Despite getting off to a relatively slow start—at least when compared to European tech powerhouses like Germany and the UK—Italy’s tech startup scene has begun to sprout upstarts with global products and services aimed for the global stage.
Italy’s startups have been especially active in the last couple years, spurred by programs like the Italian Government’s Italia Startup Visa Program. Here are 13 worth tracking in 2016.
Waynaut is an app for assisting users in planning their European travels. Launched in 2011, it includes logistics for all forms of transportion—trams, buses, planes, and more—and helps travelers choose the best route for their journey.
Founded in 2014 in Milan—one of the preeminent fashion capitals of the world—Drexcode provides luxury dress rentals. Its service allows users to rent dresses and accessories from the latest collections, thanks to collaborations with its network of designers and boutiques.
Bologna-based Dove Conviene helps customers find the best deals—from small shops, big chains, and everything in between. A feature worth noting in particular is its use of geolocation services to identify nearby offers for shoppers.
Tired of waiting in line? This app will do it for you. Quarami allows users to pull a virtual ticket on their smartphone or laptop, automatically saving their place in the queue. You can use this app in Italy to access hospitals, municipal offices, and universities in larger cities like Rome, Padua, and Milan.
ChatSim offers a SIM card that lets users send unlimited text messages and emojis from anywhere for a small fee. The service supports WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, LINE, Telegram, and more.
Unfraud offers real-time fraud prevention with its artificial intelligence platform for detecting fraudulent transactions.
Dreaming of vacationing on a yacht in Venice? Antlos can make that dream a reality by connecting you with its network of trusted skippers. The platform allows you to request a personal itinerary and pay for the trip online.
Launched in 2012, MoneyFarm offers investment services and a financial app for managing personal finances, eliminating the need to hire a personal financial advisor.
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Satispay is a personal fintech app that allows you to send, receives, and track payments from your mobile phone. Simply select a receiver from your contact list, specify an amount to pay, and send the money for a low transaction fee.
BeMyEye is a crowdsourcing app for brands to check on how their products are being sold at local establishments. Using its widespread network of app users, the platform is capable of capturing data in real-time from thousands of locations across the UK and Europe.
Athonet provides enterprise mobile network solutions and helps to set up LTE coverage in remote areas for mobile phone communications and internet connectivity.
GreenRail has developed an innovative sleeper—also known as railroad tie—capable of producing electricity and made with recycled materials.
From crowdsourcing for brands to fraud protection, these 13 startups are testament to the arrival of Italy’s tech startup renaissance. Be sure to revisit these firms as they continue to refine their offerings over the coming months and years.