As the capital of Belgium and the EU at large, Brussels now boasts one of the world’s most skilled and well-educated workforces—this comes as little surprise, as most Belgians are fluent in 3 or more languages and have some of Europe’s finest universities in their backyard.
Therefore, despite being tucked away in the north of Europe, Brussels serves as an eclectic melting pot of innovative ideas and creativity from abroad. This is certainly reflected in its startup scene—here are 9 of its brightest stars for 2016.
This innovative app allows users to automatically transform sticky notes on a board into a polished PowerPoint presentation—in minutes. The offering is currently available as an early access release.
Commuty’s platform—customized per organization—allows firms to offer employees commuting services and benefits via an accompanying app like carpool/bicyclepooling resources, calendaring for incentives/rewards, and more.
Listminut is a crowdsourcing solution for finding assistants to carry out daily tasks. Simply name your service/price, select a provider from the list of applicants, and pay—all with the streamlined platform.
WooRank’s platform offers online marketing tools and utilities for improving website rankings and online visibility—SEO, social media, and usability measures are presented in clearly and intuitively.
AllThingsTalk’s rapid prototyping platform allows developers to build and connect up their IoT solutions in hours, not days. The powerful prototyping solution can also be built to scale and white labeled for custom branded IoT solutions.
Developed by thirty renowned musicologists, sociologists, psychologists, and philosophers from all over Europe, Musimap’s technology emulates the complex emotional interaction that humans have with music through custom-developed, emotion-sensitive algorithms.
Apprentus is an online platform that connects learners with competent instructors and trainers skilled from myriad of disciplines, from math tutoring to yoga.
Checkthis is micro-publishing platform for instantly publishing/sharing webpages. The app is straightforward and requires no set up or registration to start using.
FrontBack is a new take on Snapchat that captures the full experience of the moment: users first send a picture with the front camera, then with the back camera.
In conclusion, Brussels is not only where EU foreign ministers convene regularly—it’s also fittingly home to some of Europe’s brightest tech upstarts. Be sure to keep a close eye on this city’s dynamic startup scene and the innovative companies emerging from the region.