It has been an exciting year for Serbian startups.
Many old ones have proven worthy and numerous others have sky-rocketed to startup stardom. As previous year, it is noticeable that nearly all of them are designed for a regional and global market, using Belgrade, Novi Sad and other Serbian cities as human resource hubs. We have compiled a list of ten great startups which owe their success to Serbian hard-working programmers, ingenuity and a tad of good luck:
The founder’s childhood love for fishing culminated in this online booking platform for fishing charters. It has been functioning for a couple of years, but last year the business really picked up. No wonder, since visitors can book fishing trips all over the globe, from Dubrovnik in Croatia to Key West in Florida.
Uber is definitely the leader of taxi technology, but it’s globally, rather than locally oriented. The Belgrade founders of Car:Go have created a mobile app that is aimed at the developing Balkan market, already operating in Serbia and Croatia, with plans to expand to Montenegro.
A Belgrade startup teamed up with Ford to install 20 smart benches across London. Citizens of England’s capital can not only use solar energy to wirelessly charge their smartphones free of charge, but also donate money to a charity through contactless payment.
“Winners never stop learning” is the motto of the first major Serbian online learning platform. It offers more than 3.600 courses on various topics, from mobile development courses to a correct spelling course (this one is for free!).
Not all successful startups are located in Belgrade. Rendered Text is a Novi Sad startup famous for its “Semaphore” that eases the testing of Ruby apps and is used by Google and Intel. They have not only become profitable during the previous year, but launched “Boosters”, a feature that speeds up automated testing ten times.
Shootset platform brings together stock photographers and their models. Started in 2016, it initially covered only Belgrade area, but it soon expanded to the whole country with over 2.000 users. The founders of this marketplace platform plan to offer their services to freelancers all over the world.
Styrofoam’s days are numbered! Four Serbian entrepreneurs have gathered to do away with detrimental Styrofoam as a food container. Their crowd-funded product named The WooBox, is a 100% recyclable food packaging made from wood and wool.
Truck Track is a platform and a mobile app that was designed by a Belgrade startup to improve trucking companies business. It is all-encompassing system, covering dispatching, invoices and even safety.
Selfikon is a social network and a mobile app for sharing selfie photographs and live videos.
It has over 100,000 registered users and, as the company says, is the only social network in Europe to implement the augmented reality face masks, while also providing an option for companies to brand the masks.
Hunch is an advertising automation service that uses an innovative technology to help the business acquire and grow their customers online and become more successful in their online advertising on the most important digital platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Adwords, Twitter and LinkedIn.