Editor's note: we were provided with Beddit devices to test out, but the article remains my opinion.
To start talking about Beddit, Finnish sleep tracking device, you have to first talk about the hardware.
Lithuanian mobile workforce management solution Mobile Worker who had reached 15,000 B2C users in past year announced that it has raised €500,000 from two major Norwegian private holdings JBO Holding AS and Uni Micro Holding AS and developed a B2B version. Long before the announcement Mobile Worker already had more than 100 B2B clients signed up for their upcoming solution.
The first thing I ever heard about Zorg Entertainment was about a year and a half ago, a few beers deep at game company's rooftop where a racing game was being demoed, making the graphics all the more impressive. At the time, I heard there were just two guys behind the project which seemed amazing. But with Zorg Entertainment's AG Drive out on the market today, you can see that the polish and graphics haven't gone anywhere. The company boasts the game engine is able to render over 15 million polygons every second at solid 60fps, even on older iOS devices.
It's easy to say if you've seen one pitching competition, you've seen them all. But mark you calendars next week for the Polar Bear Pitch, this upcoming Wednesday the 25th where startups (and investors) are popping into an ice hole in the Oulu river to tell the world about their startup for as long as they can stand to be in the ice.
It seems easy these days to end up having your hands (or brain) full of stuff to remember. With piling deadlines, appointments and birthdays to remember, how does one keep up?
If staying organised with your family is on the top of your list, Sweden-based Lifepuzl believes they’ve got exactly what you’re looking for.
TechChill Baltics continues to live up to its educational reputation - the winner of last week's pitch contest is Latvian edtech startup Edurio. The company is building a web-based self-evaluation tool for schools and universities. Drawing on substantial academic and field experience of its team members, exceptionally active collaboration with its customers and key stakeholders from the very early stage, Edurio has won the title in a fierce pitch battle with RingBe, SportID, Furnny and UpSteem.
Editor's note: There has been a correction that Airtame has raised $1.4 million, not $1.2M as previously stated
Lord knows we all hate the tangled mess of cables running all over our desks. Getting rid of your HDMI cable by turning it wireless is a good start, which is why Copenhagen-based AIRTAME has managed to raise a massive $1.3 million on IndieGoGo, exceeding their goal by 800% and setting a crowdfunding record for Denmark. Add to that a "best startup" award at CES and a Red Dot award and it seems like AIRTAME is taking off.
Now the company has grabbed a new influx of cash after picking up $1.4 million in venture-investment from Denmark's SEED Capital.
Estonia's software performance error tool Plumbr announces today that it has picked up $700,000 in funding after follow-on funding including Jaan Tallinn, one of the founders of Skype and Kazaa. The round also included Plumbr's existing investors including Matt Arnold and Sten Tamkivi, and in total has $1.8 million in investment.
It's not often that you see this transition: Finnish AAA iPad game Oceanhorn is making the move from mobile to the desktop with an announcement that one month from today their iPad hit, Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas will be released on Steam.
One barrier to entry for Stockholm-based iZettle has always been the upfront cost of their chip and pin readers that allow anyone to process credit card payments. Not that iZettle devices have ever been that expensive - their fanciest device, a bluetooth chip and pin card reader clocks in at only €49. But for a small business owner that's never taken card payments, iZettle feels more expensive than putting up a "cash only" sign.
If you want to take your app to the next level, you'd join your standard accelerator. But if you've got an idea that uses technology to positively impact humanity's grand challenges, you'd go to Singularity University, an accelerator of sorts with the goal to empower people like yourself to solve the worlds' biggest challenges with technology.
With my colleague Dmitri Sarle always raving about last night's DOTA match, or how many millions of euros are in the latest tournament pool, it seems that e-sports has taken off a bit (at least in my office). One thing that's been absent from our perspective, however, are startups in the region looking to get a slice of this rapidly-growing pie.
What do you do if you’ve got a quality service, or skill, that you as an individual would like sell to others? Well you establish a company, of course!
But it's not that simple now, is it?
Conferize has been on a roll the past couple of years, nailing down partnerships with event experts like TEDx and polishing their platform, but with the release of Conferize Organizer I can see Conferize kicking up that growth even higher. With a vision of becoming the information and networking platform for every event, the Copenhagen-based startup has built a solid platform that allows you to see event attendees before you sign up, while additionally giving you cool features like being able to follow a speaker to see what events they're going to be at.
With all the impressive advancements in videogames during the last decade it’s no wonder if you feel that tabletop games are a bit old fashioned. But to those who think that the time of board gaming is over, a quick look at the numerous on-going (and often successful) board game Kickstarter projects can change your mind.
After a massive Slush this past November the student-run conference organization is getting shaken up a bit, with CEO Miki Kuusi stepping down and replaced by Riku Mäkelä as new CEO, after service as COO since 2013. Additionally Marianne Vikkula has been appointed as President and will take care of partnerships, after previously working as CFO of Slush.
Lithuanian Soundest reached several milestones in its first year of operations. For one, its Shopify extension made it to the top 5 in marketing category and #1 in email marketing. The Lithuanian startup surpassed Latvian Mailigen and even the email marketing veteran MailChimp. On Tictail, Soundest is in the top 5 free apps and #1 free email marketing app. This is great for a startup in its first year of operations.
Editor's note: this is a sponsored post written for adjust.
The logical answer to 'you can't improve what you don't measure' would be 'measure everything', but a problem arises when you actually do measure everything: you can spend too much time looking at vanity numbers instead of focusing on what matters. It's one thing to track metrics just for the sake of it, and another is to use metrics in a way that drives your business forward.
Thankfully there are people who know a lot about metrics. We sat down with Simon Kendall, Head of Communications at adjust to come up with some practical tips on how to view metrics when you are just starting out. adjust focuses on mobile app metrics and have clients from the Nordics like Grand Cru, Seriously, MAG Interactive, and Soundcloud, so it is fair to say that they know their stuff when it comes to numbers.
GenieBelt, the collaboration platform tailored specifically to construction, has just today announced a new Angel round led by Klaus Nyengaard, European Angel investor and former CEO of Just Eat, and further contributed to by Ditlev Bredahl, CEO of OnApp. Based in Copenhagen, GenieBelt’s construction collaboration platform aids the industry in finishing on time and to budget.
Editor's Note: This guest blog was written by Edmundas Balcikonis from Trackduck.
The biggest startup and gamedev center in the Baltics will launch in the beginning of 2016 next to the historic old town of Vilnius. Vilnius Tech Park will fill 8,000 sq.m. meters with startup offices, co-working spaces, cafeterias, hostel and recreational areas.