Though Venezuela is currently undergoing the most difficult political and economic crisis in its history, innovations and ideas are still being brought to life with optimism, passion, and a healthy appetite for risk.
The highest inflation in the world hasn’t stopped the following startups from bringing innovative products and solutions to market. Here are the top 11 startup tech projects from Venezuela you need to know about in 2016.
Teachlr is an elearning platform where people can access virtual classrooms to learn different languages or to study subjects like marketing and programming. Many of the courses are free and in English.
Linio—an online shopping platform for buying/selling using the bolivar—was created as a Venezuelan competitor to Mercado Libre, Latin America’s most popular etailer.
ToMotorizado translates to “your biker” in English and is a very common term used in Venezuela. In large cities like Venezuela’s capital Caracas, drivers spend hours waiting out traffic inside their vehicles every day. TuMotorizado’s service dispatches bikers to make deliveries, transport documents, or even make bank deposits, allowing you to run errands quickly without ever leaving the office.
Braving huge lines for scarce food and medical supplies became a daily routine for many of Venezuela’s citizens at the onset of the economic crisis. MundoSinCola offers a new way wait in line without actually having to physically being there. Its smartphone app allows you to wait in line from anywhere and get a notification when it’s almost your turn.
OctopuSocial is a platform that lets you manage, schedule, and monitor your social media accounts all from one location. Notable features include comprehensive social media campaign management and advanced analytics.
Cusica is a music portal for buying and downloading 100% legal Venezuelan music. Any free content on the website has expressed permission from the author/artist. Virtual gift cards can be used to acquire and share/gift music from the portal.
Virtualpymes is an event management platform that simplifies and automates ticket management, online subscriptions, payments, certificates, promotions, publications, and more.
ZOI started in Venezuela as an online community dedicated to bringing adventure travel to the masses. Today its platform enables adventure travel providers to easily create online booking systems, promote their business through social media, and gauge campaigns with advanced metrics and analytics.
One of the first of its kind in Venezuela, Anigrama is an independent game developer with 3 hit free/freemium games in its repertoire: MugBall, MotoTaxi Destroyer, and Gloplosh.
Apetoi is a platform that connects service providers like plumbers, carpenters, exterminators, janitors and other cleaning services to customers. Independent contractors can create their own professional profiles to start competing for projects immediately.
Singular’s team—the only Venezuelans focusing on virtual reality (VR) technologies—creates VR and augmented reality (AR) experiences for marketing and promotional use cases.
Times have never been tougher for Venezuela, but the country is known for its ability to innovate in the face of great hardship. Though the number of new projects and startups has decreased in the past 3 years, these 11 tech startups serve to illustrate that creativity and ingenuity still abound in the Tierra de Gracia.