Startups have the potential to impact the cities in which they are based positively. Some even grow so big their impact reaches across the world!
Social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter started as simple side projects run by ambitious entrepreneurs, and these platforms now help to connect people around the globe.
Successful startups need to be innovative and willing to put in the work to entice investors.
Below is the list of 6 startups that are changing the world:
Based in San Francisco and founded in 2013, DoorDash allows users to order food from their favorite restaurants to be picked up by a DoorDash driver and delivered to their home.
The startup is bringing increased sales and new customers to restaurants around the world. Some restaurants choose to partner with DoorDash formally and share in the transportation fees. In turn, users don’t have to pay a service fee to order from these partnered businesses. Restaurants see an even bigger increase in sales.
DoorDash hopes to move beyond food and start to deliver from any local store in a user’s city.
Boxed is quickly becoming known as the Costco for online wholesale retailers.
Founded in 2013 in New York City, Boxed offers deliveries of bulk-sized packages that the user can buy without paying a membership fee like one that would be required to order from Costco or Sam’s Club.
In 2017, Boxed launched a system, Smart Stockup, that helps predict customer buying behavior. The system notifies users when supply on a particular item they buy regularly is predicted to be running low and reminds them to stock up.
Module is known as the housing that grows with you.
Founded in 2016 in Pittsburg, Module provides “incremental housing” that allows a home to grow as a user’s lives and needs change.
The idea is that a user buys a starter home with the knowledge that they plan on growing their incomes and family size. They will eventually add on to the original structure.
The company is with you from start to finish. They work with you from finding land to the design layout that works for you.
Module aims to create more affordable and adjustable housing to help combat the housing crisis.
#4 Boulder Care
Opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States.
Founded in 2017, Boulder Care is a customizable digital treatment plan that aims to help combat the opioid crisis.
Boulder Care recognizes that addiction is a growing problem. Many people who suffer do not have the time or money to seek needed care. This care can require frequent visits to a clinic or even time in an inpatient facility.
Using secure video and messaging, Boulder Care aims to provide users mobile care that they can access from anywhere.
A patient is matched with a team. This team consists of doctors, nurses, care coordinators, and peer coaches. These individuals help guide them through the process and get them on the road to recovery.
#5 Cover Insurance
Cover Insurance is the first mobile insurance platform.
Started in 2016 in Denver, Colorado, Cover’s goal is to make shopping for home and auto insurance as simple and easy as possible.
Cover allows users to compare rates in real-time. They are partnered with over 30 insurance providers and agents help walk users through their options in a language that everyone can understand.
After filling out a questionnaire, users are matched with a plan that fits their needs and budget. Cover sales agents help you tailor the plan with on-demand assistance.
Cover guarantees they can find you a policy with a lower premium and the same level of coverage as your current plan. If they are unable to fulfill this promise, they will give you a $50 gift card.
Cover has recently partnered with mortgage lending services and real estate brokerages to help make the home buying process just as simple.
Founded in 2018 in Bogota, Colombia, this agrotech platform aims to connect restaurants directly to farmers to source fresh produce at a lower cost.
The platform helps users determine the most direct and cost-efficient route for farmers to take to drop off their fresh produce.
Founded by the son of a fruit farmer, Fabián Gomez, an industrial engineer, knows the difficulty rural farmers face in transporting their produce to market.
According to Gomez, costs associated with transporting produce add 10-20% to the final cost. He hopes to help farmers see bigger profits by lowering transportation costs associated with getting their produce to highly populated areas.
The platform also keeps track of customer buying data. The data is used to help restaurants buy produce in a way that minimizes waste.
The company hopes to expand to Mexico and Brazil in 2019.