Boston has gained its place among popular startup hubs like New York, London, Chicago, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam and Montreal among others. From AI and cloud to fintech and IoT - Boston is full of technological potential for startups. 

Why did Boston become so attractive for startups? To start, the city is home to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges like Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that produced a number of famous entrepreneurs in the field such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Drew Houston, Susan Landau, Megan Smith, and many other notable people. 

Boston has been named the second biggest startup hub in the U.S. by the amount of investment that it’s attracting. HexGn reported a total of $4.23 billion investment made in 2018 and it looks like the numbers keep promising growth in 2019. 

The innovative and prolific startup ecosystem in Boston has created perfect conditions for the growth of disruptive digital startups that challenge existing markets with their ideas. We’ve collected 9 most interesting startups to watch in 2019.


End of life is not an easy topic to discuss, but Cake is approaching the healthcare sector from a different side. It advocates for proactive end-of-life planning that allows our loved ones to share their wishes and preferences with their families.

Cake offers comprehensive planning covering healthcare, legal/financial, legacy, and funeral decisions with one tool so that you don’t need to worry about planning and can focus on appreciating life and people in it. 

Spoiler Alert

Did you know that about 30-40% of all food in the United States is wasted? Spoiler Alert tackles food waste with data-driven insights and process optimization for food manufacturers and major distributors. 

Food waste reduction is a global goal that affects environmental, social and financial factors. Spoiler alert provides businesses with software that is changing the way they manage unsold inventory and discards.


Toast is a software and hardware provider for restaurants of all sizes. It helps professionals in the foodservice industry to offer better customer service by bringing together point of sale, front of the house, back of the house, and guest-facing technology.

The growth of the restaurant business is not only measured by the number of full visitors and dirty plates. Toast proves that it is much more than a technology provider - they aim at creating the experience that services customers the best while addressing global critical food issues. 


Torii positions itself as a home buying service for a new generation - everything that you need to purchase your dream home in one app. You can find options, schedule viewing, secure your finances and make an offer - all with a couple of clicks. Save your time and money so that you can focus on what matters most - moving into your new home. 


Drizly has created the largest marketplace to supply celebrations, parties, dinners and quiet nights at home with the best selection of alcoholic drinks. The company promises under 60-minute delivery in a number on US locations so that no one has to miss out on the celebration memories because of running to the supermarket. 

Besides being a convenient shopping method, Drizly focuses on providing its customers with a custom shopping experience that is supposed to satisfy the most demanding tastes. 


ConnectRN created a digital solution to fill open per-diem healthcare shifts and match on-demand clinicians with healthcare facilities to solve staffing problems. Eliminating the need for third-party staffing agencies, ConnectRN helps to save up to 50% on labor costs. For healthcare professionals, it is an opportunity to find flexible working shifts that would fit with their lifestyle. 

Hasty Parking

The app that all drivers were craving for years! Hasty Parking connects drivers with available private parking spaces. It allows users to access, book and pay for parking spaces in minutes and is available both in Android and iOS versions. 

Food for all

Another fantastic startup that is aiming to reduce food waste, this time from the restaurants. Food for all is an application that allows you to buy extra meals from your favorite restaurants with around 50% discount and pick them up at the end of the day. 

Affordable options aim at creating access to quality food, reducing food waste helps to address climate change issues and you helping the global cause while eating delicious dinner. 


Ambi is a platform designed to help every student stay more engaged, involved and productive, so they can be more successful in school and life by creating a learning space designed to specific needs. Its main priority is student experience and well-being, but it serves a handy tool to schools and educators by helping track tasks, assignments, create student chats and engaged communities. 

Stress levels and focus are big concerns in higher education and ambi is aiming to facilitate the situation by providing familiar, highly-functioning communication and connectivity tools.

Of course, this is not the complete list of startups that were built in Boston to bring innovation and a better future into our lives with new companies popping out all the time. We are curious to see how the startup scene will continue to develop in the years to come and what new and exciting venture will emerge in that city.