Table of Contents

  1. Startup Companies to Invest in
  2. How to Create the Best List of Startup Companies
  3. What are the 100 Best Startups to Work for in 2022?
  4. Best Startups with Open Jobs
  5. Startup Companies to Invest in
  6. Startups News
  7. Startup Accelerators
  8. Startup Companies in the U.S.: Numbers
  9. What is a Startup? When are Startup Companies no Longer Considered Startups?
  10. Startups vs. Small Businesses
  11. Best U.S. & International Startup Companies to Watch In 2022
  12. Startup Tech Companies Guide
  13. Recent Fundz' Articles on Startups

Startup Companies to Invest In

The vast majority of money invested in startup companies comes from Angel Investors (Accredited Investors), Venture Capital Funds, Institutional Investors and Corporations.

While only a small percentage currently comes from non-accredited investors, (<$200k income or $1mm net worth) this area continues to grow via what are called equity crowdfunding portals. Fundz customers get unlimited real-time updates of all new crowdfundings that are filed with the SEC under form C, including key information about the company looking to raise money and where to go to get more details & invest. Snapshot below:

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If you're looking for top companies to invest in outside of the public markets and are an accredited investor, you have a wide range of options. To be an accredited investor, a person must have an annual income exceeding $200,000, or $300,000 for joint income, for the last two years with expectation of earning the same or higher income in the current year.

If you don't meet the criteria of an accredited investor, you can still invest in startup companies through certain equity crowdfunding portals, but your options are more limited. 

Some of the top Unaccredited Investor platforms to invest in include:


Some of the top Accredited investor platforms to invest in include:



You can also review Fundz' directories of hundreds of Angel Investor Groups and Venture Capital firms.



How to Create the Best List of Startup Companies

Winning a deal with the right startup at the right time can mean a lot more than just another customer. It can mean income for you or your business for years, as the company and your relationship with them grows.

However, achieving this objective in the past usually wasn't very easy. For example, Harvard & Berkeley research shows you need to connect with companies ahead of your direct competition, to win significantly more of the deals.

In addition, many startups are low on available funds, so making sure the startups you were prospecting actually had the budget to buy could be a very inefficient process.

Therefore, being able to both learn about and connect with funded startups, ahead of your competitors, was previously either very time consuming, expensive or both. 

By activating a Fundz account, you can have unlimited access and exporting from a real-time updated database of startup fundings, with over 100,000 funded startups since 2016. This information is also integrated with important director/executive level contacts and other helpful tools & information. Fundz is ranked the #1 B2B lead database by LeadRebel.

Startups: What are the 100 Best Startups to Work for in 2022?

Here's what Forbes America's Best Startup Employers 2021, LinkedIn's 50 Hottest Startups to Work for in 2021 and AngelList's Best Startup Companies To Watch Out For in 2020 said regarding top startups. Point to a company name to learn a little about them, or click on the home icon to go to their website. 


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Best Startup Companies with Open Jobs


AngelList, LinkedIn & Indeed are all great sources to leverage if you are looking to look. Here are hundreds of thousands of startup jobs currently listed on their respective websites:



Startup Company News

Here are some leading sources for startup news and to create a list of business ideas.


Startups Programs: Startup Company Accelerators

In the U.S., one third of top startups that receive a Series A Funding came from an accelerator. Here are portfolios of some of the leading accelerators.



Startup Companies in the U.S.: Numbers

While there are no exact numbers on the number of organizations that can be strictly considered "startup companies" at any one point in time, outside financing, beyond friends & family, is a milestone that most startups will look towards achieving.

If we only qualify a company as a startup upon reaching this milestone, between 10k - 20k new startup companies in the U.S. reach this criteria every year. 


What is a Startup Company? When are Startup Companies no Longer Considered Startups?


A broad startup definition is a young organization in the early stages of development. More specifically, startups are often formed by one to three people, created to either offer something new or to offer something in a fundamentally different way. Startups ideas are focused on innovative concepts. How long startup companies remain known as startups varies widely from industry to industry. Though the terms startup and small businesses are often used interchangeably, a startup company is quite different from a small business. 

Generally speaking, those that have seen the startup movie before agree a start up business moves from being known as a startup to an enterprise when it has:

  • A scalable, repeatable business model
  • A product that is ready to serve a large addressable market
  • The resources and team to succeed in serving a large addressable market

As you can imagine, the bigger the opportunity, the longer a company may still be called a startup, even if they are no longer that small tech startup they once were known as. For example, in the transportation industry, it may take years and billions in funding for a company to be able to ready to take market share away from major competitors. 

Conversely, some companies with disruptive technology have scaled to Enterprise status in a fraction of the time and with far less capital.


Startups vs. Small Businesses


Though sometimes they are similar in headcount, small businesses are quite different from Startups. Unlike the startup meaning described above, small businesses are driven by profitability and stable long-term value. They aren't looking to disrupt the universe, but to operate a cash-flow positive business for the long-term, with minimal risk.

A small amount of startups start operations as a typical small business, then transition to ultimately become a startup company. However, this transition is not typical and usually requires significant changes in go-to-market strategy, financing and team.

There were about 32.5 million small businesses in the U.S. in 2021, according to the Small Business Administration. Of these, about 5.6 million are employer businesses, defined as having one or more paid employee. The other approximately 25 million are non-employer businesses, without any paid employees.

Employer businesses trends:

Over the last 15-20 years, there are only around 30k net new, employer businesses added per year. However, there are about 225,000 employer businesses closing their doors each year and a slightly higher number starting up each year.

In regards to outside funding, only about one half of one percent, or 28k of the 5.6 million employer small businesses. reported raising funding from venture capital firms.

Non-Employer businesses trends:

According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, the number of non-employer businesses increased by almost 900k in the 2017. Well less than 1/4 of one percent of the 25 million non-employer small businesses leveraged venture capital for their startup capital. Unlike employer small businesses, the number of non-employer small businesses has grown steadily over time, from from approximately 15 million in 1997 to 25 million in 2017.


Best U.S. & International Startups to Watch In 2022


Several other organizations have created lists of startup companies to watch in 2020, including:


Startup Tech Companies

If you're looking for tech startup ideas or upcoming tech companies, check out this startup tech companies guide.



Recent Fundz' Articles on Startups



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