CNBC Upstart 100

The inaugural CNBC Upstart 25: Promising young start-ups

The inaugural Upstart 25, CNBC's first-ever list of promising young start-ups, features a diverse group of companies that are building brands and breaking industry barriers on the path to becoming tomorrow's household names.

These entrepreneurial success stories are scaling quickly, growing user base and sales and attracting initial rounds of funding. There's always focus on the billion-dollar-plus unicorns, but there is more investment activity taking place among younger start-ups. Angel/seed capital reached $6.6 billion in 2016, according to PitchBook. In the past two years, early VC funding reached a decade high.

This is no exclusive Silicon Valley club. Five countries, eight U.S. states, and start-ups with 10 female founders made it. Read more about the methodology used to select the inaugural Upstart 25 companies.

  1. Zume Pizza A robot apocalypse to end Domino's dominance
  2. MobileQubes Daily immortality for your phone battery
  3. SafeTrek The panic button to press before dialing 911
  4. Markit Opportunity A farming app out of Africa
  5. Cloudistics Keeping ahead in the clouds
  6. Virtru Sharing company secrets and keeping them private
  7. Superpedestrian A pedal-powered, urban Uber rival
  8. LOLA Peace of mind for the female body, delivered monthly
  9. Ellevest Wall Street's women-investing warrior
  10. GuardiCore Out-tricking the next cyberattack
  11. Dia&Co Finally, an A+ idea for plus-size women
  12. Grokker Watching your health and fitness improve from anywhere
  13. Midfin Systems Outdating Amazon Web Services
  14. Pymetrics Brain games attracting better employees
  15. Tesla NanoCoatings Applying paint to an oil and gas problem
  16. Scalable Capital Online investing made better, not just cheaper
  17. Nima Digging into, detecting what you don't want to dine on
  18. LANDR Audio Where A.I. meets Adele
  19. Foodstirs Buffy the (organic, on-demand) Vampire Baker
  20. ZeeMee An app to ace the college application process
  21. Curb Taking control of climate change from your home
  22. Hexadite The automated answer to endless security threats
  23. Fireglass A reality check IT update: All content is malicious
  24. InHerSight Breaking through the glass ceiling, one job at a time
  25. DroneDeploy The new frequent flyer: 5 million acres mapped