Fortune named Barcelona “The Most Wired City in the World” in 2015, just one of many accolades that make the city ideal for starting up a tech venture. Some others include second biggest trade fair destination in Europe, 5th most attractive city in the world, and second best city in Europe for international MBA students, among others.
The following are the top 13 tech startups based in Barcelona you should watch for in 2016 and beyond.
Wanty offers a unique twist on meeting new people: the app connects people en route to the same place or location. Users can browse events or locations such as gyms and universities where they can join another attendee for the same event.
Stuart is platform and accompanying app that connects retail stores with local couriers, enabling them to deliver anything at any time in one hour with a network of couriers around the city.
Wide Eyes enables retailers or fashion labels to integrate intuitive search tools for customers to gain recommendations and matches on other products. The technology is capable of understanding all the apparel and accessories from images and videos, without human interaction.
MyABCKit is an education app that allows teachers and students to upload their own images and voice recordings, enabling personalization of the learning process as well as evaluations of the child progress.
Kompyte was developed to help businesses stay one step ahead of the competition—its cloud-based platform track competitors’ actions through the scanning/monitoring of their websites and advertising campaigns.
MyTwinPlace is a housesharing platform that allows members to choose from thousands of homes around the world to stay for free during their vacations. The service works on a point exchange system instead of cash/credit.
Glovo simply delivers anything in minutes—the app connects customers with independent local couriers to deliver products in 60 minutes or less.
mailtrack offers a Chrome, Firefox and Opera plugin that lets users see which receipients have opened their emails. For example, the Chrome plugin adds “read” check marks to opened Gmail messages.
Startupexplore is a service that connects startups with potential investors through its transparent, community-centric funding platform.
GetYourHero is professional cleaning services on-demand—the platform enables users to book a certified cleaner in less than 60 seconds. The solution is available for both the web and mobile devices.
Kantox is a foreign exchange platform that merges transparency with peer-to-peer trading. The company has already facilitated over $1 billion in transactions.
Social Point is one of the leading developers of social games worldwide—popular titles include World Chef, Dragon Land, and Social Wars, among others. The studio focuses on social-oriented mobile, action and strategy gaming.
Immfly offers a smart entertainment and services platform that enables airlines to connect with passengers during flight through specialized services, streaming video, and more.
Despite challenges such as intense regional competition and signifcant bureaucracy/taxes, Barcelona’s role as one of the world’s premiere smart cities will further position it to become a global leader in tech startup innovation. Be sure to keep these 13 tech startups on your radar in 2016 and beyond.