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An EU/Slovenian high-tech company, specialized in digital transformation (i.e. platform business model development), mathematical optimization and tailored algorithm development, with focus on great CX and putting the user first.

 

An interdisciplinary team of ~20 employees, including 11 PhDs, highly skilled in mathematics, research, business and software development is specialized in solving complex optimization problems in different industries, providing efficient, scalable and durable IT solutions.

We have led digitalisation and digital transformation of numerous products and services. Among which the most representative ones are GoOpti (https://www.goopti.com, award winning European mobility platform, Slovenian start-up of 2015, that received multi million VC funding) and ACE.Trade (https://ace.trade, one-stop shop for accessing the utility of tokenized platforms, managing, organizing and trading tokens, publicly launched in May 2019).

Abelium is also an expert partner in various national and European R&D projects and research programs

 
$25,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2009
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Key clients: 

ACE.Trade, Anteja ECG, A&C Rus Consulenza, GoOpti, GIZ Germany, Dixero, Epilog, EASME, EU Space Agency, EU Science Foundation, Ministry of Culture (MK), Ministry of Economic Development & Technology (MGRT), Port of Koper, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture & Sport (MIZKS), Ministry of Public Administration (MJU).

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EDISON WINCI - A comprehensive IT solution pilot for the contactless charging of EVs

Client: Consortium - ICT division: Abelium, Sunesis, GoOpti, HIDRIA, ISKRA, NELA, Pošta Slovenije, Sunesis   

The goal of this project is to develop and validate with real users all (missing) key building blocks of a supporting environment that will:

-enable and facilitate simple, efficient and user-friendly wireless charging of EV
(with minimal harm to existing infrastructure), and -support the development

of engaging innovative business models of multimodal mobility and EV sharing.

ICT Key Enabling Technologies: blockchain, internet of services/things, social networks, mobile & cloud, multimodal business models.

-A third party mobile app that enables its
users to seamlessly and safely participate in
the EV mobility solution
(incl. routing, booking, paying, invoice management, access token).
-A developed multimodal business model that includes wireless charging EVs.
-Developed and demonstrated key IT componentes that support customer engagement in the ekosistem.
-A comprehensive IT solution pilot for the contactless charging of EVs.

 

 

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spiritslovenia.si - One Stop Shop Entrepreneurial Portal

Client: SPIRIT Slovenia - Public Agency for Entrepreneurship, Internationalization, Fore­ign Investments and Technology

 

“OSS” for enabling and promoting Slovenian entrepreneurship, by centralization of its core services & products in a customer-centric way.

Digitalisation of complex decentralized gov. services in one place, to build a vivid platform for the ecosystem of partners; internal

(SI) and external.

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IoW - Internet Of Wood

Client: Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia

 

Pilot of IT platform for the forest-based sector in Slovenia.

Main challenges in the forest-based sector are its high fragmentation and subsequently wholesale export of roundwood instead of products of high added value.

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GoOpti - Dynamic Shuttle Mobility Platform

Client: GoOpti

 

A fast growing Demand Responsive Transportation marketplace, providing innovative matching of passengers for shared and private transfers between airports and small and medium sized remote towns and cities.

Main challenges were switching cost of the business model, reliability, scalability, safety …  delivering value where the need is.

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ACE.Trade - Quick dive into the crypto world.

Client: ACEX & Abelium

ACE.Trade is a simple mobile fiat-to-crypto gateway for beginners in the EU jurisdiction with excellent customer care and first utilities.

The team is developing a product which is a mobile “crypto broker” for novice mainstream customers buying crypto is hard &

frightening.

Pain: Mainstream customers don’t play with their money. The mainstream user’s experience today results in elevated stress, feeling intimidated, treated as a potential criminal, and he is therefore not buying.

Solution: This is the reason why the company promises a “Quick Dive into the Crypto World”. Meaning, providing a solution in the form of a simple mobile EUR to BTC/ETH/XRP gateway for beginners, with a community of peers to help everyone make informed decisions.

Together with their community, they are slowly heading towards their future product that will tackle the challenge of handling a complex world of tokens in one place.

Future:  This is just the begining (could call it also the MVP) . The team is building a one-stop-shop (OSS) for accessing the utility of tokenized platforms - trading, managing, organizing and staking tokens.

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phy2app

phy2app - Transparency and Traceability.

Providing information about products to consumers and end-buyers, far beyond the information available through company websites.

Transparent information that is of most interest to the consumer.

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Dynamic Mobility Platform Dev for Transportation Marketplace

"The mindset and being at the same time also 'human and reachable' are the characteristics you don’t see often."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Jan. 2015 - Jan. 2018
Project summary: 

Abelium R&D provided custom software development for a transportation marketplace. The team created a dynamic shuttle mobility platform to help solve the client's main pain points.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Slovenia
Damijan Omerza
Product Manager & Co-owner, GoOpti B.V.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Abelium R&D delivered the project successfully and on time. The team used the Agile methodology for the project. They managed to offer a unique combination of intelligent digital product development, theoretical background, and focus on solving problems that matter to the end-users.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My position: Project manager (co-owner) of GoOpti, a fast-growing Demand Responsive Transportation marketplace, providing innovative matching of passengers for shared and private transfers between airports and small and medium-sized remote towns and cities.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Abelium R&D, and what were your goals?

There were many challenges to tackle at the beginning and concrete barriers to overcome since we were aware that the scalable back-end of the sales platform takes expertise & time to develop.

We had many product meetings and productive workshops, through which a transparent partnership evolved. We have defined our main pain-points on which they helped, with their team and services, as having knowledge of:

  • customized (complicated) algorithms, experience, and know-how about those,
  • the organizational optimization including pricing, logistics, and process automation (all is specific and scalable developed, but not visible from the outside to the end user – to whom, everything has to be seamless).

Additionally, to keep »the first mover advantage« on the market, we knew that we will need to handle also:

Effective (dynamic) pricing, pooling and risk management. - Customized algorithms: routing, scheduling optimization, process automation, payment processing, customer acquisition tools.

  • Web (front-office and back-office) and mobile apps. 
  • Allow defensibility against newcomers.
  • Years of data gathering. ...and all the above was also delivered through their interdisciplinary team of innovative business model researchers and practitioners. Their consulting and advisory mentorship on this matter, as also in later phases help on the VC funding’s, were of priceless added value.
SOLUTION

How did you select Abelium R&D and what were the deciding factors?

We scanned the IT-market and other scientific facilities in our region (not just in our country), since we knew that it is important to clearly define project specification, so we couldn’t hire »youngsters« or IT-firms with limited experience in custom software development, or firms with fixed pre-developed.

We knew, we need a custom development, appropriate for our needs, which will then best address the needs of our customers (based on our research and segmentation). And that can be achieved only with an agile, but senior committed team of interdisciplinary experts, that also understand the business side of the problems they are solving.

We selected Abelium through a recommendation from the IT-sector, their clearly presented references, diversified team of PhDs, which impressed us, and proven track record of long-term cooperation – as also applied science expertise knowledge was their biggest advantage in the process of decision making.

After first few meetings we already saw that they are thinking »out-of-the-box« and already started to ask the right question, through which we saw they do want to understand the right problem being fixed, before jumping into documenting and programming a solution we thought we need.

Trust was gained fast and we quickly became a good team, that resulted in agreed partnership also on the business model side and entering in the co-ownership structure. Since we are building an innovation, that can't be put into “bare numbers”.

Describe the scope of work in detail, including the project steps, key deliverables, and technologies used.

As described, through tight cooperation, we defined final business model to serve our USP: » Flexible and reliable as a personal car for the price of a bus, also on long distance routes. « That is why we have hired them to deliver:

  • State-of-the-art optimization algorithm using machine learning. Meaning: 1. Dynamic pricing: transferring know-how of low-cost airlines to road transportation and upgraded with big data analytics and probability calculation. 2. Departure time and route optimization.
  • Demand-responsive scaling (adding shuttles based on demand).
  • Web/mobile sales platform and online access to customers.
  • Customer pooling on long-distance – similar routes, similar desired travel time. …and they did. With excellence and also additional services that had emerged and were needed to be handled.

How many people from the vendor's team worked with you, and what were their positions?

As partners we mostly worked with their top-level people, the rest was handled internally on their side, so we are not familiar with the exact numbers (enough, I would say).

Which is again, a great advantage, to have a single-point-of-contact. Or in our case – three: (1) Alen Orbanič, Ph.D., CTO - R&D, mathematics, smart technologies, 12 years in the industry (2) Boris Horvat, Ph.D., CRO - ICT & logistics expert, 13 years in the industry. (3) Primož Lukšič, Ph.D., COO – Operations & payments expert, 10 years in the industry.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any measurable outcomes of the project or general feedback about the deliverables?

Development went (more or less) accordingly by the jointly agreed Project timeline at each phase - since it needed to be in-line also with the VCs expectations and other deals. Which results in positive outcomes, as:

  1. Establishing regional centres in new markets: 2015: Italy and 2017: Spain
  2. Expansion on new markets, (promotion, network)
  3. Continuous improvement of the optimization algorithm, R&D
  4. Setting HR, key personnel, support team, onboarding of the self-efficient internal R&D team

Describe their project management style, including communication tools and timelines.

They operate with an agile mindset on all levels of cooperation. Lean is their “middle name” and being practical on the parts where we need to push forward is a feature you don't see often.

This is also our approach, why complicate if you can do it »KISS«? I can comment mostly from the PM-side since our partnership gives them the "authority" to manage and organize their tech stack with their DEV team. We used mostly Jira – for PM tasks, and kept the vivid documentation in the swagger account, so there are no hidden surprises later on.

The rest of "the hygienics" was also in-line with the current standards (using real-time communication tools, as also the basic but effective ones, like classical mails and calls …) – as indeed, other quality and safety assurance measures were always met.

What did you find most impressive or unique about this company?

A unique combination of expertise in many areas of intelligent digital product development, a theoretical background that enables them to build on the top of novel theoretical results, and at the same time, practicality of tireless focusing on the problems that matter to the end users and execution.

Additionally, mostly their endless enthusiasm and curiosity in solving the real world-industry problems, while being always focused on the end-user (when we already forget why we are doing this), and are we focusing on the right problem or if we take a step back, what would change our decisions.

About their expertise and theoretical knowledge, their CVs can tell you even more – but the mindset and being at the same time also “human and reachable” are the characteristics you don’t see often.

Are there any areas for improvement or something they could have done differently?

Since we are almost a family - with all that comes with that kind of (too?) tight connections – good & bad times during our joint venture story there is hardly something we haven't honestly and directly communicated with them jet - so our “recommendations” for their improvements« have already been met.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Dev of Trading Platform for Cryptocurrency Company

"They helped us build a better product by directing our focus to the right areas."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
April 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Abelium R&D developed custom software building blocks for a trading platform for a cryptocurrency company. They used various technologies including Blockchain, Java, Python, Solidity, JavaScript, and Swift.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
Slovenia
CEO, Cryptocurrency Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client is very happy with Abelium R&D’s work and the team’s ability to understand the usability and complexity of product and software development. Their project management was professional and they delivered within the expected scope.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of a cryptocurrency company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Abelium R&D?

Among other cryptocurrency related businesses, we offer a cryptocurrency exchange. We needed an expert in the field to develop customized and scalable software.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They structured and built the core building blocks of the trading software and implemented it in a scalable way and privacy and cyber-security in mind. Their focus was mostly on security and scalability.

Some of the technologies used were Java, Python, Solidity, and other different Blockchain technologies. They also used mobile technology including JavaScript and Swift.

What is the team composition?

I worked with Alen (Head of Research) primarily, but there were at least 10 people working behind the scenes. 

How much have you invested with them?

We invested between $200,000 - $999,999.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them from April 2017 – January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They weren’t an ordinary IT team, they understand product dev and economics behind it. They were focused on the UX of the end product, too. They helped us understand the complexity behind the software in order to best meet the needs of our customers. We’re very satisfied with their work.

How did Abelium R&D perform from a project management standpoint?

They professionally managed the project and dealt with all the unforeseen issues that arose. They finished within the expected scope. We used ordinary PM tools, such as Basecamp and Jira. We met in person most of the time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

By mastering the whole process of IT product dev, they helped us build a better product by directing our focus to the right areas. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

Some aspects of the project could’ve been finished quicker if they had a bigger team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Tell them what you want, and listen to their advice.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Software Development for International Consulting Firm

"The Abelium team has a super high IQ and a strong team that knows what they are doing."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Abelium R&D provided development and digital marketing consulting for a consulting company, working from full wireframes and a prototype to build a full software platform for the client's operations.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 employees
 
Slovenia
Mateja Dermastia
CEO, Anteja ECG
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The platform delivered has completely satisfied all project stakeholder requirements for the project. The Abelium R&D team worked hard to maintain constant communication over Zoom, and has impressed the client with their technological expertise in a number of areas.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of Anteja ECG. We are a consulting firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Abelium R&D?

We are undergoing a digitalization transformation and Abelium are our consultants. We had a clear idea of the platform and already had a prototype in place, but we wanted to step in with a bigger and more sophisticated team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They reviewed what was done. They took the wireframes that we had done and then did the programming and did the software development for us.

We went through the idea and we provided them with the specific requirements, and they developed it accordingly. When there were any issues or discussions, we developed it together. They provided us with quite a bit of help on this when it came to what might work, what would be best, and what might not be that good.

What is the team composition?

Boris (CEO) is my main contact. I have also had some contact with his team who I have met several times, but I am not in close contact with them. I trust Boris to lead the team.

How did you come to work with Abelium R&D?

We have known each other for a long time. About five years ago, we worked on a project together which was also on the digitalization of the value chains. Before engaging with them, we also checked with people that worked with them previously.

Since we specialize in value chains, in the first project, we led the mapping and what had to be done and they did the whole programming for the software development. Then I started working more in Africa, and when opportunities came up, I asked them if they would be willing to work for us. They joined us for the past two developments.

How much have you invested in them?

We have spent close to $300,000 USD.

What is the status of this engagement?

For this project, we began working with them in October 2019, but we have worked with them in 2016 and 2017 as well.

We are going through several phases, and at the moment we have one product up and running and we are currently working on the second module which we hope to finish in October if everything will be okay.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

We do have a track record with Abelium. We also know several companies that they work with. They do good work for the government here as well and it seems like those projects were very successful.

We have helped them to adapt to more international business in Africa, and so far so good and we are happy.

How did Abelium R&D perform from a project management standpoint?

We have been using Zoom and we have weekly review meetings on Fridays. After COVID-19 we will schedule in-person meetings once every 14 days otherwise we will stick with Zoom as we find it very practical.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I like that they have a super-genius team of mathematicians and physics specialists. This was quite new for me as previously we were dealing with electro engineers and they were more youngsters aged 25 to 30.

The Abelium team has a super high IQ and a strong team that knows what they are doing. They are more experienced, and they are 40 plus. I feel they are a much better fit for our needs; maybe we understand each other better and there isn’t as much of a generation gap between us.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They are extremely high tech and are good at this. My suggestion would be to have a better understanding that sometimes people might not understand what high tech is about and they need more time to understand what it means when they start programming.

We are working in developing countries and we have been bringing Europeans and Americans to real developing countries where there isn’t internet all the time. You have to go backward after doing something sometimes, so it is a bit different. I think they are actually very good. They are software providers and I think they are super good.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Compared to others, they are really good when it comes to deadlines. 
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer