Despite the current economic hardships that are happening in Puerto Rico, entrepreneurs are betting on success with their startups. Ranging in services from health care and beauty to e-commerce and other sectors, customers have many options from which to choose. The following startups have begun to garner attention, and it’s possible that in the future, some of them will become popular businesses on the island, and maybe even internationally.
Burea is an app that allows people to look for products in a variety of stores such as supermarkets and pharmacies and then receive discounts. The way it works is that once customers use the discounts, and they appear on the purchase receipt, they then take a photo, and the app processes the money saved, which is then deposited into the user’s account. This free cash-saving tool is available both on iPhone and Android smartphones.
Founded by three people with healthcare experience, Abartys Health aims to change the industry by establishing a data hub of patient information and patient identification. According to the company website, there are three main products: one for insurers, one for patients, and one for healthcare providers. Currently, approximately one million people are using this app.
Spotery is an online platform for finding a variety of venues for different events—look for the desired place, check with friends, set up the gathering, and then pay online or in cash and utilize the space. Currently available in San Juan, Puerto Rico and San Francisco, California, some of the venues available for reservation are outdoor gardens, meeting rooms, sports facilities, and party facilities. There are featured organizations on the website, where visitors can browse the available, open spots.
Inbify specializes in technology that betters customer service, improving how companies engage and communicate with their clients. Currently run by a four-man team, the startup offers plans with various pricing options that correspond to different services. At the moment, the services are available in the United States, Europe, and the Virgin Islands, in addition to Puerto Rico.
This startup offers a convenient way to schedule visits to beauty salons for a blow dry in different areas of Puerto Rico. Club Veso has a partnership with Redken®, offering discounts in collaboration with the brand. There are three packages; they include various services in addition to a blowout, such as a hair wash and product discounts.
A free app for iPhone and Android smartphones, GasolinaMóvil is meant to make the process of paying for gas at participating gas stations easier. Through the app, users select the payment amount, and other relevant information such as the payment method, before paying. So far it seems that the app is only available for use in Puerto Rico.
Brands of Puerto Rico
With an office in San Juan, Brands of Puerto Rico is a company that sells items from different brands in Puerto Rico. There are many products available for purchase, including clothing, accessories, beauty products, food, and artesanía (artwork). Keep up to date with discounts and anything else they have going on through their Twitter account, where information is regularly posted.