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The CNBC Disruptor honorable mentions

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.

A new crop of innovative businesses has been chosen for the 2016 CNBC Disruptor 50 list. This year included the most nominees ever, 750 companies, and 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 15 interesting ideas that caught our attention, and the attention of some notable investors including GV (Google Ventures).

By Krista Gmelich and Riley de Leon, special to CNBC.com

Posted 10 June, 2016.

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