Though smaller than Moscow, Saint Petersburg tops the capital when it comes to tourism, drawing visitors from near and far interested in its rich cultural and intellectual history. But aside from breathtaking sights and world class educational institutions, the city is also becoming world-renowned for its emerging ecosystem of brilliant startups.
To support these local innovators and their tech ventures, a myriad of resources and initiatives—grants, accelerators, technoparks, and more—have been created to support innovation in Russia’s second largest city. Let’s take a look at the top tech startups in Saint Petersburg you need to know about in 2017.
Mailburn supercharges traditional email servers by giving them capabilities such as advanced email categorization, email tracking, conversation encryption, and more. The offering also provides a REST API for custom integrations.
A common gripe among Facebook users is the offering’s poor visual interface and lackluster design. Focused on providing better usability and design, VK has already become the number one social network in Russia, surpassing Facebook in popularity.
Kornukopia has developed a hosted learning management system that allows educators and administrators to manage all aspects of their school—grades, calendars, attendance, homework, and communications—from a streamlined web or mobile interface.
Stafory brings freelance recruiters and skilled candidates together on one platform—the solution simplifies the process of finding work with a foreign company or locating the best candidate from abroad.
Teslawatch’s smart bracelets help to improve wearers’ health while they are both active and sleeping—it automatically counts steps taken and calories burned during waking hours and analyzes dream phases during slumber. The solution also will remind users to rehydrate, take medication, and more.
StarComment is a platform for monitoring online social sentiment. The solution will track how often/who/when/where a company name is mentioned via social media channels, enabling brands to react to comments swiftly and bolster user loyalty.
Job-o-fon allows users to earn money by completing tasks for retailers, wholesalers, and producers looking to keep an eye on the market—”field agents” visit stores or restaurants, check prices and service levels, and take/upload photos via the app.
LeadCooker transforms Gmail into a marketing automation tool—notable features include native in-Gmail functionality (not third party), email template personalization, full tracking of delivery/opens/clicks/replies, automated email follow-ups, and more.
Welltory’s mantra regarding physical and mental health is “if you can measure it, you can manage it.” The company’s stress and energy management app utilizes scientifically-proven heart rate variability (HRV) data to optimize performance and improve wellness.
TapTap’s solution consists of a pair of smart wristbands and an accompanying mobile app; when one wristband is tapped, the other vibrates in response. This creates a physical link between users for a variety of use cases, from keeping tabs on children to ensuring the safety of older people.
In many regions of the world, public transportation routes are constantly in flux and transit information is fragmented, especially in developing countries. Wikiroutes is like a Wikipedia for public transit information—the platform offers up-to-date crowdsourced transportation information created/curated and updated by local experts.
Oriense’s solutions help the visually impaired get around safely and independently—its OrNavi navigation device and OrCV 3D camera help describe the environment to users, enabling them to avoid obstacles and move about more confidently.
Teambrella is an innovative peer-to-peer platform that aims to disrupt the insurance industry through using the Golden Rule—coverage starts when a user joins a so-called “team” to get covered. Any submitted claims are then covered by the team, not by a third party insurer.
In short, Saint Petersburg’s tech entrepreneurs are creating innovative products and services in response to both local and international demand—be sure to keep this city and its tech startups on your radar in 2017 and beyond.