Despite being one of the lesser-known Central European states, Slovakia—once regarded as the second half of Czechoslovakia—is now successfully carving out its own niche, especially when it comes to tech innovation. Much of this is due to its favorable location: the nation is situated at the geographic center of Europe and its capital city of Bratislava borders Austria and Hungary, making it the only capital in the world to border two countries.
More than just hostels, hills and vibrant views, the country boasts a reasonable cost of living and a highly educated, mobile population. Here are 13 tech startups that help to illustrate why global investors are setting their sights on Slovakia.
Lurity’s interactive, online storefronts utilize advanced AI on the backend to deliver highly personalized advertising. The self-learning platform also delivers relevant statistics and analytics to help shop owners optimize their sales.
Crayonic’s solution for creating electronic signatures combines the familiar pen-and-paper motif with modern encryption and identity protection.
FitLiner has developed an online platform for booking webcam-guided exercise sessions. Some of its more notable features include minimal technical requirements and a flexible payment system.
Mobile devices are becoming both slimmer and more powerful—in response, CulCharge has developed the world’s smallest power bank for iOS and Android devices. The company has already received recognition and awards for its innovative technology.
CollabOffice is a web-based text editor focused on simplicity and compatibility: the offering works with all browsers and is easily embeddable on any website. The offering is currently in its alpha release.
Aykiro is one of several Slovak mobile game development studios to emerge as of late. The company’s dream team is composed of artists and developers with solid backgrounds in the gaming industry.
Becoming a successful illustrator can be a challenge—artists not only need to build attractive portfolios, they need exposure to work and often work for exposure. Mintystock facilitates these efforts with its show-and-sell platform featuring stock illustrations from top illustrators around the world.
Designed for privacy and simplicity, Gruveo’s video/voice calling app initiates calls with a private access code for anonymity. The solution can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, as well accessed via standard desktops.
Performance evaluation and management is a complicated affair—TEAMsCOM’S solution simplifies these processes by providing relevant data for analyzing and optimizing individual, workgroup, and/or team performance.
Zelena Posta—or Green Post in Slovak—offer solutions that marry email with traditional snail mail. Users simply draft a letter in digital form and send it as an email. The correspondence is then printed and delivered locally through the traditional postal system.
Online vendors are simultaneously tasked with both sales and customer service on a daily basis. YOUSTICE’s streamlined customer complaint management system allows retailers/etailers to spend less time handling customer issues and more time on making happy customers happier.
Photoneo produces a 3D camera and scanner intended for industrial use. In its own words, the company’s vision is to “give robots humanlike eyes.” The solution is poised to revolutionize mobile robotics for quality inspection or manufacturing use cases, among others.
Some technologies we carry around, others we surround ourselves with. Ecocapsule is quite literally the latter: the mobile housing solution not only generates its own energy through solar and wind power, it also collects and purifies rain water for household use. So far, 50 capsules have already been produced for supporting sustainable, independent lifestyles.
Although Slovakia is still in many ways finding its place in Europe and the rest of the world, the nations’s tech innovators—from Bratislava to Kosice—are quickly making a global name for this country of 5.4 million. Be sure to keep your eye on these 13 Slovakian tech startups as they launch and refine their offerings over the coming months and years.