai, India


Fashion rental platform

$6.9M 56
Paracosm Gainesville, Fla.

Augmented Reality

3D in construction

$7.2M 253
PreNav San Carlos, Calif.


Drones for infrascructure inspection

$5.5M 144
Quanergy Systems Sunnyvale, Calif.

Autonomous Driving; Image Recognition & Mapping Technologies

Autonomous driving

$134.5M 167
Remind San Francisco Digitization of Education $59.5M 316
Rulai Sunnyvale, Calif.

Artificial Intelligence

AI bots, Valley and China

$6.9M 145
SafeBreach Tel Aviv, Israel

Online Security & Fraud Detection

Predictive analytics for cybersecurity

$19.0M 134
Shape Security

Mountain View, Calif.

Online Security & Fraud Detection

Cyber security

$91.0M 458
Signifyd San Jose, Calif.

Online Security & Fraud Detection

E-commerce fraud

$50.4M 457
SlantRange San Diego


Drones for agriculture

$9.4M 262
Soar Mountain View, Calif.

Digitization of Education

Educational game Blue Apprentice

$6.5M 221
Socratic New York Digitization of Education $7.5M 588
Treasure Data Mountain View, Calif.


Cloud data management

$56.4M 249
Troops New York

Artificial Intelligence

Slackbot for sales teams

$9.6M 127
Wickr San Francisco

Online Security & Fraud Detection

Mobile encryption

$51.4M 299
Zodiac Philadelphia

Artificial Intelligence

Predictive analytics on customer lifecycle

$4.5M 91

* The review was made by InnMind team under the permission of the author of original article Ellen Huet.

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