Regarded by many as Mexico’s Silicon Valley, Guadalajara is a crucial hub for regional industries and businesses looking to gain a foothold in global markets.
And now, a group of local tech upstarts are blazing the path for technological innovation in Central America, with products and services ranging from IoT wearables to 3D printing services. The following are 11 notable tech startups from Guadalajara to watch for in 2016.
SUNU’s Band is the first sonar-based smartwatch/bracelet for enhancing awareness and navigation. The solution is a potential game-changer for the visually impaired, helping users to detect objects around them safely and effectively.
FullBox is a platform that allows users to rent furniture online. Potential renters simply register on the website, chose the desired furniture from the online catalog, and sign the lease agreement—requested items are then quickly delivered directly to their doorsteps.
Despite some recent setbacks impacting public perception, Bitcoin still continues to grow in popularity. Tapping into this trend is Volabit: an electronic wallet that offers an easy way to purchase the digital currency through convenience store, deposits, wire transfers, and branches.
This startup bases its platform around the idea of tribes: communities of people formed by analyzing individuals according to their tastes, the way they live, think, communicate and consume products/services. Poolpy has partnered with the largest publishers in Mexico as well as niche websites and blogs, boasting a network coverage of 95% of total users.
Weon has developed a platform for offering free Wi-Fi to public transportation users—both on-board and at bus stops. Its software can establish bi-directional communications and send/receive real-time user surveys.
This platform gives makeup fans and aficionados a way to test beauty products virtually. Established cosmetic brands such as Pia Pia and CoverGirl are just a few of the company’s current clients.
3D printing is all the rage now and Guadalajara’s Mex-Bot is the region’s prime contender in this category. The company is focused on manufacturing 3D printers as well as facilitating custom printing jobs.
Foynt rewards its users with discounts for restaurants, bars, and more for simply driving safely! The app offers discounts for keeping your eyes on the road while driving—instead of your mobile when messages or calls are received.
Apremy is an elearning platform that teaches users how to create new businesses and achieve sustainable successes. Lessons are presented in weekly, 5 minutes capsules.
Credirama is an SMS-based credit consulting service. Users can chat with financial advisers to get relevant information regarding credit cards, loans, mortgages, and more.
Wait for it… an app to monitor, control, and analyze the brewing process. Yes, you read that correctly: BrewIoT helps you create your own beer using your smartphone or tablet.
From online furniture rental to smartphone-assisted beermaking apps, these 11 startups are putting Mexico’s second city in pole position when it comes to regional tech innovation. Keep an eye out on these ventures as expand their products and services to Latin America and beyond.