Wedged between two South American behemoths, Argentina and Brazil, the diminutive nation of Uruguay—with its 3 million people and twelve million cows—is surprisingly a giant when it comes to technological innovation in Latin America (LATAM).
Exporting more than any other country in the region per capita, Uruguay is worthy contender for the title of LATAM’s Silicon Valley. The following are the top 13 Uruguayan tech startups you need to know about in 2016.
Interactivo is an cloud-based platform that enables small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to quickly and easily create websites or digital storefronts. The company has been featured extensively in local publications such as El Observador and El Pais, among others.
Conectar.me is a web-based employment platform that enables local job seekers to find local opportunities. Users can create professional profiles, search for openings, sign up for email alerts, and more.
AluGuest is a website for finding temporary accommodations across several cities in LATAM. Inspired by Airbnb, the offering—in lieu of hosts—connects guests with so-called local experts.
Flokzu is a cloud app that automates document workflows between people, organizations and/or teams. The solution centralizes forms, documents, and files onto one platform, thereby enabling users to easily search for items, manage pending tasks, create alerts, and more—all through a single interface.
Rehoteles.com is an online hotel reservation with more than 585,000 hotels, apartments, and hostels from over 211 countries across the globe. The website also offers a plethora of free tourist resources and information.
Cluval is an etailer that features products from the most prominent national and international brands: clothing, footwear, fashion accessories, sporting goods, among others. Users save up to 70% of the original retail price of featured goods.
Paganza is an iOS/Android/Windows Phone mobile offering for intelligent bill payment in Uruguay. Users simply scan the bill barcode with their mobile device, select their preferred bank account, and schedule the date(s) for automatic payments.
Softruck develops software and hardware for the maintenance, management, and logistics of vehicle fleets. With plans for global expansion, this ambitious logistics startup has already entered the neighboring Brazilian market.
CityCop aims to reduce local security issues with its innovative mobile offering. The GPS-powered app and vigilant community of users report local incidents in real-time, enabling residents to avoid falling victim to robberies and crimes.
Xmartlabs is a Montevideo and San Francisco-based firm that develops transformational software products for high-growth startups and forward-thinking companies. Marquee clients include CipherHealth, Nobly, and Yapert, among others.
GPSGAY is a web/mobile platform that combines features from Facebook, Amazon, Booking.com, YouTube, and more to offer the gay community a centralized lifestyle and networking platform. The free and confidential service already boasts over 100,000 users.
Bankingly enables financial institutions to provide customers with easy access to digital offerings and services for banking and finance. The solution supports multiples currencies and languages, and offers easy personalization/customization.
With headquarters in Montevideo and San Francisco, Tryolabs aims to help startups and digital enterprises create natural language processing (NLP), data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI)-based products. The firm has already developed a range of solutions for startups in Silicon Valley and New York City.
Though not a household name outside of LATAM, Uruguay has managed to make a name for itself in the software industry with its abundance of bleeding edge, fast-growing startups. Be sure to keep an eye on this region as its full potential for innovation has yet to be unleashed.