Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. At the beginning of this year, we took a look at major European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups for each country to look out for in 2014. We started with France, and now it’s time for Italy.
As with France’s list, it’s been hard to narrow this list down to just five. Despite this, we’ve decided to select five promising Italian startups, each coming from different sectors. All of them entered the market within the last three years and each of the listed startups has something special to add to the web experience in 2014.
JUSP – This Italian startup enables mobile payments and transactions for consumers and business users in a fast and easy way. It only requires the JUSP app, your credit card and a few taps on your mobile device. The Cagliari- and Milan-based mobile payment startup was founded in November of 2011 and received a Series-A round worth € 4 million in March of 2013 (Update – May 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
Vivocha – This cloud-based service allows any company to provide live support to online customers. Vivocha, which was founded in Italy and is now headquartered in San Francisco, enables businesses to communicate with prospects and customers right on their website, using any combination of VoIP (audio and video), chat, audio callbacks and collaboration tools, like assisted browsing, form and document sharing. Vivocha.com is aiming to offer the simplest and most effective multi-channel online customer engagement service.
Bliu Bliu – The Bliu Bliu-team believes that “Grammar does not teach you the language, being exposed to interesting content at your level does”. Bliu Bliu was founded in 2012 by the Italian entrepreneur Claudio Santori, who then moved to Lithuania to work on his startup. The young company creates a flow of content, filtering existing texts and videos from the internet. You learn the language by consuming content you would normally consume in your native language. It’s the message that Bliu Bliu wants you to understand, not every single word (Update – May 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
Atooma – Atooma is a contextually aware horizontal platform that enables a connection between software sensors (like consumer and business mobile applications), hard sensors (smartphone accelerators, location sensors, lights sensors, etc.) and the physical world’s hard sensors like wearable devices, smart TV, connected cars and many other devices. Atooma, which was founded in 2012, connects these three worlds to enable a context aware layer around its users. Atooma’s go-to-market strategy has been its consumer application, which is available in Google Play. It allows users to create smart action like “If I am at specific, location turns on the wifi, and set autoreply for relevant emails automatically” (Update – May 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
Stamplay – This Rome- and London-based startup helps creative professionals develop web applications for online communication campaigns without the need to know a programming language. Stamplay’s approach is simple: connect the best online services to do jobs and leverage their power instead of reinventing the wheel every time. The startup, which was founded in 2012, joined the Seedcamp programme in September 2013 (Update – May 2023: The startup seems to be no longer in business under this website, and we therefore deactivated the original link).
The above list was prepared with the help of the European Startup Initiative (esi). During their research they spoke to accelerators and startup enthusiasts from all EU member states and asked them which three startups from their home country are most likely to be successful on a global scale. Their answers were one of the sources that led us to the above list of 5 Italian startups to look out for in 2014.
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