Each year, CNBC creates its list of "disruptors," private venture-backed companies that are shaking up the status quo, threatening the public giants or otherwise upsetting the apple cart.
This year a new crop of innovative businesses has been chosen from the hundreds of nominees for the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. Sadly, that means hundreds of noteworthy new businesses with interesting ideas had to be turned away.
It seemed unfair to send them all away without some kind of consolation prize, so for that reason, CNBC presents its list of Disruptor honorable mentions. These companies didn't crack the top 50 in our Disruptor ranking, but they are original concepts that have raised millions of dollars in venture capital. We wouldn't be surprised if a few of them make you ask, "Why didn't somebody think of it before?" and show up on a CNBC Disruptor 50 list in the future.
Read ahead to see 13 interesting ideas that caught our attention.
—By Eric Rosenbaum and David Spiegel, CNBC.com
Posted 15 May 2015