London and Berlin seem to always be making the headlines when it comes to startups. And for good reason too, as they’ve produced some successful startups the past years, such as MOO, SwiftKey, SoundCloud and 6Wunderkinder.
But while these cities generate most of the buzz in the startup community, that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones.
According to an EU study from 2014, Munich ranked as the number one European city when attracting venture capital in the technology sector.
So while not much has been reported on the Munich startup scene (also home to PAYMILL), there’s definitely something brewing here in Bavaria – which is why we’ll be taking a look at some of the top startups from Munich.
Freeletics is a fitness startup founded in 2012 whose focus is on delivering high-intensity bodyweight training programs.
All you need to do is sign up and pick your workout. The free plan is enough to get you started. Since you only need your bodyweight for the workouts, no equipment is needed and you can do them at home or outdoors.
Freeletics does the planning for you and gives a selection of workouts to choose from for free. However they also offer a premium service where for 15 weeks, where you get your very own coach and a personalised training program tailored to your fitness objectives.
Bragi launched their Kickstarter campaign last year to begin development on ‘The Dash’ – a pair of smart wireless headphones. After smashing their $260K goal to raise over $3 million to become the highest funded campaign in Europe – the company made a huge impression upon tech journalists praising them as the best wireless headphones at this year’s CES.
However ’The Dash’ is more than just a pair of wireless headphone, especially when you look at what those tiny buds are packing inside such as:
- 4GB of storage
- 3.5 hours battery
- Media player
- Heart rate monitor
- Oxygen saturation sensor
With a feature list to make sports enthusiasts drop their jaw, Bragi combines the features of several devices (sport watch, phone, MP3 player) into one pair of earbuds. Making it more than enough for anybody to consider trading in their current pair of headphones for The Dash.
Electric scooter manufacturer has been making waves since launching last year for its design resembling the iconic Vespa.
Originally from Munich, but now based in Berlin – the unu is available for a starting price of €1699. The electric scooter is also customisable and can be ordered in a variety of colours for an additional fee.
The unu is powered by a 1000 Watt removable battery, which can be charged at any power outlet. The battery can last for 3 days and has a range of 50 km. However the unu has space for an extra battery which doubles your range. The electric scooter can reach a speed of 45km/h and can come with a three-engine configuration, which can improve the unu’s acceleration.
The car-sharing service started in Munich back in 2011 as a joint-venture by BMW and car-rental service Sixt.
DriveNow is now available in five cities in Germany, London, San Francisco and London, where they operate a fleet of Minis and BMWs and are distributed across those cities
DriveNow lets people find a car to rent through their mobile application. After finding a car, people can reserve it and pick it up where it was left by the previous driver. The car is unlocked using the DriveNow Customer Card and a pin code is used to start the engine. After which you can start driving and drop it off at your destination for the next person to rent.
Fashion startup Stylight sets out to keep people updated with the latest fashion trends and discover new brands. Their platform acts as an aggregator for the best e-commerce websites and handpicks the products to display on their website.
Stylight was founded in 2008 and is currently available in 14 countries across four continents. With their website and applications for iOS and Android, the fashion startup has a user base of over 6 million who use their platform to discover or shop for the latest clothes.
You can discover more interesting startups from Munich over at AngelList.