Feb 27 · 6 min read
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Was Web Summit great? Absolutely! Are we going back next year? You bet! Do we feel more tired or excited after the conference? Still not sure. In short, it was a mixture of everything with a 360 degree spin around the latest trends from the tech industry. It was a party where everyone was invited: investors, startups, speakers, entrepreneurs, robots and human geeks.
Our attention was specifically captivated by all the startups we got to see at the conference. One way to realize what a huge part of our life technology is occupying is by looking at all the industries represented at Web Summit: MedTech & Pharma, eCommerce, AI, and Machine Learning, Sports, fitness & wellness, Travel & hospitality, Fintech, Autotech.
(You name it, they got it).
Choosing our favorite startups from Web Summit was just like asking a parent to choose a favorite child. You can’t really do this, because you love them identically, but you can pick the one who eats all his vegetables or looks less like your spouse.
I’m sure there were many more great startups, but from the ones we’ve managed to visit, these are the coolest:
1. Spotin - eCommerce & retail platform
Founders: Kristoffer Karlsson
Spotin is a distributed sales and digital marketing platform that seamlessly connects online product exposure and sales directly from brands.
Just look at this piece of art. Their design can easily be framed and exhibited in a modern art museum. It’s breathtaking and it gives that frictionless experience the user nowadays craves so much. Catchy colors multiplied by all the actions going on the page and you are officially in love with Spotin. Just like we are.
2. Hyp3r - the smartest way to hire top freelancers
This is a platform that promises to change the way you look for freelancers, and freelancers fond jobs. In a very early stage at the moment, but with a <bug> promise — good luck guys!
3. Optimicdn — All-in-One Multi CDN service
OptimiCDN provides businesses with scalable, reliable, secure and performant tailor-made solutions to accompany projects.
The coolest thing about OptimiCDN is that it makes your page faster for google crawlers, so you might get a better rank by Google. We’re definitely trying this one out!
4. Table 4 one — a business networking app
Founder: Ciaran Haughey
Table 4 one is a great tool for networking when doing business travels. So, next time when you are abroad and want to share the meal with like-minded people you might want to make a Table 4 one (or more) reservation.
Not a dating app they say, let’s see where this goes.
5. Pet’s company — a technology-based creative firm for pet lovers
Pet’s company is a cute startup from Bordeaux, France that makes sure our furry little friends are in good company while we’re traveling. So, next year when you decide it’s time to pack your bags for Web Summit, don’t forget to make sure your pet has some company.
6. +Aweacademy - a future-focussed educational organization
Founder: Raya Bidshahri
Awecademy exhibited as a Beta Startup at Web Summit and it is disrupting traditional high school curricula and inspiring students to bring about civilization-level change. It brings a new way of futuristic learning through which our generation is preparing itself to embrace the change and all the disruptive technologies. It’s a good way to keep pace with the fast-changing world around us and prepare for a future full of innovations.
The currently available courses at +Aweacademy
7. Calm — a meditation and mindfulness app
They offer guided meditation to help you manage anxiety, lower stress and sleep better. Besides the great app, Calm can be considered more of a lifestyle. Our colleague, Andreea Pop, has found this book in a local bookshop in Bucharest. No more words needed. Just calm your mind and change the world, not only yours but also the ones’ who surround you.
Plowing through piles of books and finding calmness at the bottom
8. Timeshifter Inc — an app which helps you get through jetlag
Timeshifter is the most advanced jet lag tool (in the world). It’s based on the latest research in sleep and circadian neuroscience and is used by astronauts, elite athletes, and top CEOs to perform at their very best.
Picture Taken from the Timeshifter's WebSite
9. Apiax — a RegTech startup
Source: Apiax Twitter
The Apiax app allows client advisors to answer complex regulatory questions right on their devices and empowers them to stay confident and productive in even the most complicated client interactions.
10. Coin Bundle — crypto investment platform
We’re not another typical boring crypto project.
The company provides a wealth of educational resources for first-time investors, its Medium Blog being listed as one of the ‘Top CryptoCurrency blogs’ in the world. CoinBundle is backed by top Silicon Valley VCs and investors such as Y Combinator, Initialized Capital, Tuesday Capital, Switch VC, Liquid2 Ventures, FundersClub, and Amino Capital.
11. Codacy — an automated code analysis/quality tool
Industry: Tech, Educational
Founders: Jaime Jorge and João Caxaria
Codacy helps you see if your projects are up to coding standards and which ones need the most attention. What's more, you can track your quality evolution with alerts on the most problematic areas. This is a startup who grew up on EQT Ventures eyes — the lead investor in the A round, along with Faber, Caixa Capital, and Seedcamp.
If we were to choose, we would have loved to collaborate with all of them. These are the 11 startups that stood up from the rest through some details or truly ingenious ideas. Busted! You are right. We just couldn't limit ourselves, so we mentioned one more. This is what happens when we are dealing with startups. 10 becomes 11 and mere ideas become products.