7 Tech Startups to Watch Out For 2016

By Amanda Lewan on December 30th, 2015 / Comments

While we cover all industries starting up and inventing new products, it’s hard to ignore a growth this past year in Michigan’s tech community. Whether it’s a digital marketing company, or a new software launched, there is a lot of tech companies seeing traction.

This year, we kept an eye out for tech companies taking a product to market, raising a new round to grow, and making a big leap forward. Keep an eye out for these seven tech startups next year as they continue to scale and make an impact in Michigan’s tech community.

This referral marketing software announced this year a new fund of $2.3 million to spur more growth. With some great hires and a new round raised they should be poised for success this year. The startup also has nailed some top clients including Spotify, PayPal and Hubspot.

Duo Security
Duo Security may perhaps be the hottest tech company in the State of Michigan. They certainly are in scaling mode, having refined a two factor authentication and previously raising investment from tech giants like Google. Duo Security just crossed 200 employees and were honored this past year at the MVCA awards. We can’t wait to see what’s next for this growing tech company.

Rocket Fiber
After securing over $31 Million to build a top of the line Gigabit Internet infrastructure in Detroit, this startup is poised to grow in 2016. They’ve officially announced the World’s Fastest Internet at 10 Gigabit speeds. The startup is currently turning on customers in Downtown Detroit and expanding to new neighborhoods in the new year. Can someone say faster Internet please?

We thoroughly enjoyed watching the first class of Detroit’s Techstars Mobility pitch and present their new, innovative companies. SPLT is one Techstars Mobility graduate that’s received immediate traction in the Detroit area, working with corporations like DTE to launch their ride sharing service. The founder aims to stay in the Motor City as they change the way we commute to work. We hope to see them continue to grow and build out their team in Detroit.

After snagging a new round of funding, and with experienced founders at the helm, we expect to see this on-demand service and shopping platform reach new heights in 2016. Service.com just announced their a round of $3.5 million raised, and has pivoted into a new and stronger direction.

Lawn Guru
Lawn Guru has invented a new platform for on-demand lawn services and snow removal services. After snagging a recent award at Accelerate Michigan, the founders are now focused on successfully finishing their accelerator program at 500 Startups, one of the top accelerator programs in the US. With a growing user base, we expect to see them raise money and grow in 2016.

It’s not so sleepy of an industry as one might expect. Tuck has rolled out a new way to shop online and order a mattress, perfect for the college student or young professional. Though just getting started, the brand and concept have brought some sales to launch succesfully this year. We hope to see them grow in 2016.

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Amanda Lewan

Amanda Lewan

Editor @michipreneur. Co-founder Bamboo Detroit. Follow me @Amanda_Jenn. I love telling the story of entrepreneurs and innovators.