Here are the 5 hottest startups in Finland

The Next Web

Although Finland has the lowest population in the EU, it’s responsible for 10 percent of global startup exits. Finland’s startup scene is packed with networking events and workshops which bring the community together…… This story continues at The Next Web. We’ve also seen a number of international success stories, such as Nokia, Angry Birds, and Supercell, come out of Helsinki. How did a country with such a small population become such a hotspot for tech talent?

3 leaders shaking up Finland’s tech scene

The Next Web

In 2009, Finland was the second largest investor in early stage European startups based on GDP. Finland’s startup… This story continues at The Next Web. Despite the chilly conditions in Helsinki, the Finnish startup scene is heating up. The country that gave birth to Nokia, Angry Birds and the Linux operating system is continuing to pop out startups. And many are set to disrupt industries on a global scale.

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Ukraine, Estonia, Chile, Finland: The saga of four accelerators

The Next Web

Entrepreneur Europe Latin America accelerators Chile estonia finland funding TechIt’s hard to get the exact data on how many startup acceleration programs are being launched every year, but it’s definitely a lot. If you search Google News for something like “new startup accelerator,” it will return hundreds of headlines from all over the world.

Silicon Labs Buys Bluegiga in Finland for $61 Million

SiliconHills

Silicon Labs announced Wednesday its acquisition of Bluegiga Technologies Oy, based in Finland, for $61 million in cash. Bluegiga makes wireless products such as ultra-low power Bluetooth Smart, Bluetooth Classic and Wi-Fi modules as well as […] The post Silicon Labs Buys Bluegiga in Finland for $61 Million appeared first on SiliconHills.

Finnish Police To Tap On Location-Based Service Grafetee.com To Make Neigborhoods Safer

YoungUpstarts

But in the case of Helsinki, Finland-based location-based app Grafetee (www. It’s currently relatively in wide use in Finland, and the Poliisi – the Finnish Police – intends to tap on the app as a public safety tool and help make neighborhoods safer. P.S. It’s interesting that Grafetee doesn’t support Nokia devices, considering Nokia is headquartered in Finland. You know something’s serious when the police gets involved.

Global Innovation 2011

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

Creativity and Self-Expression Innovation Politics & Government Trends, Futurism, and Research Alcatel-Lucent Booz and Company Chile China Confederation of Indian Industry Creativity Demark economics Finland Global Innovation Index Greece Gregg Fraley INSEAD Lithuania Moldova Sweden Switzerland UK United Nations USA World Intellectual Property Organization

More innovation off the beaten path

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Last entry this year in a series on innovation from places you do not typically expect much innovation from Startup City – Boulder, CO Monument Men – structures across US Desert West Diplomacy and Digital Signatures – Finland, Estonia Technology

Even more global innovation

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Google''s Project Loon Finland''s next blockbuster Spain: Mobile Banking Innovation Santander: A city of sensors. We hear so much about Silicon Valley and Bangalore and Shanghai that it is refreshing to hear about innovations in other parts of the world. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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Nokia as “He Who Must Not Be Named” and the Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. Unique to Finland with its strong cultural emphasis on equality and the redistribution of wealth is a business press that doesn’t understand startups and is overtly hostile to their success. Many founders mentioned this as a reason not to incorporate or grow their companies in Finland. Nokia was Finland’s symbol of national competence.

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A Blue Print For Successful Startup Hubs

VC Cafe

The Economist published "If in doubt, innovate" a special report on The Nordic Region (Sweden, Denmark, Finland) as a hotbed for entrepreneurship we can all learn from. The article mentions some of the characteristics that make the Nordic Cluster successful. With a bit of a wiggle, I've transformed it to a blue print for Successful Startup Hubs. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

The Helsinki Spring

Steve Blank

I spent the month of September lecturing, and interacting with (literally) thousands of entrepreneurs in two emerging startup markets, Finland and Russia. This is the first of two posts about Finland and entrepreneurship. —— I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford’s Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. What I found in Finland was: a whole lot of smart, passionate entrepreneurs who want to build a startup hub in Helsinki.

The Helsinki Spring

ReadWriteStart

I spent the month of September lecturing, and interacting with (literally) thousands of entrepreneurs in two emerging startup markets, Finland and Russia. This is the first of two posts about Finland and entrepreneurship. I was invited to Finland as part of Stanford's Engineering Technology Venture Program partnership with Aalto University. steve blank in finland sept 2011 View more documents from steve blank.

So How Did YOU Get Picked for Accelerator?

SiliconHills

This year, for example, contestants came from Ireland and Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, London, Tel Aviv and all over […] The post So How Did YOU Get Picked for Accelerator? By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News So how out of 500 applicants for Accelerator, does Chris Valentine of SXSW choose the 48 companies (and their alternates) who will have the chance to pitch?

The Pay-It-Forward Culture

Steve Blank

Last week in Helsinki Finland at a dinner with a roomful of large company CEO’s, one of them asked, ”What can we do to help build an ecosystem that will foster entrepreneurship?” The best investment they could make to help a startup culture in Finland would be to share what they know with the next generation. Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers.

Many Startups Stumble on International Cultures

Startup Professionals Musings

I was once asked by a top executive of a major software company why we were not selling more products in Finland. By Ernst Gemassme r Most of us have travelled abroad and experienced the challenges and frustrations of getting what we want without being laughed at or insulting our hosts.

Homicides vs. Gun Ownership

Diego Basch

We must be careful in drawing conclusions when comparing small, relatively homogeneous countries such as Finland against a population with the size and heterogeneity of the US. I took the data and the script from @mdreid ‘s blog post about Gun Deaths vs. Gun Ownership , and plotted Total Murder Rates vs. Gun Ownership out of curiosity. The results are interesting, draw your own conclusions.

Best Companies For Magento Support

YoungUpstarts

Lamia (Finland). The advent of E-commerce opened up a lot of possibilities for everyone. People can now transact business, buy and sell goods and services, and share data anytime and anywhere. As long as they have the connectivity, people find it more convenient to do all these remotely.

Persistence – The Only Difference

YoungUpstarts

Milt went to the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, as a decathlon competitor. By Bob Proctor, author of “ The ABCs of Success: The Essential Principles from America’s Greatest Prosperity Teacher “ In Napoleon Hill’s classic book “ Think and Grow Rich “, an entire chapter is devoted to persistence. Hill said, “There may be no heroic connotation to the word ‘persistence,’ but persistence is to character what carbon is to steel.”.

Snowflakes in the Valley: What Happens When 40 Nordic Entrepreneurs Visit Silicon Valley

ReadWriteStart

To my surprise, the ideas and technology behind that startups were not superior to the ones we have in Finland. Countries such as the UK , Russia and Finland are trying to replicate its ecosystem, to stimulate their local industries.

International Cultures are Key Business Challenges

Startup Professionals Musings

I was once asked by a division manager of a major software company why we were not selling more products in Finland. By Ernst Gemassmer Most of us have travelled abroad and experienced challenges and frustrations of getting what we want without being laughed at or insulting our hosts.

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Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

Both Sides of the Table

Boston, Finland and Paris). I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront VI is our latest core fund and is $400 million to invest in early stage entrepreneurs. This brings our combined funds under management to nearly $2 billion. A huge thank you to all of the Limited Partners who have entrusted us with your capital, time and reputations.

A Visit With the European Startup Community

Gust

My wife, Ann, and I took a trip this past spring to visit Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Russia. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, located just across the Bay of Finland from Helsinki. Finland. A two hour ferry ride across the Bay of Finland carried us from Tallinn to Helsinki. The highlight of Friday, May 11, was participating in a panel discussion on how to encourage entrepreneurship in Finland.

From Berlin To Boston: Which City Is Best For Your Startup?

YoungUpstarts

Helsinki, Finland. One of the best things about setting up a startup these days is that nothing is out of bounds thanks to the Internet. You can now trade with clients in other continents. And there is a wealth of resources online that you can help yourself to whenever you need them. For these reasons, more and more companies are choosing to stay online and help their customers and clients remotely. But what about your HQ?

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Will COVID-19 mainstream AR/VR?

VC Cafe

By the time the rap group JVG finished its set, about 700,000 people — nearly 12% of the whole population of Finland — had tuned in.

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Founder2be Helps You Find Co-Founders

YoungUpstarts

Bremer then quit his job at the end of 2010 and worked full-time on his startup (while based in Finland). If you think seeking funds is the toughest – and most important – part about founding your own startup, you’re likely to be wrong there. The folks over at Founder2be ( www.founder2be.com ) believe that finding the right co-founders for your fledgling company is actually the most difficult yet crucial in determining the ultimate success of your venture.

Female Start-Ups Changing the World in 2020

Women Entrepreneurs Can

Female leaders make a strong mark wherever they are whether it’s as female leaders in New Zealand and Finland or like current US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

No Need To Reinvent The Wheel?

YoungUpstarts

I believe this would work with any of the hundred biggest companies in Finland. The thing is, if you look at the growth the one hundred biggest companies in Finland have achieved over the last three years, there’s not much to write home about, is there? by Pekka A. Viljakainen, founder of No Fear Community and author of “ No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age “. Many European companies have failed to generate organic growth.

Creative Destruction

Jason Ball

A classic creative destructive force… Nokia was the primary employer in Finland for engineers and tech talent, a safe, solid bet. It’s a painful time in Finland right now economically, but I think a little bit of short term pain will mean amazing things for the country. Last week, I spent 3 days in Helsinki at Slush. It’s the second time I’ve been there – last visit was three years ago.

Hear This From SXSW: Tech and News

Austin Startup

And in Sweden and Finland, robots now write more news articles than humans. Newsrooms in Sweden and Finland are leading the charge into more fully-automated content, with algorithms analyzing the facts, writing the news, and pointing their human counterparts to the most interesting stories. The Forrest Four-Cast: March 23, 2018 Technology is transforming every corner of the media landscape, from the way news is gathered, to the way it is presented, to the way it is shared.

A Seriously Great Story and Why We Funded Them

Both Sides of the Table

We funded about $2 million, which allowed a full team in Finland to be recruited for building the app and an international management team led from Los Angeles. We are often asked how companies get funded, why VCs make the decisions we make and what we’re looking for in entrepreneurs. I think this is a Seriously great example of how this process works for at least one VC – Upfront Ventures. But I’m guessing the narrative is similar elsewhere.

The Pay-It-Forward Culture: Silicon Valley's Practical Generosity

ReadWriteStart

Last week in Helsinki Finland at a dinner with a roomful of large company CEO's, one of them asked, "What can we do to help build an ecosystem that will foster entrepreneurship?" The best investment they could make to help a startup culture in Finland would be to share what they know with the next generation. Foreign visitors to Silicon Valley continually mention how willing we are to help, network and connect strangers.

Creating the Next Silicon Valley – The Chilean Experiment

Steve Blank

They’ve been thinking hard and smart about the lessons to be learned not only from Silicon Valley, but with only 16 million people, they are also looking for lessons from other small innovation clusters such as Israel, Singapore and Finland.

Lessons Learned: What does a startup CTO actually do?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Tuesday, September 30, 2008 What does a startup CTO actually do? What does your Chief Technology Officer do all day?

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Join a conference simulcast near you

Startup Lessons Learned

One of the most important things we do with The Lean Startup Conference is make a livestream of the plenary talks available for free to groups around the world, supporting entrepreneurship communities everywhere. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total. If you're not attending the conference in person, consider meeting up with one of these groups to watch.

Why Twitter Favorites Aren’t Really Your Favorite Tweets

Both Sides of the Table

Check out what some enterprising entrepreneur from Finland did ). Twitter is an ephemeral service. It’s what I love about Twitter. When I’m in the mood to consume what my world is telling me right now I can “tune in&# to Twitter and digest the rapid stream. I don’t really worry about missing stuff. If somebody wanted me to see something they’d @ message me, which I always read.

[Interview] Pekka Viljakainen, Author of “No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age” (Part II)

YoungUpstarts

I say this because Finland, where I come from, is really bad at this. I see it as the single biggest issue for Finland’s competitiveness moving forward. Leading business information architect and IT entrepreneur Pekka A. Viljakainen’s was recently in town to give a talk and promote his book “ No Fear: Business Leadership for the Digital Age “, and we were fortunate enough to catch him for a short interview to talk about how business leadership in the new digital era.

Founder Institute doubles down on Europe, now runs 10 startup accelerator programs continent-wide

The Next Web

The newly launched chapters are Zagreb (Croatia), Helsinki (Finland), Istanbul (Turkey), Rome (Italy) and Kyiv (Ukraine). The Founder Institute , the early-stage startup accelerator that aims to ‘globalize Silicon Valley’, is doubling down on Europe big time. As promised at the end of July , the organization has now announced the launch of five new programs across the continent, doubling its European presence to ten chapters across as many countries.

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5 Lessons From the Garage48 Helsinki Hackathon

ReadWriteStart

It gathered 120 hackers from Finland, Estonia and Latvia under the same roof and challenged them to go from zero to demo in 48 hours. Garage48 Helsinki , the largest hackathon in the Nordics, took place last week.

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Israeli startups – Apply for mini Seedcamp Tel Aviv by Feb 3rd

VC Cafe

Last month in London, I got a chance to sit with five startups from the UK, Italy, Finland and Estonia – each with a very different business. For the last three years, I had the pleasure of being a mentor in Seedcamp, probably the largest and most established startup incubator in Europe.

Interviews

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, April 2, 2010 Interviews Robert Scoble came by my office to learn about the Lean Startup and the Startup Lessons Learned Conference on April 23. By all accounts, the conversation was a success.

Why Taking Some Risks in the Sales Process Can Improve Results

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We even do some international deals in London or Finland. Many people are too cautious in sales processes and as a result when they present their solutions they end up sounding milquetoast and undifferentiated from anybody else in the market. In this post I advocate taking a harder stand on where your product or solution differentiates in the market – even if it means you lose some deals as a result. I recently wrote about the three rules of sales. Why Buy Anything ? Why Buy Me?

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Startup Lessons Learned

Lo, my 57692 subscribers, who are you?

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Monday, September 6, 2010 Lo, my 57692 subscribers, who are you? Since this blogs earliest days, I have made a habit of surveying you, my subscribers.