The ballistic Baltic Startup scene: 20 hot startups from the Baltic states that you might want to know about
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The Baltics are an up and coming hub for ambitious startups with big plans for the future. Read about these startups here before you read about them, if and when they make it big, along with everybody else

The Baltics are an up and coming hub for ambitious startups with big plans for the future – and we noticed. What follows is a list of 20 hot startups hailing from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and spanning the industries of Web, Social, Networking, Telecom, Travel, e-commerce and more. Read about these startups here before you read about them, if and when they make it big, along with everybody else.

Estonia

1) GoWorkaBit

 

 

Founded – 2013
Funding – EUR 15K, seed round
Founders – Margue Pala, Gerli Veermäe, Kei Karlson, Ethel Voitea, Kristjan Vanaselja, Maido Parv
Location – Estonia
Overview – GoWorkaBit aims to liberate the way people work by connecting companies that need a just-in-time work force with people who want a flexible schedule and diverse working atmosphere. GoWorkaBit does this by supplying a platform where companies can offer entry-level “workbites” of no more than 140 hours to people who want to pick and choose where and when they work. They say they’re kind of like Twitter for work. GoWorkaBit’s record for fastest staffing was to find 6 people for a warehouse job for the morning following the workbite posting in 3 minutes.
Why we chose them – Twitter for work? Say no more. We chose GoWorkaBit because they’re super innovative and are pioneering a new model for workers and companies worldwide. We can’t wait for their service to be worldwide, too.

2) Like A Local

 

LikeALocal

Founded – 2012
Funding – $100K, seed round
Founders – Ülane Vilumets and Kalev Külaase
Location: Estonia
Ovoverview Like A Local Guide takes all of the guess work out of trips by finding those cool and cozy spots that locals like to hangout at—they even help people avoid tourist traps. The company offers a website and app with travel tips that are selected by a savvy group of editors that know what they’re talking about, so users will never be at a loss for the perfect spot at the perfect time.
Why we chose them – Who doesn’t love to travel—especially without all the hassles that often come with visiting a place you’ve never been. We chose Like A Local Guide because anyone who makes taking trips easier and more enjoyable is a friend of ours.

3) Toggl

Toggl

Founded – 2006
Funding – Self-funded
Founders – Alari Aho
Location – Estonia
Overview – Toggl offers an online time tracking software. It was originally designed for the target audience of freelancers, graphic designers and consultants, but can be used by anyone, to track anything they like. The software is free, can be used for tracking times spent on projects, will aid in the creation of invoices, can track multiple projects, and can be used for teams of up to 5 people to track time spent on a single project. Paid subscription allows for larger team tracking and even more features.
Why we chose them Time can be a real nuisance for geeks who get lost in their geekdom. We chose Toggl because we’re super keen on time-tracking innovations. Frankly, we don’t have the time not to be.

4) Lingvist

Lingvist

Founded – 2013
Funding – $1.4M, unkown round & seed round
Founders – Tanel Hiir, Andres Koern, Ott Jalakas, Mait Muntel
Location: Estonia
Overview – Lingvist is a computer-based language study platform that reduces learning time down to 200 hours for any language. They do this by applying big data analysis and mathematical optimization to the learning process in order to accelerate the user’s learning curve. This scientific approach for computer-based learning reduces the total learning time by 10 times the amount when compared to traditional language learning methods. Lingvist’s optimized system minimizes total learning time for each user and offers a completely personalized experience.
Why we chose them – Learning a new language isn’t easy and can be downright frustrating at times. We chose Lingvist for every language student who has sat in a classroom with pinwheels in their eyes or has wanted to pull their hair out. Thanks for the science, Lingvist—rock on!

5) Cloutex

Cloutex

Founded – 2012
Funding – $600K, seed round
Founders – Søren Hejnfelt, Peeter Mark, Ivo Hindreus, and Lauri Veenpere
Location: Estonia
Overview – Cloutex offers a service that reduces time spent on point-to-point task creation by allowing users to sync all of their cloud-based software services, such as e-marketing, CRM and accounting tools like Salesforce.com, Quickbooks Online and Magento. Cloutex does this through what they call a “cloud integration hub.” They aim to supply a solution for small companies to organize their business into effective processes.
Why we chose them – Hailing from the startup nation, we love small businesses and startups. We chose Cloutex because they’re giving anyone who’s created a business a serious leg up when it comes to streamlining their operations, and that’s just awesome.

6) Fortumo

Fortumo

Founded – 2007
Funding – $10M, series A
Founders – Veljo Otsason, Rain Rannu, and Martin Koppel
Location – Estonia
Overview – Fortumo provides payment solutions for merchants that would like to allow their customers to make payments without the use of any plastic—no credit cards needed. They have developed an ingenious way of providing this service: through the customer’s phone bill. Fortumo allows merchants to set up cross-platform payments for mobile services, games, or apps. The payments work in PC applications, web services, and HTML5.
Why we chose them – There’s nothing worse than losing a customer because you’re not setup for the type of payment they’d like to make. We chose Fortumo because they’re offering merchants just one more way to make their customers happy—and with half a million unique hits on their site every month, it looks like we’re not alone in liking what they have to offer.

7) Jobbatical

Jobbatical

Founded – 2014
Funding – EUR 260K, seed
Founders – Karoli Hendricks, Allan Mäeots, and Ronald Hendricks
Location – Estonia
Overview – Jobbatical describes itself as a “professional adventurers marketplace.” They offer short term gigs to top professionals who want to explore the globe and work for a period of time ranging from a couple of months to a year. Companies can post jobs that they’re looking to fill—for a set period of time—with amazing talent. Job seekers can then peruse the listings and apply for one of the gigs listed. With employers getting diverse and ambitious talent, and employees getting to travel and work for competitive companies, it’s a win all the way around.
Why we chose them – There’s already a job-supplying startup on this list—so Jobbatical is essentially the next level up. We chose Jobbatical because it’s so cool that some of us here at Geektime are already searching the available jobs on the Jobbatical website and making our bosses a little nervous. Shhh… Nothing to see here.

Latvia

8) Roamer

Roamer

Founded – 2013
Funding – $1.6M, seed funding / Angel
Founders – Petr Antropov and Nick Ustinov
Location – Latvia
Overview – Roamer is an app that allows you to make international calls without paying the roaming fees. Through the app you get an international number but to those you’re calling, the your number will appear the same as it’s always been. The app charges a small fee for calls that varies depending on the origin and destination of each call, but the fees are still incredibly cheap when compared to roaming charges.
Why we chose them – I’m not sure that I know anyone who doesn’t get shivers running down their spine when they hear the phrase “roaming charges.” We chose Roamer because they’re our knights in shining armor when it comes to making calls abroad.

9) Infogram

Infogram

Founded – 2012
Funding – $2.7M, undisclosed
Founders – Raimonds Kaže and Uldis Leiterts
Location – Latvia
Overview – Infogram is a software company that lets users create custom branded charts and info graphics. They develop web-based data visualization apps for non-designers to create professionally designed visualizations. Aimed at bloggers, news portals, and journalists, the software does not require its user to have any programming or design skills.
Why we chose them – Not all of us can be graphic designers but we may still want to create awesome presentations. We chose Infogram because they cater to the less-artistically inclined folk. After all, shouldn’t we all be able to present in a impactful and visually impressive way?

10) Mailigen

Mailigen

Founded – 2010
Funding – Unknown
Founders – Janis Rose and Arturs Bernovskis
Location – Latvia
Overview – Mailigen prides itself on being the most cost effective web-based email marketing solution available, offering solutions that usually cost hundreds of dollars, for a fraction of that price. Suitable for all sizes of business, the Mailigen platform is intuitive and easy to use, and offers a wide array of templates to suit any business. Their software offers a united SMS and email platform, an innovative Drag’n’Drop email template editor, dynamic RSS feature, integration with WordPress and Joomla, and API integration.
Why we chose them – Not every business has the luxury of a marketing team at their fingertips. We chose Mailigen because we appreciate their solution for businesses, both large and small, that wish to market their products in a big way.

11) Veset

Veset

Founded – 2011
Funding – $1M, seed
Founders – Gatis Gailis
Location – Latvia
Overview – Veset provides cloud-based solutions that enable customers to create linear TV channels and deliver them to satellite, cable and CDN networks. Ideal for any broadcaster, Veset’s pay-as-you-go model is cost effective and innovative, offering a solution that’s deployable on hybrid, private, or public cloud infrastructures. Their Nimbus Playout Services will take care of every aspect of broadcasting, including security.
Why we chose them – Launching a television channel is no easy feat. We chose Veset not only because they were one of the first to offer this type of solution for linear channels in production, but because we like anyone who serves to decrease the age-old dilemma of “there’s nothing on TV to watch.”

12) Sellfy

Sellfy

Founded – 2011
Funding – Undisclosed, seed, Angel
Founders – Kristaps Alks and Maris Dagis
Location – Latvia
Overview – Sellfy is a digital e-commerce platform that allows people—namely creators of digital goods—to sell digital products such as software, ebooks, video, or music. Sellfy’s platform allows users to sell the digital products that they create, promote direction to fans and followers, add trusted payment options, send product updates and newsletters, and more.
Why we chose them – Well come on now, iTunes and Amazon can’t have all the fun. We chose Sellfy because we love that they’re helping out artists and businesses have direct sales and interactions with their customers.

Lithuania

13) Pipeline Pharma

PipelinePharma

Founded – 2012
Funding – Undesclosed
Founders – Mindaugas Zagorskis
Location – Lithuania
Overview – Pipeline Pharma has essentially changed the pharmaceutical industry by opening the doorway for an online licensing market. Connecting buyers and sellers, the startup enables companies to find new products and new partners in a matter of days, eliminating networking and sourcing issues. Easily accessible from computers, smartphones, and tablets, Pieline Pharma does not require any special installation.
Why we chose them – This company certainly offers a unique value proposition. We chose Pipeline Pharma because they’ve got some seriously happening numbers going on. With 31.000+ registered products already in play, they’re going places and we certainly noticed them.

14) Place I Live

PlaceILive

Founded – 2012
Funding – $278.3K, seed
Founders – Sarunas Legeckas and Jokūbas Nečiūnas
Location – Lithuania
Overview – In an effort to build the biggest and most engaging international platform for neighborhood information in all major cities, PlaceILIve.com pulls together open data, social media, and crowd sourced data to compile information for a Life Quality Index, which is a recognized neighborhood ranking system that is not only utilized by real estate professionals and those looking to relocate for business, but by local municipalities, governments, policy makers and urbanites.
Why we chose them – Just visiting a neighborhood doesn’t always give you all of the information you need for relocation decisions—and sometimes, you can’t always visit a place before you move there. We chose Place I Live because they’re out there to making the moving decision making process an easier place to navigate for anyone.

15) Plate Culture

PlateCulture

Founded – 2013
Funding – $200K, seed
Founders – Reda Stare (Co-Founder)
Location – Lithuania
Overview – Plate Culture offers up a new type of social experience for locals and tourists alike—cook and be cooked for. People who love to cook, or have a unique cuisine to offer, host guests (who pay for the meal), who have a unique opportunity to try an authentic home cooked meal at the host’s home. Mexican, Malay, Lithuanian or any other authentic world cuisine is served up and guests and hosts can socialize and learn about food and new cultures. Plate Culture currently offers gatherings in several countries, including Australia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, and Japan, and will branch out into more regions in the future.
Why we chose them – Home cooked meals and fun gatherings are a part of almost every culture. We chose Plate Culture because we love what they’re serving up—what could make travelling to a new country even more fun? Being hosted by a local and enjoying an amazing meal.

16) Rotten Wifi

RottenWifi

Founded – 2014
Funding – Self funded
Founders – Arturas Jonkus and Paulius Lazauskas
Location – Lithuania
Overview – Available for iOS, Android, and Web, Rotten WiFi is a crowdsourcing project for testing and evaluating WiFi and 3G connections worldwide. The company gives users the ability to rate the quality of their Internet connection and express their satisfaction about specific hotspots. Rotten WiFi is currently looking to expand their services to users worldwide.
Why we chose them – Ability to rate and read ratings about wifi hotspots and providers? Say no more. We chose Rotten WiFi because we can all relate to sketchy hotspots and the frustration of wandering around trying to find a good internet connection.

17) Cloud Mic

CloudMic

Founded – 2014
Funding – Undesclosed
Founders – Simona Jausk, Henrikas Urbones, and Domas Labokas
Location – Lithuania
Overview – A mobile audience engagement tool for big audiences. Aiming to solve the age-old large audience issue of Q&A complexities, the Cloud Mic app enables an unlimited number of smartphones to become wireless microphones in a systematic way and to connect to an on-site stereo system in the room to be heard. The app is designed for large audience settings such as auditoriums or university classrooms where wireless mics are not practical and shouting questions is undesirable, and plans to branch out with more features in the future.
Why we chose them – Shouting questions in a classroom, or awkwardly standing in an aisle waiting for that person with the wireless microphone to reach you, are just not fun activities. We chose Cloud Mic because they’re innovative idea will make lecturers and audience members alike super happy—and that makes us happy.

18) Inside Warehouse

InsideWearhouse

Founded – 2013
Funding – $320K, seed
Founders – Tadas Deksnys and Justin Taruska
Location – Lithuania
Overview – In what they say is not only a new approach to online retail processes but also to build a new experience for market participants (sellers, content publishers and consumers), Inside Warehouse aims to give publishers the ability to sell content relevant products from multiple suppliers directly on their site—removing the third party website re-direct for purchases—while monetizing the referral of each sale.
Why we chose them – There’s something to be said for honoring new ideas. We chose Inside Warehouse for their savvy concept, which certainly stands to mix things up in the e-comerce world, in a good way.

19) BatCrab

BatCrab

Founded – 2012
Funding – Undisclosed
Founders – Edvinas Mancas and Gediminas Jocys
Location – Lithuania
Overview – BatCrab is a cloud based telephone solution that allows entrepreneurs and enterprisers to easily upgrade their cellphones to a fully featured business phone system. Offering the option to register local numbers in more than 60 countries worldwide, the company offers its users ease of access to global client bases and eliminates many of the hassles involved in cellular phone operations for small enterprises.
Why we chose them – Anyone who’s started a small business can relate to the phone-related difficulties involved. We chose BatCrab because, well, first of all the name “Bat Crab” is awesome. But also because, in addition to their wit, we love their cellular solution for small business.

20) Dragdis

Dragdis

Founded – 2013
Funding – Undisclosed
Founders – Karolis Malcevičius, Domas Sabockis, and Eugenijus Jusas
Location – Lithuania
Overview – Dragdis is the easiest way to save and manage web content, by allowing users to Drag and drop images, links, selected text, videos or GIFs to folders on your computer or even post directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr—soon even to Dropbox, Pinterest and more. Once items have been stored they are easily accessible from anywhere, using the Dragdis cloud.
Why we chose them – Who doesn’t love drag n’ drop? We chose Dragdis because let’s face it, the ability to drag and drop items in any application or space on your computer is just downright genius. Seriously, “I wouldn’t love that on my computer,” said no one ever.

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  • Mart Virkus

    Big thanks from the Toggl camp guys! Just one little thing – it’s “Toggl” without the “e” at the end 🙂