As enterprise Seed investors in NYC, we keep a pulse on all of the new founders and startups entering the ecosystem (and track them weekly in our Enterprise Weekly Newsletter). To highlight the breadth of the local early-stage enterprise community, we started an annual tradition of amplifying top NYC Enterprise Seed Startups to Watch for the coming year (see our past NYC enterprise Seed startups to watch lists from 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019).
While the market downturn has slowed funding activity across the board, NYC enterprise tech and Seed-stage startups specifically have shown relative resilience. Arguably, companies formed during these trying market conditions and who survive their earliest growth stages will be built much more sustainably - with solid product-market-fit and go-to-market motions - than later-stage companies that over-raised at lofty valuations in 2020 and 2021.
See below for the top 17 NYC enterprise Seed startups to watch in 2023:
Cloud Native / Developer Tools
Flightcrew is building an experimentation infrastructure for developers that handles everything from tuning to configuring experiments. Investors include Haystack.
InstantDB is a next-gen successor to Firebase with a graph-based querying engine that makes it easy to build real-time and multiplayer applications. Investors include Audacious Ventures.
Modal is a tool that enables developers to run their code in the cloud without having to manage their own infrastructure. Investors include Amplify Partners, Essence VC, Quiet Capital, and others.
Drifting in Space provides the required infrastructure for teams to build out browser-based applications. Investors include Garage Capital, Soma Capital, Abstraction Capital, and others.
Protocolr (stealth) is a collaborative SaaS platform for teams that design, develop and manage distributed systems. Investors include Bowery Capital.
Data / AI / Machine Learning
Preql is a no-code data transformation tool that makes analytics workflows available to teams. Investors include Bessemer Venture Partners, Felicis Ventures, Verissimo Ventures, and others.
Grit is a tool that uses machine learning and static analysis to accelerate common software maintenance tasks. Investors include Quiet Capital.
Raylu is a development framework for creating ML-based product features. Investors include Addition.
Glean is building a solution that makes data exploration and visualization accessible to all teams. Investors include Matrix Partners and others.
Decipad is an interactive notebook that enables non-technical teams to do data modelling. Investors include Flybridge Capital Partners, Founder Collective, and others.
Risk / Security
Teleskope is a modern, developer-friendly platform that enables data protection and compliance at scale. Investors include Lerer Hippeau, Essence VC, Correlation VC, and others.
Kusari enables security and development teams to secure and understand their software supply chain. Investors include Unusual Ventures and others.
Future of Work
Pace is a revenue platform that enables the transformation from traditional enterprise sales motions to a hybrid, product-led approach. Investors include Work-Bench, AlleyCorp, and others.
Mintlify leverages AI to automatically generate documentation from code. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures and others.
Stark is a solution that enables teams to create accessible websites and software. Investors include Uncork Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and others.
Diagram is a solution that automates Figma tasks and provides prototyping with code. Investors include Base Case Capital, Basis Set Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, and others.
LaunchBrightly is building a content automation platform, starting with screenshots, so that all sales, marketing, and customer support assets are updated with every code commit. Investors include B Capital Group and others.
If you’re thinking about launching an enterprise software or SaaS startup or have already taken the leap, it's never too early to connect with us. We’d love to meet you to learn more about what you’re building, share our best feedback, and plug you into our enterprise community where helpful.