10 Polish start-ups that may disrupt global markets
How many start-up companies can actually be described with the word 'innovative'? We prepared a list of Polish start-ups that work on solutions that may truly change the way we do things in our everyday life – starting with payments, through energy, housing or even designing and buying furniture or typing. Meet 10 Polish start-ups that you absolutely want to succeed
How often do we hear about start-ups with the potential to disrupt markets? Often this catchy term is referred to just about any new start-up company. Some start-ups, however, embark on truly ambitious ventures that combine making business with ideas and technologies which can change the way we live and thus turn whole markets around. Lots of them never succeed, but those who do have a great shot at becoming another 'unicorn' company. Meet 10 innovative Polish start-ups that are ready to take on that challenge.
Affordable robots with Husarion
Have you ever thought about building and owning a robot? Sounds like a childish dream, doesn’t it? That dream may become a reality with Husarion – a Polish start-up that aims to cause quite a commotion in the robotics industry. Its product, the RoboCORE, is a small computer, that the creators call the ”heart of a robot”. It possesses just enough computing power and proper software to animate an actual small robot capable of various simple activities such as turning on the lights or a washer, closing doors etc. It's not just a cool novelty. This robot may easily serve as a unique assistant home or in a company. One very impressive assistant to say the least. More than 300 people, who supported the project earlier this year on Kickstarter agree. Watch the short promo video for RoboCORE on Husarion's Youtube channel:
This promo video for the RoboCORE software and hardware shows a staged group of doctors that receive a <em>heart</em> during an operation. This heart turns out to be RoboCORE – as the company advertises it as a robot's heart. Subsequent scenes explain that RoboCORE can be used with different materials for building the robot, including LEGO, and that it may serve an individual as well as a company.
For more information regarding how to build a RoboCORE-based robot, read the information on RoboCORE's Kickstarter campaign and visit their website.
Billon: The quest to change the face of payments
Out of countless financial technology start-ups, that debut nowadays, Billon is one that immediately stands out from the crowd. Even before it won the prestigious Citi Mobile Challenge contest organized by the Citi Handlowy bank. Billon took it upon itself to create an encrypted mobile-based system for payments and exchange of digital money. It is completely separated from bank accounts and doesn't require any intermediary to send money from one user to another. Aside of Bitcoin, it is another take on liberating money from institutions and making payments easier and safer. It still however depends on the existing currencies owned by the states, unlike Bitcoin. Which of the solutions is going to have the upper hand? Considering how fast things change when it comes to money, we may get our answer soon.
VoiceLab: Confirm payments with your voice
Another interesting and convenient tool for fast and safe payments. This time it pertains to the topic of validating the identity of an individual making a payment. VoiceLab, much as the name suggests, came up with its own advanced algorithm for identifying the voice. The founders, Tomasz Szwelnik and Marcin Kuropatwiński, are convinced that their method will decrease the probability of validation-related dangers such as password hacking. VoiceLab is also testing other use cases, such as using voice commands to turn on the music in a car or adjust the car seat. VoiceLab is currently out searching for investors in the Silicon Valley.
Growbots: AI for sales and marketing
We have just recently published a larger piece concerning Growbots, the latest B2B SaaS from the field of marketing and sales automation. It's an innovative field in and of itself as it involves processing unimaginably large amounts of data to find just the right customers the company searches and sending them proper content at the right moment. With Growbots, web-based software takes the tedious effort of searching for leads from sales people, leaving them only with the task of closing sales. Growbots co-founder Luke Deka calls it “the Uber for sales” and the “first proper AI for sales”. Growbots is currently mostly active in the U.S. And has over 20 business clients such as LiveChat, Avanoo, customerville or rainforest who pay monthly fees for the SaaS.
Saule Technologies: Solar energy for everybody? Shall be done
Saule Technologies, founded by Olga Malinkiewicz, was chosen the Polish Start-up of the Year 2014 by Entrepreneurial Poland. The prize was a result of the amazing promise Saule Technologies has made with its efforts. Perovskites have the potential to be used as an efficient and surprisingly flexible material that accumulates solar energy. With perovskites, one can potentially produce both fabrics and special substances to be used on, say, cars or buildings in order to collect energy. Still, the method of acquiring perovskites has to be perfected. This, as well as creating actual feasible business models for using/licensing the technology, is what Saule Technologies is working on now.
Phenicoptre: Reusable micro fiber makeup remover cloth
Phenicoptre is another example of a science-based start-up, that may influence the habits of quite a lot of people – those that do makeup. Phenicoptre is a brainchild of Monika Żochowska and Ewa Dudzic. After a year long research, they released a brand of special micro fiber cloth called Glov that may soon replace single-use towelettes as a makeup remover. Not only can you use it many times, but it's specifically designed to be delicate and feel comfortable on your skin. The micro fiber is said to be 30 times thinner than the cotton pad fiber and 100 times than the human hair. A single GLOV costs $15-20, but if you buy three, you can get an extra one for free. If you're interested, you may as well already visit Phenicoptre's online store.
CTAdventure: New reality of learning
The new reality of learning is an augmented one. That's what one can say watching products such as Professor Why in action. This unique game is produced by a Polish start-up called CTAdventure that uses the technology of augmented reality to provide amazing educational experience. Professor Why targets young chemistry students. It comes with special cards and software to be installed on a desktop computer. Students move the card to cause all sorts of animated chemicals to move on the screen of their computers. It's a safe way to make even the most dangerous experiments, learning and having fun in the process. Watch the promo and see for yourself:
Promo video for the Professor Why augmented reality game shows a group of children that play with the Professor Why games. Children move the sheets and watch chemical substances mesh with each other on the screen.
It's probably just the beginning of what can be done for education using augmented reality.
Tylko: What can augmented reality... not do?
Originally founded as CSTM (Custom), Tylko is a start-up that strives to completely reinvent the way we buy furniture. Actually, 'buying' hardly makes Tylko justice. This mobile app allows you to design your own furniture and then, using augmented reality, to see how it would look inside your house. To achieve this, Tylko uses special cards you set in a place where you wish to see the new furniture and the item 'magically' appears in your room on the screen of your smartphone. The whole process of designing, testing and ordering furniture is completely automated. Watch the video to see Tylko in action:
Video shows a woman who uses the Tylko mobile app to design a shelf of her liking. She can see how the shelf looks in her room thanks to the augmented reality feature. She places a special card in a spot where she wants to see the shelf. She uses her smartphone to see the effect on the screen – her newly-designed shelf standing in her room. Then, she orders the shelf through the app and it's soon really in her room.
5-TILES: Keyboard that you will love to type on
For many people, typing on a touch-screen is anything from passable to a total nightmare. Even a six and a half inch phablet won't ensure the level of comfort physical keyboards offer. 5-TILES, however, is coming close to change the picture. As the name says, this touch-screen keyboard consists of five areas. Each one of them contains a few subsequent letters of the alphabet. In order to type any letter, you tap the area that contains it and swipe through as many areas as it takes for the desired letter to show up. For example, if 'c' is the third letter on the first area, you tap the first area and swipe through three areas. Still confused? In that case, watch the video below.
This video explains how to use the 5-TILES keyboard. The keyboard contains five areas. Each of them contains a few letters. For example, the first one contains 'a', 'b', 'c', 'd' and 'e'. In order to type 'a', you have to tap on the area that contains it. In order to type, say, 'd', you swipe through four areas (as 'd' is the four letter on the area) starting with the area that contains it. You may swipe in every direction.
Seed Labs: How smart can a building really be?
Smart homes and buildings have been on the radar of many for years. But only in recent years affordable technologies that have a fighting chance to become standards emerged. One of them is Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) which offers wireless low-energy communication between all sorts of devices. Few know about this as much as the Polish start-up Seed Labs. Unlike a whole lot of different companies that produce single smart devices that communicate with your smartphone via BLE, Seed Labs is developing Silvair – a B2B solution that allows other manufacturers of devices to make their products 'smart'. Silvair contains both hardware and software that makes it easy to turn, say, a lamp in a smart device that knows when to turn itself off or enter energy saving mode. Now, imagine a situation when tens or hundreds or lamps are managed at the same time. Connecting them through Silvair may result in saving a lot of time and energy. And it's just a tip of the iceberg of what Seed Labs can do for both individual and business users of devices.
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