A few weeks ago we showed you the best Barcelona’s startups in 2017. Today we will continue this topic and discover what startups rocked in 2017 in Berlin! You know that Syndicode works with different startups and helped to develop tens of them. Also, you know that our company represented in three countries: Ukraine, Germany, and Spain. So far, Germany is our second stop in article series about startups in major European cities. Read about Berlin’s best startups in 2017!
Berlin’s growing tech scene is now making a name for itself in a broad range of sectors. E-commerce, fintech, software and media startups found a perfect hub to develop their potential in Berlin. While rents in Berlin may be rising, the city’s maturing startup scene continues to attract international talent and investment. After Brexit, entrepreneurs see the German capital as an appealing alternative to London. Syndicde collected for you the best Berlin’s startups that rocked in 2017.
Siblings Antonia and Nikolaus Albert founded Careship in 2015 after struggling to find a carer for their grandmother. The digital marketplace matches families with at-home helpers of various levels, from companions to qualified carers. “The number of care-dependent people will double by 2050, but we don’t know who will look after them,” says Antonia. Careship closed a €4 million (£3.3m) funding round led by Spark Capital at the start of 2017.
Syndicode developed similar service HelloCare.
Mimi Hearing Technologies has developed a smartphone-based hearing test which uses algorithms to adjust the sound across devices to suit the listener’s personal “hearing profile”. Co-founder and CEO Philipp Skribanowitz says the aim is for Mimi to become the standard for personal sound.
Clue is a startup that has developed an app with the same name to help women track their periods. The app has several million users across the iOS and Android smartphone platforms and a small number on the Apple Watch. Clue raised $30 million (£24 million) in a Series B funding round at the end of 2016, led by Nokia Growth Partners. Since launching in 2013, it has attracted five million customers and has introduced features such as the Smart Pill Tracking tool. The company says it plans to apply machine learning to get more insights out of the data it collects.
Launched with the idea of using 3D printing to make consumer fashion and homeware goods, VOJD Studios founders Christian Hartung and Hristiyana Vucheva soon realized their technology would be better suited to high-end fashion accessories. In the past year, it has made pieces for brands including Alexander McQueen and Loewe.
Babbel has developed a language-learning platform that can be used on desktop and mobile. The Babbel platform has over a dozen languages listed on its platform, including Indonesian, Swedish, and Russian. It claims to set itself apart from contestants by using a more advanced didactic method. Now with funding about $33.3 million (£25.7 million) Babbel is considered as a market leader with more than a million paying subscribers.
N26 is a bank account for your phone. In the past 12 months, mobile-focused bank N26 got its banking license, expanded to 17 European countries and tripled its user base to more than 300,000 customers – not bad for a company that only launched its first product in 2015 in an industry dominated by established competitors. It recently partnered with German insurance startup Clark to let customers manage their insurance policies through its app.
Founded in 2016, Hackerbay’s clients already include Twitter, Facebook, Lyft, Audi, and Wirecard. Twitter, for example, asked Hackerbay’s founders to work on several projects and one of them included digitizing a foosball table in its Berlin office — something they were able to do in 24 hours. The company charges €15,000 (£13,000) on average for each application. It was founded in 2016 and raised about $220,000 (£170,000) fundings.
Whenever Doreen Huber spent time in Silicon Valley, she was impressed with the ease at which companies brought in catering for their employees. At the time she was COO of Delivery Hero – a former WIRED Hottest Startup – and she’d noticed there was no strong online portal in Germany to source food for large events. So in March 2016, she launched Lemoncat, an online marketplace for business catering. It’s now live in more than 80 cities across Germany and has raised €9 million in two funding rounds.
Agricultural tech startup PEAT aims to tackle a problem faced by farmers across the globe: crop damage. Take a picture of a damaged plant using your smartphone and its Plantix app determines the cause and gives advice on treatment and prevention. Founded in Hanover in 2015, the company closed a seven-figure seed funding round at the end of 2016 before relocating to Berlin. According to its co-founders, the app already passed the 100,000 user mark and receives between 2,000 and 5,000 images every day.
Check out our solution for agricultural industry – Ukravit.
SolarisBank calls itself a “tech company with a banking license”. Rather than marketing banking services directly to end users, it offers infrastructure that other companies can use to create financial products. Founded in 2016, the company finalized a Series A funding round of €26.3 million. The company has a full German banking license, so other fintech startups can partner with it to work in regulated areas.
MoBerries takes a data approach to recruitment. Its hiring platform uses an automated ranking system to match applicants with companies looking to hire talent. It closed a €1.8 million seed round in May 2017, and co-founder Terence Hielscher says the platform now receives 10,000 applications a week. Next, MoBerries plans to build a bot that can screen applicants before the interview process.
Helpling is a Rocket-backed tech company. The startup allows people to book cleaners and other handymen on demand for just over £10 an hour.
We have developed the Helpling’s competitor called CleanAgents. Later it was acquired by Helpling.
Blacklane’s website and app allow people to pre-book a ride in more than 250 cities around the world. The company targets itself at premium travelers who want an element of luxury on their journey. Users that book a business class chauffeur can expect their driver to turn up in a Mercedes E-Class, a BMW 5 Series, a Lincoln Town Car, or similar, while those that book first class can expect a Mercedes S-Class, a BMW 7 Series, an Audi A8, or similar.
SMACC is a financial management app that aims to start an accounting revolution, thanks to its smart pairing of cloud-technology with business-focused digital processes. The Berlin-based app was developed to make everyday financial tasks more simple, efficient and reliable using tools like digitalized bookkeeping and automated invoice processing.
As you could guess, here in Syndicode we also developed an alternative service LessAccounting.
Morressier is a platform that aims to digitize academic conferences by allowing researchers to upload their posters and presentations onto the internet for other delegates to see and interact with.
Instagram rival EyeEm has developed a free smartphone app that allows people to edit and share photos. It also allows companies to search for thousands of different objects and categories contained within images through the use of artificial intelligence and computer vision technology. There are over 20 million people using the app, according to the company.
Having been there themselves, Kontist has come to the rescue of disorientated freelancers in Germany. The app offers freelancers a bank account exclusively tailored to the needs of the self-employed. The team is made up of current and former freelancers who have the first-hand experience of the pitfalls of traditional banks, which according to Kontist, are not geared up to help the freelancing community.
University friends Verena Hubertz and Mengting Gao launched Kitchen Stories in 2014. The pair both enjoyed throwing their own dinner parties but were not feeling inspired by the cooking apps on the market, they would often get stuck on the menu. So Kitchen stories was created, an app that combines beautiful design with a rich variety of recipes for delicious, everyday dishes. This global cooking platform allows users to connect with each other and transforms cooking into a personal, fun and inspiring experience using videos and step by step guides.
Finally, a way to consume books more quickly! Blinkist is an app that summarises non-fiction books in 15-minutes blinks, in either audio or video formats. Over 1,500 books in 16 categories – from corporate culture to parenting – are available as blinks for the platform’s one million users.
If you want more interesting cases and promising startups, we suggest you explore our portfolio. If you have any questions or want to create your startup product, contact us. We will be glad to help you!
And stay tuned! Next week we will tell you more about best startups in 2017.
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