Kazakhstan has been making international waves as of late—its capital Astana is a winner of the UNESCO Cities for Peace award, as well as the chosen site of international EXPO 2017. In terms of startup activity, the country’s burgeoning ecosystem is gaining global prominence with various local rising stars bringing their offerings to market both locally and beyond the country’s borders.
From apps for improving retail engagement to smart automotive platforms, the following are 11 Kazakh tech startups you need to know about in 2016.
Smart Shelf Solutions develops products for remote stock inventory monitoring and analysis. Using its solution, store owners and managers can view point of sale equipment stock presence, statistics, and status without leaving their desks.
Yavio is a travel offering for all things Kazakhstan-related—using the platform, tourists can learn about the country’s sights and attractions in their own native language.
Mobiliuz has developed a platform for collecting and analyzing data from the on-board computers of automobiles. The solution is being applied to use cases for remote diagnostics, CRM for car services, parking payments, smart insurance, and more.
Qara is a social platform for business creation and development. The website allows users to post projects for funding, as well as owners of business resources (e.g., office spaces, equipment, venture capital) to post available listings.
Jako is an advertisement/spam-free app that enables users to receive important notifications from their favorite establishments (e.g., boutiques, shops, cafes and restaurants, banks, and more). The offering enables retailers to improve customer loyalty, giving them access to analytics behind usage patterns and user behavior.
Messenger CRM is a platform that integrates messaging apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram, Twitter, Facebook, and more into a single, streamlined interface for better customer service and engagement.
Mangust—or “mongoose” in Russian—is a personal tracker for parents to keep track of their children. The keychain-sized device is highly durable and only needs to be charged twice a month.
Greedy is crowdsourced data analytics tool that provides grocery shops and supermarkets with information regarding customer knowledge/behavior, competitor pricing, products reviews, geotargeted products, item demand, and more.
iTys is a messenger app that enables users to seamlessly comunicate in Kazakh, Russian and English. The offering stays true to its roots with uniquely Kazakh design elements and interfaces: emojis, wallpapers, notification sounds, themes, and more.
TOUCHka is essentially Kazakhstan’s version of Uber—the app allows users in Astana and Almaty to easily hire a taxi with their mobile devices.
Orbi is the developer of BeMe360, the world’s first 360 degree video recording eyewear. The solution enables wearers to both capture/record everything from their visual perspective, as well as share their experiences across social networks via built-in wifi.
When it comes to tech innovation, this Central Asian powerhouse has no shortage of promising ventures emerging from its largest metropolises. Be sure to keep these Kazakhstan startups on your radar, as well as the region at large—there are surely more to come in the months and years ahead.