After investing countless hours and a lot of effort into your startup, it is finally open for business! You have a great product and a great team. Surely, all your hard work will pay off soon, right?
By definition, a startup is a young company that is just beginning to develop. It is usually small and is operated by a handful of people or one individual. Launching one isn’t easy and most startup fail to gain traction and eventually close down for business. In fact, as much as nine out of ten startups fail.
In order for your startup to prosper, you have to actively push it out in the market in front of as much people as possible. If you are like most startup founders, you don't have much money to pay for advertising or to hire a PR agency. Good thing that there are places where you can submit your startup for it to gain publicity.
10words was created by Chris Beauchamp. The site has a simple interface that is easy to navigate and people can submit their startups here for free. "I really enjoy getting info about startups without marketing fluff or flashy graphics. We can tell right away if we want to check out a startup further, so why not cut straight to the point?" Says the site creator.
AllStartups.org is a D.I.Y user-generated content marketing media venture for founders and is also a platform where entrepreneurs can effectively promote their startup company. Their primary mission is to support, enable and encourage innovation by being the D.I.Y Media for entrepreneurs, companies everywhere.
AngelList is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups. It was founded by Naval Ravikant and Babak Nivi in 2010. Business Insider dubbed AngelList the “Match.com for investors and startups”.
Betabound collects and organizes a variety of beta testing opportunities and present them in a structured and consistent format.
BetaList is a platform for people to discover upcoming and recently launched internet startups, and for founders to share their company with the world and get user feedback. Once users submit their startup, BetaList reviews it to see if it matches the criteria for qualification. If the startup qualifies, BetaList will send out an email within a week. After that, it will take about two months for the startup to get featured. It’s a long wait but it will totally worth it since this is a huge platform.
Founded in 1999, Capterra is an online resource for business software buyers. It features validated user reviews and independent research across hundreds of business software categories. This is a paid service for vendors (startups) but free for buyers.
This is a community where people working in design and technology or those interested in the topics come together to discuss ideas.
Earlist is a website where entrepreneurs and business builders share their projects with a great community. According to the founders, “We know how difficult it is to get your product in front of people. We developed this community to help builders share their projects, and users find amazing companies."
Early Stage News features milestones and other updates from early-stage startups and side-projects.
10. Erli Bird
Startup companies can submit their product to this site and get user experience feedback from real people in real environments.
11. Feed My App
Again, this is a platform where apps get tested and reviewed. The site classify web apps by tagging them and creating a brief description for each one listed.
GitHustle connects developers with the right kind of marketers, growth hackers, and traction builders.
GrowthHackers aims to help companies ignite sustainable growth using the cross-functional, value-based approach proven effective by today’s fastest growing companies.
Gust is a global SaaS (Software as a Service) funding platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. The platform enables developers to collaborate with investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit.
15. Hacker News
Hacker News is a social news website focusing on computer science and entrepreneurship.
Index is a platform where startups, corporate brands, and investors come together. Startups that join this community can connect with investors, land a partnership with corporate brands and track competition.
17. Indie Hackers
Courtland Allen founded Indie Hackers in August of 2016 aiming to create a hub where the founders of profitable businesses can share their stories transparently, and where entrepreneurs can come to read and learn from those examples.
18. Killer Startups
Killer Startups aims to provide education and inspiration to startup founders and teams.
Launched! is a community where makers showcase their startup and get feedback from early adopters.
20. Launching Next
Launching Next showcases new, trending startups every day. Submissions here are free but requires a long wait time due to the review process. However, they offer a $49 upgrade for those who want their startup to be considered for publication within 1-business day.
NextBigWhat is an Indian website that provides global information about technology and entrepreneurs.
22. Product Hunt
Product Hunt is a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.
Reddit-Alphaandbetausers is a subreddit where developers recruit users to test their products in exchange for feedback.
Reddit-Entrepreneur is a community of individuals who seek to solve problems, network professionally and collaborate on projects.
A subreddit for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses owners to ask or give feedback and advice.
Reddit-Side Project is a subreddit for sharing and receiving constructive feedback on side projects.
Reddit-Startups is a platform where people discuss startup problems and solutions to help young companies grow and scale rapidly.
28. SaaS Hub
SaaS Hub is an independent software marketplace where individuals can find the best and latest software and alternatives. SaaS developers can submit their products but will need to go through a verification process before being featured.
Saasfied is a platform which aims to make it easier for businesses to find the exact SaaS they need to succeed as well as keep them updated on the most important news and trends. This site is also great for startup developers to have their products discovered by the right people.
30. Side Projectors
SideProjectors is a marketplace to sell and buy interesting side projects.
Sidebar houses a collection of the best links about regarding various topics such as UI design, typography, CSS, user research and other facets of design. The links can be anything from an article to a product demo.
Springwise is a database of business ideas, prototypes, products, and startups. It has a large catalog of ideas and is great for entrepreneurs looking for new ideas to work on.
StackShare is an online community that features comparisons, ratings, reviews, recommendations, and discussions of the best software tools and services.
34. Startup Buffer
Startup Buffer is a platform for startups trying to get more exposure to their products or services.
35. Startup Button
This is another website for startups to get more exposure. Submission only takes seconds. Once submitted, the request is added to an approval queue to be reviewed by their team of curators. When it is approved, the startup is added to the button directory.
Their homepage features a "Take Me to a Random Startup" button. If clicked, it will take the user to a random startup in their directory.
36. Startup Inspire
StartupInspire is an inspiration gallery for startups. Submission there is free and the site aims to give startup companies access to the funding and expertise it needs to grow into a profitable business.
37. Startup Tracker
Startup Tracker is a startup company search engine which aims to save time when searching, tracking and discovering startups relevant to a business or organization.
Startup88 accepts product pitches from startup companies to attract the interest of investors and customers.
The Startup Pitch is online platform that enables entrepreneurs to gather funding by pitching their businesses to the world.
Uplabs is a website for designers and developers to find and share resources to build apps and sites.
41. VB Profiles
VB Profiles is a source for timely, relevant and comprehensive information on industries, industry trends, companies, and people.
AlternativeTo helps its users find better alternatives to the products they love.
There are tons of places where you can submit your products to and this will take up a huge amount of your time. Startuplister takes care of that for you. It is a submission service where it submits your startup to various platforms for $69.
The Pitch is a podcast which features entrepreneurs in need of venture funding as they pitch to a live panel of investors.
Geekopedia is an online publishing house which review startups and publish a wide variety of articles related to entrepreneurship, management, and technology.
The goal of StartUpLift is to help you grow businesses by offering growth hacking services.
Discova allows people to engage better with the millions of startups. Users simply search what they need for their business and Discova will display the best startups for them.
iamwire is a startup community strictly for entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers. The company's mission is to enable entrepreneurs and professionals build innovative products with best practices.
inc42 is an Indian media and information platform, known for its end-to-end coverage of the startup ecosystem. Entrepreneurs or a startup founders with an interesting story have a chance to get featured on their site by completing this form.
50. Startup Booster
Startup Booster is a blog that helps online startups navigate through emerging technologies and marketing opportunities to succeed.