Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at some major European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups (each country) to look out for in 2014. And here comes the compilation of 5 of the most promising Greek startups out there. All of listed startups entered the market within the last three years and each of them has something special to add to the web experience in 2014.
1. Taxibeat: A smartphone application that transforms the taxi-hailing process into a direct marketplace between taxi drivers and passengers. Taxibeat enables passengers to locate nearby taxi drivers and hail the driver they prefer, based on distance, user ratings, car model and on-board amenities, at no additional cost. Headquartered in Athens, Taxibeat initially launched its operation in May of 2011. In 20013, Taxibeat received a total of $6 million in funding and expanded internationally.
2. Workable: Founded in 2012, Workable helps companies to improve the quality and efficiency of their hiring by simplifying the most time-consuming task: browsing, screening and managing candidates. Workable left resumes aside and replaced them with online profiles. The Athens- and London-based startup is aiming to create a screening and applicant tracking process that works. Workable’s solution is built for teams, it’s in the cloud and comparable cheap. In 2013, Workable secured €600,000 in a second round of Seed funding.
3. dopios: The word “dopios” is the Greek word for “local”. The Athens-based startup with that nice name created a community marketplace where travelers can discover authentic experiences created by locals. On dopios.com users can get travel tips before they go, plan adventures for their next vacation, and meet new friends. dopios, which was founded in 2012, is taking travelers beyond the guidebook and plugging them into the true experiences of their destinations. Last year, the Greek startup received €120,000 in Seed funding.
4. LazyPub: Founded in 2012, LazyPub offers a cheap and easy way for companies to distribute their PDF, HTML or EPUB publications through their own branded universal iOS or Android app. Companies get their own, native, branded, mobile and tablet apps. LazyPub’s clients are also enabled to make their content available through LazyPub’s web reader. The Athens-based startup offers great ways to distribute corporate reports (financial results, CSR reports etc), brochures, catalogues or magazines.
5. IRISena: Inspired by Iris, Greek mythology’s messenger goddess, IRISena is an invaluable push notification mobile marketing system for imparting urgent information, disseminating news, promoting events, activities, special offers and encouraging customer engagement. IRISena was founded in 2012 and is based in Athens. Its solution connects people with similar interests in a closed managed ecosystem. IRISena also allows the creation of unlimited recipient groups and enables attachments such as PDF, photos and documents.
The above list has been prepared with the help of the European Startup Initiative (esi). During their research they spoke to accelerators and startup enthusiasts out of all EU member states and asked them which three startups from their home country will most likely be successful on a global scale. Their answers were one of our sources that led us to the above list of 5 Greek startups to look out for in 2014.