Startups are springing up everywhere in Europe at an increasing rate. In the beginning of this year, we took a look at major European countries and tried to come up with a list of 5 startups (each country) to look out for in 2014. We started with France, continued with Italy and now it’s time for Spain– and it’s been hard to narrow this list down to 5. However we’ve decided to just go with 5 promising Italian startups out of 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.
1. ByHours.com: A Barcelona-based startup that enables you to book a hotel room for 3, 6, 12 or more hours. One use case could be: If you have to wait at the airport in Bilbao to exit your flight, do it with a shower and a nap booking three hours in one of the last hotels that have entered ByHours.com: the Holiday Inn Express Bilbao. Right next to the airport and free shuttle! ByHours.com was founded in 2011 and secured €600K Seed funding in July of 2013.
2. ForceManager: Also founded in 2011, ForceManager is a fully-integrated sales force management system. The Barcelona- and Madrid based startup created a simple to use sales platform and optimized it for mobile devices like tablet pc’s and smartphones. ForceManager, which was founded by a dedicated team of expert sales consultants and engineers, is available in an Spanish and English version.
3. Lingualia: A social network for language learning that applies artificial intelligence to personalize the course to match the exact requirements of each student. The Valencia-based startup, which was founded in 2012, motivates its users and guides them towards a faster progression. Thanks to an algorithm, Lingualia is able to learn from each user and adapts its language learning course to each student, not the other way around.
4. Medtep: A Barcelona-based startup which creates secure and helpful applications for patients and healthcare professionals.Their applications uClinics (for healthcare professionals) and uPatient (for patients) are making the prevention and health monitoring processes easier. Medtep was founded in 2011 with the goal to improve doctor-patient communication, optimize doctor processes and empower patients.
5. JoinUp Taxi: A mobile platform that promotes shared taxi journeys. The Barcelona-based startup is reaching partnerships as official supplier of shared taxi for events, among them the World Handball Champioinship and the Rhizome Festival in Madrid. The JoinUp Taxi App is available for Android and iOS devices. Founded in 2012, JoinUp Taxi has secured €200K in Angel funding in July of 2013.
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 Spanish startups to look out for in 2014.
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