Austria is not only home to the awesome tech event Pioneers Festival, but also to a large number of successful startups. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at the Austrian scene and tried to come up with a list of 5 promising startups to watch in 2015. It has been very hard to narrow this list down, but we’ve decided to go with just 5 startups out of different sectors. All of them entered the market within the last two years and each of the listed startups has something special to add to the digital economy in 2015.
1. Keyper: You’re probably already using your mobile phone to buy public transportation tickets, cinema tickets and/or concert tickets, right? But why do we use a handful of different apps to buy tickets online? Keyper is a neutral mobile solution which allows you to install a single app and, from within it, access different systems and event organizers. A neutral mobile solution saves space on your phone memory and helps you to organize all your tickets in one place. Keyper aims to provide the fastest way to receive mobile tickets, share them with friends and discover new events. The app will soon be available for iOS and Android. Keyper is based in the Wiener Neustadt, a small town near Vienna, and was founded in the fourth quarter of 2013.
2. Journi: A Vienna-based startup which provides you with the easiest way to record your trips offline and on the go. Journi, which was founded in 2014, even lets you keep your friends in the loop without extra effort and for free. Think of the Journi app as your personal travel journal or even your travel blog if you like. You can take photos and notes, and Journi automatically connects them with the locations and creates your trip route, making it easy for you to remember all the places you’ve visited. Journi makes your life easier during and after your travel ventures. The app is available for iOS and Android. Give it a try!
3. Global Rockstar: Founded in 2014, Global Rockstar is a music platform for artists and fans, offering new ways for musicians around the world to generate awareness, promotion, audience participation and revenues. Global Rockstar conducts the world’s largest online music contest. Fans can vote for their favorite artists for free via social media, and they can also support the artists via paid votes (Supervotes): The artist gets 50% of the net revenues from each Supervote. In return, the voter receives unique rewards from the artist. Artists can raise additional revenue from donation-based crowdfunding and from brand-sponsoring possibilities. Artists upload their original song and video to Global Rockstar. During the National Preliminaries, starting on the 1st of September, fans pick a winner from contestants in their own country. Then, in the Global Finals, all national winners compete for the grand prize of $25K. So far, the Vienna-based startup secured €719K in seed funding.
4. Hitbox.tv: A global innovator in gaming and eSports live-streaming. With a product focusing on a delay free experience between streamers and their viewers, the Austrian startup aims to bring interaction on a level that hasn’t been achieved in the industry before. Hitbox’s chat functionality is based on HTML5 and its interaction-focused features allow the culture of sharing and community that has driven the meteoric growth of live-streaming to be realized in new ways. The company’s partnership program lowers the barrier to entry for gamers aspiring to turn their passions into careers so everyone can “Live! it up”. The Vianna based startup was founded in 2013.
5. Zizoo: Founded in the fourth quarter of 2013, Zizooboats is digitalising the boat rental industry, which is still behind any other travel sector. Out of Vienna, they are building a global digital booking platform and community, similar to “Booking.com for Boats” in combination with an Airbnb like community model (reviews, communication, location based apps / services). Their current focus are charter companies who operate the boat rental market and aiming to create a global booking framework. Zizoo aims to make boat holidays affordable and accessible to everyone (bookings starts from €45 a day). The young platform also provides charter companies with a photo and editorial service and a powerful inventory management tool.