Azerbaijan—known for its striking architectural contrasts and rich cultural heritage—is in the midst of a transformation: boosted by petroleum-based revenues and a rising tourism industry, the diminutive Central Asian nation is seeing an emergence of a fledgling tech startup ecosystem.
From influencer marketing platforms to augmented reality for commercial applications, the following are 9 of Azerbaijan’s best and brightest tech startups you need to know about in 2017 and beyond.
Buket.al is Azerbaijan’s premier online flower store, offering the best of the country’s leading florists. The website features a variety of attractive bouquets delivered directly to the customer’s doorstep.
Ivytech is a Grails and mobile application developer specializing in custom projects, as well as the development of its own apps. For example, its QReact offering is a QR-code based customer feedback tool.
Keepface has developed an influencer marketing platform for driving social networks conversions. Leading brands are using the solution to connect with and compensate influential creators to produce and distribute content.
Athome is an online retailer of home furnishings, decor, and lighting—the first of its kind in Azerbaijan. The Baku-based startup offers one of the widest assortments of interior and designer accessories in the country.
Alkredit’s credit product comparison engine allows users to compare loan and credit card offers from all the major banks in Azerbaijan. Users can also search and compare automotive financing packages, micro-loans, business loans and mortgages.
Shrippy is an app that lets users share their shopping experiences with others visually—users can tag their brand items, display prices directly on photos, and share to their social networks. The offering is available for both iOS and Android devices.
Lendock is Azerbaijan’s leading car sharing platform—users can search for the perfect car and rent directly from the owner. Car owners can also register on the website to earn extra income from their unused vehicles.
Customar—short for Customized AR and Customer—offers an augmented reality (AR) solution for business advertising use cases (e.g, catalogs, billboards). The company offers a full range of development services—virtual reality, mobile app, games, and more.
Lia is a wearable device and accompanying mobile app for correcting bad posture. The unobtrusive smart clip connects to the user’s smartphone via Bluetooth and can be worn either on top or under clothes
In short, these innovative tech startups are just a glimpse of things to come from Azerbaijan’s budding tech startup scene—be sure to keep these promising ventures on your radar in the coming months and years.