This list of ten CEE startups is a brief selection of businesses for a good cause that might inspire your own ideas or offer you the chance to get involved yourself.
Sportsmight be on the top of your list this year, so the activities of SuperSoulMe are worth checking out. The Austrian startup is a non-profit agency providing under-privileged children andteenagers with alternative dance education. Their goal is create art together and at the same time foster self confidence and new perspectives. Find out more about the team here.
Many promise themselves to make new experiences in 2015 so why not start early with robotics and TiRoLab? The startup aims to motivate children for learning about mechanics, electronics, and IT. Through robotics workshops founder Michael Sieb tries encourages kids to try out things on their own which makes technology and a future career in this branch more tangible for them. Get to know Michael and his business here.
If better grades or social learning are among your new year’s resolutions, Talentify might be for you. The Vienna-based team made it their goal to support students in studying for school as well as for life. The team aims to be a match-maker for those who provide and look for studying assistance but also organises hands-on workshops that are specifically centered on students’ interests. Meet the team here.
You can choose your friends but you can’t always choose your neighbours, right? But if you take a heart and get to know them better, they might turn out not so bad after all. This is why Vienna-based startup FragNebenan aims to connect people who live in the same neighbourhood and encourages them to organise themselves. Get to know their story and read about their inspirations here.
For many, this time of the year is a chance to rethink what we take for granted in our lives. Blitab (formerly Green Vision), for example, found that modern technology should be accessible for everyone and came up with the idea for a tablet that provides text in Braille. The cofounders aim to enable blind people to access the possibilities of a screen and are currently working on their first prototype.
Let’s face it, we produce too much waste and we all know it. That’s why Croatian Humana Nova decided to react to the waste issue by recycling and reusing old textiles. The social cooperative promotes integration of disabled people as well as environment-friendly production. So, the project t not only creates jobs but also turns what others believe to be waste into new clothes and precious material again. Find out more about Humana Nova here.
Are you looking for an alternative travel solution and get new perspectives in the new year? Then check out the service of Pragulic. The Czech startup offers city tours with homeless guides and lets you experience the capital through their eyes. Read more about the team and how to take part here.
Eat healthy! Cosul de Legume makes it easier for you by providing an organic farming and distributing venture. The Romanian startup produces healthy food without pesticides or chemical fertilisers and, if you live in Bucharest, delivers right to your door. Find out more about the organic startup here.
If you’ve ever changed diapers, you know about downside of parenthood. – No, not the contents, but the waste that is produced by throw-away diapers. That’s why Serbian Daj Daj came up with the idea of a bamboo-based cloth solutions that is eco friendly, cost effective and a healthier choice for the baby.
If you promised yourself to finally clean out your closet at the year-end you might ask yourself what to do with all the stuff you don’t need anymore. Zadruga Dobrote is a Slovenia-based company that aims to bring back used clothes into the textile cycle. The social business operates as a non-profit organization and creates jobs for people with underprivileged backgrounds.