When you think of Bosnia and Herzegovina, tech startups typically aren’t the first things to come to mind—especially given the country’s recent, turbulent past. However, young entrepreneurs from this small European country are determined to reinvent their country’s image with local tech savvy and innovation.
Along with a growing tourism industry, Bosnia and Herzegovina is also nurturing a vibrant tech startup culture in Sarajevo, as well as in other places across the country. Here are 15 of the best and brightest that you should keep an eye on in 2017.
Koola’s smart CRM platform connects car dealerships to customers via an integrated hardware/software solution. The solution allows dealerships and service centers to view service opportunities in realtime and push notifications informing customers of serious issues and required services.
Printheos is a cloud-based online storefront builder and business management application for print companies. The solution gives traditional presses and print shops an innovative, web-to-print solution for digitizing their operations.
Booker offers various online courses in Bosnian languages, many of which are free of charge. The platform also allows subject matter experts to create, promote, and sell their own courses.
eKupi is the leading ecommerce website in Balkan region—the company offers a myriad of products, from electronics to cosmetics and personal accessories.
Parttimerz is an innovative, “kickass” freelancing solution: the service rewards top performers each month and guarantees them a long career on the platform.
The lucrative agriculture industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina is ripe for disruption, especially since it represents 7.9% of the country’s GDP, compared to 1.6% of the EU economy. Zoblak focuses on developing IT solutions for agriculture use cases, from automated solutions for farm surveillance to heating systems management platforms and customized applications.
Amplius’ Rubico smart keychain device ensures that mobile users are never left with a drained battery or out-of-memory phone. This Mostar-based company has its origins at the SPARK Business Park.
Kliker is a free platform that allows users to view current offers in banking, insurance, and telecommunications. Users can rate each other, give feedback, as well as find articles related to these topics.
MondoDrive is a unique car rental service that gives customers a myriad of rental choices—private cars, company-provided, and others—all on one platform. The company focuses on providing services from local car owners and smaller rental providers.
Giikly’s solution enables children to acquire new knowledge and skills through creative problem-solving exercises. Its tagline is—appropriately enough—“We’ll entertain the knowledge into you.”
Zdraviji.ba—or healthy in Bosnian—is the website that connects patients with a large database of doctors, medical institutions, pharmacies, as well as specialized medical equipment etailers. The platform also connects patients to doctors and offers a community rating system.
Cadence is a virtual reality personal assistant—the solution not only responds intelligently to inquiries, but can also have conversations with users, ask questions, and recall/provide user requests and preferences.
Short for Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, VRET is a software solution that helps people overcome their fears and treat mental illness through the use of virtual reality.
The aforementioned startups are just a handful of the promising ventures emerging from this region of the Balkan Peninsula in southeastern Europe; be sure to keep Bosnia and Herzegovina on your map in 2017 and beyond.