Bulgaria may soon be known for more than just charming villages and luxurious beaches and resorts. Its emerging startup scene has become a hotbed for innovation and investment activity, all situated in an affordable and highly livable hub of tech talent.
Sofia, the country’s capital, is an especially vibrant center for tech entrepreneurship—here are just a few that call it home, along with other Bulgarian upstarts to be aware of in 2017.
Up to 50% of energy consumption around the world is for air conditioning—Melissa Climate aims to reduce this percentage with its app-controlled air conditioners that promise up to 25% energy savings.
Swipes’ productivity app aims to de-clutter users’ day by helping them focus on the right task at the right time. The offering is available for iOS/Android devices, on the web, and for Mac computers.
Flipps allows users to instantly connect their phone to a TV for big screen enjoyment of movies, live sports events, music videos, and more. The app also doubles as a remote for your TV.
Viblast’s mission is to improve how the video is streamed online. Its products include the Viblast Player—an HTML5/Flash/mobile client for playing HLS and MPG-DASH plugins—and the Viblast PDN for peer-to-peer video streaming.
VetCloud’s platform allows veterinarians to manage all aspects of their practice from one centralized online tool—from booking appointments to collecting payments.
AdTapsy’s web platform helps mobile application publishers generate revenue from in-app advertising. The offering’s SDK gives developers a way to integrate/manage multiple ad networks in their applications.
Phantom Login is a phantom password system that uses a combination of visual hints to replace standard password input. Because it does not require real alphanumeric passwords, the solution is not vulnerable to camera and key loggers.
LegalTrek’ legal practice management solution streamlines operations for small-to-medium law firms. The platform was developed with the guidance of 300 attorneys in eight countries and is currently in use by hundreds of legal teams.
Sponsia helps event organizers sell more of their media property to sponsors with its events sponsorship marketplace. The offering is used by notable brands like Jameson, Microsoft, Chivas Regal, and more.
SpeediFly is the first social travel platform for spontaneous last-minute travel. The startups recently raised over 300,000 euros, from private investors and StartupYard.
Codemotion is a leading app developer and interface design house—notable offerings include its LendPal app for keeping track of lent/borrowed money and Ora, a team-based task management tool, among others.
As it name implies, Tickey’s mobile ticketing app allows users to purchase bus, tram, trolley, metro, and other tickets from their smartphone. The offering features one-tap payment and ride/driver/conductor ratings.
Craze’s events app allows users to find nearby events, as well as the events their friends are attending. Tickets can then be requested directly via the app—no need to hunt around on your own.
In short, these 13 tech ventures are positioning Bulgaria as a strong contender in the global tech startup arena. Be sure to keep them on your radar in 2017 and beyond.