Ecommerce is a rapidly growing industry – it has been for several years now, and growth will only continue to accelerate in the coming years.
So what are the best ecommerce startups to be watching? We’ve collated a list of some of the hottest, rising startups to look out for in 2021.
Here are some of our favorites:
25 Hot Ecommerce Startups To Watch In 2021
1. Bonobos – A Better Pair of Pants
Bonobos started out with a simple mission to make a better pair of pants, and has since grown to be one of the most popular and respected menswear brands online.
Read more about how Bonobos grew to become such a strong ecommerce contender here.
2. Girlfriend.com – Athleisure with ethical manufacturing
Girlfriend collective offers ethically-made activewear made from recycled water bottles.
In 2016, they caused a stir by launching with an incredible offer: free leggings for word of mouth. Anyone who posted about Girlfriend Collective’s launch received a pair of leggings for free, launching the brand with a bang (and coverage in multiple media outlets)
3. Lunya – Confidently Comfortable Sleepwear for the Modern Woman
Lunya follows in the footsteps of Thinx and Girlfriend Collective empowering and celebrating women. They made waves with a full-page ad in the New York Times (“I come first“) and supporting mentorship organisation Girls Inc.
4. The Healthy Mummy – Weight Loss Resources & Products for Mums
Healthy Mummy is both a community and a shop helping mums everywhere in the world to lose weight fast!
NOTE: Healthy Mummy uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
5. Frank Body – Coffee Scrub and Flirty Skincare
“Hey babe, I’m Frank. So, shall we go back to yours?”
With flirty, sensual copywriting and products made with transparency and frankness, the Australian skincare brand has grown from strength to strength.
From three friends and $5,000, Frank Body has become a multi-million dollar skincare line, building on clever word of mouth and a potent customer loyalty program, Hotel Pink, that offers consumers the VIP treatment.
6. Beardbrand – Shaving & Accessories for the Bearded Gentleman
Beardbrand is a ‘bottom-up’ brand, built by a founder and team who were thoroughly immersed in the online beardsman community long before they came up with products to sell.
7. Threadbeast – Hype Streetwear Subscription Box
Threadbeast is a subscription box company that sends you the latest in streetwear (based on what you prefer) every month!
NOTE: Threadbeast uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
8. Rent the Runway – Designer Dress Rentals / Subscription
2021 marks the 12th year of its operation and has already become a multi-million dollar startup.
9. Birchbox – Beauty Samples Subscription Surprise
Birchbox isn’t just a beauty subscription box: founder Katie Beauchamp described it as ‘discovery commerce‘. Birchbox subscribers are delighted to discover the surprises in each box each month. Birchbox also offers the clever twist of mailing sample-sized products for subscribers, allowing them to sample and try out new products to test for irritability and effectiveness, without committing to full purchases.
Birchbox is now in 6 countries with over 2 million subscribers, launching a men’s grooming box as well.
10. Endy Sleep – Direct-Sales Mattress from Canada
The largest online-only direct selling mattress company in Canada, Endy Sleep sells a mattress that is perfectly designed for a good night’s sleep.
NOTE: Endy Sleep uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
11. Dollar Shave Club – Shaving Razors for a Dollar A Month
They may be big now, but once upon a time, Dollar Shave Club were a tiny startup with just comedy and grit (and cheap subscription razors)
CEO Michael Dubin once talked about how creating viral content makes doing business cheaper, and it’s true.
12. Made – Direct-to-Consumer Furniture (with a Referral Program!)
Made.com sells furniture made in the UK, cutting out the middleman to pass on cost savings to their customers. They also have a really snazzy referral program!
13. ModCloth – Fun, social media-savvy Fashion Brand
Fashion ecommerce is hard – and yet ModCloth has persisted successfully with its fun and cheerful brand. They’re known for engaging their community of shoppers with their strong social media presence.
RELATED: ModCloth marketing strategy
14. DockATot – Multifunctional Snuggling Dock for Toddlers
A Swedish company, DockATot sells a multi-functional lounging, playing, chilling, resting and snuggling dock that you can take anywhere.
NOTE: DockATot uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
15. YogaClub – Subscription Box for Brand Name Athleisure Wear
YogaClub is a subscription box company that delivers brand name athletic wear to you at low-cost every month!
NOTE: YogaClub uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
16. PopSockets – Handy Grips for Phones
PopSockets sells grips for your phones!
17. eJuices – Online Vape & eCigarettes retailer
eJuices is one of the largest online vape and e-cigarettes retailer.
18. HawkersInternet-only Sunglasses from Spain
Hawkers is a Spanish ecommerce store selling sunglasses, using only the Internet as its distribution channel.
RELATED: Hawkers’ marketing strategy
19. Cheeky Wipes – Washable Cloth to replace Disposable Nappies
Cheeky Wipes sells a washable cloth that means the ends of throwing away nappies all the time!
NOTE: eJuices uses ReferralCandy as their referral program!
20. Misty Robotics – Programmable Robots for Students and Entrepreneurs
Misty is a company that develops easily-programmable robots for students, entrepreneurs and programmers so that they can create skills that make her useful at work or at home.
21. Warby Parker – Stylish and Affordable Eyewear
Warby Parker is a modern eyewear brand that’s both stylish and affordable. They also are known to have one of the cleverest marketing teams around today.
RELATED: Warby Parker marketing strategy
22. TOMS – Shoes with a Mission
TOMS made its mark with a unique and compelling mission – that every pair of shoes sold would be matched with a gift of a pair of shoes to people who need them.
23. Flat Tummy Co – Flat Tummies and Feel Good Tea
Flat Tummy Co. is a company that sells tea to help combat the bloating feeling ladies feel everyday. They’ve expanded
Flat Tummy Co used ReferralCandy to create one of the most stylish Friend Landing Pages ever!
24. Everlane – Radical Transparency, Minimalist Clothes
Everlane is known for its radical transparency. And their stylish, minimalist clothes.
RELATED: Everlane marketing strategy
25. Bellroy – Flat Stylish Wallets
Bellroy has one of the nicest landing pages we’ve ever seen, with an extremely compelling value proposition. They sell stylish wallets that have a ton of storage, yet look simple and minimalist.
The Best eCommerce Startups of 2021 to Watch
That’s our list of the most exciting eCommerce brands to watch in 2021. Tell us your suggestions in the comments!
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