As of late, both the EU and Italian government have been actively spurring young entrepreneurs with incentives and programs to help during the initial phases of their ventures. Attracting foreign talent is also part of this growth plan—the Italia Startup Visa is one of the most streamlined programs of its kind in Europe.
Among the northern cities of Italy, is Verona—hometown of Romeo and Juliet, and among one of the most productive and innovative municipalities in the region. The following are the top 9 tech startups from Verona to know about in 2016.
Humatics is a software developer and solutions provider focusing on a variety of specialties—from ecommerce solutions, OS and web interfaces, informative multimedia tools, as well as machine learning systems and pattern recognition.
Microbion is a University of Verona spin-off providing microbiology-related technology services to the agrifood and pharmaceutical industries—from routine analysis to tailor-made research and development.
Nulltech is a software developer and gaming startup focusing on virtual reality, video games, embedded systems. Some recent projects include game titles like The Scruud and virtual reality-based cybersecurity platform iNSITE.
Oraclize is focused on building a service around smart contracts for accessing the internet, specifically—using platforms like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Current apps built on Oraclize include a flight delay app, StackExchange, and YouTube contract app, among others.
EtaSaving is an energy service company that focuses its activities in the design and supply of integrated services in the field of energy efficiency. Its energy diagnosis and energy management systems address a wide variety of sectors, from industrial and agricultural to the service industries.
Meno22% is an online etailer where you can purchase traditional Italian foods, as well as kitchen tools/utensils, ovens, kitchen linens, knives, and more. The website also offers an interactive online cookbook of your favorite Italian dishes and deserts.
Tèkhneloghìa—from the Greek Tekne-Logia, or “discourse on art”—designs innovative personal transportation vehicles with low CO2 emissions and reduced operating costs. Its flagship E-bike comes in a variety of models, from naked to sporty and elegant.
Ferdiam is a startup dedicated to the development of innovative technologies and products based on the use of the diamond. Applications include both decorative and functional use cases, for improving brightness, resistance and thermal conductivity/hardness, among others.
ForestHand is an app developer specializing in augmented reality. The firm’s technology, as featured in its Magic Book offering—allows users to engage in an immersive experience just by focusing their smartphone, special glasses, or other device at the book/object.
These are only a few of the numerous innovative startups coming out of Verona and its vicinity. Be sure to keep track of them as they expand to the greater EU and beyond in 2016.