Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on emerging solutions that mitigate the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Here, we are taking a look at some of the top remote work solutions.
Heat Map: 6 Top Remote Work Startups
For our 6 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 503 relevant remote work startups. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Eloops – Employee Engagement
During lockdowns, it is essential that remote employees continue working, remain engaged and feel connected. In order to keep teams involved, remote-friendly companies leverage technology to introduce gamified corporate culture applications, set continuous learning with virtual progress check-ins, as well as implement digital team building activities.
The US-based startup Eloops creates an employee engagement automation solution for distributed teams. The solution assists in tracking job satisfaction with custom polls, surveys, and feedback rounds and drafts personalized messages and in-app notifications. Besides, the solution offers pre-made engaging content and virtual team building ideas.
Plann3r – Meeting Schedulers
While staying home for extended periods of time like during pandemics, people need to allocate enough time for work and rest by establishing everyday routines and discipline. This is where meeting schedulers come in handy. The software helps to plan availability, “busy” times, import external calendars, keep track of important meetings, and ensure reasonable time management.
Belgian startup Plann3r develops an artificial intelligence (AI)-based secure meeting scheduling product. This allows companies to create a meeting page with templates and details to suit the look of their brand. The solution integrates all calendars and third-party software, manages availability, as well as finds and sets the most appropriate slots for meetings.
VRdirect – Virtual Reality (VR) Presentations
Companies that conduct their client sales presentations and marketing expos on-site experience harsh times during lockdown. This includes firms in the automotive, agriculture, real estate, and design sectors, among others. Virtual reality offers opportunities to not just continue their presentation efforts, but also to provide a richer visual experience and immersive emotional flair to their clients, without the need to step out of their homes.
German startup VRdirect develops a virtual reality platform for enterprises. The solution grants VR content creation tools for sales and marketing teams, particularly targeting car model presentations and real estate walkthroughs. Instant publishing and real-time updates enable teams to build interactive 360° experiences. These experiences are shared with clients or audiences at any time with dedicated apps or virtual reality glasses.
Taskblitz – Team Collaboration
Nowadays, businesses face project management and task coordination challenges related to the nature of the location-agnostic workforce. Emerging companies develop innovative solutions to create all-in-one virtual project management and team collaboration environments. These platforms allow individuals to set goals, track progress, manage HR details, and hold each other accountable for project-related matters.
Austrian startup Taskblitz offers a team cooperation tool that focuses on project collaboration, communication, and documentation. The solution helps teams to arrange personal/group drag-and-drop task management, milestone tracking, and deadlines reminders. It also sets up a real-time chat and configures semi-automatic HR/invoices management.
Proficonf – Video Conferencing
Since synchronous communication is a vital component for remote teams, it is wise to create prerequisites for successful virtual collaboration. Remote work startups use state-of-the-art audio and video conferencing to enable coworkers, partners, and clients to stay connected face-to-face in real-time, share screens, and exchange files from different devices as if they were in the same meeting room.
Proficonf is a Ukrainian startup that offers a high definition video conferencing solution, accessible from web browsers. The solution accommodates up to 250 participants, enables session recording, and facilitates instant file, screen, media, and collaborative dashboard sharing. Moreover, the solution grounds on adjustable connection stability, allowing users with low bandwidth and poor connection to participate.
Aubot – Telepresence Robots
While employees primarily work remotely during a lockdown, it is still important to make sure that office spaces remain under regular monitoring for order, safety, and operability reasons. Telepresence robots assist managers in monitoring workspaces from any part of the world, with just a few clicks. Telepresence robots move across places, change angles for better visibility and facilitate office supervision chores. Furthermore, the technology enables a person’s practically physical presence in mandatory meetings, when requested.
Aubot is an Australian startup that manufactures telepresence robots for various applications. The startup’s main product, Teleport, combines dual cameras, a wide-angle lens, ultrasonic sensors, and dynamic robot height adjustments for better navigation. The solution also features a remote web control interface and video connection, accessible from any browser.
How To Flatten The Curve?
This is an unprecedented situation for many of us across the world. The SARS outbreak in the early 2000s claimed 774 lives. That toll was enough to drive research & development and easier healthcare solutions. It is an encouraging fact that several mobile health, e-health, diagnostics, and remote health startups and emerging companies are able to respond during a pandemic. With thousands of deaths already, we expect to see numerous new companies offering technology-driven solutions to help doctors, nurses, other health workers, and the larger public.