Free Enterprise Staff  | January 6, 2016

10 Startups To Watch In 2016

The New Year is upon us, which begs the question: Which companies are poised to make it big in 2016?

This year we discovered a variety of startups that have either already changed the way we live and work or are fixing to do so, from messaging platform Slack to ride-hailing startup Uber. We’ve gone through our exhaustive lists and identified the best startups around the world and why they’re set to revolutionize their respective industries in the following year.

NeoKenya is a Kenya-based startup and developer of Twiga Fruits, an online platform that is working to fix food production issues in Africa.

The startup’s digital platform combats high food production costs by reducing waste and streamlining transportation. Using the company’s innovative mobile-based platform, Twiga customers can order and track food purchased from local farmers, which provides a better (and low-cost) alternative to informal markets many businesses are accustomed to using now.

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In many New York apartments with radiator heat, residents are either freezing or sweating in the wintertime, with no easy way to control the temperature – unless you count opening the windows. This startup is revolutionizing old, inefficient radiators with a computerized thermometer that lets users control how much heat is emitted by the out-of-date devices found in many of New York’s old apartments.

The thermometers are part of the company’s so-called “cozies,” which cover radiators and trap extra heat, expelling it only when necessary to heat rooms. New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is partnering with the startup to implement installations in some of the city’s buildings.

This startup is teaching millennials the fundamentals of personal finance, from interest rates to mutual funds. The best part about the business is that people who complete the online learning modules can earn money from participating financial institutions.

The Boston-based startup is the brainchild of brother-sister duo Michael Liebman and Rebecca Liebman, who believe that financial knowledge is just as essential as finding the perfect job.

Massachusetts-based startup SplitNGo is taking all the frustration out of splitting restaurant bills. Diners at participating restaurants can now simply (and evenly) split their bill or, if they prefer, pay per item using the company’s secure payment solution.

The app is great not only for consumers who eat out often, but for restaurants that also want to turn tables quickly and efficiently, since it allows diners to request their bills and pay at any time.

New York-based Peloton’s boutique fitness bicycle has grown in popularity over the years. The cycling company’s bikes come with a state-of-the-art tablet that streams an unlimited number of spin class videos, and they’ve proved so popular that they’ve graced the pages of Bloomberg, Tech Crunch and the like in 2015.

The bike itself, which retails for , is made from aluminum and carbon steel and offers users all the perks of a grueling spin class in the comfort of their own home.

The secret to a healthy life is spelled p-o-o-p, if OpenBiome is to believed.

The non-profit organization operates one of the country’s few public stool banks and is developing special capsules filled with fecal material to treat Clostridium difficile, a bacterial infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death in some rare cases.

Currently C.difficile is treated with fecal transplants via colonoscopies, but the organization hopes to create digestible poop pills as a more user-friendly alternative. The company also wants to expand its cutting-edge research to try to improve treatment for other troublesome infections.

Anthology (formerly known as Poachable) is a matchmaker for employers and employees – a unique mix of LinkedIn and Tinder that matches prospective workers with interested employers.

Workers can browse for new jobs online before they leave their current position without anyone ever knowing, thanks to the online service’s privacy settings. Both parties only learn about each other if they’re mutually interested in one another.

This startup wants to change the world one bar of soap at a time. Based in Alexandra, Virginia, the company donates one bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamin supplements to a child in need for every bar purchased from its site.

So far, SoapBox has been able to reach four continents—from the United States to Ecuador to Kenya to Thailand—and provide 260,000 bars of soap and a year’s supply of vitamins to 68,200 people through charity partner Vitamin Angels.

Digital online content is here to stay, and a growing number of consumers in the Western world are cutting the proverbial cable cord. But what about the rest of the world?

Enter Vonetize, which develops premium content and offers on-demand videos for smart TVs and mobile devices around the world. The company, based in Cyprus, recently partnered with Samsung to roll out new offerings to countries across South America in 2016. It works primarily in developing countries, such as Indonesia and Malaysia, and was one of the first companies to offer on-demand content in sub-Sahara Africa.

The drone industry is really (pardon the pun) taking off and Flirtey is ready to take advantage of it. This startup delivers everything from medical supplies to textbooks across the United States.

Flirtey recently entered a research-and-development partnership with the University of Nevada to test and develop its drone delivery services business and even started to test deliveries in Virginia, with plans to increase its geographic scope once the FAA finalizes drone delivery laws.