Launched in March 2016, the Blinger is a service for embedding messages that medium and large business receives from customers, messengers, HelpDesk and CRM system. Currently the companys API supports WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Facebook and Skype. Customers Blinger pay monthly fees from $500 to $5000.
In July 2016, the service has attracted Russian advertising company Review, rating Blinger in more than $1 million. The startup team located in Minsk, however, works with the top companies in the Russian market (“Island”, “Tinkoff Bank”, Aviasales, OneTwoTrip). As told dev.by co-founder and CEO Eugene Beschastnov plan to actively sell in the West. In addition, the startup intends to make a modern helpdesk with an emphasis on AI — partial automation of user requests to the company.
Team Bolge development. Photo. Andrew Davydchik. Startup engineer-medic, BNTU lecturer Eugene Labuna Bolge developing head units to control 90 percent of medical equipment, to start devices easier — the sterilizers, hot tubs.
Startups believe that in General Bolge no ceiling because of medical equipment endless. Its chip team considers “humane” interface, reducing the likelihood of medical errors. The project was interested in one of the worlds best accelerators for mesterton MedTech-Bootcamp in Munich, who invited Bolge free to participate in the program at a cost of 3 thousand euros.
Today Bolge ready working demo of the module management of medical sterilizers, with the ability to connect other medical equipment. This spring, the team intends to present the finished product at the exhibition “Healthcare of Belarus-2017”, and then move on to testing based on leading clinical hospital in Minsk. CallBox is a platform for sales automation for small and medium businesses.
The service includes a widget feedback and avtonapovnennya CRM system with the analytical unit. “We have a simple, convenient and cheap. Even a team of builders with their own website can have CRM and efficiently manage sales,” says Director Elizabeth Kosicka. Unlike a number of similar products, the startup does not use IP telephony, because in Belarus it is not permitted for use in commercial purposes.
After a year of work, the project was able to move from a simple subscribers to paid customers and achieve conversions 15%. At the moment, is implemented the next pack. Plans to extend the functionality for these purposes, the startup starts negotiating investment round A.
Dronex — hardware startup developing a new technology of delivery and dispatch of goods weighing up to 3.5 kg using Autonomous drones. A team of 30 employees with headquarters in Ireland and R&D in Belarus produces its own drones, “which have no analogues for security and value” and preparing the worlds first service that allows you not only to orders with drones, and send them (using a plastic platform, Windows). The project, Vladimir Davydov, attracted $1.1 million investment, has already received permission to fly in Russia, China, and Lithuania.
In the first quarter of 2017 Dronex winning preacceleration TechMinsk program and startup competition by belbiz Battle, plans to bring the product to the market in Lithuania. Online designer travel Eightydays.me just a few months — but he has already become a Belarusian “Startup of the year 2016” and earn Twitter praise of the founder of Product Hunt. As told dev.by founder and head of the company Oleg Tikhonov, none available on the market services are not offered to plan a circular journey from point a to point A with any number of intermediate points.
The search is for 160 cities in Europe, but before the end of 2017 that number is expected to grow to 1,200 with global coverage. The service already receives a referral fee Skyscanner and Booking.com and recently the first airline partner was the “Belavia”. Today the startup is in the process of attracting investment in A-round.
For iOS and web versions will soon be added to Android app, also in the plans — introducing machine learning. IOS app Fabby from a new company co-founder Maps.me Yuri Mill allows you to change the background of a selfie using neural networks. The underlying framework is available in two versions. Slower does all the work on the CPU of the phone (even supports older smartphones), faster — GPU.
13 January it became known that the project received a $2 million investment in “seed” round, which was made by the investment Fund Yuri Gursky Haxus. Today, the development is leading a team of 15 people in two offices in Minsk and Zurich. Next month promises Fabby Android release, advanced object recognition and video processing in real time.
Global challenges — to give the user the possibility of working with the video “how Hollywood” and to build in Belarus a large research centre in the field of neural networks and artificial intelligence. Flo, “the first womens menstrual calendar and ovulation using neural networks”, was developed in Minsk by the team of Dmitry Gursky, the official release took place in January 2016. According to the developers, neural networks take into account the personal characteristics of the user, matching the forecasts of menstrual cycles up to 50 percent more accurate than traditional statistical models.
Today Flo has a leading position in the segment of “womens calendar” in the App Store and Google Play. According to the company OWHealth, which is a startup in the US, the application is installed 5 million times and has 3 million active users a month, ranking the second most popular place in the world, first in the United States and Canada in the appropriate category. Haxus venture capital Fund and Flint Capital investment company invested in the application $1 million.
According to co-founder Haxus Yuri Gursky, a project with the largest retenshn ( metric hold audience application dev.by) that he had ever seen, not counting the social networks. At the end of last year, 19-year-old young man, a student of BNTU Michael Vaga gathered on Kickstarter more than 70 thousand euros on its own portable charger for smartphone. HandEnergy equipped with a gyroscope — built-in gadget the rotor when making circular hand movements makes about 5 thousand rpm, storing energy to charge.
The inventor worked on the project for over two years, having made manually about 20 prototypes. In may, the team of Michael, about which wrote mass media worldwide, will deliver the first batch of “green” charges to backers from Kickstarter, and summer-fall plans to launch the product in mass production. In Belarus.
Free-to-play game in augmented reality League Of Arosaurs from the Minsk startup MintFrogs (two of the participants worked at the time of the MSQRD) has been released at the App Store. Players can manage a virtual monster arasaradi, and battle each other using game cards that can be found in real locations. Some of the decisions the Studio will become a new market for AR games.
For example, a location based chat, where players can chat with other people within the playing cards. The developers say they took the case before the release of the hit Pokémon Go, but the “pokemon” warmed up the market and made it easier for the competitors to find funding. One of the investors “rosauro” became an it entrepreneur Yuri Gursky. In the coming days MintFrogs intend to run the application in the CIS, and by the end of the month and in other countries.
Release on Android is planned in the next two months. This story recently touched ByNet. NET-developer of the Minsk office of the company Intetics Oleg Galtsev created and printed on a 3D printer budget bionic prosthetic hand for his father.
The project is now MyoTriton is under development. The device is not only 20 times cheaper than imported counterparts, they are customized just five minutes (usually requires two weeks of training). After three or four attempts “is already possible to take the Cup and pour the tea”.
In January, the project has found an investor (also financially support the initiative here) and continues to improve the prosthesis from the point of view of strength and aesthetics. In plans — production as a budget model, and slightly more expensive, made by casting. Free device version the developer released for free. Those who for whatever reason cannot buy a prosthesis or build it on open source-drawings, the startup intends to “as much” to help free.
First startup idea was that the user could record your track, simply tune the melody. Today NeoSound retrieves valuable data from the human voice differently. Recognize emotions during conversations with customers who called the call centers. This allows you to assess the quality of work of the operator without the wiretap recordings of conversations “manually,” says co-founder and technical Director Alexander Astafyev.
Technology is represented in the form of a cloud API service that is easy to integrate in existing software call centers. The team is already implementing in the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning, to get new human machine interface. At the moment, NeoSound has partnered with Lattelecom, the largest telecommunications company in Latvia.
In 2016, the project won a number of prizes at start-up competitions, and took the incubators PVT and TechMinsk and acceleration in Startup Wise Gyus. The plans for 2017 — implementation of several pilot projects that will help to complete work on the technology, and receive seed investment. Photo. Andrew Davydchik.
OneSoil is an intelligent system for condition monitoring of acreage, increasing yields and saving of the resources developed by the programmer Viacheslav Mazai and geographer by Vsevolod Gennym. For harvesting data fields agrostroi use not only satellite imagery, but its fleet of drone, flying wing and petrol helicopter for $70 thousand. Farms in the parish of innovations that meet different something with enthusiasm, then with a stick and strong language.
For 2016 start-UPS processed 55 thousand hectares of land, where no foot of the pros, and saved households $250 thousand. While the field test was conducted free of charge, but OneSoil already preparing to pay to connect the first customers in the new season, developing the pricing policy and continues search of the investor. By the end of 2017, “the field researcher” plan to further develop its “smart” system and add the option “cheap station”.
Last year the architect and UX designer Valentin Falcon returned from Sunny Barcelona to the event to develop a “mass market demand product” ergonomic keyboard with touchpad on the keys, “not having analogues in the world”. Why. “Without a mechanical keyboard on iPad normal typing is impossible, but removable there is no space for the touchpad — you have to constantly switch from dialing on the touchscreen,” explained dev.by the other co-founder of the project Michael Krupenkov. The last six months a team of five people working in Minsk with a full load mode bootstrapping.
Pleasier have already decided on the model and serial of the product and talks about the close of the first investrend. Plans to release small series of keyboards and conclude major partnership agreement. Team RocketBody with the prize of Minsk AI Hackathon. For several years RocketBody developing the technology after the ECG to determine the degree of stress and fatigue, periods of recovery after stress, and to develop recommendations on the basis of this data.
As reported dev.by co-founder Timothy Lipski, owner of several businesses in the fields of fitness and a healthy lifestyle, ready fitness tracker with full functionality and data is being collected, and that will take another 3-4 months. The next step — data processing using neural networks and working on a mobile app. Parallel startup is going to enter the crowdfunding and sell the product to the corporate segment.
There are already agreements on joint work on international contracts with one of the largest Belarusian developers. Today RocketBody talks about investments. Startups are in no hurry and while coping with their own funding. The team is also actively working on the application for the recognition of food — it will be as a separate project, and part of a larger ecosystem RocketBody.
On the wave of popularity of similar applications SayMask has developed the technology of face recognition to further completing of various elements to it via the mobile app. Co-founder and CEO Denis Kondratovich said dev.by that startup is preparing to release apps that will allow in real time to try different makeup, glasses, piercings and hairstyles. The technology, according to the Kondratovich, similar to the development of a well-known startup MSQRD, just another use. The team has already written all the necessary technology is at the stage of “unification of all that is and bug fixes”.
SayMask received its first investment in June 2016 and is preparing for a new round. Climbing the main victors of the last year — developers MSQRD began with victory at the Belarusian section of the international hackathon Garage48. In November 2016 the successors of Neugene, Gornera and in this competition was the team of the Grodno Scop — project is a mobile messenger that “needs to turn the idea of communication on the Internet”.
The idea of the Scop is to combine and simplify voice, video and text communication, extending the possibilities of mobile messedzhing a number of operation that we produce every day on their smartphones using different programs and tools. A team of five people, the backbone of which work together on different projects for several years, plans to introduce a beta version of the app in the coming weeks. Brest Teleport project has developed an innovative advertising platform that combined 360-degree video with augmented reality. Its essence is to establish online cameras in different cities, whereby everyone would be able in real time to look in anywhere in the world.
And advertising in augmented reality will help, according to the authors, to monetize the project. In November, the Teleport has received the first foreign investment, by selling 10% of the project to a Russian investor Alexander Rumyantsev. The team is now finalizing the MVP, and was also preparing to establish the first “Teleport beacon” with the camera 360 degree in one of the shopping centers in Almaty. The second beacon will be installed in Moscow.
Rehabilitation station TRiNiTi is a robotic medical-diagnostic complex with a cloud server that helps to restore movement after a stroke, injury, joint diseases, cerebral palsy. The software itself computes the time and the burden of rehabilitation of the patient to use the equipment not only in medical institutions but also at home. Development is already being tested in Minsk the 2nd clinical hospital.
To date, the project has completed the active phase of clinical trials and included into the national program for prevention of disabilities for 2016-2020. TRiNiTi received the audience award at the national competition “Startup of the year 2016”. Photo. Andrew Davydchik.
VibroBox — classic science engineering start-up, in which invested co-founder of Maps.me Alexander Zolotarev. The Minsk team of 28 people and a half years developing a system of vibration diagnostics for industrial equipment, intending to replace the experts in the original uniform neural networks and algorithms. Project Manager — candidate of technical Sciences, and lecturer at the University Igor Davydov — he raises a team of high-quality data scientists from among ex-students and said that 90% of the novelty of the design lies exactly in the scientific part.
At the moment VibroBox tests the development of large enterprises in Belarus and Russia. The plans provide not only a revolution in the traditional vibration-based diagnostics of the sample in the 1960-1980s, but other applications for the technology. Public open platform DSP (digital signal processing) and the future of medicine is diagnosis on the basis of processing signals from a human body from anywhere in the world.
Online service for searching doctors 2doc facilitate entry to the specialist and decisive “turn-key” problems of automation of work of medical center, earned in August 2016. During this time, with the help of medical centers in Minsk signed up more than 1,000 citizens. Today, the service brings together nearly 40 Metropolitan hospitals and growing at 10-15 percent per month — and the audience, and the number of appointments. In December 2016 the project assotsiirovannye with outsourcing company Lovata, as an investor entered the company a “Buy Here Media”.
According to the head of 2doc Oleg Shashurin, in the nearest plans of the project — contact centre which will help people to find the right doctor, and output in the regional centers of the country. Medtech startup plans to enter the international market, developing the project in the areas of Data Mining and Machine Learning. This will allow, for example, to automate the optimization of the working schedule of medical specialists and connect the neural network of IBM Watson to help the doctor in diagnosis.
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