We have reviewed the portfolios of the major international accelerators for ideas that have not yet been adapted in many countries.
MASSROBOTIC, EXCLUSIVE ‘COWORKING’ SPACE FOR ROBOTIC STARTUPS
It is in Boston and has been created non-profit, but there are opportunities replicating the model to welcome entrepreneurs who are in the development of drones and robotics of any kind. And anyone who says robotics says any other branch that requires laboratories and expensive equipment to perform tests and prototypes. In addition to the possibility of sharing knowledge, experiences and facilitating access to potential pilot clients with which to test their creations.
TAMATEM, MOBILE GAMES FOR ARAB
Identify popular games internationally and adapt them to the culture, language and tastes of the huge and unattended Arab market. And as the data shows: we are talking about the fourth most spoken language in the world, but only 1% of all content is available in Arabic. It means that there are not only opportunities in the adaptation of video games but in the adaptation of all types of content and applications. There are 60 million smartphone users in the Middle East. Within this niche of opportunities we have also found I3zif.com, a platform of music teaching in Arabic. It is the first of its kind and teaches through video tutorials. They have also been pioneers in teaching to play Arabic and Oriental instruments in English.
FLEEK.DE, A FASHION BLOG FILTERER
This startup from Denmark intends to put a little order in the already long list of bloggers who have been emerging around fashion. Help the end user to filter contents: by marks or by the type of style that each one looks for in a certain moment. It also puts aspiring influencers in contact with large audiences so they can monetize their content.
PLAYMENT, DEMAND DATA ANALYSTS
A Uber of data analysts. This company provides professionals who help others to work with their data. It operates in India and is based on the idea that not all companies have the analytical capability and tools to work with data. Playment offers this service. Your clients send you the data and one or more of the platform professionals (depending on the complexity) is offered to solve the requested task.
Much of their services are offered to e-commerce firms that need to conduct product reviews and constant quality controls, but, come on, that is a must for all businesses. Intelligence on demand and with a network of professionals working from the mobile with great flexibility. Around this concept we see others similar as Hacker One, which brings together professionals specialized in ethical hacking to help companies to detect security cracks in their systems.
WHALE PATH, RESEARCH UNDER DEMAND AT LOW PRICE
Yes, low-cost research because those who do are graduate students with good grades. The idea of this American company is to customize R & D: managers ask students to research on something concrete and get a faster response than usual and half price. The tool distributes each research application to several students based on their grades. Another similar proposal we have seen in Transcriptic, which offers services from laboratory to service (SaaS). A cloud lab that has automated many processes to shorten research in life sciences.
PILOTLY, A PORTAL TO TEST CONTENT
This California company relies on Big Data technology to segment audiences that connect with creative media companies. The goal is that those who integrate this industry can receive quality feedback on the products they are launching, saving them time and money in the business. They say that their service is much faster and more efficient than the current pilots on which they are usually based.
LOOM, SEARCH FOR DEVELOPERS FOR VERY CONCRETE PROJECTS
The proposal of this portal is to help the entrepreneurs to find developers who can become partners of the project. Instead of looking for investors and then hiring a developer, look directly to the developer as a partner and avoid thus diluting in many rounds. This way of undertaking, according to the creators of the portal, allows the founding partners to focus on the development of the product and try to see if it has traction. The entrepreneurs publish their proposals and the freelancers say if they want to participate in the project or not. Entrepreneurs can make the selection in the web itself, viewing the profiles and checking their skills with tests of developers in the same site.
TENKA LABS, ENGINEERING AND LEGO CIRCUITS TO STUDY BY PLAYING
This American firm sells small parts of circuits so that students can create their own engineering circuits. The grace is that they connect to Lego bricks, so that learning becomes a game, and are sold as kits at a price that is around 60 euros to be available to all small inventors. Take a look also at similar concepts like LittleBits.
THE FARMER S DOG, DIRECT TO THE CONSUMER PLATE (YOUR MASCOT)
Fresh and healthy pet food. That is what proposes this e-commerce based on a subscription model and using natural ingredients (turkey, spinach, broccoli, carrots …) to make a healthy and balanced dog food with all the necessary nutrients. Meal plans are designed by veterinarians. It is hired and paid for a service almost tailored to the size and age of the dog.
An alternative proposal to supermarket products, which also works, although with dehydrated food, another American brand The Honest Kitchen. And, without doubt, a good way to take a good bite to a market that invoices 20,000 million dollars a year.
Within the universe of pets we have also seen Keepsake Charm, jewelry with the image of the pet in gold and silver, created from a photograph sent by its owner. But perhaps that is already much exaggeration. Or not…
FLEXRECEIPTS, THE END OF THE TICKETS
It is an application for physical stores with which to replace the purchase tickets by digital resguardos. For the trade, the advantage is clear: saving paper (and resources of the planet) and time, but especially better customer knowledge and the possibility of cross-selling: the tool allows to make recommendations based on the tastes of the customer. Here the challenge is to get the customer to make the effort to download it, and it is necessary for the shops to have this service.
AIRMAP, DRONES FLIGHT MANAGEMENT
It is estimated that there are currently 100,000 drones flying daily in space. There is also a change in the way they fly: they become more and more autonomous, since they can fly without a pilot to monitor them at all times. Technology exists, but these flights can lead to legal disputes. AirMap proposes a solution to all of this looming chaos: software to help unmanned aircraft operators fly exclusively wherever it is safe and legal to do so. It provides information on the safest routes to fly on the ground, but also reports traffic changes, weather conditions, temporary flight restrictions … AirMap works with unmanned aircraft manufacturers, regulators and airports. It has just received a capital injection of 26 million dollars (in euros, 24.3 million) to open offices outside of Santa Monica – where it has its current headquarters – to offer these services elsewhere.
Other opportunities around the drones are seen in the creation of airports like Airmada, systems to drive away drones such as Apollo Shield, drones applied to security (Aptonomy) and to deliver products in remote places (Flirtey and CyPhoyWorks). As you can see, the market is becoming more professional and new applications are emerging. In Spain, in fact, an association of companies of drones has already been created: Droniberia.
CASTLE, CIBERSEGURITY FOR ‘E-COMMERCES’
It is a system that analyzes behavioral patterns of online trading users to identify possible infringements. If you believe that someone is fraudulently using a card or an identity, it blocks the purchase. It identifies each user and assigns them a degree of risk, which can increase or decrease according to their behavior. They also track all types of sources and databases committed to check if any user is included in any of them. It is, in short, a very effective tool based on a combination of existing security solutions and, in addition, is very easy and quick to install. They have a competitor – Boise – although they say it is not so accurate.
THE TAKE, ONLINE BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
A technology capable of identifying at the moment where to buy any garment worn by the protagonists of a movie or a TV series in just a few clicks? We have seen it in the startups The Take and Looklive. And we know that the first is already thinking about how you could focus
this technology to search for any article we see on television: food, toys, appliances, cars … absolutely everything. A diversification that also makes a lot of sense to focus on the B2B market. In fact, The Take has already begun to develop this segment in parallel with B2C.
HELLO KIP, MANAGEMENT OF THERAPY WITH THE PSYCHOLOGIST
Hello Kip is an application that attempts to change the way psychologists relate to their patients: it helps them manage their appointments and maintain a broader relationship with the professional. Through the application, the therapist can follow the client’s process, help him to create better habits, share messages and notes between visits … With this way of relating the sessions are much more productive because the therapist has much more data with the that work thanks to information shared through the application.
SQUIPMENT SHARE.COM, RENTAL OF CRANES BETWEEN PARTICULARS
We know that there are already companies for the rental of cranes, but Squipment Share proposes a novel concept: the exchange between individuals. It allows the owner to make a profit when not using items such as cranes, trailers, containers … And the other party get a better price than there is in the market. In addition to contacting stakeholders, the platform is responsible for checking insurance and processing payments.
KONSUS, ‘MARKETPLACE’ OF ‘FREELANCERS’ PREMIUM
This marketplace is not like others we know where everyone makes their offer. Those responsible for Konsus have already made the selection and thus guarantee that the professionals who are there are among the best. For businesses the advantage is that they save, they say, 75% of what they would pay if they requested the services of a traditional agency. In addition, they can be hired any day of the week 24 hours and they are in charge of assembling the equipment of work that is complementary. There is a clear opportunity in this type of business and more for those who are able to select, as well as designers, writers, web developers, etc. and other professional profiles specialized in emerging markets, such as specialists in artificial intelligence, 3D images, researchers and data analysts … The prices are very transparent and is preset for each profile its cost per hour.