According to a 2015 report by Akamai, Latvia’s internet speeds are the 7th fastest in the world—making the nation one of the best-connected in the EU. It’s therefore no surprise that tech innovation abounds in this country of 2 million.
As such, if following worldwide trends, tech news, and hot startups, you’ve certainly come across Latvia—if not, the following products and services should set you off on the right foot. These are 9 Latvian tech startups you need to know about in 2016.
Bloggers and journalists will certainly find infogr.am handy for making data and numbers visually compelling. You can choose various templates, add images or videos, and any kind of text. In 4 years the startup has garnered $2.8 million in venture capital. Furthermore, they have received many awards and are currently collaborating and expanding globally.
BranchTrack is an learning platform for training new customer service and sales staff. This solution won the Most Innovative Learning Product award at E-learning 2015.
Finch is an offering targeting small online shops and businesses that enables easy website editing directly in the browser—no programming or IT skills required.
Edurio is a web-based toolkit for gathering fast, valuable feedback from students and parents. Users can design their own surveys, get regular feedback, and view results in a structured, actionable summary.
AirDog is one of the more prominent Latvian startup success stories: garnering more than $1.3 million and winning the “Best Drone or Robot” award at CES 2015, the auto-follow video drone for extreme sports has quickly become a respected name in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
Skylar is a virtual assistant that lives in your Slack and messaging platforms, amongst your business partners and employees. From making reservations, taking lunch orders, and mail forwarding, the solution free you from mundane tasks, helping you stay on track and be more productive throughout the day.
Firp is a tool that takes budgeting to a whole new level: create income and expenditure items, add reports, follow your money flow—even synchronize with your family members and friends.
Keep an eye out for funny, life-hacking apps like Flirtr coming out of Latvia. The app is a personal flirt advisor for building up self-confidence. The community is invite only and—with its support—you can become a real-life flirting machine.
There are a plethora of reminder apps, but most contain questionable features or distractions. Less is more, and Later certainly follows suit: 2 taps and your reminder is set. Fast, simple , and easy.
These are only 9 innovative upstarts out of many from Latvia, a small country that has no shortage of big ideas. And despite its size, a remarkable number of creative innovators are find solutions to make every day life easier and more productive.