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USA: The 7 most promising tech startups (so far) of 2016

Great business ideas come up day in and day out. And even if some well-established startups got into a tailspin at the beginning of the year, 2016 was also the year of birth for some promising startups from the tech industry. The incubator took a look at some startups that have made a vertical takeoff this year.

Zipline - drones that deliver blood and medicines

What: Zipline has been secretly working on a life-saving mission for five years. In April, the startup presented its project to the world. Zipline has developed drones that can transport blood and medication weighing up to 1.5 kg. Deliveries to clinics in Rwanda will begin in July.

Funding: $ 18 million from Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen, Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang, and more.


Starry - stronger WiFi for your home

What: Starry was launched in January by former Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia. Starry has developed a device that provides “really fast internet”. 1 GB per second. Downloading a 2 hour movie will then only take a few seconds. The Starry receiver hangs out of the window like an antenna. This is connected to your own WiFi router or to the Starry station. The good piece costs 350 US dollars

Funding: FirstMark Capital, Tiger Global, IAC, KKR, HLVP, and Quantum Strategic Partners.


Grail - Early Warning System for Cancer

What:When a company like "Illumina", which specializes in DNA sequencing, teams up with a group of Silicon Valley investors, the potential for sustainable benefits for humanity has been reached. The result is a startup called “Grail”. This young company is developing a blood test to detect cancer in the early stages. But earlier than was previously possible. Grail is developing a new method to better measure circulating nucleic acid.

Funding: $ 100 million from investors including Arch Venture Partners, Bezos Expeditions, Bill Gates, and Sutter Hill Ventures. Illumina remains majority shareholder.


Juno - a driver-friendly alternative to Uber

What: Juno founder Talmon Marco describes his startup as the “anti-Uber startup”. When Marco sold his messaging app “Viber” to “Rakuten” for 900 million US dollars, he could have retired without any financial worries (even for his grandchildren). But the founder Spirit grabbed him again. Juno claims to be "friendlier" to drivers than Uber or Lyft. The drivers have more money left at the end of the day. At the moment, however, Juno is only active in New York City.

Funding:Juno is reportedly trying to raise a $ 30 million investment


Otto - self-driving trucks

What: Self-driving trucks could conquer the streets before self-driving cars. A team of former Google, Apple and Tesla employees is developing a sensor system that will transform trucks into autonomous fleets. A “dumb truck” should thus be turned into a “smart truck”. According to "Wired", converting a truck costs around 30,000 US dollars.

Funding: Unknown


Truebill - overview of your own invoices

What: Truebill founder Yahya Mokhtarzada made it his business to save people from being put on the cross with unwanted Internet subscriptions. Why? Because that's what happened to him. He paid 40 US dollars a month for something he didn't want, didn't use and didn't know about. Over time, the memberships increase (Amazon, Netflix, fitness studio, Greenpeace etc. etc.). Truebill analyzes your monthly account transactions and credit card statements. In the event of irregularities, they help to get rid of an unwanted subscription.

Funding: $ 1.4 million from Social Capital, Sherpa Ventures and ITA Software founder David Baggett


Nanit - a baby monitor with superpower

What: Nanit is a smart baby camera that combines computer vision and parenthood. The camera films the baby in his sleep. It not only enables a view of the offspring, but also collects data on the child's sleep behavior. For example, where in bed the child prefers to sleep or how long it takes to fall asleep.

Funding:$ 6.6 million from Upfront Ventures, RRE, 645 Ventures, Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, Flex, and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures.