Here are the 5 hottest startups in Sweden

The Next Web

Dubbed a ‘unicorn factory’ Sweden has become a powerhouse incubator for some of the most innovative startups. In fact, in 2017 Sweden more than doubled its number of startup exits. It’s no wonder, with massive success stories such as iZettle and Mojang Games (the creators of Minecraft) that the country has been experiencing an influx of growth in technology in the last decade.

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Sweden top, UK second in Europe by per capita venture activity

The Equity Kicker

That Sweden is doing amazingly well for a small country (emulating Israel). Ben Rooney just posted an analysis of VC and entrepreneurial activity in Europe which included the two charts above. They confirm that the US is still meaningfully ahead of UK in terms of VC dollars invested per head, but show that we are closer in terms of number of VC funded companies per head. I see this as a good sign.

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Swedish Start-Up to Fight China’s Polluted Air – But The Movement Is Nation-Wide


Sweden is popular for the recycling and sustainability measures taken throughout the years. The answer is, mainly, in Sweden’s concern with environmental matters. Since the ‘90s, when the country first started to recycle what could be recycled, Sweden has evolved so much. In fact, Sweden has exceeded the recycling target set by the Government for 2020 a long time ago. Recycling isn’t the only way Sweden has used to exceed its targets.

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What giving blood in Sweden can teach us about great mobile experiences

Jeff Hilimire

So when I read about what Sweden is doing with blood donations it made perfect sense. After you give blood in Sweden, you get a text message whenever your blood saves someone’s life. I give blood platelets 3-4 times a year. I started when one of my employees asked our team if anyone would be willing to help his wife by donating blood platelets.

Rhuby – An Entrepreneurial Gem In The Spirits Business


Åkers Styckebruk is a tiny village of just under 3,000 inhabitants located in Sweden’s Strängnäs Municipality, a region with a diverse and dynamic range of industries such as tourism, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, logistics and education. Binder’s introduction to spirits started early, when she started creating her own moonshine – Sweden has a prohibitively high taxation on alcohol – way before she was supposed to be consuming them.

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State of the Digital Music Industry 2014: An Insider’s View

VC Cafe

Digital is now the majority of revenues in markets such as the US, India, Norway and Sweden. Music is everyone’s favorite example of digital disruption done wrong. After peaking at $38 billion revenue more than a decade ago, the industry stabilized last year at $16.5 billion. Now the focus is on digital music GROWTH. In the first half of 2013, 43 percent of all album sales were digital, up from 38 percent the year before (Nielsen).

IFS World Conference: Sneak Preview

deal architect

IFS invited me to their conference in Gothenburg, Sweden next week. In this, what I have called the year of the vertical in cloud ERP offerings, I am looking forward to learning more of their focus on asset intensive industries

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Why CEOs Shouldn’t Mess with Engineers


Tags: Business Leadership Technology engineers QA Stockholm Sweden Vasa Royal Warship

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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

Marco Polo 2.0

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First entry this year in a series on innovation from places you do not typically expect much innovation from The Invisible Bike Helmet – Sweden Big Data of International Technology Patents – Washington, US TGVLabs – France Florida Poly Futuristic.

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San Antonio-based Pathwire Bought for $1.9 Billion by Sinch


Sinch AB, based in Stockholm, Sweden, announced last week that is acquiring Pathwire and its Mailgun, Mailjet and Email on Acid products, used by more than 100,000 developers and […].

More Innovation

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On the New Florence blog Next-gen Magnets The Outside office evolves “Proton Jeff” GoPro or Go Amateur Videographer City Planning in a fast moving world Boston re-imagined Sweden wants your trash “The earliest mobile apps”. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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More Global Innovation

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Bumper crop of innovations from various parts of the world we don’t always expect innovation from Near Cashless Society – Sweden A decade of LeWeb – France Faber-Castell – Germany Wine “Rover” – German wine country Rail Power – Kazakhstan. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

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[Infographic] Which Country Uses The Internet Best?


According to the recent Web Index study by The World Wide Web Foundation , that country is Sweden. Sweden beat out the United States as it had more citizens online (90-percent, compared to 75-percent of Americans), and provided better and faster bandwidth per Internet user. Others infographic Internet Internet use Singapore Sweden The World Wide Web Foundation World Wide WebWhen it comes to using the Internet, one country does it better than the rest.

The Democratization of Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Monday we hosted 40 Danish entrepreneurs for dinner and today its graduate students from Chalmers University in Sweden. Last week I had 15 Finnish entrepreneurs out to the ranch ( Aalto University has a partnership with Stanford’s Technology Ventures Program.) Looks like the ice is melting in Scandinavia. Welcome to the democratization of entrepreneurship.

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More on UK ecommerce penetration

The Equity Kicker

One of the reasons we like backing ecommerce companies is that here in the UK we spend more online that all other major countries bar Sweden and we punch above our weight when it comes to ecommerce leaders. Here’s some of the supporting data: Ecommerce

Tech5 2019 will expand its reach to all of Europe and Israel — apply now

The Next Web

Except this year we’re going big… In the past, only startups from the Netherlands, the UK, Spain, France, Germany, and Sweden could apply. TNW and Adyen’s annual Tech5 competition is back again. Every day, startups prove individuals can harness the power of technology to actually create change and have a positive impact on society. Here at TNW, we believe these silent innovators deserve their time in the spotlight.

Business Owner Challenges in the Disrupted Business Loan Market

The Startup Magazine

In Sweden, as for many other countries, this lead to a massive increase in demand of liquidity. Kompar is business loan broker for startups and SMEs in Sweden, helping business owners to compare loans. Not surprisingly, the demand for financing skyrocketed when COVID19 hit Sweden.

7 Traits Advised For Adoption By Every Business Owner

Startup Professionals Musings

Nordstrom (Sweden), and Pierre Omidyar (France) at Ebay. In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas.

Manage And Schedule Appointments With TimeCenter


TimeCenter is developed by Sweden-based Niclas Marie and Daniel Ellenson. Marie had been running a web development shop nicmar media since 2002, and had developed an online appointment scheduler for two of Sweden’s biggest companies in 2005. TimeCenter was launched in beta during 2007-2008 in Sweden.

Going door-to-door as teenage evangelist taught me the secret of entrepreneurship

The Next Web

My training ground was the streets of Sweden, going door to door as a teenage evangelist. You can learn useful entrepreneurial skills in all sorts of odd places. What I learned there was resilience, persistence, and self-belief. No matter how often I got turned away, no matter how badly I crashed and burned, I always found the strength to keep going on to the next house and keep pitching.

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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! ]].

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

The Next Web

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden. The winner, mattress business Emma (Germany), was announced tonight at TNW Conference Founders Dinner in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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[INTERVIEW] Zakaria Hersi, Founder Of


On one hand, he’s a tech innovator and entrepreneur whose creativity has earned him awards and accolades on two continents – Europe (Sweden, to be more exact) and Africa (eastern, and in countries like Nairobi, his native Somalia and Mauritius). Zakaria himself has been what he calls a “reject of Sweden’s job society” as a Somali native whose family immigrated to Sweden when he was seven. Can you see expanding the concept beyond Sweden?

The Power of Giving Away Power

VC Adventure

and Sweden under President Obama, and was the National Finance Chair for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign. I don’t often write book reviews here on VC Adventure , but occasionally I read a book that I feel so strongly about that I feel compelled to write about it.

How Blacklane went from one city to over 250 around the world

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in The Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden– we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

Is there a difference in expectation and attitude between Angels in the USA vs those in other Geographical regions and are there disadvantages because of this?


I am friends with many professional angels from around the world, and my analyses (allowing for our individual investment preferences) are virtually identical to those of Dave Berkus in Southern California, Matey de Nedkov in Montreal, Phillippe Gluntz in Paris and Dušan Stojanovic in Sweden. Surprisingly, no.

How Typeform became the world’s most popular online form creator

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden – we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

Hello Startup

Start Up Blog

It’s called Hello Sweden , and here’s the kicker: the calls are taken by random Swedes. Surely the goal should be having a business in which you’d trust your customers the same way Sweden trusts its populace? The Swedish Tourist Association have done something which is kinda genius. They’ve started a new hotline for anyone to call to get information about their country.

Interview with Everipedia’s Tedde Forselius

Mucker Lab

Sweden is pretty much my favorite non-Iran country. The only thing better than Silicon Valley is palm trees and beaches, so Silicon Beach must be the perfect place for a techie like me coming from the cold and harsh winters of Sweden. Are there any cool, Mucker / YC esque accelerators in Sweden? What are the top 3 things you miss most about Sweden? Interview with my Everipedia Co-founder Theodor Forselius (AKA “Tedde”) by Mahbod Moghadam.

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Plenty of Dry powder for Europe and Israel VC funds

VC Cafe

The UK continues to attract the most capital, followed by Germany, Sweden, France and Israel.

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Meet 4 more of Europe’s fastest-growing tech firms:  Leetchi, MAG Interactive, Run a Shop, and Hailo

The Next Web

These startups include companies from France, United Kingdom, Germany, and Sweden. The Next Web has been hunting down the fastest-growing startups in Europe. These companies represent the best their respective countries have to offer and have gathered at the TNW Conference Europe as part of the Tech5 competition. The companies presenting were chosen from hundreds of startup submissions from seven European nations.

Who are the 30 fastest growing companies in Europe?

The Next Web

For the fourth year in a row, TNW and Adyen joined forces to organize the Tech5 competition in which we scour The Netherlands, the UK, Spain, France, Germany and Sweden for the fastest revenue-growing companies. This is a question we ask ourselves. Every year we search for the answer and for 2016, we’re proud to announce it to you. Congrats to Lesara for claiming the number one spot! Download the full list of the 30 fastest growing companies But that’s not all.

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Startups from Around the World at SXSW


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News There were startups from Guatemala and Germany, Malaga, Spain, France, Australia, Russia, Denmark, Sweden and more at the invitation-only SXSW Global Startup Forum at City Hall. In addition to local dignitaries like Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell and SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest, was a panel of venture […] The post Startups from Around the World at SXSW appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

How Typeform became the world’s most popular online form creator

The Next Web

In the lead-up to Tech5 2017 – the annual competition organized by TNW and Adyen which celebrates Europe’s fastest-growing tech companies in the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, France and Sweden – we’re launching a series of remarkable stories of businesses that experienced extreme growth.

Beneficial Business Loans help Swedish Companies Grow

The Startup Magazine

Despite being a country with a small GDP, Sweden has been able to successfully and significantly compete in the world in the world market. It houses some of the giant international corporations despite having a small population (not more than 10 million), experts associated this success with the fact that Sweden as a country with a great business environment. Sweden guarantees the first, but you must work hard for the second and the third requirement.

[Asia] Music Streaming Service Spotify Launches In Singapore And Malaysia


If you’re not aware, Spotify started as a tiny little startup in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008. “The introduction of Spotify into Sweden years back saw growth in the country’s music industry, along with a corresponding decrease in music piracy. The music scene in Singapore looks set to grow by volumes with today’s announcement that music streaming service Spotify is now available here.

7 Emigrant Entrepreneur Traits We All Should Emulate

Startup Professionals Musings

Nordstrom (Sweden), and Pierre Omdiyar (France) at Ebay. In my experience as a business advisor and angel investor these days, I seem to more frequently hear from entrepreneurs and business owners with “can’t-fail” or “get-rich-quick” ideas. In my view, these are the least likely to succeed, partially because the people behind them have the wrong expectations and traits. The instant gratification approach just doesn’t work in business.

Bitcoin Developments in Denmark

The Startup Magazine

Countries like Sweden, Denmark, Austria, and France have all seen a growing number of people using and investing in bitcoin. Bitcoin is often thought of as an American invention, but it’s actually a global phenomenon.

What to Expect from Cryptocurrencies in 2020

The Startup Magazine

Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, had also shown interest in CBDC. The cryptocurrency market continues to evolve despite an increasing number of critics claim it’s doomed to fail.

Dream Tank Summer Programs For Kids in Boulder

Feld Thoughts

Take a look at the student climate strike that a 16-year-old girl in Sweden started. Imagine that when you were a kid, someone told you that your dreams are important for the world and that what you do matters right now. Dream Tank Kids Exploring the Techstars Boulder Accelerator. Now, match that with an epic adventure of creating future realities, throw in rockstar mentors, entrepreneurship skills training, tech, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and you have Dream Tank.

Achieving hyper growth from Europe: Lessons from SoundCloud and Klarna [Video]

The Next Web

Adalberth started Klarna with the company’s other co-founders in Stockholm, Sweden, because, he says, the barrier for starting a business was high enough as it was (they were in business school at the time and didn’t really know all that much about the technology industry).

Most Overused Buzzword On LinkedIn Profiles? Creative.


Sweden: Creative. So in Australia, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Sweden and United States, professionals used the word creative in their profiles to give themselves an edge in the careers… except that many others also describe themselves similarly. If there’s one word most people describe themselves with professionally, it’s creative.