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If you’re in the Photography industry or are interested in starting a company in this space, this article dives into 17 of the hottest fast-growing Photography startups.


17 Photography Startups

1) Wristcam

1) Wristcam

Wearables with Computer Vision

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: San Mateo
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Adam Korbl, Ari Roisman, Jonathan Caras, Matt Frischer, Roi Ginat
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $76,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 16

You can find their website here.

2) DJI

2) DJI

DJI creates cutting-edge drone and camera technologies for both business and recreational use.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Shenzhen
  • Started in: 2006
  • Founders: Frank Wang
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding amount: $105,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3

You can find their website here.

3) Dispo

3) Dispo

Dispo is a social network for digital disposable cameras.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Daniel Liss, David Dobrik, Natalie Mariduena
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $24,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 18

You can find their website here.

4) Minds

4) Minds

Minds is a cryptocurrency social network and private messaging software that pays members in cryptocurrency for their online services.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Wilton
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Bill Ottman, Ian Crossland, Jack Ottman, John B. Ottman, Mark Harding
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $17,381,300
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

5) Instagram

5) Instagram

Instagram is a free photo-sharing program that allows users to capture images, edit them, and post them on social media.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • City: Menlo Park
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $57,500,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

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6) Meero

6) Meero

Meero is an artificial intelligence (AI) firm that offers better photographic services.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: France
  • City: Paris
  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Guillaume Lestrade, Thomas Rebaud
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $293,434,612
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 17

You can find their website here.

7) Insta360

7) Insta360

Insta360 is a smart technology firm that creates cameras that allow users to freely share their experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Shenzhen
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: JK Liu
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $39,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 9

You can find their website here.

8) Zoomin

8) Zoomin

ZoomIn, India's #1 online picture service, allows you preserve your favorite memories with high-quality Photobooks, Prints, and Gifts!

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Mumbai
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Ketan Sanghvi, Phiroze Havaldar, Rohit Regonayak, Sunny Rao
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $105,450,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 10

You can find their website here.

9) Mapillary

9) Mapillary

Mapillary has created a street-level imagery platform that relies on pictures submitted by the general public.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Sweden
  • City: Malmö
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Jan Erik Solem, Johan Gyllenspetz, Peter Neubauer, Yubin Kuang
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $24,600,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 11

You can find their website here.

10) EyeEm

10) EyeEm

EyeEm develops software to display the best photographs from the world's largest photo community.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Germany
  • City: Berlin
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Florian Meissner, Gen Sadakane, Lorenz Aschoff, Ramzi Rizk
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding amount: $24,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 7

You can find their website here.

11) 500px

11) 500px

500px is a global photographic network and software that helps aspiring and professional photographers get visibility, comments, and revenue.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Toronto
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Evgeny Tchebotarev, Oleg Gutsol
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $22,325,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 12

You can find their website here.

12) Ross Video

12) Ross Video

Ross Video creates, manufactures, and supports a diverse range of cutting-edge video production products.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Canada
  • City: Iroquois
  • Started in: 1973
  • Founders: John Ross
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: CA$5,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1

You can find their website here.

13) BOOM imagestudio

13) BOOM imagestudio

BOOM is a photo-tech firm that offers clients in over 80 countries on-demand photographic solutions at scale.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Italy
  • City: Milano
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Federico Mattia Dolci, Giacomo Grattirola, Jacopo Benedetti
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding amount: $11,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

14) Canvera Digital Technologies

14) Canvera Digital Technologies

Canvera Digital Technologies is a digital photography firm that sells prints, calendars, and photobooks through the internet.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: India
  • City: Bengaluru
  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Dhiraj Kacker, Peeyush Rai
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $18,632,523
  • Number of funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

15) Fotor

15) Fotor

Fotor is a photo editor that works on a variety of platforms.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Chengdu
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Tony Duan
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: $10,600,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2

You can find their website here.

16) Camera360

16) Camera360

Camera360 is a camera application for mobile phones.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Chengdu
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Hao Xu
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding amount: $28,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

17) Kandao Technology

17) Kandao Technology

Kandao Technology offers a comprehensive and capable array of virtual reality solutions to a wide variety of users.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: China
  • City: Shenzhen
  • Started in: 2016
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding amount: CN¥90,000,000
  • Number of funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 4

You can find their website here.

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