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The Top 10 Startups in Berlin to Watch in 2017

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Updated: 14 March 2017
More and more people are joining the fold where technology and entrepreneurship meet, and Berlin is fast earning a name as one of the most significant start-up hubs in Europe. The new wave of companies are increasingly independent and international in their makeup, here are some to look out for in 2017.

DOJO Madness

This one’s for the gamers, an app that allows you to master your game using the latest machine-learning technology. Their team consists of gaming geeks, pros and talented techies. One of the many sophisticated tools they’ve developed is OVERSUMO, an overwatch coaching app, which attracted 25 million users within its first nine months after release, and is anticipated to be one of the biggest eSport titles released in recent years. Similarly, its League of Legends app called LOSUMO reached an impressive 500k monthly active user milestone last October.

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Master your gaming experience | © DOJO Madness/DOJO Madness

SMACC

SMACC is a financial management app that aims to start an accounting revolution, thanks to its smart pairing of cloud-technology with business-focused digital processes. The Berlin-based app was developed to make everyday financial tasks more simple, efficient and reliable using tools like digitalised bookkeeping and automated invoice processing.

Next generation financial management |© SMACC GmbH/SMACC
Next generation financial management | © SMACC GmbH/SMACC

Kontist

Having been there themselves, Kontist has come to the rescue of disorientated freelancers in Germany. The app offers freelancers a bank account exclusively tailored to the needs of the self-employed. The team is made up of current and former freelancers who have first-hand experience of the pitfalls of traditional banks, which according to Kontist, are not geared up to help the freelancing community.

Revolutionising banking for the self-employed, by the self-employed | © Kontist/Kontist
Revolutionising banking for the self-employed, by the self-employed | © Kontist/Kontist

ElektroCouture

What the future will be wearing; ElektroCouture is a fashion technology house set up to consult and support companies entering the fashion technology industry. Bold and pioneering, founder Lisa Lang fully financed the start up that focuses on light wearables, such as LED jewellery and garments that glow in the dark. The company has created designs for Lufthansa, IBM, Telekom and Intel.

Glowing ready-to-wear and bespoke electronic couture | © ElektroCouture/ElektroCouture
Glowing ready-to-wear fashion | © ElektroCouture/ElektroCouture

Kitchen Stories

University friends Verena Hubertz and Mengting Gao launched Kitchen Stories in 2014. The pair both enjoyed throwing their own dinner parties, but were not feeling inspired by the cooking apps on the market, they would often get stuck on the menu. So Kitchen stories was created, an app that combines beautiful design with a rich variety of recipes for delicious, everyday dishes. This global cooking platform allows users to connect with each other, and transforms cooking into a personal, fun and inspiring experience using videos and step by step guides.

Cooking how it’s supposed to be: Easy, exciting, efficient and inspirational I © Kitchen Stories/Kitchen Stories
Cooking how it’s meant to be; easy, exciting, efficient and inspirational I | © Kitchen Stories/Kitchen Stories

Splash

The world is lapping up Splash, a virtual reality app that allows users to create 360 degree videos, that translate into immersive, ’emotional landscapes’ that they can share with their friends. The best part is you don’t need to be a professional filmmaker to make it look good, Splash uses a smartphone camera with panoramic stitching to do it for you. The app, with its headquarters in Berlin, recently won top prize in the VR category at SXSW’s startup accelerator.

The app of the future making a Splash | © Splash/Splash
The app of the future | © Splash/Splash

Grover

Founded in 2015, Grover has raised about $1.1 million in seed funding so far. The app is on a mission to reinvent your consumption with an easy, on-demand subscription model for the products you love, but don’t need to own. Users can pay a monthly fee for holding on to the device, and there are about 300 devices to chose from. Alternatively, for roughly 5% of the retail price, users can rent all electronics for a month before deciding if they’d like to buy them.

Buy less, experience more | © Grover/Grover
Buy less, experience more | © Grover/Grover

ShareTheMeal

This incredible app is fighting against global hunger. Founded as a startup in Berlin, ShareTheMeal is now an innovation project within the UN World Food Programme. It costs just $0.50 to feed one child for a day, and users are invited to ‘share their meal’ with hungry children with just one tap of their smartphone.

An app that gives you the chance to fight against world hunger | © ShareTheMeal/ShareTheMeal
An app that gives you the chance to fight against world hunger | © ShareTheMeal/ShareTheMeal

Dubsmash

Dubsmash was launched in November 2014, and is a selfie-style music video app that has become the favourite new pass time of many. It allows users to video record themselves singing along to their favourite song, available in the apps sound bank, and share the video with their friends.

Be a video sing along star among your friends | © Dubsmash/Dubsmash
Be a sing along star among your friends | © Dubsmash/Dubsmash

Blinkist

Finally, a way to consume books more quickly! Blinkist, launched in 2012, is an app that summarises non-fiction books in 15 minute blinks, in either audio or video formats. Over 1,500 books in 16 categories – from corporate culture to parenting – are available as blinks for the platform’s one million users.

Never stop learning | © Blinkist/Blinkist
Never stop learning | © Blinkist/Blinkist