57 up and coming tech companies you should know

These young companies are poised to do big things in 2019
May 19, 2019
Updated: June 5, 2019
Written by Built In Staff

Getting in on the ground floor is always exciting.  Few things are better in professional life than the feeling that comes from working at an up and coming company. The rocket ship ride of buzz and growth is a nice adrenaline rush when you get it, but how exactly does one find these companies? We've got you covered. 

Every year our team of local writers in the booming tech hubs Austin, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Los Angeles, New York and Seattle put together the "Top 50 Startups to Watch." These are hand-selected companies that have been founded within the last five years and are poised for rapid growth and scaling. The following is a quick look at some choices from those lists.

To keep things manageable, we're only highlighting companies that meet two criteria: 1) they have more than $5 million in documented funding and 2) they're currently hiring. That said, we encourage you to check out the full lists to discover even more cool companies on the make.

Without further delay, here are 57 up and coming companies poised to do big things in 2019 and beyond.

 


Austin


 

up and coming companies shipwell
Shipwell

Shipwell

Industry: Logistics

Founded: 2016

What it does: Shipwell is a shipping logistics platform that gives businesses access to instant quoting and booking, as well as real-time shipment tracking. The company’s platform — embraced by more than 1,000 customers — has been used by global brands like Dasani, Samsung and Shell, to find optimal shipping rates and track products around the country.

 

up and coming companies eligo health research
Eligo Health Research

Elligo Health Research

Industry: Healthcare Technology

Founded: 2016

What it does: Elligo Health Research makes a platform that helps doctors find clinical trials for eligible patients, cross-referencing study criteria with health records. The company recently raised $20 million to improve clinical trial participation.

 

up and coming companies smarter sorting
Smarter Sorting

Smarter Sorting

Industry: Cleantech + Hardware

Founded: 2015

What it does: Smarter Sorting is a machine learning platform designed to help businesses meet zero waste initiatives. Its point-of-reversal solution helps companies decide what to do with damaged and unsold products that would otherwise go to bin.

 

Check Out the Full ListBuilt In Austin's 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

 


Boston


 

up and coming companies ambi
ambi, Inc.

Ambi, inc.

Industry: Edtech + Social Media

Founded: 2016

What it does: Ambi's Learner Engagement Platform mimics the social media universe many students are know and love, but instead of scrolling through memes, they can access course schedules, assignments and classmates’ profiles. The platform is already getting some love in the Ivy Leagues.

 

up and coming companies spyce
Spyce

Spyce

Industry: Food + Robotics

Founded: 2018

What it does: Spyce is the world's first restaurant with a robotic kitchen (yes, the chef is a robot). Founded by four MIT grads, Spyce uses the robots in restaurant approach as way to quickly cook healthy food to order. The company recently raised $21 million in 2018 to open more robotic restaurants and hire more people.

 

up and coming companies perceptive automata
Perceptive Automata

Perceptive Automata

Industry: AI + Machine Learning

Founded: 2015

What it does: Perceptive Automata makes software for self-driving vehicles that's designed to tackle the "perception gap" (i.e., the inability of machines to detect and understand subtle human behavior like eye contact, poster, etc.).

 

up and coming companies tulip
Tulip

Tulip

Industry: IoT + Manufacturing Tech

Founded: 2014

What it does: MIT-born startup Tulip creates apps for the Industrial Internet of Things. No coding is required and the apps help manufacturers increase productivity and digitize factories. Just ask New Balance, Nautique and Kohler — all adopters of Tulip.

 

Check Out the Full ListBuilt In Boston's 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

 


Chicago


 

up and coming companies logicgate
LogicGate

LogicGate

Industry: Regtech

Founded: 2015

What it does: LogicGate makes a user-friendly SaaS platform to help businesses operationalize and automate risk compliance. The drag-and-drop interface lets user design their own workflow and requires no knowledge of coding.

 

up and coming companies jiobit
Jiobit

Jiobit

Industry: IoT + Wearables

Founded: 2015

What it does: Jiobit makes a small, stylish GPS trackers for children and pets — cherished members of any household we never want to lose. The products have garnered rave reviews from users, even nabbing a PCMag Editor's Choice award in 2018.

 

up and coming companies ascent regtech
Ascent RegTech

Ascent RegTech

Industry: Regtech + AI

Founded: 2015

What it does: Ascent RegTech combines AI and software to help businesses automate regulatory compliance. The platform automatically delivers a customer-specific regulatory obligations and will alert teams to changes that impact their work.

 

up and coming companies tock
Tock

Tock

Industry: Food + Software

Founded: 2015

What it does: Tock's management platform assists restaurants, wineries and events companies with reservations, scheduling and customer communication.

 

up and coming companies dais technology
DAIS Technology

DAIS Technology

Industry: Fintech + IT

Founded: 2016

What it does: Though still in stealth mode, DAIS Technology is already making wave. The company is working to create an "internet of insurance" to help carriers and agents work more efficiently. DAIS has already raised more than $22 million and employees roughly 100 people.

 

up and coming companies the mom project
The Mom Project

The Mom Project

Industry: HR Tech

Founded: 2016

What it does: The Mom Project is a digital marketplace that matches skilled parents (dads can join, too) with flexible employers. Founder and CEO Allison Robinson started The Mom Project after reading a study that found 43% of skilled women leave the workforce after having a child.

 

Check Out the Full ListBuilt In Chicago's 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

 


Colorado


 

up and coming companies wurk
Wurk

Wurk

Industry: Cannabis + Regtech

Founded: 2015

What it does: Denver-based Wurk makes a human capital management platform for the growing cannabis industry. The software helps companies handle administrative tasks like payroll and hiring, while also providing compliance solutions in an industry with rapidly changing regulations.

 

up and coming companies radar
Radar

Radar

Industry: Blockchain + Fintech

Founded: 2017

What it does: Radar is a blockchain company that makes a decentralized platform for the Ethereum market where holders, buyers and sellers of cryptocurrency can trade without the need for exchanges or middlemen.

 

up and coming companies well data labs
Well Data Labs

Well Data Labs

Industry: Energy + Data

Founded: 2014

What it does: Well Data Labs makes software to help the oil and gas industry manager, report and analyze completions data. The company doubled its staff in 2018 and plans to do so again in 2019.

 

up and coming companies wunder capital
Wunder Capital

Wunder Capital

Industry: Cleantech + Fintech

Founded: 2014

What it does: Wunder Capital is a commercial financing firm that helps businesses, nonprofits and communities fund their solar energy projects. The company's solar pipeline has grown to $1.8 billion and Wunder has financed more than 185 large-scale solar projects in more than 15 states.

 

up and coming companies quantum metric
Quantum Metric

Quantum Metric

Industry: Data + AI

Founded: 2015

What it does: Quantum Metric’s platform combines big data and machine learning to give companies actionable insights into customer experiences. The Utah Jazz and LegalZoom are just a few of the global brands using the company’s real-time software.

 

up and coming companies foodmaven
FoodMaven

FoodMaven

Industry: Food

Founded: 2015

What it does: FoodMaven's online marketplace helps fill gaps in the food supply chain by connecting large service kitchens (think restaurants, hospitals and schools) with ways to purchase surplus goods and imperfect produce destined for the landfill.

 

up and coming companies backbone
Backbone

Backbone

Industry: Fashion

Founded: 2014

What it does: Backbone's name is apropos, as the company's platform aims to help the consumer goods industry streamline design and production processes — the spine of the fashion world.

 

up and coming companies stateless
Stateless

Stateless

Industry: Cloud + IT

Founded: 2016

What it does: Stateless is turning traditional networking on its head by abandoning the network state in favor of the cloud. The "network-as-a-service" provider's solutions are ahead of the curve in a multi-billion dollar industry ripe for innovation.

 

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Los Angeles


 

up and coming companies crexi
CREXi

CREXi

Industry: Real Estate + Data

Founded: 2015

What it does: CREXi's commercial real estate marketplace uses big data to create tools that simplify the transaction process for brokers.

 

up and coming companies relativity space
Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Industry: Aerospace + Hardware

Founded: 2015

What it does: Relativity Space uses 3D printing to quickly scale rocket building. By using 3D printing materials, the company is autonomously building rocket parts 10x faster than average. It's all part of the company's plan to make humanity multi-planetary sooner rather than later.

 

up and coming companies rex
REX

REX

Industry: Real Estate + AI

Founded: 2014

What it does: REX marries AI and machine learning with the typical boots-on-the-ground real estate industry. The company's platform helps buyers find the home they're looking for at a fraction of the cost of doing business with an agent.

 

up and coming companies beyond limits
Beyond Limits

Beyond Limits

Industry: AI

Founded: 2015

What it does: Beyond Limits develops machine learning and deep learning AI software tools for an array of industries. For example, Aerospace companies have used the software to process their findings in outer space, while energy companies use it to track oil supplies.

 

up and coming companies dave.com
Dave.com

Dave.com

Industry: Fintech

Founded: 2016

What it does: Dave is a personal finance app that hooks into checking accounts and protects users from overdraft fees. The app alerts users to deposits, upcoming expenses and even extends a line of credit when they're at risk of an overdraft.

 

up and coming companies girlboss
Girlboss

Girlboss

Industry: Media

Founded: 2017

What it does: Founded by New York Times best-selling author Sophia Amoruso, Girlboss is building a social network with content and resources for women who want to focus on their careers, finances and wellness.

 

up and coming companies hopskipdrive
HopSkipDrive

HopSkipDrive

Industry: On-Demand + Family

Founded: 2014

What it does: HopSkipDrive is a ride service for kids, and a potential godsend for busy parents. The company's "CareDrivers" are rigorously vetted and chosen to shuttle children to their destinations.

 

up and coming companies mythical games
Mythical Games

Mythical Games

Industry: Blockchain + Gaming

Founded: 2018

What it does: Founded by former Activision studio head John Linden, Mythical Games is fusing blockchain and gaming, capitalizing on the huge trend of "player-owned economies" (see Fortnite).

 

up and coming companies next trucking
NEXT Trucking

NEXT Trucking

Industry: Logistics + On Demand

Founded: 2015

What it does: Think Uber for cargo. NEXT Trucking connects companies who have goods to move with freight transportation fleets. More than 15,000 drivers are using the platform.

 

up and coming companies signal sciences
Signal Sciences

Signal Sciences

Industry: Cybersecurity + Cloud

Founded: 2014

What it does: Cybersecurity company Signal Sciences creates software that shields web apps, APIs and cloud-based systems. More than 10,000 applications have been protected and companies like Adobe and WeWork are using Signal Sciences.

 

up and coming companies swell investing
Swell Investing

Swell Investing

Industry: Fintech

Founded: 2017

What it does: Swell Investing helps investors find high-growth companies solving global challenges. The company features stock portfolios in areas like renewable energy, disease eradication and renewable energy.

 

up and coming companies thrive market
Thrive Market

Thrive Market

Industry: Food + On-Demand

Founded: 2015

What it does: The food delivery market may be crowded, but ThriveMarket is focused on leading a much-needed niche: healthy, natural foods. For $5 a month, subscribers can shop a bevy of all-natural goods at a discount.

 

up and coming companies protecht
Protecht

Protecht

Industry: Events + Fintech

Founded: 2016

What it does: Formerly TicketGuardian, Protecht works with ticketing platforms, event organizers and attendees to make the process of going to a live event more efficient. Bought and ticket and can't go? Don't eat the cost because Protecht can help.

 

up and coming companies spring labs
Spring Labs

Spring Labs

Industry: Blockchain + Fintech

Founded: 2017

What it does: Spring Labs is using blockchain to power and protect the sharing of credit and identifiable information between financial institutions. The company’s use of distributed ledger technology helps them share valuable information without sharing any underlying source data.

 

Check Out the Full ListBuilt In LA's 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

 


NYC


 

up and coming companies bentobox
BentoBox

BentoBox

Industry: Food + Software

Founded: 2013

What it does: BentoBox works with the hospitality industry. Its platform is designed to help restaurants manager their online presence and connect with customers.

 

up and coming companies cityblock health
Cityblock Health

Cityblock Health

Industry: Healthcare Technology

Founded: 2017

What it does: Brooklyn-based Cityblock Health helps underserved populations get primary, behavioral and social services care. Cityblock's platform connects users with the care they need most in the area where they live.

 

up and coming companies cockroach labs
Cockroach Labs

Cockroach Labs

Industry: Cloud + IT

Founded: 2015

What it does: Cockroach Labs has built an open-source SQL database that automatically scales and repairs itself. It's resilience is bug-like, but in a good way.

 

up and coming companies dailypay
DailyPay, Inc.

DailyPay, Inc.

Industry: Fintech + HR

Founded: 2015

What it does: Ever wanted to get paid sooner? DailyPay makes that happen. The company's software builds a balance for active hour worked that employees can transfer to their bank account at any time.

 

up and coming companies domio
Domio

Domio

Industry: Real Estate + Travel + AI

Founded: 2018

What it does: Domio uses machine learning to update and maintain vacation rental properties, while also providing guests with end-to-end booking and checkout experiences. With a whopping $66 million in funding, Domio is gearing up to become a household name.

 

up and coming companies grailed
Grailed

Grailed

Industry: Fashion + E-commerce

Founded: 2015

What it does: Focused on menswear, Grailed is a peer-to-peer fashion marketplace where users can buy and sell pre-owned clothing. With thousands of designers and low fees, Grailed is the place to go to find everything from hoodies to tailored formal wear.

 

up and coming companies kindbody
Kindbody

Kindbody

Industry: Healthcare Technology

Founded: 2018

What it does: Fertility-based startup Kindbody helps women fnd IVF and egg-freezing solutions, as well as general education about their reproductive health.

 

up and coming companies ns1
NS1

NS1

Industry: Software + IT

Founded: 2013

What it does: NS1 is modernizing Domain Name System (DNS) and traffic management tech for more flexibility. The company's customers include Salesforce, LinkedIn and Dropbox.

 

up and coming companies simon data
Simon Data

Simon Data

Industry: Adtech + Data + AI

Founded: 2015

What it does: Simon Data uses AI-powered algorithms to analyze marketing and advertising campaigns, providing better and faster insights for customers.

 

up and coming companies spruce
Spruce

Spruce

Industry: Real Estate + Fintech

Founded: 2016

What it does: Spruce's software builds a friction-free and transparent mortgage closing process. By working with lenders, Spruce makes the entire process completely digital. Where do we sign?

 

up and coming companies the farmer's dog
The Farmer's Dog

The Farmer's Dog

Industry: Food + Pets

Founded: 2014

What it does: The Farmer's Dog takes your pet's diet seriously by providing all your beloved critters with good food. The company develops fresh human-grade grub and delivers it your door.

 

up and coming companies unacast
Unacast

Unacast

Industry: Data

Founded: 2017

What it does: Data startup Unacast uses location data to provide customers with better insights. Its "Real World Graph" shows both conversions and customer mobility, a powerful combo for businesses.

 

up and coming companies zipari
Zipari

Zipari

Industry: Healthcare Technology + Insurance

Founded: 2014

What it does: Think Salesforce for health insurance. Zipari builds tools that maintain healthy relationships between insurance providers and customers.

 

up and coming companies covera health
Covera Health

Covera Health

Industry: Healthcare Technology + Data

Founded: 2017

What it does: Covera Health is using data science to help radiologists make better diagnoses. Some clinical studies show diagnostic errors can be as high as 40%. Covera Health aims to change that, starting with the ubiquitous radiology field.

 

Check Out the Full ListBuilt In NYC's 50 Startups to Watch in 2019

 


Seattle


 

up and coming companies suplari
Suplari

Suplari

Industry: AI + Fintech

Founded: 2016

What it does: Suplari takes things like invoices and contracts and uses machine learning to model them into data that helps companies manage costs and supplies.

 

up and coming companies jetclosing
JetClosing

JetClosing

Industry: Real Estate

Founded: 2016

What it does: The amount of paperwork to close a home sale is staggering. JetClosing digitizes the process and claims to save homeowners money, as well as time.

 

up and coming companies upbound
Upbound

Upbound

Industry: Cloud + IT

Founded: 2018

What it does: Upbound helps businesses manage cloud resources across public and private domains. The company's solutions help organizations scale and optimize their services, saving time and money.

 

up and coming companies new engen
New Engen

New Engen

Industry: Adtech + AI

Founded: 2016

What it does: New Engen's marketing platform uses deep learning to assess the success or failure of strategies across keywords and search, e-commerce and social media. If something's working or not working, New Engen adjusts the resources accordingly.

 

up and coming companies algorithmia
Algorithmia

Algorithmia

Industry: AI

Founded: 2013

What it does: A DevOps tool for software engineers working on artificial intelligence, Algorithmia hosts the largest public marketplace for algorithms. Developers can use the company's resources for AI-powered projects across a bevy of industries.

 

up and coming companies pivotal commware
Pivotal Commware

Pivotal Commware

Industry: AI + Hardware + IT

Founded: 2016

What it does: Pivotal Commware builds holographic beam forming (HBF) antennas and radios. The adoption of HBF is a necessary step in making 5G technology widespread.

 

up and coming companies polly
Polly

Polly

Industry: IT

Founded: 2015

What it does: The world of work has gone digital and Polly builds software to help teams measure how it's going. Want to know more about the efficiency of using Slack in your workflow? Polly will help you out.

 

up and coming companies
Pluto!

Pluto!

Industry: VR

Founded: 2015

What it does: Most of us talk with our hands and those movements can provide quite a bit of informative subtext during a conversation. Pluto builds 3D communication technology that shows avatar heads and hands during calls.

 

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