Let’s Look at 10 Startups That Succeeded Despite 2020’s Challenges.
Covid’s a killer, not only of so many innocent lives, but its victims include many startups.
Long standing businesses to small corner shops have shut their doors in the wake of the pandemic disaster. But somehow, despite the tragedy, some entrepreneurs have succeeded against the odds.
The pandemic has offered many problems, and those who were able to resolve them have found unlikely success in a year that has all but gone to hell in a handbasket.
We have had a look at all the startups that shone this year, and picked some of our favourites to highlight. They have done interesting and unique work, and in this year when all the odds were stacked against them, have done well and reminded us that it is possible to win!
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Nothing beats the problem solving nature of necessity. In our ever more populated cities there is a never ending parking problem. Air garage to the rescue with their simple and efficient solution.
Instead of trying to fit more parking spaces into already crammed cities, they are on a mission to offer already available spaces more efficiently. By creating a platform that allows anyone with excess parking spaces to rent them out on demand, they are able to bridge the gap with needy inner city drivers and the lack of parking.
A simple connect the dots business model offers earning opportunity to startups, businesses, and churches to monetise their unused parking, and parking spaces for drivers. Their idea has already raised $2 million and we’re sure they will park more funds soon.
Airtable has changed the spreadsheet game as we know it. They have merged databases and applied them to spreadsheets. Now you can create an Airtable table that you can modify like a spreadsheet but far simpler. Select input cells, or add checkboxes, drop down lists and add attachments like images and be able to preview them in a cell.
It makes team work a breeze and allows you to limit the information needed between teams and projects to streamline production and increase security.
In September 2020 they had raised $185 million in their Series D funding round.
Many people probably thought this idea was pie in the sky, but Capella Space has come into its own as the only commercially available SAR Satellite. SAR stands for Synthetic Aperture Radar, which allows photographs of the Earth’s surface even through clouds. It can even detect sub-meter changes to the Earth’s Surface.
Basically for anyone who has a business or research that needs images of the earth’s surface, this is the only option to literally rent a satellite hourly to take the snaps you need.
It’s brilliant, its genius, its timing is impeccable. It’s literally changing the way we see ourselves!
What do you do when you can’t go out? Cook? Nah who are we kidding, we order in. And who better to bring the food right to our door but Doordash?
Currently Doordash delivers on-demand delivery service to 30,000 restaurants in 4,000 towns in the US. They rapidly responded to business in a pandemic and offered a contactless delivery, sealed tamper proof packaging, and strict mask compliance.
DoorDash now offers contactless delivery, and all takeout bags will be sealed with stickers and tamper-proof packaging for enhanced safety and peace of mind. All “Dashers,” merchants and customers will also be required to wear face coverings when handling food or deliveries. To date the company is valued at $32 billion.
According to their website, Dave is the finance version of the old David vs Goliath tale. 3 friends tired of endless bank charges decided to team up and take on the big banks by offering their customers unbelievable banking.
This bank “for humans” as they put it meets the needs of everyday people. They offer you your salary 2 days early as an interest free loan. Free $100 advances to help build a credit history. The success is clear with 7 million members and still winning more every day.
Move over banking giants, there’s a new kid in town and his name is Dave!
Calm was never more relevant than amidst the panic of 2020. It offers a lifeline of app based meditations that are easy to access and always just a few seconds away.
Of course, we really believe in the strength the practice of meditation brings you, so we’re big fans of Calm.
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We love this concept; Divvy is all about the business of financial equality. They help average people get their foot in the property market and build wealth and financial stability. They offer rent-to-own options on homes. So you can rent your dream home, while Divvy helps you save for a down payment. When you’re ready, make a down payment to begin buying it, or withdraw your savings to spend elsewhere.
It’s making millennial home owning a reality, one rental payment at a time.
RobinHood is a financial services company that allows people to invest in crypto trading and traditional stocks through a simple mobile app or website. They have no branches or store fronts and offer their fee free service entirely online.
They are recognised by FINRA and the US securities and Exchange Commission. But like ye old name sake, they profit off the rich, and don’t take from the poor. They are able to keep transactions free by earning revenue from interest earned on customer’s cash balances and margin lending.
They have 13 million users, 80% of which are millennials.
Bloomscape gets number 2 spot for being the greenest tech startup of the year, quite literally. They are greening the planet one indoor space at a time.
Who would have thought that making plants accessible would be one of the hottest businesses of 2020? With so many of us confined to our homes and apartments it was important for the sake of sanity to bring the outdoors in.
With a few click’s that’s exactly what Bloomscape does for its customers. Beautifies indoor spaces, and they are 24 million in the green to show for it!
Shoes are a tricky game to fit into. But AllBirds managed to do it in style all while keeping it environmentally friendly and the most comfortable fit you can imagine. There are only two kinds of AllBird wearers, those who haven’t yet tried them, and those that have tried them and will never go back.
Their unique selling point is that you know exactly how many kilograms of carbon your sneaker took to create, and it’s a lot lower than the average.
They aim to continue to reduce the carbon footprint to zero and they’re making strides.
One thing is for sure, with their recent $1.6billlion valuation, it’s clear that they are making steps in the right directly.
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