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Here are our picks for May 2017.

AlphaGamma Startups Overview: May 2017

SMACC – Germany

Founders: Uli Erxleben, Stefan Korsch, Janosch Novak
Year founded: 2015
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SMACC aims to make financial management as simple and seamless as possible for small and medium-sized companies.

The Berlin-based startup wants to provide your company with more time to focus on your product, your clients, your people – while providing you with much more financial transparency and control.

The SMACC team believes that cloud-technology paired with a business-focused digital process can lead to an accounting revolution.

We know what we talk about. Our team consists of experienced entrepreneurs who know what it takes to run a business, finance professionals who focus on what really matters, and technology experts who can make things happen magically. We firmly believe that cloud-technology and artificial intelligence paired with a business-focused digital process can lead to a revolution in accounting. That’s why we are convinced that financial processes can be fun.

Badi – Spain

Founders: Carlos Pierre Trias de Bes
Year founded: 2015
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Badi provides a new way of flat sharing, making city-center living affordable for everyone by changing how flat sharers connect and interact.

The platform enables you to list or look for available rooms in shared flats and find flatmates according to your age, tastes, and hobbies. Badi is a peer-to-peer marketplace of non-vacational shared flats.

We are a peer-to-peer marketplace of non-vacational shared flats. We connect people with available rooms in shared flats in more than 400 cities and towns in Spain.

Badi plays a fundamental role in eliminating barriers and intermediaries between individuals in the real estate market. A platform that changes how people connect, interact ad share their homes.

Kontist – Germany

Founders: Sebastian Galonska, Alexander Baatz, Christopher Plantener
Year founded: 2016
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Our team is made up of current and former freelancers who have experienced first-hand how badly prepared traditional banks are to help the self-employed. As freelancers, we want banking products that focus on our needs and help us better organize our finances.

Kontist believes freelancers will shape the future of work, challenging corporate structures, embracing individuality and building successful businesses.

The FinTech startup Kontist aims to provide the banking services freelancers deserve.

Kontist makes finances easy with paperless bank account opening, mobile banking and more.

Oxatis – France

Founder: Marc Schillaci
Year founded: 2001
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From its headquarters on the Cote d’Azur, French start-up Oxatis is becoming one of the fastest-growing e-commerce start-ups in Europe.

Offering tools such as online CMS software, hosting, and integrated shopping carts for websites the company has secured a string of financing from investors.

The most recent of these being last October when it raised €5m in Series D funding from Arkea Captial with plans to target a number of leading B2B websites in need of e-commerce software.

It is our mission to provide Europe’s SME’s with the best posible e-Commerce solution. We want our customers to enjoy the same kind of powerful technology, the same performance level as the big players on the market. Oxatis is more than just an e-Commerce website, with Oxatis you have a real partner in e-Commerce. We help you get the best out of e-Commerce!

Perkbox – UK

Founders: Saurav Chopra, Chieu Cao
Year founded: 2014
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Perkbox serves up an employee engagement platform offering a wide range of perks, discounts and tools to help companies retain and motivate their employees.

Based in the UK, the company was founded in 2014 by Saurav Chopra and Chieu Cao after they realised their stationery and printing website wasn’t going to work.

Now, it’s the UK’s fastest-growing employee engagement platform with perks that include gym and dental discounts and rewards for top achievers. Perkbox also recently received an investment from Wimbledon star, Andy Murray.


Founders: Charles Seadon, Fiona Levie
Year founded: 2015
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Gigliotti’s vision is to innovate with exciting 21st century luxury brands, harnessing the latest in technology and design. Whilst keeping corporate social responsibility uppermost in our corporate philosophy, our team of talented minds and experience will turn our products into the iconic brands of the future.

Co-founded in 2015 by Charles Seadon (CTO) and Fiona Levie (CEO), Gigliotti serves the hospitality sector with its current in-room Smartdrinx System minibar.

The primary product “The Smartdrinx System” is designed and placed to enrich the guest experience in the hospitality industry

Smartdrinx is the only in-room system in the world that can replace the loss making minibar / fridge with a no-hassle, no-maintenance profit centre and marketing platform in every hotel room, suite, chalet, or apartment.

This captive audience creates opportunities for brand positioning, additional marketing and sales opportunities for room bookings, merchandising, product placement, product trials, restaurant bookings, and special offers

Popdeem – Ireland

Founders: Gavin Hayes and Richard Whelan
Year founded: 2012
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Popdeem has boosted engagement online and increased footfall. Our customers love it too, 38% of our app users have redeemed a social reward at one of our locations. 

Popdeem is a location-based marketing platform that helps brands harness the power of social networks.

The platform offers a set of social marketing tools for brands to engage users at physical locations. Brands can run mobile promotions that incentivise users to share content on social networks at specific venues. Customers can check-in or share photos on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare or Instagram at a venue to redeem rewards. Brands can avail of their own custom branded mobile app or integrate into existing location-based apps using the Popdeem mobile SDK.

With Popdeem, brands generate word-of-mouth marketing which increases brand awareness through social networks and ultimately increases footfall. Additionally, brands can identify their most influential customers and target them with tailored rewards.

Its solution is now live in more than 10 countries, including Ireland, the UK, Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and the US.

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