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The Top 15 Israeli Startups And Innovations Of 2014

A look at the most influential and progressive startups of the year

By: Jordana Wolf, NoCamels

Published: December 26th, 2014 in Business » Israel

The Top 15 Israeli Startups And Innovations Of 2014

On the eve of 2015, the culture of innovation is more robust than ever and Israel, the self-proclaimed “Startup Nation,” is doing all it can to maintain its title. Israel fosters a culture at the brink of innovation, and in 2014, the country out-did itself, creating cutting-edge technology, enabling breakthrough medical devices and vaccines, new platforms for businesses, and one concept in particular that is revolutionizing the workplace environment.

Meet the Israeli companies and innovations that made 2014 a year to remember!

1. Consumer Physics: SCiO

SCIO

When Consumer Physics launched their Kickstarter campaign for SCiO, a USB-sized molecular scanner, no one could have imagined that in just 30 days, the company would raise $2 million in funding from more than 10,000 backers. The pocket-sized device made such big waves because of its disruptive technology that scans materials or physical objects to analyze their chemical makeup. It could tell you, for example, whether your apple is still good to eat, or whether your plant needs more water. Destined to create a digital database of our physical world, SCiO may one day allow us to become hands-on molecular biologists and better understand the chemical composition of every object that surrounds us.

2. BreezoMeter

breezometer

Staying healthy in today’s bustling cities can be a real challenge. Air quality is often poor and pollution high, making it difficult to keep those lungs pink! But, an Israeli team of environmental engineers has created a new app called BreezoMeter that measures air quality levels in real-time and provides health recommendations to its users. A big-data analytics platform, BreezoMeter gathers data from thousands of air-monitoring sensors worldwide, using analgorithm to track and interpret air pollution levels. The app currently maps air quality levels throughout Israel and will soon be available for use in the US. Recently selected out of over 600 startup ideas, BreezoMeter was chosen by the major American cable news network CNBC as one of the 20 hottest startups in the world.”

3. PlayBuzz

PlayBuzz

Trying to figure out your New Year’s Resolution? What kind of holiday party you should throw? Maybe you’re just wondering which reindeer channels your inner energy? PlayBuzz, an open network for the creation and free distribution of playful content, may have the answers. Founded in 2012 by Shaul Olmert, the son of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, and launched just one year later, this startup is now the most shared site on Facebook, beating out household names like “The Huffington Post” and viral content competitor BuzzFeed. Playbuzz succeeded in stealing these popular sites’ traffic in just a matter of months, with only $3.8 million dollars in seed funding. October alone brought over 60 million unique viewers to the site according to quantcast, and with over 250 million users across the Playbuzz network, it seems that the site’s quirky quizzes are taking the world by storm.

This article was first published on NoCamels - Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.

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