Georgia is one of the oldest wine regions in the world and—quite fittingly—its tech startups are in full harvest, even as they face various regional economic challenges. Most are situated in Tbilisi, the country’s capital and largest city.
A liberal and free market economy, low-cost workforce, highly developed transportation and infrastructure, and various government initiatives are positioning Tbilisi’s tech startups for success. Here are 9 to watch out for in 2016.
Topishare is a platform that allows users to create their own custom social network—called a Kingdom—embeddable in a website or mobile app. The offering is currently in beta release.
Wally lets users take control of their money with tools for balancing income/expenses, analyzing spending patterns, and setting financial goals. The Georgian Free University team behind the app recently took the prize at Google’s Tango Project App Incubator competition
Using a desktop 3D printer and low-cost components, Hand4help is bringing an affordable myo-electric prosthetic hand to market. Each high quality unit costs up to 12 times less to manufacture than comparable prosthetics on the market.
Fotorator combines a bit of the old with the new: the photo vending service’s self-printing photo kiosks allows users to take memorable pictures or upload/share them via bluetooth or instagram and print them on the go.
Mosavali is a platform designed to help farmers increase their output—the website provides resources such as distance training tutorials, highly localized weather and climate reports, and updates regarding pests, diseases, and more.
Lingwing is a platform for language acquisition that uses a framing method and adaptive learning algorithm to aid in its instruction. The solution is currently in beta release.
Mindslots was designed to support teams that collaborate in text document creation. The solution uses a Facebook newsfeed-like document structure to enable more effective group authoring.
Elva’s platform combines various data collection points—SMS, mobile devices, and web—with versatile analytics and intuitive visualizations to present and share data-driven insights. The platform delivers tools for a myriad of use cases, from conflict tracking and analysis to real-time election monitoring.
Treepex’s app allows users to automatically plant a tree in Georgia’s protected areas every time they shop. The startup was recently the winner of the Seedstars Tbilisi competition.
The opening of the country’s first tech park in Tbilisi earlier this year will continue to spur the regional entrepreneurial appetite for innovation and technology. Be sure to keep this Georgian capital in your sights—its startups are poised to go head-to-head with the best and brightest from Silicon Valley.