Although inflation and other world economic policies are higher than we all would like, business is flourishing across various sectors. Some trends in industrial startups this year stretch across industrial biotech with multiple applications and more easily accessible digital innovation for all.
Making Existing Standards Better
It’s always exciting when new innovations are released to the public. AI, wireless power, and even flying vehicles are hot topics right now. But new technologies can be more subversive, yet no less useful than what we can immediately see. Improving existing technologies is a great example. For instance, bridge waterproofing technologies at https://visionsc.co.uk/eliminator/ demonstrate just how beneficial new innovations with existing technologies can be in terms of safety, security, and durability in burgeoning industrial sectors.
Biotech and Industrial Preservation
One of the most exciting industries today is biotechnology. Biotechnology is defined as “the integration of natural sciences and engineering” (Wikipedia). The sector is a multibillion-dollar industry today and has applications such as fighting medical diseases, lab-grown meats, and even using compounds to delay the ripening of produce. Then there are exciting and fearful applications such as genomics and DNA manipulation, and even cloning in some countries.
Trends in Industrial Startups Across Africa
Africa has long been regarded as the place with the most untapped potential. For this reason, you cannot ignore the continent as a prime startup location. Money from all over the world, but mostly from the US, floods into Africa every day. Some of the biggest startups include:
- Aspen Pharmacare: international pharmaceuticals.
- Jumia: online groceries shopping service.
- Tabby: online payment shop now, pay later service.
- MNT-Halan: innovative digital and electronic banking.
- IHS Towers: One of Africa’s largest telecoms companies.
Most startups on the continent are geared towards facilitating improvements to existing infrastructure or installing new and exciting tech. For example, thousands of farmers and vendors are connected to Twiga Foods’ innovative mobile app for tracking inventory.
Making Digital Innovation More Accessible
Whether this is a good thing or bad remains to be seen. But digital innovations such as app development, web design, and even marketing are becoming easier. Modern examples include no-code app design, WYSIWYG development environments, and AI-powered art and design. Of course, there will always be a need for human or professionally created products. But as more people look to start businesses, there is a real and emerging market for digital convenience.
Faster Consumer Market Convenience
Further to convenience, who doesn’t want what they need as fast as possible at the best price? Services such as Amazon are already leading the way in consumer convenience. And as a consumer-facing service, this has taken the world by storm, not least during the global pandemic a few years ago. Yet there are also startups looking to revolutionize the convenience market by providing services that begin at home, such as Lensabl prescription glasses products.
Some of the trends in industrial startups this year are among the most exciting we have seen for years. You can find startups that aim to make existing infrastructure better and safer. And you can consider Africa as a startup boomtown. Of course, consumer convenience leads the way.