Croatia has been long admired for its Adriatic coastlines, remote islands, and romantic seaside castles—but these days, natural and historic wonders are playing second fiddle to a growing percentage of young, talented tech professionals working to lift the nation out of recession.
Several high-growth startups based in Croatia have already completed record-breaking fundraising activities, with more ventures year-on-year contributing to the rising prominence of the region’s fledgling ecosystem. Below are 13 of the best and brightest Croatian tech startups you need to know about in 2016.
Smart Lumies develops smart cubes—known as Qs—that communicate with each other. Using changing colors and sounds, the cubes enable logic games like Memory, Simon, and Mastermind; on the backend, the technology uses machine learning and sensor data to monitor/track the child’s development process.
Adopto’s recruiting platform enables employers to find and hire the best tech candidates faster and more efficiently. Users simply set up their careers page, post a job, look for the best people, and extract candidate info with a single click through one interface.
As its name implies, Farmeron develops cloud-based management systems for farmers. The firm’s solution integrates data outputs from their various hardware and machinery into a consolidated platform for streamlined farm operations management.
Peep.im allows users to create their own customized pay-per-view (PPV) events. Hosts schedule a broadcast, set virtual ticket prices, and share with potential viewers on Facebook/Twitter. People can then subscribe and watch by purchasing a virtual ticket.
Visiobike is a smartphone-integrated carbon fiber electric bicycle: using the accompanying app, riders can unlock the bike, see their current speed/battery level, change the motor assistance mode, set navigation parameters, and even check what’s behind them via an HD camera mounted underneath the seat.
Coffee Cloud develops a platform that helps coffee suppliers understand how their espresso machines are being used—accurate, granular information critical to ensuring quality and increasing profitability.
BabyWatch augments the prenatal experience with technology—using the specially-designed device and app, future moms can not only hear and visualize their baby’s heartbeat 24/7, they can also share the unforgettable experience with friends and loved ones.
Offering free wifi is to customers is easy—but how about achieving the most ROI while making the user experience truly useful? ZZZZAPP aspires to this by changing any Wi-Fi hotspot into a highly interactive media experience. The company offers solutions for providers and advertisers to engage on-site customers with an array of applications and location-specific information.
DefenseCode specializes in software for enhancing website security and providing protection from hackers. Its DefenseCode Web Security Scanner and ThunderScan Source Code Security analysis tools help administrators and developers discover website/web application security vulnerabilities before hackers do.
Hipersfera has designed an unmanned airship capable of reliably, safely, and cost-effectively positioning a dedicated, industrial-grade payload high above an area of interest.
GIS Cloud’s web-based geographic information system (GIS) platform can visualize any data set as a map. Its services and mobile apps are used in a wide variety of sectors, from city planning and real estate to the sciences.
Trillenium is a virtual reality (VR) solutions provider with 5 products in its portfolio: VR Showroom, VR Prototype/Research, VR Real Estates, VR Retail, and VR Travel. As an example, its VR Retail solution enables retailers to build a copy of their real, physical store online—including all of their inventory.
As these 13 tech startups serve to illustrate, Croatia is a rising star when it comes to EU-based tech startup innovation. Increasing global interest and investment are making it a highly favorable environment for entrepreneurs and forward-thinking professionals—keep this region in your sights as local innovations continue to make their way on to the world stage.