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Top 20 Startups in Washington D.C. in 2024

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1) Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen

Sweetgreen is a fast-casual restaurant that specializes in salads and grain bowls that are simple, seasonal, and healthful.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2007
  • Founders: Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet
  • Industries: Food and Beverage, Organic Food
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $478,595,000
  • Funding rounds: 13
  • Number of investors: 23 (T. Rowe Price, Collaborative Fund, Franklin Templeton Investments, Fidelity, Red Sea Ventures)

You can find their website here.

2) Prefect

Prefect

Prefect is a workflow management solution that assists data teams in resolving data flow issues.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Jeremiah Lowin
  • Industries: Big Data, Cloud Data Services, Data Integration, Open Source, Software
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $57,594,793
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 10 (Bessemer Venture Partners, Tiger Global Management, Nat Friedman, Positive Sum, Sam Teller)

You can find their website here.

3) Morning Consult

Morning Consult

Morning Consult is a multinational enterprise technology firm that provides smart data to help leaders make better decisions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Alex Dulin, Kyle Dropp, Michael Ramlet
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Consumer Research, Information Technology, Market Research
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $91,030,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3 (Susquehanna Growth Equity, Lupa Systems, Advance Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

4) Mapbox

Mapbox

Mapbox is a platform for mobile and online applications that uses location data.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Bonnie Bogle, Eric Gundersen
  • Industries: Automotive, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Visualization, Enterprise Software, Location Based Services, Mapping Services, Open Source
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $334,175,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 10 (SoftBank Vision Fund, Foundry Group, DFJ Growth, DBL Partners, Thrive Capital)

You can find their website here.

5) FiscalNote

FiscalNote

FiscalNote delivers predictive analytics on government data using artificial intelligence and big data to estimate its impact.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Chris Brummer, Gerald Yao, Jonathan Chen, Tim Hwang
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Government, GovTech, Predictive Analytics
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $210,231,500
  • Funding rounds: 14
  • Number of investors: 54 (New Enterprise Associates, Mark Cuban, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, 645 Ventures)

You can find their website here.

6) Hydrosat

Hydrosat

Hydrosat is a satellite data company that transforms satellite pictures into useful goods for agriculture and related industries.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Jakob Van Zyl, Pieter Fossel, Royce Dalby, Yunjin Kim
  • Industries: Aerospace, AgTech, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Geospatial, Information Services, Machine Learning
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $10,623,002
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 11 (Techstars, The Yield Lab, Cultivation Capital, U.S. Department of Defense, Industrious Ventures)

You can find their website here.

7) Vox Media

Vox Media

Vox Media is an online media publishing organization that specializes in influencing editorial properties and premium advertising.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2003
  • Founders: Jerome Armstrong, Markos Moulitsas, Tyler Bleszinski
  • Industries: Advertising Platforms, Digital Media, Internet, Journalism, Lifestyle, Sports
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $307,632,220
  • Funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 11 (Khosla Ventures, General Atlantic, Accel, Next Play Ventures, Comcast Ventures)

You can find their website here.

8) The Mentor Method

The Mentor Method

The Mentor Method reimagines the mentor/protégée relationship to address the critical shortage of authentic female mentorship.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Janice Omadeke
  • Industries: Communities, Internet
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $1,025,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 7 (Alumni Ventures Group, Backstage Capital, MassChallenge, Draper Associates, Sorenson Impact)

You can find their website here.

9) Nexford University

Nexford University

A cutting-edge online institution that gives students access to high-quality, affordable, and dynamic education.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Fadl Al Tarzi
  • Industries: Continuing Education, Corporate Training, Higher Education, STEM Education, Universities
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $18,100,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 3 (Global Ventures, Future Africa, DAAL)

You can find their website here.

10) Arcadia

Arcadia

Arcadia is a home energy platform that offers both clean energy and cost savings.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Kiran Bhatraju, Ryan Nesbitt
  • Industries: Clean Energy, Energy, Renewable Energy, Solar
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $70,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 16 (BoxGroup, City Light Capital, Energy Impact Partners, Macquarie Capital, G2VP)

You can find their website here.

11) UrbanStems

UrbanStems

UrbanStems is an on-demand flower delivery service provided by an online gifting firm.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Ajay Kori, Chetan Shenoy, Jeff Sheely, Jereme Holiman, Scott Simpson
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Flowers, Gift Card, Local
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $47,200,000
  • Funding rounds: 10
  • Number of investors: 16 (Gaingels, NextGen Venture Partners, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Grotech Ventures, Motley Fool Ventures)

You can find their website here.

12) Full Measure Education

Full Measure Education

Full Measure Education assists students in enrolling, completing, and obtaining a family-sustaining job.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Greg Davies, Robert Abraham
  • Industries: EdTech, Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Management, Mobile, PaaS
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $15,620,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2 (Fulcrum Equity Partners, Osage Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

13) Optoro

Optoro

Optoro is a technology firm that helps businesses liquidate returned, overstock, and damaged-box merchandise.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Adam Vitarello, Tobin Moore
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Logistics, Retail, Retail Technology, Software, Supply Chain Management
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $244,400,000
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 14 (QED Investors, Franklin Templeton Investments, IKEA, Kleiner Perkins, Generation Investment Management)

You can find their website here.

14) Pie Insurance

Pie Insurance

Pie Insurance is an insurtech that provides small businesses with workers' compensation insurance.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Dax Craig, John Swigart
  • Industries: Insurance, InsurTech, Small and Medium Businesses
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $306,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 12 (Gaingels, SVB Capital, Acrew Capital, Greycroft, Sirius International Insurance)

You can find their website here.

15) EVERFI

EVERFI

EVERFI is an education technology startup that gives real-world education to students of all ages.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Jon Chapman, Ray Martinez, Tom Davidson
  • Industries: EdTech, Education, Internet, Software
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $251,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 16 (New Enterprise Associates, Jeff Bezos, Greenspring Associates, Silicon Valley Bank, The Rise Fund)

You can find their website here.

16) NPR

NPR

NPR is a multiplatform news organization and producer of radio programs that transmits national and international news.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1970
  • Founders: Doug Mitchell, Fabian Pfortmüller
  • Industries: Broadcasting, Digital Media, News
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $21,700,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Eric Schmidt, Wendy Schmidt)

You can find their website here.

17) Securrency

Securrency

Securrency is a financial technology company that specializes in tokenized securities issuance and trading.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Dan Doney, John Hensel, Ron Poe
  • Industries: Blockchain, Financial Services, FinTech, Trading Platform
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $64,450,000
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 10 (Alumni Ventures Group, RRE Ventures, State Street, US Bank, WisdomTree)

You can find their website here.

18) LearnZillion

LearnZillion

LearnZillion offers curricular materials for the new digital and print standards to instructors.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Alix Guerrier, Eric Westendorf
  • Industries: E-Learning, EdTech, Education
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $32,450,907
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 11 (DCM Ventures, Ulu Ventures, Learn Capital, NewSchools Venture Fund, Owl Ventures)

You can find their website here.

19) &pizza

&pizza

&pizza is a pizza company that also sells craft beers.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Michael Lastoria, Steve Salis
  • Industries: Food and Beverage, Food Delivery, Food Processing, Snack Food
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $79,200,000
  • Funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 6 (RSE Ventures, Fifth Down Capital, &vest, Meaningful Partners, Tyler Scriven)

You can find their website here.

20) ChurnZero

ChurnZero

Customer success platform for SaaS and subscription enterprises, ChurnZero.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Mark Heys, You Mon Tsang
  • Industries: Enterprise Software, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $34,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6 (JMI Equity, Grotech Ventures, Baird Capital, Middleland Capital, Center for Innovative Technology)

You can find their website here.

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