It’s an exciting year for startups. Snap Inc. and Spotify are poised to go public this year. “The number of IPO exits will be well positioned to rebound heading into 2017,” according to CB Insights and KPMG’s quarterly Venture Pulse report.
Artificial intelligence (AI) was a huge trend in 2016. We expect even more AI startups and acquisitions and better developments in 2017. There are now a lot of opportunties for startups to explore. And free resources for aspiring entrepreneurs to launch and grow new businesses. Here are a few companies to watch in 2017.
1. Magic Leap
Magic Leap is one of the startups that left the strongest first impression when it was announced. It’s a form of virtual reality display that instead of putting you into a world, actually allows you to see 3D imagery over the real world.
Spotahome is a unique startup that is responsible for personally checking all available properties and taking professional pictures, recording high definition videos of the property and neighbourhood including detailed descriptions.
It’s a great idea and the company has recorded incredible growth at a short period of time. The aim of Spotahome is to become the largest medium and long term rental web site in the world.
Geoblink is a business intelligence solution with a large geospatial component to help Retail companies optimize their store network and design their expansion strategy. It uses advanced techniques of big data and machine learning.
If you’ve ever ridden an electric bicycle you’ll know they are the future. With more and more people becoming environmentally conscious and with the huge benefits e-bikes offer, it’s only a matter of time before most people switch to those from conventional bikes or even motorbikes.
Biboo bikes is a startup based in Spain that offers the highest quality of such bikes at its store. There are many different options, some of which are very stylish but also affordable. Its rapid growth has made it one of the most promising startups this year.
Arkyne Technologies develops and markets Bioo, unique panels that generate electricity from plant photosynthesis in a competitive and sustainable way, providing a greener and more competitive energy production system. Its first product is a pot that takes advantage of photosynthesis of the plant to convert sunlight into usable electricity to charge a phone.
Accompany is a startup and app that prepares you for important meetings and conferences. Essentially it works as a big database that collects data from social feeds and the internet, giving you detailed information before an event about the attendees and suggesting topics to cover. It essentially “accompanies” you during such events.
7. Abalo Publicidad
Abalo Publicidad is an online store that sells high quality gifts, clothes and office equipment for businesses. These gifts are sold through its top notch e-shop platform which is the perfect place for companies seeking working clothes to turn their attention.
This and its success in 2016, have made Abalo Publicidad one of the most sought after startups for this year. It also very convenient if you want to make a gift to a friend who just landed a new job.
Leade.rs is an innovative way to keep track and follow the latest updates coming from people you admire or have a high opinion of. It’s also a great way to discover new leading personalities in the world of business and science and follow their updates.
9. Monarch Solicitors
Monarch Solicitors offers high quality legal services. In 2016 the firm grew exponentially making it one of the fastest growing of the year. It is said that the company offers not only the best legal advice from well trained professionals but that it also comes at reasonable prices which make it affordable for most people. Their services earned them a lot of attention in last year.
Finally we have Wine Outlet, a rising startup that sells wines through its e-shop. However, Wine Outlet is not just an online store that delivers wine. It’s a unique service that makes some of the best wines in the world available locally in Greece where it is based. This means that its innovative platform not only allows you to pick from a vast variety of wines, but it also has a detailed database filled with useful information for each type and specific wine.