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67 Innovative Audio Startups To Follow In 2020

This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best audio startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the audio industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

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1. Qcode

The idea behind this startup: Qcode is an audio production studio.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Digital Entertainment, Music

Founders: Unknown

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2. Canela Media

The idea behind this startup: Canela Media operates as a digital media company.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Advertising, Audio, Digital Media, Marketing

Founders: Unknown

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3. Dorm

The idea behind this startup: Dorm is an audio learning app that aggregates and curates the world’s podcasting content.

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Audio, Consumer Applications, Education, Mobile Apps, Podcast

Founders: Ranbir Arora, Taras Polischuk

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4. Yac

The idea behind this startup: Yac is a digital voice messaging service developing a broad range of hosted messaging and communications services.

Headquarters: Kissimmee, Florida, United States

Industries: Audio, Collaboration, Enterprise, Messaging, Software, VoIP

Founders: Hunter McKinley, Jordan Walker, Justin Mitchell

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5. Journify – The Audio Journaling App

The idea behind this startup: Start an audio timeline of your life’s journey. Encrypted & easy-to-share voice notes. Free burnout tracking included.

Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Industries: Audio, Health Care, Social Media, Wellness

Founders: Lamia Pardo, Trey O’Neill

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6. Vurbl

The idea behind this startup: Vurbl is a creator-first, free streaming audio platform for all audio types, including user generated audio.

Headquarters: Los Angeles, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Streaming, Podcasts, Music, Advertising

Founders: Audra Gold, Baron Ginnetti, Jerry Boonstra

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7. Sounder.fm

The idea behind this startup: Sounder.fm is a platform that helps audio creators manage, market, and measure their audio content.

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Audio, Internet, Music

Founders: Dan Daugherty, Kal Amin

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8. Luther.ai – NEVER FORGET

The idea behind this startup: Luther.ai is a startup building your own artificial intelligence to augment your human memory so you never forget.

Headquarters: San Diego, California, United States

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Human Computer Interaction, Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition

Founders: Kristie Kaiser, Marc Ettlinger, Sharon Zhang, Suman Kanuganti

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9. Stacks

The idea behind this startup: Stacks is a social video studio building the future of entertainment

Headquarters: New York, New York, United States

Industries: Audio, Internet, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, Music, Social, Video

Founders: Danny Quick, Nathan McCartney

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10. Waves Vietnam Podcasts

The idea behind this startup: Waves Vietnam Podcasts operates as an audio and podcast startup.

Headquarters: Ho Chi Minh City, NA – Vietnam, Vietnam

Industries: Audio, Podcast

Founders: Ben Minh Le

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11. stand.fm

The idea behind this startup: stand.fm is an audio distribution application that anyone can record and deliver.

Headquarters: Sarugaku, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Apps, Audio, Content

Founders: Unknown

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12. Gossip

The idea behind this startup: Create and share voice stories!

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Consumer, Information Technology, Social Network, Software

Founders: Gleb Braverman

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13. Zvook

The idea behind this startup: Zvook is a smart platform that matches brands with podcasts.

Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Industries: Advertising, Audio, Brand Marketing, Digital Media, Podcast

Founders: Anna Ratala, Malik Alimoekhamedov

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14. Swell

The idea behind this startup: Swell is a podcast-like application where listeners also participate in the conversation.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Audio, Podcast, Software

Founders: Arish Ali

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15. Listle

The idea behind this startup: Listle allows people to listen to audio articles on the Internet.

Headquarters: Mountain View, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Audio, Information Services, Internet

Founders: Alexandru Enache, Cristina Bunea

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16. MatchCasts

The idea behind this startup: MatchCasts is an ad-tech platform that automates podcast advertising for brands to create audio campaign that resonate with their audience.

Headquarters: Singapore, Central Region, Singapore

Industries: Advertising Platforms, Audio, Brand Marketing, Digital Media, Podcast

Founders: Jaime Ng

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17. RecTag

The idea behind this startup: RecTag is a podcast discovery platform that discovers new and trending podcasts episodes and personalizes podcast experience for free.

Headquarters: Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Podcast, SaaS, Speech Recognition

Founders: Florian Polak, Lukas Rintelen, Michael Schramm

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18. Tokyo6 Entertainment

The idea behind this startup: Tokyo6 Entertainment plans and produces voice synthesis software.

Headquarters: Minami-aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Audio, Media and Entertainment, Software

Founders: Unknown

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19. Audio Fusion System

The idea behind this startup: Audiofusion is audio software that allows one to use the phone as a wireless receiver for in-ear monitors.

Headquarters: Austin, Texas, United States

Industries: Audio, Information Technology, Software

Founders: Unknown

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20. musicube

The idea behind this startup: B2B SaaS for music search

Headquarters: Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Industries: Audio, B2B, Big Data, Music, Music Streaming, SaaS

Founders: David Hoga

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21. JusticeText

The idea behind this startup: JusticeText is strengthening the ability of public defenders to analyze this crucial data with our evidence management software.

Headquarters: Irvine, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Software, Video

Founders: Unknown

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22. AUDIGO LABS

The idea behind this startup: AUDIGO LABS is an information technology company that features a software application platform that specializes in audio recording.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Audio, Mobile Apps, Software

Founders: Unknown

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23. Syncify

The idea behind this startup: Syncify reverses the current nature of social media. Instead of creating media about ourselves, we will encourage connection around media.

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Audio, Audiobooks, Mobile Apps, Podcast, Social Media

Founders: Jack Hughes, Sam Harris

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24. listenable

The idea behind this startup: Listenable is a provider of audio courses through its app that also features 5-minute lessons, voice by experts, and a range of subjects.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Apps, Audio, E-Learning

Founders: Unknown

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25. Zammo

The idea behind this startup: Zammo is an artificial intelligence voice computing platform that automates business through voice commands.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Software

Founders: Unknown

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26. Aflorithmic Labs

The idea behind this startup: Hyper-personalized, engaging audio experiences produced at scale using AI voice synthesis and ethical voice cloning.

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Machine Learning, Personalization, SaaS, Speech Recognition

Founders: Björn Uhss, Peadar Coyle, Timo Kunz

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27. Auddy

The idea behind this startup: Podcast Publisher & global distribution

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Audio, Content Delivery Network, Content Marketing, Internet Radio, Podcast

Founders: Andrew Craissati, Chris Ancliff, Howie Singer, Sean Carey

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28. ABF Creative

The idea behind this startup: A multiethnic podcast network that bridges the gap between culture and media.

Headquarters: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Industries: Audio, Media and Entertainment, Podcast

Founders: Anthony Frasier

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29. Elastic Audio

The idea behind this startup: Elastic Audio is a platform for creating real-time audio in games and beyond.

Headquarters: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Industries: Audio, Music, Video Games

Founders: Andrew Beck, Cary Collins

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30. Starbeat Entertainment

The idea behind this startup: Starbeat Entertainment is a visual and audio production company.

Headquarters: North Hollywood, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Media and Entertainment, Music

Founders: Unknown

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31. Touchbase

The idea behind this startup: Google Maps for virtual meetings –helping remote workers hold shorter meetings by guiding them through a list of objectives.

Headquarters: San Francisco, California, United States

Industries: Audio, Internet, Video Conferencing

Founders: Joe Taylor

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32. AudioDots

The idea behind this startup: Text to Speach | Audio streaming of news articles. Monetizing audio for online news.

Headquarters: Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

Industries: Advertising, Audio, Mobile, Music, News

Founders: Itay Rubinstein, Noam Ordan, Yoel Frischoff

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33. Instruments of Things

The idea behind this startup: We turn people into music.

Headquarters: Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Industries: Audio, Consumer Electronics, Hardware, Internet of Things, Media and Entertainment, Motion Capture, Music, Musical Instruments, Nightclubs, Nightlife

Founders: Unknown

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34. Adio

The idea behind this startup: A platform for musicians to collaborate on their music remotely

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Music

Founders: Blaine Kasten, Cole Voss

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35. Fauna

The idea behind this startup: Smart glasses that look great and sound awesome: Crystal clear sound quality in four frame designs – Take your calls with just one touch

Headquarters: Graz, Steiermark, Austria

Industries: Audio, Electronics, Eyewear, Wearables

Founders: Andrea Rusconi Clerici, Ferruccio Bottoni, Joerg Schoenbacher

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36. Paradiso podcasts

The idea behind this startup: PARADISO creates and produces formats designed for international audiences on global platforms

Headquarters: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Industries: Audio, Digital Entertainment, Digital Media, Media and Entertainment, Podcast

Founders: Benoit Dunaigre, Lorenzo Benedetti, Louis Daboussy

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37. Spotics

The idea behind this startup: Spotics develops products and services that feature the capture of next-generation audio.

Headquarters: Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag, Norway

Industries: 3D Technology, Audio, Augmented Reality, Hardware, Information Technology, Product Design, Software, Virtual Reality

Founders: Jonas Rinde

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38. Vaarta – Where India Talks

The idea behind this startup: A digital audio platform for original shows and audio stories in vernacular.

Headquarters: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Industries: Apps, Audio, Audiobooks, Mobile Apps, Podcast

Founders: Senthil Venkat

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39. Playpost

The idea behind this startup: Playpost transforms articles on the web into audio using artificial intelligence to create natural-sounding audio. Just like audiobooks.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Industries: Android, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Audio, iOS, Mobile Apps, Natural Language Processing

Founders: Jordy van den Aardweg

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40. Garnett.ai

The idea behind this startup: Garnett.ai uses deep neural networks for video translation and dubbing. Original audio is used to add intonation to the translated version.

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Machine Learning, Software, Translation Service

Founders: Egor Pakhomov

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41. Chaos Audio

The idea behind this startup: Consumer Audio Electronics

Headquarters: Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Industries: Audio, Music

Founders: Landon McCoy

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42. WePlace

The idea behind this startup: The advertising space of the future.

Headquarters: Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Industries: Audio, EBooks, Marketing, Video

Founders: Unknown

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43. EARS

The idea behind this startup: EARS develops a mobile application that offers in-house produced audio content.

Headquarters: Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Apps, Audio, Content

Founders: Unknown

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44. Soundfry

The idea behind this startup: Soundfry is the advanced audio sharing platform. It is the best way to start your own audio sharing profile.

Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Industries: Audio, Music

Founders: Unknown

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45. OVICE

The idea behind this startup: OVICE is a virtual space based on voice chat.

Headquarters: Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Audio, Events, Information Services, Information Technology

Founders: Unknown

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46. Wawlee

The idea behind this startup: Smart Home Audio

Headquarters: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, United States

Industries: Audio, Lighting, Smart Home, Software

Founders: Nick Pawson

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47. Listening Dog Media

The idea behind this startup: Listening Dog Media is a production company that specializes in interesting podcasts, programming led branded content & radio programmes.

Headquarters: Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom

Industries: Audio, Podcast

Founders: Unknown

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48. Agagames – interactive games in audio format.

The idea behind this startup: Narrative audio games with a non-linear plot.

Headquarters: Riga, Riga, Latvia

Industries: Audio, Audiobooks, Education, Information Technology, Mobile Apps, Online Games

Founders: Romans Puskarjovs

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49. Bridge.audio

The idea behind this startup: Cloud-based SaaS for music professionals

Headquarters: Paris, Ile-de-France, France

Industries: Audio, Music, SaaS, Software

Founders: Unknown

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50. Voizy

The idea behind this startup: The first open audio meme platform in the world

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Social Network, Software

Founders: Kai Lemmetty

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51.OD&D

The idea behind this startup: OD&D Vintage audio Your supplier of vintage, used and B-stock audio products.

Headquarters: Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, Video Editing

Founders: Unknown

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51.OD&D

The idea behind this startup: OD&D Vintage audio Your supplier of vintage, used and B-stock audio products.

Headquarters: Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, Video Editing

Founders: Unknown

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46. MalianTube

The idea behind this startup: MalianTube is the web, mobile and desktop audio-visual streaming platform in Mali.

Headquarters: Bamako, Bamako, Mali

Industries: Audio, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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47. Sound Wave Shop

The idea behind this startup: Sound Wave Shop is a technological and smart way to keep the precious sounds of your life forever.

Headquarters: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Industries: Audio, E-Commerce, Information Technology, Internet, Printing, Software

Founders: Unknown

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46. iVOICE

The idea behind this startup: iVOICE specializes in social implementation of speech analysis AI.

Headquarters: Minami-shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio

Founders: Unknown

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55. un.studios

The idea behind this startup: Music Production, Sound Design

Headquarters: Graz, Steiermark, Austria

Industries: Audio, Music

Founders: Unknown

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56. POPCINEMA

The idea behind this startup: One stop sync music agency that represents recording artists & labels that record original music for the motion pictures industry.

Headquarters: Austin, Texas, United States

Industries: Audio, Creative Agency, Music, Music Label, Publishing

Founders: Binal Shah, Maureen McNally, Shane Cormier

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57. Resonate

The idea behind this startup: News Radio. Personalized and On-Demand.

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Internet Radio, Media and Entertainment, Mobile, Mobile Apps

Founders: Drew Delaware

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58. 8-TRACKSHOP.EU

The idea behind this startup: 8-TRACKSHOP.EU is a webshop to buy repaired 8-track tapes.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, E-Commerce

Founders: Unknown

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59New Song Lyrics

The idea behind this startup: Get lyrics for new songs, Naat, qawwali, Nohay, Nasheed

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Music

Founders: Unknown

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60Freelance Videographer London

The idea behind this startup: Freelance Videographer London is a boutique production company.

Headquarters: London, England, United Kingdom

Industries: Audio, Video

Founders: Unknown

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61. AudioAI

The idea behind this startup: AudioAI is exploring audio and artificial intelligence for usage in various established and developing industries.

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Audio, Hardware, Machine Learning, Software

Founders: Anupam Agrawal

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62. Sabunk

The idea behind this startup: Sabunk is an online shop that provides wireless earplugs.

Headquarters: Dronten, Flevoland, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, E-Commerce, Electronics, Retail, Wireless

Founders: Unknown

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63. Wanas

The idea behind this startup: Wanas is an online platform to listen Arabic curated original audio drama, news, podcast and articles.

Headquarters: Gîza, Al Jizah, Egypt

Industries: Audio, Internet, Podcast

Founders: Unknown

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64. Plylst

The idea behind this startup: Plylst is a software that helps to create music playlists through the Spotify library.

Headquarters: Unknown

Industries: Audio, Music, Open Source, Software

Founders: Unknown

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65. Sonnet Digital Audio

The idea behind this startup: Sonnet Digital Audio is a manufacturer of (digital) audio products for OEM, studio and consumer use.

Headquarters: s-hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, Electronics, Manufacturing

Founders: Unknown

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66. Feedal

The idea behind this startup: Feedal provides voice communication tool for active teams.

Headquarters: Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Industries: Audio, Content, Media and Entertainment

Founders: Unknown

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67. Barvo

The idea behind this startup: Barvo specializes in the sales and maintenance of computers, TV, and audio equipment.

Headquarters: Helmond, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands

Industries: Audio, Computer, Sales, Service Industry, TV

Founders: Unknown

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