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20 Climate Tech Startups From Western Balkans to Keep an Eye on

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Western Balkans, the unpolished technology gem of Europe, is ripe with innovations tackling the reduction of effects and triggers of climate change and associated challenges. The agri-food sector holds particular importance to the region so here is where startups have also profilerated, with solutions in precision agriculture and food waste reduction. Regional startups also put forward solutions for the circular economy and resource management, electric mobility, and smart cities. 

Below, we compile a listicle of key climate tech startups from Western Balkans and introduce their solutions. 

 

Climate tech startups from Western Balkans

Croatia

Name: Miret

Founders: Domagoj Boljar, Hrvoje Boljar

Vertical: Circular economy, Alternative materials

Solution: Miret develops compostable and recyclable shoes from alternative materials that are renewable and non-toxic, such as hemp. They recently won in the sustainable manufacturing category at the Global Footwear Awards, GFA for their CLAY sneaker which is certified by OEKO-TEX® sustainability standard for textiles and leather.

Funding: Equity crowdfunding of $723.8K.

 

Name: Makabi Agritech

Team leader: Associate Professor Marko Vinceković

Vertical: Agriculture

Solution: As a bridge between the private sector and academia, Makabi aims to transfer knowledge and technology to other companies. They are building microcapsules that offer plant protection and nutrition, as well as controlled release of bioactive components, reducing the use of chemicals.

Funding: The company was founded after winning Zagreb Innovation Centre’s Startup Factory pre-acceleration program’s final competition in 2018. They have also raised money from EIT Food, Innovation Prizes 2020, Bioeconomy Ventures and Accelerate 2030 Croatia.

 

Name: AGRIVI

Founders: Matija Zulj

Vertical: Agriculture

Solution: Agrivi is a farm management software solution that gives farmers data and insights, from micro-climate and soil condition to machinery fleet monitoring, necessary to improve operations, crop performance, and costs,

Funding: To date, they raised $7.3 million from investors, including 1.15 million euro from the European Innovation Council (EIC) to build their AI-driven agronic adviser.

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North Macedonia

Name: Challenger

Founder: Olga Rajcic

Vertical: Green Mobility

Solution: Challenger is a mobile app that incentivizes users to walk, run or bike more by rewarding them with discounts to products and services at local businesses. As a result, the app is helping users reduce their carbon footprint from conventional forms of transportation.

 

Name: AirCare

Co-founder & CEO: Gorjan Jovanovski

Vertical: Green City

Solution: The web and mobile app visualizes and aggregates open air quality data, helping users understand the level of pollution of the air they are breathing at any given time.

Funding: They obtained a $22.600 grant.

 

Name: MamaOrgana

Founder: Natalija Burgieva

Vertical: Food waste reduction, Agriculture

Solution: MamaOrgana is a social enterprise that produces organic fertilizers and substrates from food waste, which in turn help farmers and urban gardeners to reduce their environmental impact.

Funding: They received support and seed funding from CEED Hub.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Name: BeeBee

Founder: Dino Hajrić

Vertical: Green city, Electric mobility

Solution: Beebee offers electric scooter rental via a mobile application. The service is available throughout Sarajevo.

Funding: The fleet was acquired with the help of the FBiH Environmental Protection Fund.

 

Kosovo

Name: Dyvo

Program Director: Nikki


Vertical: Circular economy, Waste reduction

Solution: A community of creatives and environmentalists that join their forces to tackle plastic pollution and waste. Dyvo uses acrylic plastic waste and turns it into sustainable products

 

Montenegro

Name: Altaboxa (former WoolaPack)

Founder: Nikica Marinkovic

Vertical: Alternative materials

Solution: WoolaPack produces natural alternatives to styrofoam boxes for transportation of temperature-sensitive products in the food industry. Their insulation material is made of a rough type of wool that farmers have a hard time selling to the fashion industry.

 

Serbia

Name: Beehold

Founders: Petar Pejic

Verticals: Biotech/IoT

Solution: The team is developing solutions for the digitization of beehive inspection. The solution offers precise and real-time colony status information and AI-enabled suggestions for optimal beekeeping. 

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Funding: They raised a total of €115K, including  €80K from Serbia’s Innovation Fund.

 

Name: ElevenEs

CEO: Nemanja Mikac

Vertical: Electric mobility, Energy storage

Solution: ElevenEs produces battery cells with their proprietary LFP technology (a type of lithium-ion battery using lithium iron phosphate, ed.note). The batteries are aimed to last longer and cost less.

Funding: They received an investment from EIT InnoEnergy in 2021, to build a battery gigafactory in Serbia.

 

Name: Strawberry Energy

Founders: Miloš Milisavljević

Vertical: Green city, Renewable energy

Solution: They build smart furniture for urban spaces, which features solar panels that create electrical energy and IoT technologies that help citizens connect and charge their devices.

Funding: They raised a total funding amounting to €568.8K.

 

Name: BioSense Institute

Director: Vladimir Crnojevic 

Vertical: Natural resources, Agriculture

Solution: The R&D biotech institute is working with NASA on developing a monitoring system that will use satellite imagery to improve Serbian water and land resource utilization. They are also working on other projects within the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, including the development of flexible robots for intelligent automation of precision agriculture operations.

Funding: Grant funding including from EU Horizon 2020.

 

Name: ATAR

Founders: Filip Injac 

Vertical: Agriculture

Solution: The ATAR Sprayer is a system using AI that enables spraying machines to perform precise weed detection and spot spraying. In this way, they contribute to decreasing the use of chemicals on farming land.

 

Name: NSoilab

Co-founder and CEO: Ivana Pajčin

Vertical: Agriculture

Solution: They create eco-friendly, microbial-based products for sustainable and organic agriculture to help produce high-quality and healthy food, as well as improve soil quality.

 

Name: Typhoon HIL

Headquarters: Somerville, Massachusetts, with Serbian founder, team and offices

Founders: Nikola Fischer Celanovic (CEO), Ivan Celanovic (CBO)

Vertical: Energy, renewable energy

Description: The company is building ultra-high fidelity Hardware in the Loop (HIL) solutions that can reduce the time to market and cost of testing, and improve the quality of electronics, microgrids, e-Mobility, EV powertrain software testing, and distribution control and protection systems. 

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Albania

Name: AgroWeb

Founders: A collaboration of the consulting company Creative Business Solutions (CBS) and USAID
Vertical: Green city, Sustainable consumption, Food

Solution: They are a media platform creating content with verified information and recommendations about food and personal products that promote a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

 

Name: Charge&GO

Founders: Milos Kostic

Vertical: Electrical mobility

Solution:  The Charge&GO platform and mobile app helps electric vehicle owners and charging point operators to manage their chargers and networks, set prices, limit usage, and review charging sessions, as well as manage charging processes, payment, and invoicing. 

Funding: They received €80K from the Innovation Fund in Serbia.

 

Name: UrbiGo

Founder: Anja (Carapic) Varnicic, Aleksandar Varnicic, Milan Trajkovic

Vertical: Food, Agriculture

Solution: A consumer electronics startup aiming to unify technology with botanics and help people grow their own indoor garden. They use tech such as machine learning and gamification to make urban gardening easy and fun, by helping users control and track progress through an app.

Funding: They received a $92.2K grant.

 

This list is not exhaustive. Should you know other climate tech startups from Western Balkans that need to be on this list, email us at [email protected].

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Antoanela is a Sustainability Communications Specialist and Deputy Editor at The Recursive media. From these roles, she is helping organizations communicate their latest sustainability goals, strategies, and technologies. She writes about climate tech, ESG, impact investment, sustainability regulation, and related topics.