Entrepreneurship Innovation

9 + 2 startups of Crete that deserve your attention

Our team has been standing next to the startups of Crete for years. We try to give them a louder voice, so that even more people can get to know the fledgling entrepreneurship of our island.

We have been moving in this direction since 2017 by organizing Open Coffee Heraklion. A meeting point of acquaintance and interaction between active young people and professionals who create in Crete.

Today we have chosen to present to you 11 startups from Crete that we think deserve our attention. In fact, 8 of them have already presented their work at Open Coffee Heraklion!

Mentionlytics - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Mentionlytics provides a monitoring tool for a brand’s online activity and social media. The need to have centralized information about a brand’s online presence becomes imperative as we get deeper and deeper into the digital world. It’s not just about big business anymore.

By monitoring their activity, even very small businesses or professionals can gather important information to judge if they are moving on the right path in marketing, if they are achieving the goals they have set, etc.

In this effective gathering of information, Mentionlytics steps in to provide a platform necessary for every business.

Location: Ierapetra, Crete
Industry: Advertising & Marketing (AdTech)
Funding State: Bootstrapped

Watch here the talk of Manos Perakakis of Mentionlytics at Open Coffee Heraklion #1

EnzyQuest  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

EnzyQuest is a Cretan biotech startup. It develops new enzyme products, which enable more efficient production and analysis processes. With extensive experience in enzyme discovery and production, EnzyQuest contributes to research, health, and the food industry.

EnzyQuest stands out in the field of enzyme discovery. It uses AI combined with wet-lab techniques to help discover organisms suitable for industrial use.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Life Sciences (MedTech, HealthTech, BioTech)
Funding State: Series A

Δημήτρης Κουτσιούλης - EnzyQuest

Watch here the talk of Dimitris Koutsioulis of EnzyQuest at Open Coffee Heraklion #19

biopix-t  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

BIOPIX-T aims to make molecular diagnostic tools available to those who need them. Regardless of their financial capacity, country of residence and level of education. At the same time, it develops and manufactures IRIS. It is an innovative portable diagnostic device for molecular testing (DNA, RNA). IRIS can detect infectious diseases such as influenza and COVID-19 as well as mutations (cancer or cardiovascular) for drug delivery.

BIOPIX-T is a successful example of technology transfer from research to business. The team developed the core expertise within the Hellenic Institute of Molecular Technology and Biotechnology of F.O.R.T.H., of which BIOPIX-T is a spin-off.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Life Sciences (MedTech, HealthTech, BioTech)
Funding State: Seed

ORamaVR  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

ORamaVR started in 2016 as a spin-off startup of the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas. Its goal is to change the simulation training of health professionals as we know it, making the creation of educational simulations for medical procedures more affordable and fast, through the platform it has developed.

With a series of national and international distinctions, it has already attracted funding from the European Union. At the same time, it maintains important research collaborations with companies and institutions such as Airbus, Telefonica, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and Eurescom. In 2020, ORamaVR successfully completed a funding round led by VR industry leader HTC Vive.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Life Sciences (MedTech, HealthTech, BioTech)
Funding State: Seed

Σταύρος Κατέρος - ORamaVR

Watch here the talk of Stavros Kateros of ORamaVR at Open Coffee Heraklion #8

JADBio  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

JADBio is based in both the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas and Los Angeles. Its goal is to facilitate data scientists and life science professionals in research, in an affordable way.

With the growth of the team and the flow of significant funding, JADBio has started building a platform, which will provide leading artificial intelligence tools and automation capabilities and enable life science professionals to build and deploy accurate and explainable predictive models at speed and convenience, even if they don’t have data science expertise.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Life Sciences (MedTech, HealthTech, BioTech)
Funding State: Seed

Παύλος Χαρονυκτάκης - JADBio

Watch here the talk of Pavlos Charonyktakis of JADBio at Open Coffee Heraklion #18

Oxygen Pelatologio  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Oxygen Pelatologio

 is the evolution of an in-house ERP application built and used by the founders of the application to meet their own needs and requirements as professionals.

Today, the team consists of people from the real world of business and finance / accounting. Thus, the team is able to provide the best online services as well as immediate technical support.

Oxygen Pelatologio maintains its headquarters in the Science and Technology Park of Crete (STEPC). Since April 2020, Oxygen Pelatologio has entered into a strategic partnership with Papaki. The result of the cooperation is the provision of an integrated plan of services for businesses. It certainly stands out as one of the rising startups of Crete.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: FinTech
Funding State: –

Βαγγέλης Γράσσος - Oxygen Pelatologio

Watch here the talk of Vaggelis Grassos of Oxygen Pelatologio at Open Coffee Heraklion #7

BIOCOS  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

The people of BioCos are highly specialized in Biotechnology, Computer Science, but also in business and marketing.

BioCos provides holistic DNA-based authentication and traceability solutions for companies operating in the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. In the healthcare sector, it supports companies with customized development of Bioinformatics pipelines for a wide range of applications.

Location: Chania, Crete
Industry: AgriTech / FoodTech
Funding State: Bootstrapped

Στέλιος Αρχοντάκης - BioCos - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Watch here the talk of Stelios Archontakis of BioCos at Open Coffee Heraklion #10

tourmie  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Another Cretan startup worth checking out is Tourmie.
Tourmie changes the traditional concierge services by offering an all-in-one digital solution to hotels, BnB property owners and managers. Thus, they can easily serve, manage and interact with their visitors, before, during and after their stay. From helpful accommodation information and area suggestions to additional services, requests and online check-in, guests now have access to everything they need for every stage of their journey, digitally, in one place.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Travel / Hospitality / Leisure
Funding State: Bootstrapped

Στέλιος Χρηστάκης - Tourmie - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Watch here the talk of Stelios Christakis of Tourmie at Open Coffee Heraklion #18

Code BGP  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Code BGP is a spinoff startup of the Institute of Computer Science, of F.O.R.T.H. It has a presence both in the US and Crete. It provides SaaS solutions for network automation, visibility, and security, with an emphasis on BGP (Border Gateway Protocol). The founders of Code BGP have many years of experience in design, implementation and research innovation to improve BGP functions.

Location: Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Advertising & Marketing (AdTech)
Funding State: Seed

For the end, we kept two startups that did not start from Crete, but have a strong impact on the local ecosystem.

sunlight.io  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Sunlight.io started in Cambridge and is redefining what high performance cloud and virtualisation should be. Its team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on the virtualisation of enterprise applications, cloud services, networking and the development of embedded systems.

The company is supported by a world-class engineering team, with expertise in low level hardware design, firmware / drivers, hypervisors, storage and network IO, cloud management / orchestration and web UI technologies.

After receiving significant funding, Sunlight.io maintains a Research & Development Center in Heraklion as well. In doing so, it is shaping the landscape of the tech industry in our city.

Location: Cambridge & R&D center in Heraklion, Crete
Industry: Cloud Computing
Funding State: Series B

Θανάσης Ζωγράφος - Sunlight.io - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Watch here the talk of Thanasis Zografos of Sunlight.io at Open Coffee Heraklion #20

fairlo  - startups της Κρήτης - επιχειρηματικότητα

Fairlo started in Stockholm with a vision to make managing personal finances safer, fairer and easier, whether these come through a loan or through other services. Its services are based on the philosophy that the client should be able to fully own their financial situation. That is why the innovative technology that Fairlo develops automatically ensures that the customer always has a sustainable repayment plan regardless of how and when they borrow or how they choose to repay.

Fairlo may not be one of the conventional startups of Crete, but it is already a strong card of the local ecosystem. Seeing the development prospects of the Cretan innovation and technology ecosystem, they created a tech hub in Heraklion about 1.5 years ago, which already employs 15 developers.

Location: Stockholm & tech hub in Heraklion, Crete
Industry: FinTech
Funding State: Seed 

Do you have a startup?

If you have a startup that is active in Crete and you want to tell us about it at Open Coffee Heraklion, contact us!