Innovative Startups to Watch in 2016

Entrepreneurship will flourish in 2016. Following a year where an escalating number of ventures were launched by baby boomers, women, and people of color, as well as the mainstream, it’s likely that growth will not slow and these groups will continue to bring forth a flock of truly innovative projects and businesses.

Bolt, founded by Satyajeet Mohanty, is the first  ‘smart’ mobile-phone charger for motorbikes. Not only does this device quickly charge mobile phones, but it tracks entire routes, and it has a unique detachment design that protects it against theft.

Inspirock is a discerning travel app that offers itinerary possibilities based preference and logic. The app presently covers more than 11,000 destinations in the U.S. and Europe, but they have plans for expansion that will include itinerary plans for more than 190 countries.

EduKart helps students to plan out their education in India and internationally. The platform supports students as they acquire degrees, diplomas, certifications and entrance coaching.

Nextbit has developed a cloud-based smartphone, Robin, which is scheduled for release during early 2016. The device, which is the first of it’s kind, offers unlimited cloud storage and allows for apps to be ‘paused’, which halts the transmission of data without having to delete the app forever. Also, the $400 smartphone is equipped with a Snapdragon 808 processor, a fingerprint scanner, amplified dual speakers and much more.

Brigade is a platform developed just in time for important elections. Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, created the platform to promote reform and civic engagement. The company has demonstrated in interest in educating voters about candidates and initiatives, and it provides an arena to offer support for issues, causes or individuals.

Serial entrepreneur Philip Kaplan is the mastermind behind DistroKid, a music distribution service that helps up-and-coming artists become featured on Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes and 150 other locations and online destinations. The new business is expected to gain the attention of major record labels in the coming year.

Light.co developed a smartphone that’s equipped with the features found in a dSLR camera. Priced at $1,699, the L16 will begin shipping this summer.

LiveList offers a guide to live- streamed events, easing efforts to follow favorite artists. The listing service will also feature user-generated content, and the platform is poised to become a popular distribution tool for artists with or without a record company backing them.

Crew32, which is focused on the small business service industry, is headed by Jason Nazar, writer and founder of the DocStoc (acquired by Intuit). The stealth startup is based in Santa Monica and is co-founded by Investd.in cofounder Yadid Ramot and BetterWorks co-founder George Ishii.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.