Malta may not come to mind when you think of startups, but the European island nation is fast becoming the location of choice for tech entrepreneurs attracted by its modern infrastructure, international workforce, 300 days of sunshine a year, and picturesque backdrop in the middle of the Mediterranean.
From sophisticated cybersecurity platforms to transportation fleet management solutions, the following are 13 tech startups from Malta you need to know about in 2017.
To solve one of Malta’s biggest problems—commuter traffic congestion—the local government has already issued many measures and is working on various long-term future projects and initiatives. In the short term, Bumalift is addressing the needs of frustrated daily commuters with its free carpooling app for sharing available car seats with other passengers traveling along the same routes. In exchange for their efforts, Bumalift users are regularly rewarded with coupons, vouchers, discounts and free gifts.
Kwaver’s mobile platform allows musicians to collaborate with each other, enabling artists from all around the globe to work on projects together. Users record and upload their contribution to a track—others users can then sing or play over it until the piece is complete.
ZAAR is a crowdfunding platform like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, but focused on the local interests of the Maltese. The company has partnered with local organizations such as the Arts Council Malta (ACM), the country’s agency for development and investment in the cultural and creative sectors.
ReaQta is a cybersecurity startup developing advanced solutions to battle cyber attackers. The company’s ReaQta-core enterprise endpoint protection system and NanoOS are capable of detecting threats and malware faster and more accurately and efficiently.
Hotjar’s solution reveals true website user behavior and experiences through its heatmap-based visual analytics. The platforms enables users to intuitively understand how they can improve their website’s user experience and resulting conversion rates.
Formerly known as Swish Payments, Truevo enables users to accept payments anywhere by transforming their mobile phone into a point-of-sale (PoS) terminal. The company possesses a European banking license and has partnered with both Visa and MasterCard.
Silex Power is an electric vehicle developer aimed at building electric cars that rival internal combustion engine autos in performance and usability. The company has developed its own high density battery packs and innovative HyperCharging technology.
Cetrix develops mobile computing devices and integrated mobile technologies for education, healthcare, public safety, energy, and more. The company also custom designs and manufactures special-purpose mobile devices for industrial and scientific applications.
WiseRooms is a cloud-based property management platform that offers features such as collaborative tools for property employees and full booking and cancellation pipeline management. The solution also offers insightful reports and dashboards for improving the business’ bottom line.
Publitory allows users to upload, convert to EPUB format, author/edit, and publish their own ebooks. The company also offers a community website for finding and hiring professional freelance publishers to help share and sell authors’ ebooks via various channels.
QuickFocus’ SnapUp app allows users to create wireframes and mockups online. The offering features a wireframe note taking ability, automatic requirements generation, and various other features that streamline team design collaboration efforts.
HandsOn Systems develops software for transportation fleet management—its flagship HandsOn Fleet is a sophisticated vehicle tracking and fleet management platform that uses GPS and Big Data to power advanced asset tracking and monitoring capabilities.
Scheduit’s business connectivity app uses a proprietary algorithm and machine learning to connect compatible users together for networking purposes. The app can also be used as a way to facilitate networking at conferences and other business events.
This list of top 13 Maltese tech startups provides just a glimpse into the island’s vibrant ecosystem of innovators—be sure to keep them on your radar in 2017 and beyond.