This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Manufacturing startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Manufacturing industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
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Top Manufacturing Startups
Varda is a space manufacturing startup that focuses on creating products in space for terrestrial applications. They aim to manufacture things in space that benefit from low gravity.
The company intends to create an infrastructure that harvests source materials for new products in-space via asteroid mining. The company was founded in 2020 by Delian Asparouhov and Trae Stephens..
Cloud Paper is a tree-free paper manufacturer that makes paper products made with 100% bamboo. The company’s paper products are made with sustainable, super-soft, bamboo.
With no trees harmed along the way. The company aims to end the deforestation cycle caused by the traditional paper industry.
It also uses plastic-free packaging. It was founded in 2019 and is based in Seattle, Washington..
Sweetheart Kitchen is a private label multi-brand virtual kitchen that creates (and owns) all of the brands within its portfolio (bySWHK). They do not work with third-party restaurants looking to outsource their delivery volume and maintain strict control over their food quality, financials, and customer experience.
Sweetheart Kitchen was designed to eliminate the various bottlenecks (capacity constraints) in the food delivery Supply Chain by integrating tech, cuisines, and processes into a system built to handle the rigors of food delivery. It focuses on the reduction of process lead time and variation in an effort to not only produce high-quality cuisine with great variety but to give the consumer (and delivery apps) the ability to reduce estimated delivery times and optimize logistics (reduce cost).
Market level Supply Chain optimization and profitability on a “per order” basis (taking into account the costs of logistics) should be the ultimate goal of any virtual kitchen, and to achieve this, Sweetheart Kitchen has introduced a LEAN (Six Sigma) mindset and focus on process efficiency, not only demand aggregation (revenue). It uses advanced cooking techniques, and technology backed manufacturing processes, Sweetheart Kitchen produces its own consistently high-quality, fresh, and delicious food delivered to its customers in a matter of minutes.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.. .
Vanti Analytics is a self-service, no-code data science platform for non-data scientists. Vanti Analytics uses an intuitive and code-free platform to deliver actionable insights, enabling decision making experts to implement production-level predictive and maintenance models.
Vanti Analytics helps manufacturers meet their productivity goals and become more profitable.. .
iFactory3D GmbH was founded in October 2020 with the mission to bring affordable continuous belt 3D-printer to the mass market enabling its users to expand their creativity regardless of the size of the printer’s bed. The basis of the 3D-printer is an innovative belt technology, which broadens the horizons of user’s creative work via full automation and a continuous printing process.
In a few months, iFactory3D successfully secured partnerships with key business stakeholders: the team of high qualified engineers working on improvements of the printer and key suppliers. Additionally, the Company applied for several accelerator programs and received positive feedback from promising investors.
Moreover, the Company contacted more than 1000 3D-printing enthusiasts and got positive feedback about the price and quality of the printer. The focus lies on the B2C segment, which suffers from the absence of ready-to-buy solutions of such a type of a belt printer.
As for today only a few prototypes were created and a few quite expensive B2B solutions are available on the market. The company with its headquarter in Germany has access to one of the largest and one of the most payable B2C markets.
The Company identifies two main customers groups: “creative makers” – hobbyists who enjoy experimenting with new ideas on their 3D printer at home, that despite the desktop size allows beyond-edge printing, fitting infinite row of interests: handcrafting, gaming, collections, etc.; “effective SMEs” – SMEs and entrepreneurs who already have or do explore the benefits of 3D printing to improve their main business activities: speeding up prototyping process, creating unique competitive spare parts, decreasing the dependance on oversee suppliers, etc.-all of this with one belt printer that can replace a few regular ones.. .
Rapid Robotics provides box automation for manufacturers. It’s Rapid Machine Operator (RMO) enables manufacturers to easily deploy a pre-trained cobot in just a few hours.
It performs dozens of simple machine tasks to the highest quality standards and can quickly be redeployed to new tasks. With Rapid’s robotic machine operators, one employee can supervise as many as eight machines at a time using only an iPad.
The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.. .
Fable believes in simple, timeless, and responsible designs. Fable is motivated by a common vision to create products that are as enjoyable as they are ethical.
It intentionally designs pieces to transcend fashionable trends, creating pieces that are as timeless as they are elegant.. .
ChAI help mitigate commodity price volatility for buyers and sellers of commodities by forecasting their prices using both traditional and alternative data (including satellite and maritime) and the latest in AI techniques over time horizons of one day to one year. Our vision is to provide SME manufacturers with the same price risk mitigation tools that are currently only available to their larger peers.
We use state-of-the-art AI methods on a large number of alternative and established data sources in order to make our price predictions on a full cross-section of commodities. We don’t believe in applying AI blindly, which is why we provide confidence limits to our predictions and base our forecasting on the economic theory of supply and demand..
Printforia offers real-time fulfillment and delivery of customized apparel. The company was founded to provide an answer to why customized and personalized products take so long to show up for consumers.
Its solution rethinks and re-engineers operations to democratize access to scale for all retailers, whether a small, boutique brand run by an independent internet marketer, or a massive, global brand. Our operations manufacture and fulfill custom products in real-time..
SmartLam North America
SmartLam North America is supplied Cross Laminated Timber for sustainable green buildings from coast-to-coast. While doing that, they have helped the sector grow as a whole through supporting education and code revision processes and conducting tests for wind, fire, and blast resistance.
Today, cross-laminated timber has gone mainstream. With their expanded factory in Montana and its additional factory in Alabama, they are poised to serve you anywhere in North America.
It is the right time to build with its product. Cross-laminated timber buildings sequester carbon and are built from renewable wood.
They are efficiently designed and prefabricated offsite so they go up faster, use smaller construction teams, and have less construction impact on adjacent urban communities. Their customer’s buildings are beautiful places to live, work, and play.
SmartLam’s team of industry-leading professionals is dedicated to producing the finest products and delivering the highest level of customer service.. .
Clip Automation is a robotics and automation company that specializes in product manufacturing. The company believes that technology-enabled new product manufacturing can significantly reduce the time and effort required to launch a product anywhere in the world.
Clip Automation was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.. .
MandaraRX is a manufacturer of Cannabidiol products and provides personalized guidance for integrating CBD into lifestyle. The company offers CBD mints, skincare, gummies, oil, soft gels, and topicals.
MandaraRX, Inc. was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado..
Kaiam is a private company commercializing photonic integrated circuits. In plain language, they specialize in the design and manufacture of gadgets that help transmit and receive data at very high speeds.
The company also manufactures optronics equipment for computer networking and hyper-scale data centers. It also uses micromachined silicon, a demonstrated the CWDM4, a 100 Gigabit-per-second coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) silicon photonics transceiver using silicon modules and receivers..
Quber Technologies Limited
Quber Technologies helps mid-sized manufacturing businesses improve their operating profit, asset returns, cash flows and top line growth. We are passionate about the manufacturing sector and our vision is to transform the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector in the UK and across the world.
The health and performance of this sector that employs millions across the world is critical to economies and livelihoods. We aim to transform the competitiveness of the sector through our intelligent platform and a suite of SaaS products that help identify improvement opportunities along the entire manufacturing value chain (Source, Plan, Make, Deliver, Sell) to drive transformative impact, at affordable costs.
We build products that digitise qualitative and quantitative performance assessments at a fraction of the cost of current service offerings. We complement our products and platform with targeted training, coaching and consulting support through our network of partners.
We are creating a new category of performance improvement tools, software, intelligent platforms and targeted support services to democratise digitisation within the manufacturing sector. We have big ambitions and are rapidly fundraising, expanding our products and services, adding partners and hiring top talent..
It has been known for decades that optical interconnects have the potential to provide significant benefits even at lengths down to 1 millimeter and below. Silicon photonics, plasmonics, and other high-volume commercial technologies have reached a tipping point where they can be used to address critical chip-to-chip interconnect needs.
Avicena’s ultra-dense, low-latency, low-cost, low-power optical interconnects revolutionize inter-chip communications and vastly improve the performance of systems that are hampered by legacy chip-to-chip interconnects.. .
BCN3D is one of the leading manufacturers of FDM desktop 3D printers after the introduction of IDEX technology -Independent Dual EXtruder- which doubles the productivity of traditional 3d printers. Its aim is to change the traditional manufacturing status quo by providing reliable, versatile and easy-to-use products in order to empower innovators and creatives to implement all the technology benefits to their businesses.
Based in Barcelona, the company is a spin-off from CIM-UPC Center, the leading Additive Manufacturing center from the south of Europe which is part of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC).. .
Shapeshift 3D is a software company that digitizes, automates, and perfects the 3D customization process for high performing sports, medical, and protective equipment— accelerating the scan-fit-print process and allowing for businesses to scale their production. Our AI-improved software is based on a patent-pending 3D-modelling paradigm, that can custom-fit 40 times faster than traditional CAD software— while preserving constraints and design freedom, keeping products compliant— and achieving a seamless fit, every time.
Thanks to our technology, manufacturers no longer have to choose between the efficiency of mass production and bespoke quality.. .
Debut Biotech is a biotechnology company that focuses on providing specialty enzyme solutions combined with continuous manufacturing. It combines the power of enzymes with continuous manufacturing to create and modify small and large molecules for a wide range of industries and applications.
The company was founded in 2019 and is based in San Diego, California.. .
TILER is the wireless light electric charging solution both sustainable and user-friendly. We believe a sustainable growth of light electric vehicles is paired with an impeccable infrastructure.
The first charging Tile that charges your eBike or any other light electric vehicle via the kickstand. It was founded in 2019 and is based in Delft, South Holland, Netherlands..
ScoutCam develops and manufactures customized visual solutions to organizations across a variety of industries in the form of highly resistant micro cameras and supplementary technologies. With the smallest cameras produced in the world, which are down to 1mm diameter including illumination, the high resolution technology has unique properties that have been authenticated by customers, such as NASA, in the strictest environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures, vibrations, and radiation.
ScoutCam devices have been used across the medical, aerospace, industrial, research and defense industries. Founded in 2019, ScoutCam operates state-of-the-art production facilities.
ISO 7/8 cleanrooms, testing capabilities with 1-micron accuracy. Annually audited to meet FDA and CE standards.
Publicly traded on OTC Markets, Ticker: SCTC As an expert in micro-endoscopic devices, ScoutCam has developed a range of micro CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) and CCD (charge-coupled device) video cameras, including micro ScoutCam™ 1.2, which to the best of the company’s knowledge, is the smallest in the world. It has the capability to offer custom-tailored optics based on customer-defined parameters such as field-of-view, depth-of-field and best focus distance.
ScoutCam was founded in 2019 and is based in Beersheba, HaDarom, Israel. Publicly traded on OTC Markets, Ticker: SCTC.
Crafting Future GmbH
We develop and produce sustainable and reusable products and packaging as your innovative supplier. We focus on building products with a very low carbon footprint.
We use biobased and recycled materials, supported by an AI based development process ti reduce the need for conventional plastics and support nature. All our solutions go trough a life-cycle-assesement measurement..
Allosense delivers an easy user experience for integrating smart sensors and analyzing data. We design and manufacture “always connected” asset trackers that use satellite, cellular, and mesh connectivity.
Our trackers incorporate a suite of sensors for monitoring high-value assets in real-time.. .
Hemp Synergistics is a biotechnology company that provides cannabinoid solutions. It is the first hemp extraction lab to marry deep backgrounds in analytical science and the cannabis industry.
The company is dedicated to transforming the way manufacturers use hemp for a range of products and applications in the food, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and cosmetic industries. The company’s proprietary extraction process creates 100% THC-compliant, tasteless and odorless distillates, and custom formulations through precise extraction techniques.
It aims to provide a full range of reliable, high-quality, lab-tested cannabinoid products with wholesale pricing for manufacturers that demand the very best quality standards. It was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania..
JETCOOL Technologies develops microjet cooling modules for advanced electronics, publishing the results in several papers. The technology behind JETCOOL was developed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, by a team led by Bernie Malouin.
It was founded in 2019 and based in Littleton, Massachusetts.. .
We are providing bed and bath linen that is good for the skin and has health benefits and by doing so we are also changing today’s chemical-intensive dyeing industry forever by reviving the 5000-Year-Old Ayurvedic dyeing practice. Today’s chemical industry is responsible for most of the water pollution on earth with many disastrous consequences.
Through our naturally functional home textiles, we want to develop Ayurvedic herbal dyeing as an alternative to today’s disastrous chemical-intensive dyeing industry. Ayurvedic Herbal dyeing process has many health benefits which are being studied by researchers now.
All our competitors offer just organic cotton products but we can offer products with far more features at the same price. We have more than 7 Years of experience working textiles..
JTEC Energy, Inc.
JTEC Energy was formed to commercialize the Johnson Thermo-Electrochemical Converter (JTEC), an innovative device that uses electrochemical transformations to convert a heat differential into usable electricity. The JTEC inventor and company founder is Dr.
Lonnie Johnson.. .
At Atomus we believe that in a world where any thing can be manufactured by a machine, an extremely vital company asset will be technical data packages that tell a machine how to manufacture a product. These technical data packages are under constant threat from hackers and adversaries, especially in high value industries.
Our team was spun out of the University of Southern California to solve the problem of secure sharing of these technical data packages. Our technology allows companies to securely share technical data packages with suppliers within their supply chain and other external third parties without worrying about their file being copied or stolen.
Our prominent customers include the US Marine Corps, US Air Force, and the Defense Innovation Unit along with small manufacturers within the aerospace and defense industrial base. Atomus was established in 2019 and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California..
We developed a microbial cocktail that degrades, metabolises and mineralizes fossil based plastics. Our process is applicable to all sorts of single-use plastics (PET, PP, LDPE, HDPE, PS, CPE, EVA -all tested) and can operate under suboptimal conditions.
we have tested these plastics separately and mixed in together as well. The listed plastics are post-consumer waste plastics: colored, clear, sterilized and plastics with food debris on them.
This method not only solves the plastic issue but also generates valuable end-products: bioplastics and biogas. With these, our aim is to create a circular, thus more sustainable economy.
The process itself can be described as follows: we take a blend of hydrocarbon based plastics, put them in a batch with the bacteria, our minimal essential media and water. Afterwards in about two days we can macroscopically confirm the beginning of the degradation process.
Complete degradation of the polymers will take about two months.. .
Entoura builds a supply chain solution for hemp, CBD oil, and isolates. It develops a multidisciplinary approach, bringing the best of genetic research, innovative farm practices, whole plant processing techniques, and manufacturing to produce the highest quality hemp-derived cannabinoid products in a controlled supply chain environment, ensuring every stage, from seed to sale, maintains the highest standards of consistency, safety, sustainability, and product purity.
The company empowers individuals to discover the healing power of this ancient plant and they are committed to finding diverse wellness solutions for all people. They are committed to safety, consistency, and efficacy in all aspects of their products.
That’s why they are focused on traceability and transparency of every aspect of their production process, from seed to shelf. In 2019, Kevin Murray headquartered the company in New York, New York..
EpinovaTech is an electronics company that specializes in manufacturing electronics devices. The company focuses on a new generation of power conversion technology using Gallium Nitride (GaN).
It offers fast charging solutions. EpinovaTech was founded in 2019 and headquartered in Skane Lan, Sweden..
Xena Workwear Inc.
Founded by Ana Kraft in 2019 in Milwaukee, Wis., the company’s mission is to craft stylish, comfortable, responsibly-made safety footwear and apparel to help women in STEM and the trades feel confident and express their true personality. Kraft established a new category of workwear that uniquely combines fashion and function, allowing women to seamlessly transition between the office, factory floor, construction site, laboratory and work outings.
She encourages women to be themselves – “Be safe, be you, be a badass.” Xena Workwear products are available exclusively online at xenaworkwear.com.. .
Louisiana Pepper Exchange
Louisiana Pepper Exchange imports and manufactures chili pepper variety. It specializes in providing pepper mash, pepper purees, and pepper powders to the kitchen, co-packers, and sauce makers.
The New Orleans, Louisiana-based company was founded. .
3D BioFibR is a biomaterial manufacturing company that produces naturally sourced, high-value bio fibers such as spider silk, collagen, chitosan, and others. Preliminary fiber performance data shows the potential applications of these fibers in several global markets, including biomedical engineering, green textiles, defense, and aerospace engineering.
Formed in July 2020, 3D BioFibR was founded on the pioneering research of Dr. John Frampton.
3D BioFibR is focused on novel and proprietary methods of biofiber production that have a quality and scale that is currently not achievable with current methods. 3D BioFibR scientists have demonstrated the ability to make collagen fibers, termed CollaFibR™, that are stronger than natural tendons, and spider silk that is tougher than steel and 2000% more flexible.
3D BioFibR’s vision is to become the global leader in the manmade production of nature’s strongest, lightest and toughest materials at a scale and cost that makes them a competitive solution to the engineering challenges of our day.. .
MultiVu is a 3D imaging solution with a single lens camera, designed to advance your face authentication process. With eye safety, power saving and maximum security for your biometric data, MultiVu introduces there patented light field technology, applicable to any mobile or stationed device, with no additional hardware required.
Their technology lets you take quick, 3D snap shots in broad daylight, and all at a fraction of the leading brands` costs.. .
Xebra Brands a cannabis cultivation and product company with global brands and intellectual property. They hold cannabis cultivation and processing licenses and have entered into an agreement for IP to render cannabinoids water-soluble.
We develop brands and cannabis-infused beverages for sale globally where cannabis is legal. Trademarks have been filed worldwide for our inaugural cannabis-infused beverage brands, including, MadCap soft drinks, HighJack energy drinks, HolaHi iced teas, Vicious Citrus lemonades, and our CBD sports beverage – Conquer.
The company’s Mexican subsidiary Elements Bioscience specializes in wellness, with a line of CBD products pending regulatory approval.. .
Cochin Hygienics Private Limited is a consumer goods and services company. It is a manufacturer of health, hygiene and home products.
Their e-commerce platform, Cohygienē brings together local manufacturers and promotes the sale and purchase of indigenously developed hygiene and personal care products.. .
Reelables is a reel-to-reel manufacturing of ultra-thin wireless Bluetooth labels. The company is building ultra-thin flexible Bluetooth trackers that are built into labels that can be affixed to products.
They enable businesses to keep track and find almost anything without any work.. .
Dextall operates as a standardized prefab wall manufacturer. It provides fully automated design assistance integration for architects working on mid and high-rise buildings.
Dextall exterior walls are lightweight supported by light gauge metal and fire-rated core insulation. It is a simple and versatile product that delivers water and an airtight, high-performance facade..
Corrosion Innovations is a developer of coating technology intended to solve the problem of corrosion. The company’s Corr-Ze product is an eco-friendly chemical that decontaminates and prepares metal surfaces for protective coatings by removing corrosion-causing contaminates even in the harshest environments.
Achieving both visual and microscopic cleanliness, this safe and easy-to-use product addresses corrosion at the source by removing deeply embedded and bonded salts and impurities on metal substrates. The company was founded in 2020 and is headquartered in Pasadena, Texas..
GoGenics manufactures CBD products and wellness brands. Its products are scientifically formulated, third-party tested and manufactured in a GMP certified facility to take the future of CBD wellness by storm.
It was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.. .
Polariton designs and manufactures the world’s fastest and smallest electro-optic modulators, breaking the interconnect bottleneck. Polariton Technologies Ltd.’s electro-optic modulators rely on plasmonics rather than photonics.
Based on scientific breakthroughs at ETH Zurich, these plasmonics modulators demonstrated to be more than 10-times faster than current photonic modulators (500 GHz world record in the lab). At the same time, the modulators are 100-times more compact, more energy-efficient, and potentially cheaper in production.
These features are enabled by Polariton Technologies Ltd.’s plasmonics modulator technology.. .
UZO is a new cigarette brand launched by Shenzhen Jingcao Technology Co., Ltd., which is a company integrating research and development, production and sales, brand operation, and service of electronic cigarette products. UZO Lab has more than 10 years of experience in the e-cigarette industry.
It has developed and produced a total of more than 1300 types of cigarette oil flavors for global e-cigarette brands and private brands. More than 400 flavors registered in the EU TPD certification.
It was founded in 2019 and based in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.. .
Our mission is to implement the mass adoption of Additive Manufacturing in the industrial world as a means for a true on-demand manufacturing. That means you can get the parts you need, when you need, customised to your needs, with the help of a global supplier network.
Tridero Tech is revolutionising the additive manufacturing (3d printing) market and CNC market on a global scale by creating a platform which will connect manufacturers and buyers in the industry. Today it is very hard to find a good manufacturer in 3d printing industry, especially when having some special demands regarding materials, industry, design, production capabilities, etc.
And on the other side, it is very hard for manufacturers, especially the small companies, to enter the market and find a good customer. Tridero Tech are providing a solution for all sides – organisation of the supply chain between the parties in the market, consulting services about the additive manufacturing market, exchange market for the services and equipment Our online platform allows you to cooperate with a comprehensive network of partners, suppliers and customers helping you streamline and digitalize your production processes.
CompPair is solving damage issues for the composite materials industry by developping smart sustainable textile systems. CompPair originates from the Laboratory for Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC) at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.
It is the result of thorough research during 12 years in the field of self-healing composites. They are now able to deliver the most efficient solution for extending the life-time of composites structures..