As the 21st century is well on its way, motivated individuals and freethinking employees are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit in ever-increasing numbers.

Mainstream consumers are open to new and innovative ideas, and there is no shortage of bright minds to satiate their needs.

However, even the most cunning and business-savvy professional can use a helping hand from time to time.

There's plenty of assistance to be found online and in the numerous software options available today, but it can be difficult to find the exact utilities you need to start a new business or launch a project.

Here are three apps that we wouldn't be surprised to see the next generation of entrepreneurs using to kick start their startups.

1. Stash

In some cases, investors simply don't know where to put their money.

This is often seen with those who are novice entrepreneurs as well as those who haven't diversified in their past endeavors. If their chosen field begins to struggle or wane, those who have put all their eggs into one basket are bound to suffer a loss.

This is exactly where Stash comes in. By providing quick access to a countless number of investment opportunities, the company makes it easy for everyone - including someone with no previous investment knowledge or portfolio to build on - to make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality.

Stash accomplishes this by offering Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, which are similar to stocks.

The company combs through the list of available opportunities and curates them to provide their customers with the best possible prospects.

A number of factors, including overall performance, risk and any applicable fees, are all considered before promoting one initiative or another.

2. Gust

While some investors are at a loss when it comes to locating worthwhile causes, many startup companies and entrepreneurs are finding it difficult to secure the necessary funding in the first place.

Gust, which has been around for over 10 years, hopes to bridge this gap by connecting startup enterprises with potential investors and partners. According to a spokesperson for the company, Gust has facilitated over $1.8 billion with more than 200,000 startups having used the funding platform to connect and collaborate with over 45,000 investors.

One of the company's newest offerings, Gust Launch, is a full suite of products that guides entrepreneurs from founding their company through the hiring, growth and investment processes. It also provides tools for record keeping, accounting and legal compliance.

Gust offers several different avenues of service, depending on your exact needs. Entrepreneurs are already using the site to build their online profiles and attract new investors.

Conversely, established investors are enjoying the integrated deal-flow management functionality and the high level of security of Gust's service.

Their site even gives users the ability to narrow the field down using location- or industry-specific searches, thus making it easier to forge new connections and cultivate business partnerships. 

3. Upwork

Comparable to next-gen classified ads, Upwork makes it easy for employers and entrepreneurs to locate top talent for their projects.

Whether you're in need of full-time help or temporary assistance, the Upwork platform makes it easy to create a job posting, connect with qualified professionals and share any project details. You can even handle all the payment details through its secure site.

Employers and entrepreneurs are able to choose from three different pricing tiers, Upwork, Upwork Pro and Upwork Enterprise, which guarantees the exact level of service needed.

This solution has even been used by some of the largest brands on the internet today, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Zendesk and many more.

Utilizing Technology to its Fullest Extent

With the modern consumer embracing IT more than ever before, there are plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs to introduce new functionality into the common household.

The most successful startups are able to provide a new or easier solution to a regular problem, but the people behind these innovations faced their share of challenges, too.

Although overnight success isn't a possibility for most, the current state of technology provides next-gen entrepreneurs with the next best thing.

Published on: Jan 27, 2017