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Software Development for Startups

An innovation-driven software development company with 34 years of experience in product delivery, ScienceSoft helps startups envision selling software products and executes their end-to-end implementation at speed, with an eye for scaling and growth.

Software Development for Startups - ScienceSoft
Software Development for Startups - ScienceSoft

Software development for startups is aimed at helping young companies translate their disruptive ideas into market-ready software products.

With a pool of 750+ experienced software architects, developers, data scientists, DevOps engineers, security and QA experts, ScienceSoft can help startups from all industries overcome the lack of internal skills or resources to reduce the product's time-to-market and ensure high software value for end users.

  • 2–6 months

    to build a product ready for market validation

  • 99%

    safety from security issues

  • Up to 99.99%

    software uptime

  • 100%

    of your focus on marketing, sales, strategic planning

See Your Exact Idea Alive – and Selling

You have an idea. We have the tech knowledge and skills to turn it into software – from initial design to implementation and adoption, keeping the releases frequent and reliable.

Your Gains from Partnering with Us, at a Glance

Immediate project start.

Major releases every 2–6 weeks, minor updates up to several times a day.

Clean code and high-quality unit tests.

Access to the latest frameworks and language versions, architecture designs, inventions and innovative techs (AI/ML, blockchain, AR and VR, IoT, and more).

Established Lean, Agile, and DevOps culture.

Meet ScienceSoft, Your Reliable Development Partner

  • Full-service software development company.
  • Over 750 IT professionals, including 450+ skilled software developers for startups.
  • More than 3,600 success stories (including projects for eBay, IBM, Viber, MTV).
  • Decades-long expertise in 30+ industries.
  • 4.8 rating on Clutch.com.
  • 10 years in DevOps consulting.
  • 10 years in big data.
  • Quality-first approach based on a mature ISO 9001-certified quality management system.
  • ISO 27001-certified security management based on comprehensive policies and processes, advanced security techs, and skilled professionals.

As technology evolves we need to keep abreast. New features and improvements need to be introduced all the time. So I was in search of developers to handle parts of our back-end development. ScienceSoft came across as a reliable partner with decades of experience in the field and proven track record. ScienceSoft delivers great technical quality, really dedicated developers, eager to solve problems, and positive about their work and area of expertise.

David Frenay, CEO at Emolytics, a provider of an innovative market research platform

Cooperation Models We Offer for Startups

Product development outsourcing

We provide a dedicated team of professionals to fully or partially take over your project. Your benefit from 30–50% lower development cost.

Check our offering

Team augmentation

We temporarily back up your team with the required competencies to access specific skills and accelerate development.

Choose the needed skills

Solutions We Help Startups Create

Click on the cards below to explore a full scope of ScienceSoft’s services for the type of software you want to build.

Why You Benefit with ScienceSoft

We Make Your Product Future-Proof

Our startup software development company constructs software to be:

  • Inherently scalable in request volume and number of users served, due to, e.g., employing scalable cloud resources, such as storage, publish-subscribe messaging, etc.
  • Fault-tolerant to automatically and fast recover from failures.
  • Auditable due to centralized embedded monitoring systems, which allows for quick and easy app recovery.
  • Modifiable to easily adopt updates due to the layered/modular architecture, clear separation of concerns (SoC), standardized APIs, etc.
  • Competitive with a unique selling proposition to stand out on the market of products with similar functions.

We Make Your Product Modern

We drive innovation with cutting-edge technologies and enable your software to:

  • Forecast and make informed decisions.
  • Understand the image and video content.
  • Empower smart, connected products (devices) and environments.
  • Dynamically learn from experiences and hold human-like conversations.
  • Provide end-to-end traceability of data and transactions.
  • Create personalized customer experiences in real time, and more.

Software Development Process for Startups: Key Steps and Best Practices

Step 1.

Ideation and discovery

We analyze the needs of your business and target audience and research the competition to determine the best-fitting market niche and a unique selling proposition that will differentiate your product on the market. You receive a clear vision and scope documentation and a high-level project roadmap with cost and time estimates and feasibility assessment for your product idea.

Compliance is an important aspect to consider if you want to launch a product for a regulated industry like finance, insurance, or healthcare. We define relevant legal requirements for your future solution to design it for 100% compliance with the global, country- and industry-specific standards.

ScienceSoft's Senior Business Analyst and Financial and Banking IT Consultant

Step 2.

Product design

We design an optimal feature set, architecture, UX and UI, integration plan, and tech stack for your product with your business priorities and end user expectations in mind. Our teams document all major technical decisions across the product design and never jump into development before getting a client’s approval. If you look to attract external funding, we can also assist in preparing a whitepaper for investors and regulators.

Building a proof of concept is a cost-effective way for startups to test the technical viability of an innovative product and promptly introduce the necessary design changes to avoid costly redevelopment.

ScienceSoft's Senior Solution & Integration Architect

Step 3.

Project planning

At this stage, we scope the project and introduce a comprehensive project plan that outlines the project goals, deliverables, team composition, and KPIs. It also comprises a detailed work breakdown structure, a communication plan, and a risk mitigation strategy.



Step 5.

Development and quality assurance

Our software engineers establish development and delivery automation environment, set up data storage, code the solution’s back end and APIs, and create user interfaces. We run testing in parallel with development to rapidly fix any identified issues.

For each project, our experts meticulously create all process and software documentation. Also, we incorporate a systematic reporting process to keep all participants informed of the project progress.

In our projects, we rely on iterative development to introduce the most important functionality first and help startups faster generate revenue from the product.

ScienceSoft’s Head of Web Development

Step 6.


At this stage, we integrate the software product with your corporate systems and required third-party services (e.g., payment, messaging, authentication). We run rigorous integration testing to ensure smooth and secure data flow between the connected solutions.



Step 7.

Product launch

We configure the app’s infrastructure, backup and recovery procedures, establish infrastructure security, and release the solution to the end users. We can also assist in creating a promotional website and uploading your software to the required app stores to streamline product release.

Software development for startups doesn’t end after the product (or, commonly, an MVP) goes live. Continuous app maintenance and advancement is a must to keep the product aligned with end users’ evolving needs and ensure its smooth performance in the long run.

ScienceSoft's IT Director

The Financial Times Includes ScienceSoft USA Corporation in the List of the Americas’ Fastest-Growing Companies 2023

For the second year in a row, ScienceSoft USA Corporation ranks among 500 American companies with the highest revenue growth. This achievement is the result of our unfailing commitment to provide high-quality IT services and create best-value solutions that meet and even exceed our clients’ expectations.

Techs & Tools We Use in Custom Software Development for Startups

ScienceSoft's Selected Product Development Projects

Viber – an Instant Messaging App with over 1.1B Users

ScienceSoft designed and developed an instant messaging and VoIP app for an ambitious startup. The app enables real-time contact synchronization, group chats with 100+ participants, VoIP, video calls, in-app payments, social sharing, push notifications, and more.

Java Back End for an Innovative Hotel Self-Service App

ScienceSoft created the Java back end for web and mobile versions of a hotel self-service application of a promising startup and provided needed third-party integrations. The chosen tech stack and architecture ensure that the app stays fast and responsive even in the context of multi-userness and high-volume data processing.

Software Products for Life Science Companies

For over 10 years, 29 ScienceSoft’s professionals with chemistry and biochemistry degrees have been covering the development, testing, and support of several software products for a world-famous provider of biotechnology, drug discovery, and chemical research services.

The World’s Largest PLM Software

A unique cloud-based product life cycle management platform, powering 20,000 retailers, manufacturers and suppliers in 110 countries. The platform helps the industry players conjoin their efforts, knowledge, and clients, and provides users with advanced analysis and reporting capabilities.

Care Team Coordination Web Application for 120+ Caregivers

The application allows assigning care team members to each patient and notifying the selected members about the specific patient events in line with the RACI matrix.

Invention Machine Software with Semantic Search

ScienceSoft developed a number of products, which enables more cost-effective, competitive, and inventive problem-solving for companies and automates the process of concept creation due to semantic analysis of natural language texts including 15 mln worldwide patents and 3,000 cross-disciplinary scientific 'deep web' websites.

Our Software Development Options for Startups

Product consulting

  • Competitive market analysis.
  • Definition of a unique selling proposition.
  • Idea productization and feature management.
  • Brand positioning strategy.
  • Product prototyping.
Envision your product

Full-cycle product development

  • PoC.
  • UX and UI design.
  • Iterative product development.
  • Testing and QA.
  • Integrations with third-party systems.
  • Support smooth and safe work.
Realize your idea

Product evolution

We take over redesign or further development of your product version or MVP. We start with code and architecture audits and proceed with product improvement and evolution.

Enhance your app

Managed product development

Relying on your product requirements, we develop and deploy a scalable, portable, reliable, and secure software product ready to enter the market. On demand, we:

  • Power the app with advanced capabilities.
  • Integrate the app with third-party systems.
Develop your app

ScienceSoft's team <...> have been working hard to ensure our product - Enonic XP - exceeds our customer's expectations. The team has become an integrated part of Enonic, and we appreciate their efforts and passion for the product.

ScienceSoft's experience in agile development ensured smooth project implementation and iterative development of Enonic XP. This enabled us to adjust to the changing market requirements and incorporate features that made us stand out from competition. As a result, Enonic XP has evolved into an easy-to-use and scalable platform, which is crucial for our success.

Morten Øien Eriksen, CEO at Enonic, a provider of an innovative CMS platform

Don't Kill Your Idea with the Lack of the Right Tech Expertise

The secret of the hottest startups is a fast product MVP launch and its frequent updates and strong marketing focus. Appropriate outsourcing of expert tech skills and knowledge is what makes it possible.

With ScienceSoft as your technology partner, you can be 100% focused on strategic initiatives while having a clear product management roadmap and a stable product with sleek UX ready to the market in 2–6 months.

FAQs about Software Development for Startups, Answered

How much does it cost to develop software for a startup?

The cost depends on the cooperation model you prefer (full or partial outsourcing, outstaffing), the project scope, and software complexity. To get an idea on our service pricing, explore the ballpark estimates of custom software we create. If you’re interested in team augmentation, use our free cost calculator to understand the resource rates and investments.

What pricing options do you offer?

Depending on the required product development services, we offer:

  • Time & Material, Time & Material with a cap – for startup consulting activities and Agile development with frequently changing requirements.
  • Fixed price – for a feasibility study, proof of concept development, and product development divided by stages to fix the price for each stage.

How many talents can you provide to augment our team?

ScienceSoft is ready to provide from 0.5 to 150 FTEs proficient in the domains you need to cover. In the course of the project, we can promptly upscale and downscale the team to help you balance the development speed against the project cost.

We want to protect our commercial idea. Do you sign NDA?

Yes, we strive to create trustful relationships by legally protecting your sensitive business information and proprietary ideas. Depending on your legal requirements, we can sign an NDA before the introductory meeting or only in case we sign a service contract.

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