Community house Maria 01 in Helsinki is home to promising tech startups, investors and other startup organisations who get to enjoy of the nourishing environment to develop their businesses. Having attracted a wide amount of interest, Maria 01 is able to carefully select its startups. Maria 01 mainly chooses startups that have already launched their product and are going to the market, with pre-seed to seed funding.

The hub as an excellent place to get connected and inspired. Wide network and fun community of 500 people creates a supportive atmosphere where innovation thrives.

We love full-bodied and ambitious technical product teams. We try to choose startups who have already launched their product and are going to the market, with pre-seed to seed funding already in place. Some early traction also helps.” CEO of Maria 01 Voitto Kangas explains. The hub helps the member companies in recruiting, PR and faster go-to-market by the means of events and connections. Being part of the hub is also crucial to the team. “The biggest smile I’ve had was when a founder talked about how electrified his team was about moving to be part of the community. In the startup circles we usually glorify the founders, and forget how much the first employees take risks by joining an early-stage company” Kangas argues.

Pictures from Maria’s Launch Party in 2016 – Maria 01’s Facebook page

Thanks to the combination of a supportive network and selective choosing process, there is a lot of potential at Maria 01. Thus we have chosen Finland’s 12 hottest startups to watch for:

AImotive – safer self-driving cars to all the weather conditions
Let’s face it – self-driving vehicles are the future. AImotive wants to make them available everywhere in all kind of driving conditions. aiDrive will make decisions that assures safety and comfort throughout the ride. The piece of technology constitutes of four software engines taking care of recognition, location, motion and control matters.

 

GuardianX – improve personal safety with a single swipe
Have you walked in a dodgy park, secretly hoping that there would be someone with you? GuardianX is a safety solution in your pocket, providing you with the piece of mind. GuadianX users’ see other nearby users to feel safer, can alarm their contacts and near by users in the case of emergency and have someone virtually walking you home.

 

Usetrace – agility to coding with a testing software
Coding is time consuming and making a single change can start the process from zero. To make the testing process smoother, Usetrace has created an artificial software app that allows testing your web app user interface effortlessly. This cloud-based app has brought agility to the coding of hundreds of startups.

 

Naava – cleaner healthier work environment with green walls
Considering that we spent a giant junk of our time at the office, our work environment matters. That is why Naava was founded to revolutionize the air we breath. The green wall naturalizes indoor air, decreases the amount of harmful chemicals and optimizes humidity. As a result, illnesses will reduce, fatigue is halted and cognitive performance is enhanced.

 

Kieku – AI creating tailored podcasts
Imagine a YouTube for podcasts. Kieku uses artificial intelligence to create playlists that you love. The application learns quickly about your preferences based on what you listen, skip and like. Thus finding enjoyable and brainy content has never been easier. Kieku also enables you to to start broadcasting yourself.

 

Apped – game-like employee engagement
Apped’s mission is to gamify corporate applications to increase the well being within organisations. The applications easily integrates with other corporate systems, making the use effortless. The company’s first app Apped Pulse helps to improve employee engagement. The company is soon launching its second app Apped Meetz, which takes the headache of meeting organizing away.

 

RePack – green packaging revolutionizing ecommerce
Say goodbyes to plastic bags, it’s time to start using reusable packaging in ecommerce. By simply returning the package to the mailbox, the customer will be rewarded with a voucher. You will not only be saving money but also the environment.

 

Devea – personalized customer targeting online
Would you like to be spending your online advertising dollars wiser? Devea will help you to do that with a better targeting. Instead of merely using people’s gender, age and location, Devea offers Payment Behaviour Scoring service. It helps you to concentrate on customers, which are most likely to spend money on your products.

 

Ninchat – connect with your customers online
Wouldn’t it be handy to chat to your customer securely on real time? Ninchat embeds chatting on your website, mobile site, apps and Facebook. To make it more convenient, you can  integrate the service to your existing CRM/ERP systems. Keeping track of customer ratings and statistics is also made easy, giving you the time to concentrate on what matters – excellent customer service.

 

Lucify – take an advantage of data
Although collecting data is hot, the crucial step of interpreting the numbers is not given nearly as much emphasis. Lucify helps organizations to make data more visual, understandable and easily communicable.

 

Ukko – invoice service for entrepreneurs
Are you eager to start a small business but worried about all the paperwork and bureaucracy? Ukko’s solution will make invoicing effortless and take care of the burden of bureaucracy. Registration is free and the app charges 5 percent of the earnings.

 

Silvermile Entertainment – fun VR games for families
Silver Entertainment is a startup developing and publishing virtual reality and mobile games. Being founded by the former Angry Birds team, Silvermile Entertainment has the required know-how and extensive industry experience. Their first two games – Space 2020 and Flushy Fish VR – are ready to charm families with the futuristic visuals.

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