Romania is a country with a rich cultural heritage located at the intersection of Central and Southern Europe. Its capital city of Bucharest is the ninth largest city in EU and a growing hub of tech innovation for the region.
After a troubled past and extreme economic hardship, the country is blazing new paths with its blazing fast internet speeds—the fifth best in the world—and wealth of home-grown tech talent and local accelerators. The following are just few of the many promising tech startups from Romania you need to know about in 2017.
Vector develops stylish smart watches that connect to your smart phone for delivering personal and customized notifications. The timepiece discreetly vibrates to notify you of incoming calls, messages, emails and any app alerts; a flick of the wrist dismisses notifications.
Renters is a closed-loop platform exclusively for verified tenants and landlords, as well as home service vendors. After being verified, users have access to its unique matching algorithm for connecting owners and tenants.
Gamegif is like Tinder for discovering new mobile games. The app plays 10 seconds of a title’s gameplay—users can quickly swipe through the deck to find the right game to download.
Using the computer’s webcam,Holotech Studios’ FaceRig tracks user facial expressions in real time to create and control a custom digital avatar. The offering is available as an iOS/Android or Steam-based app.
Available exclusively for iOS devices, NursePass and NursePort are HIPAA-compliant solutions that connect school nurses with teachers and parents.
SportBooking is an online platform that allows users to search and book fields/facilities for tennis, soccer, squash, basketball, and many other sports activities.
CasePlease is a service that aims to improve the experience for frequent business travelers—by delivering clothes and hygiene products directly to their hotel rooms, the company enables users to essentially leave their carry-on luggage at home.
SafeDrive is an app that rewards drivers for not using their phones while driving. The solution intelligently monitors driver activity and awards points based on phone usage—or rather lack thereof—during a trip. Accumulated points can then be redeemed for discounted products in its SafeDrive Marketplace.
DeviceHub’s PaaS (Platform as a Service) offering enables device/hardware and mobile developers to connect and remotely manage multiple devices in fleet management, intelligent vending machines, global container tracking, wearable electronics, and other use cases.
Axosuits develops affordable exoskeletons that enable people with disabilities to have a normal life. The startups won the IXIA Best Startup award back in 2014.
Swapr allows users to exchange clothes with each other based on location and other factors. Users simply take a picture of an item and upload it—if a mutual like occurs while browsing other users’ virtual closets, a chat is enabled to facilitate the actual swap.
In short, Romania’s tech ventures are among the world’s most innovative startups—be sure to keep these 11 on you radar in 2017 and beyond.