21 Innovative Startups in NYC

To rank the most innovative startups in NYC we wanted to look into several factors. First, we want startups that launched within the last few years and are doing something different and groundbreaking in their industry. 

We also want startups that have their headquarters in NYC, are growing fast, and the founding team has created an environment where employees are excited to go to work.

Here are the most innovative startups in NYC. 

#21 AptDeco

AptDeco is an online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling quality pre-owned furniture. They offer a complete end-to-end process to bring back the joy of discovering amazing furniture finds for your home. 

With a trusted and verified community of buyers and sellers, pre-arranged pick up and delivery and a secure payment process you can sit back, relax and enjoy your finds while they take care of those pesky details in the background.

#20 Matter

Matter is building a new kind of factory for independent designers and creative businesses. They're making it easy for anyone to start a production run - without ever leaving your browser.

Upload your design in whatever format you work — whether drawing, model or picture of a wax. Once you've selected your materials, you can order a full-quality production sample before you go to batch. Once you approve your sample, you're ready to go into production. Order as few as 10 or as many as 1,000.

#19 Bloomojo


Bloomojo is a peer-to-peer marketplace of health & wellness specialties on demand, straight to your door. Anytime. Anywhere. 

Bloomojo does an amazing job of connecting patients with practitioners that are able to provide a proactive patient-centered approach to health and wellness instead of disease management and symptom suppression.

Bloomojo is designed to actually solve a problem of the growing need for disease prevention rather than last minute care.

Read our interview with Bloomojo founder & CEO Victoria Saucier, click here

#18 Slash

Slash is a free keyboard for iPhone & iPad that makes it easy to share anything, without switching apps. Slash lets you share anything, from any app, without leaving your keyboard. They want to increase ideas per minute with a fast, accurate, and responsive mobile keyboard.

Just tap “/“ to unlock tons of your favorite services like Foursquare, Spotify, Youtube, GIFs, Stickers, & more.

#17 Twist

Twist is focused on redefining the smart home experience by creating easy-to-use plug-and-play devices. Their products require no installation, no new infrastructure, and no new wireless networks. Twist is the next generation of home automation.

Twist's first product, the Twist Speaker, is a connected light bulb that combines LED efficiency, time-sensitive adaptive lighting technology, and wireless audio in one product. 

Twist is developing a series of smart home devices redesigned to fit into the form factor of a light bulb, delivering wireless solutions that are as easy to install as changing a light bulb.

#16 Republic

Republic is an open investment platform. Choose from privately-held companies you believe in and connect with their success as you fuel their growth. Their mission is to democratize investing. Irrespective of your net worth, making an investment is casting a vote for the technology or change you want to see in the future.

#15 Bizly


Bizly is a platform for booking private meeting space on demand at the world's leading hotels. They streamline the booking process, making it simple to create a memorable meeting experience and make a great impression. 

In just a few clicks you can browse sophisticated meeting spaces in your area, add-on amenities like food and beverage, confirm payment, and even send meeting invites.

#14 Leo

Leo is reimagining health care delivery for kids, rebuilding the pediatric practice by completely redesigning the physical space, reengineering workflows, and introducing powerful consumer technology at every interaction point.

Leo is not a traditional health care company; it is a consumer product, technology, and customer service company, their product is patient care. This framework informs their culture, people, and products.

They take the best of what we know to be possible from the startup tech world for technology, experience, and design, combining it with the most imaginative and innovative clinical redesign, and apply it to pediatric care.

#13 CardFlight

CardFlight is a software-as-a-service company offering mobile payments technology and point of sale solutions. 

They offer a software development kit for developers to quickly add payment acceptance, integrated with their app's functionality and data, enabling them to offer their own custom user experience and application with payments.

#12 Hero

HERO is a smart home appliance that stores, dispenses, and manages vitamins and medicines for you and your family. HERO was founded on the belief that caring for yourself, and loved ones should be simple, smart, and personal. 

Their team is reimagining the way you stay healthy, through cutting edge technology, meaningful data, and engaged communities.

#11 Abacus

Abacus is a real-time expense management solution to reimburse your team, reconcile corporate cards, and automate your expense policy. 

By eliminating the month-end expense report, Abacus turns submitting and approving expenses into a delightful, collaborative experience. 

Quickly submit and approve expenses on the go and reimbursements now happen within days. Abacus syncs with your accounting software and auto-matches transactions for hassle-free bookkeeping.

#10 Mark43

Mark43 is building the essential software tools for the future of law enforcement and public safety.  

Through streamlined processes, they're giving police officers more time in the field and new analysis tools to help combat violent gangs and criminal organizations.


#9 Exo

Exo is the pioneer behind the consumption of insects as a nutritious and sustainable alternative protein source. In simple terms: they're making incredibly tasty protein food bars good for your body and the environment. 

No gluten, soy, dairy, artificial preservatives or refined sugars - they use only whole, ultra-premium ingredients (meaning nothing that you can't pronounce or recognize), and protein-rich cricket flour.

They started Exo when they couldn't find a tasty, nutritional and sustainable high-protein snack that fit their requirements, so they set out to make the ultimate protein bar with clean, whole ingredients, with help from Kyle Connaughton (former Head Chef of R&D at The Fat Duck Restaurant (3 Michelin Stars) and Culinary Director at Chipotle), who is in charge of making the bars as tasty as possible.

#8 Scentbird

Scentbird is the only company that gives women who love switching perfumes access to hundreds of designer and niche fragrances for $14.95 a month. 

Their algorithm places each consumer in one of the 8 Fragrance archetypes to ensure accurate suggestions.

Born out of frustration with the “perfume graveyard” — expensive bottles of designer perfume collecting dust on their dresser or cabinet — Scentbird was created to provide an alternative that is both practical and exciting.

#7 Amino

Communities for whatever you care about. Meet like-minded people, share your stuff and get more of what matters to you. 

A family of apps, built on their mobile-first platform, enables people to discover, develop, and express their interests and passions. 

Come together with others who share your excitement, make connections with people around the world, and have rich conversations in a friendly, open environment.

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#6 Electric Objects

Electric Objects designs and manufacturers a state-of-the-art digital frame for discovering and displaying thousands of works of art, at home and at the office. 

Display digital art in your home with their connected display designed for art. Control what appears on your display and discover an incredible collection of new and original art.

#5 Paintzen


Paintzen is revolutionizing the way to have your home or office painted. Combining online booking, color inspiration, and expert customer support in a one-stop solution, Paintzen effortlessly brings any space from drab to dream. 

With Paintzen, the path from inspiration to transformation is infinitely smoother.

#4 KeyMe

KeyMe is a NYC-based startup that is revolutionizing the way people manage their keys. The KeyMe platform is a smart, convenient and secure way to copy keys and solve lockouts.  

They accomplish this using a combination of physical kiosks in leading retailers and mobile apps, which digitally scan your key and save it to the cloud.

Once scanned, you can easily share your key with friends and family via email, and even personalize your key with their custom designs. 

If you ever get locked out, simply go to a kiosk and print off a copy using your fingerprint - or go to your local locksmith and have them cut a new key from scratch using instructions provided in the app.

#3 Spring

Inspired by the season and the street, Spring is a single shopping destination where people can discover amazing products and buy them directly from the brands and designers that make them. 

Spring is a highly personal experience that captures the fun, beauty, and social joy of going shopping in the physical world.

#2 MakeSpace

MakeSpace is your closet in the cloud, a convenient, simple, and on-demand storage solution. With MakeSpace, you never have to visit a self-storage facility again and they're cheaper than your local storage provider.


After you schedule an appointment, a friendly mover will come to your door, pick up your stuff, and bring it back to storage. They create a visual catalog of it so you always know what you have. When you need something delivered back, it’s only a click away and delivered right back to your door.

#1 theSkimm

theSkimm is reimagining the idea of morning television and changing the way female millennials receive news and information. 

Its inaugural product, The Daily Skimm, is the fastest growing email newsletter on the market, with an engaged community of well over three and a half million active subscribers and an industry-crushing open rate.


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