In the first quarter of 2016, eight promising digital startups joined iMinds' iStart entrepreneurship program. The iStart initiative already includes more than 100 companies, representing more than 400 full-time jobs and a total turnover of more than EUR 20 million (in 2015). The latest generation of iStart companies is active in a number of niche areas, which - according to the iMinds coaches - increases their chances of international success. An overview of the newcomers:
Thanks to the Ghent startup Azumuta, companies can document and unlock their work processes in a digital way.
Antwerp-based Chestnote brings to market a refreshing 'slow messaging' app. With Chestnote, one can send and receive exciting messages that can only be opened when pre-determined conditions are met (such as location or time).
The data analysis tool from Cumul.io (Leuven) allows users to visualize and analyze information from multiple data sources in a simple way, so that better-informed decisions can be made.
Epilog (based in Ghent) has engaged in epilepsy monitoring. Doctors can use Epilog to predict better and more accurately where the problem areas for a particular patient are located, and adapt their treatment accordingly.
Equicty focuses on the international market of horse breeding and racing stables. It has developed a platform that combines data from horses, riders and managers - in order to optimize overall performance.
IDRONECT's flight management platform detects and coordinates the movements of drones. With a few mouse clicks, flights can be drawn, permissions requested and flight details tracked.
Bruges-based NephroFlow optimizes the workflows in kidney dialysis centers.
OptiBuild has developed an online software tool that allows zero-energy buildings to be designed in a cost-efficient manner.