The 2,500 year old capital of Greece and meeting point of three continents has been surprisingly dynamic during the last few years in terms of startups, especially considering the host of socioeconomic challenges the country has been facing. Programs like JEREMIE, a 5-year old European Commission-driven VC fund dedicated to small-to-medium enterprises, continue to play a pivotal role in fueling the city’s entrepreneurial spirit.
The following are the top 11 Athenian tech startups building products and services to enhance the everyday lives of local people and businesses affected by the national crisis.
Based in downtown Athens, Forky delivers fresh and healthy lunch/dinner mediterranean cuisine items directly to customers’ doorsteps. Its team of renowned Greek chefs guarantee that every meal is both delicious and health-conscious.
In need of a babysitter or tutor for your child? Nannuka, a startup founded by 3 mothers, offers a platform that connects parents and qualified child care experts. Users can currently select from a network of pre-vetted experts in Greece, Cyprus, Italy, UK and Ireland.
Parkaround helps drivers find cheap parking spots nearby at drastic, exclusive discounts—up to 80% of the original price. The service works in 6 Greek cities (Athens, Thessaloniki, Heraklion, Chania, Rhodes and Volos) as well as the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga and Valencia.
Among Doctors is a pharma-independent professional platform that enables healthcare professionals to network and collaborate with colleagues around the world. The offering aims to be the leading destination for doctors to connect, share ideas, and learn from each other
Reportbrain is a news analysis platform that ingests news items and comprehends them the way humans do. The solution is being used by organizations to reveal relationships between entities (e.g., organizations and people) and to power information sharing/collaboration.
Have you planned a trip to Athens, Rome, Barcelona, Madrid, Cyprus, Santorini or Thessaloniki? If you want a welcoming pickup from/to the airport combined with local information and assistance, then Welcomepickups may be your ideal app. The service allows users to book a friendly taxi driver to pick them up from the airport and give them information about the city that only a local can provide.
If you’ve visited Greece for summer holidays, you may already be familiar with the term “island hopping.” Hopwave’s app allow travelers who don’t want to spend their vacation on only one island plan their island hopping experience, booking tickets for trips and daily cruises online, and more.
Nursify’s tagline “Act fast, save lives” sums up the company’s aim in building its offering—the app enables users to request immediate help from a local registered volunteer in the event of an emergency. A prominent help button on the app alerts responders in the area with a Google map of the user’s location and other crucial information.
GetAcross is a social app that helps refugees with translation services in 25 languages, free of charge. Users select their preferred language to locate and appropriate volunteer translator—if matched, it automatically connects to the refugee’s phone to help with the translation.
For drivers around the world, car accidents are just an inevitable fact of life. In Greece, 500,000 insurance claims are processed yearly—Amicap’s streamlines the process of managing these unfortunate automotive mishaps: using its app, users can accurately record/report car accidents to their insurance companies in 5 minutes.
Advantis is the developer of Brainance, a web-based medical imaging solution geared for hospitals, diagnostic centers and physicians. The platform offers post-processing and 3D visualizations for 3 MRI exam types: diffusion, perfusion and functional.
In short, Athens’ leading tech startups are paving a road to the future for promising Greek entrepreneurs, even as the country at large is in the midst of transformation. Be sure to keep these 11 groundbreaking companies on your radar in 2017 and beyond.