Techflier New Year’s Wrap-up: Top 25 Tech Startups of 2016

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At the start of 2016, CIO.com cited the 10 biggest startup opportunities for the year; 4 of these—wearables, consumer IoT, fintech in emerging markets, and digital health/big data—have indeed turned out to be highly fruitful for exceptional tech startups across the globe.

From drones that measure air quality to apps for predicting migraines, these are Techflier’s top 25 tech startups for 2016.

25. Treepex

Source: play.google.com.
Source: play.google.com.

We first covered Treepix in the Top 9 Tech Startups from Tbilisi to Watch Out for in 201—the 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.

24. Dorothy

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Source: Isl.co/work/dorothy.com.

Designed by iStrategyLabs, Dorothy is a shoe clip and app that can text your friends with just a tap of your heels. A coat button-sized device called Ruby uses Bluetooth to connect to the accompanying smartphone app. If its accelerometer detects three rapid-fire spikes of data from the tapping of your feet, the device will triggers an action: calling a cab, alerting the police, sending your friends your current location, and more. We first covered Dorothy in the Top 13 Smart Shoes That Combine the Best of Technology and Fashion.

23. CrimeBot

Source: play.google.com.
Source: play.google.com.

CrimeBot’s mobile app is focused on crime fighting by providing users with anonymous crime reporting and user confirmation feedback to verify incoming reports. Other notable features include interactive maps and crime hotspots covering a variety of communities and countries. The app was featured in the Top 9 Startups from Jamaica You Need to Know About in 2016.

22. Mevics

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Source: mevics.com.

Everybody aspires to be successful, but what’s success without good health? Most desk-bound professionals— though productive behind the screen—suffer from bad posture and resulting spinal curvature. To alleviate this, Mevics helps to control your posture while you are walking, standing or sitting. The device is attached to the wearer’s back or bra clasp and vibrates if bad posture is detected. Check out our coverage of Mevics in 13 Tech Startups from Kiev You Need to Know About in 2016.

21. Coding Gate

Source: codingate.com.
Source: codingate.com.

We featured Coding Gate in the Top 9 Tech Startups from Phnom Penh You Need to Know About in 2016—the social enterprise startup focused on custom web and app development. Its team consists of 15 developers pursuing outsourcing projects to purchase laptops for the group.

20. SkyEye

Source: skyeye.ph.
Source: skyeyeph.com.

Despite its humble roots as a student project at Ateneo De Manila University, SkyEye has grown to become leader in UAV-assisted aerial mapping and photography services. The company now produces aerial maps and digital surface models faster, easier, and cheaper than firms using traditional methods. The startup was featured in the Top 15 Tech Startups from Manila You Need To Know About in 2016.

19. qAIRa

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Source: Qairadrones.com.

We first covered this innovative venture in 7 Greentech Startups from Latin America You Need to Know About in 2016. Born as a research project from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), qAIRa develops drones for measuring air quality and data collection for monitoring, analyzing, and preventing air/environmental contamination from major industries.

18. GROM

Source: getgrom.com.
Source: getgrom.com.
Source: Getgrom.com.

If you’ve ever suffered through a day with ill-fitting shoes, GROM’s solution will certainly be of interest to you. Using the latest innovations in 3D printing, the web app gives podiatrists the ability to offer corrective and stylish footwear customized to the customer’s foot bed. We covered GROM in 11 Tech Startups in Hong Kong You Need to Know About in 2016.

17. SwineTech

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Source: swinetech.co.

Focusing on the livestock industry, SwineTech has created a technology that prevents piglets from getting crushed to death by analyzing their squeals—a problem that results in 13 million piglet deaths a year and costs pork producers $689 million annually. The startup was featured in Top 13 Tech Startups From Iowa You Need to Know About in 2016.

16. ARC Hub PNH

Source: archubpnh.com.
Source: archubpnh.com.

This startup’s goal is to introduce product design and manufacturing technologies to citizens of developing countries. For example, ARC Hub brought the first 3D Printer to Cambodia in 2013, and has since worked with a numerous international organizations/NGOs, architecture firms, design studios, educational institutions, entrepreneurs, and more to bring their creations and prototypes to life. We covered ARC Hub in Top 9 Tech Startups from Phnom Penh You Need to Know About in 2016.

15. iZettle

 

Source: izettle.com.
Source: izettle.com.

One of our favorites from 13 Scandinavian Tech Startups You Need to Know About in 2016 is iZettle—the company’s PoS app/platform and card reader device makes paying with credit cards easier for both businesses and customers. Over the past few years, the company’s solutions have enabled users grow their businesses each year by more than five times the European average.

14. Healint

Source: play.google.com.
Source: play.google.com.

Healint is a digital healthcare analytics startup with the tagline Intelligence for a better life. Its mobile app called Migraine Buddy purportedly predicts migraines with an accuracy of 90 percent. We first covered Healint in 11 Healthcare and Medical Tech Startups from Singapore To Watch For in 2016.

13. Chimera

Source: chimeravd.com.
Source: chimeravd.com.

As featured in 15 Tech Startups in Pakistan You Need To Know About, Chimera develops a virtual dressing room that presents a 3-D view of a garment on the shopper. With 6 major clients on board with the technology, Chimera is considered one of most promising Pakistani upstarts to emerge in recent years.

12. Spacebox

Source: spacebox.com.hk.
Source: spacebox.com.hk.
Like many Asian metropoles, lack of personal space is one of the more prominent challenges of living in Hong Kong. Spacebox is tackling this problem by offering an on-demand storage solution serving everywhere in city: users simply order space online and pack up their items in the provided storage units for pickup. The service offers a digital inventory platform for customers to track their belongings. We featured Spacebox in 11 Tech Startups in Hong Kong You Need to Know About in 2016.

11. Common Sensing

The Gocap device. Source: Common-sensing.com.
The Gocap device. Source: Common-sensing.com.

Common Sensing is a medical device startup known for its GoCap solution: a small cap that sits on top of a pre-filled insulin pen that records data like how much insulin is administered daily and how many times. This data is first transmitted via Bluetooth to a phone or a connected glucometer, then to the appropriate healthcare professionals for analysis and monitoring. The startup was featured in 9 Healthcare and Medical Startups Building Solutions to Combat Diabetes.

10. Vinteo

Source: vinteoinc.com.
Source: vinteoinc.com.

As featured in Top 15 Tech Startups from Manila You Need To Know About in 2016, Vinteo provides video and image analytics services to firms in various industries. Perhaps most notable is its Coffee Owl solution: a smart seed quality control system for roasters, traders, and producers to automate seed inspection.

9. TeleSkin

Source: teleskin.org.
Source: teleskin.org.

TeleSkin has developed a specialized, end-to-end hardware and software solution for the early diagnosis of skin cancer and melanoma. The offering uses advanced imaging techniques, dermoscopy, spectroscopy, and other cutting edge technologies to analyze moles, lesions and other skin conditions. The startup was featured in Top 15 Tech Startups from Belgrade You Need to Know About in 2016.

8. Greenway Appliances

Source: Greenway Appliances / YouTube.com.
Source: Greenway Appliances / YouTube.com.

As featured in Top 9 Cleantech Startups from Asia You Need To Know About in 2016, Greenway Appliances makes stoves that replace traditional Indian mud stoves (chulhas), delivering a 65% fuel savings and 70% smoke reduction—all using solid biomass fuels. The firm’s patent-pending air regulation technology reduces noxious emissions for safer, more environmentally-friendly cooking.

7. Wiivv

Source: wiivv.com.
Source: wiivv.com.

Some say that a shoe that fits all, fits none. Wiivv is a bionics company that specializes in creating fully customized, 3D-printed foot insoles. Using the supplied app on your smartphone, you can create an accurate model of your foot through a specific series of five easy-to-take pictures. Wiiv then takes these images and data to a 3D manufacturing facility for printing. Customers receive their custom insoles within two weeks and can use them for up to two years. The startup was featured in 11 Tech Startups in Hong Kong You Need to Know About in 2016.

6. South Asia Pure Water Initiative, Inc. 

Source: sapwii.org.
Source: sapwii.org.

SAPWII has developed a water filtration called BioSand that slowly filters drinking water without the use of electricity. The solution uses low-cost, small scale filtration technology created with materials available locally—perfect for remote/rural or disenfranchised communities. BioSand doesn’t require replacement parts and can go for 30 years, maintenance free. We featured SAPWII in Top 9 Cleantech Startups from Asia You Need To Know About in 2016.

5. My Dream Home

Source: ourdreamhomes.biz.
Source: ourdreamhomes.biz.

My Dream Home (MDH) is a social enterprise that develops interlocking, Lego-like bricks for building construction. Each brick is made from local materials that are 20-40% cheaper than traditional bricks, making housing easier/cheaper to build and therefore more affordable to lower income citizens. We featured My Dream Home in Top 9 Tech Startups from Phnom Penh You Need to Know About in 2016.

4. Visiobike

Source: visiobike.com.
Source: visiobike.com.

As featured in 13 Tech Startups from Croatia You Need to Know About in 2016, Visiobike is a smartphone-integrated carbon fiber electric bicycle: using the accompanying app, riders can unlock the bike, see their current speed/battery level, change the motor assistance mode, set navigation parameters, and even check what’s behind them via an HD camera mounted underneath the seat.

3. Pokeguide

Source: pokeguide.com.
Source: pokeguide.com.
 
New York City subway riders are well familiar with the Exit Strategy app—launched back in 2009—that lets riders know which train door to stand next to for an optimized travel route to the nearest exit. Well now, Hong Kong has its own version called Pokeguide, complete with restaurant and activity recommendations. We featured Pokeguide in 11 Tech Startups in Hong Kong You Need to Know About in 2016.

2. Tullpi

Source: tullpi.com.
Source: tullpi.com.

As featured in 13 Tech Startups from Lima You Need to Know About in 2016, Tullpi’s iPad solution transforms your tablet into an interactive entertainment/elearning kiosk that merges the virtual experience with real-life objects. The innovative app uses items like bottle caps or pencil and paper for a more immersive, impactful experience.

1. Walk and Charge

Source: facebook.com.
Source: facebook.com.

Get your Pokémon Go fix and charge your phone while you’re at it! Walk and Charge harnesses the power kinetic motion  by enabling users to charge their phones while walking. We covered Walk and Charge in 13 Tech Startups from Gaza You Need to Know About in 2016.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage of tech startups from around the world this year. From all of us at Techflier, have a safe and happy New Year’s—and keep checking back for the best in computing innovation and technology news in 2017 and beyond.

 

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