Well over a year ago we wrote a story on Sharpershape, the Finnish start-up company whose army of laser equipped drones, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) as they’re officially called, are scanning Finnish forests from the air in order to scout optimal pathways for power line constructions and maintenance.
The Swedish Innovation Compass is a digital hub for innovation in Sweden. It is a downloadable app that helps guide users through the complex innovation system in Sweden. Sweden has done a great job of building up the resources in the innovation system, but with that comes complexity. This line of thinking is exactly what inspired the Swedish Innovation Compass, a new tool that helps entrepreneurs, innovators, startups, SME’s, researchers and established businesses find and connect the most relevant available resources.
The fundamentals behind Helsinki and New York-based Sportsetter have always seemed strong. While it's hard to get into a gym routine, it's mentally harder to find (and show up to) new activities you might be interested in. Finding that rock climbing wall or a yoga studio can always be done tomorrow, and you'll definitely show up the day after that, right?
Last week a small scale but high-profile event was held at Plandays office in Startup Village: the foundation, that is the core of #cphftw, celebrated that it had been funded and established! With 85 startups having contributed a total of over € 100 000, it is enough to make the #cphftw movement being able to grow and prosper. Being funded this way by startups, the #cphftw foundation truly is ‘by startups, for startups’.
Editor's note: this is a guest post by Toma Kondratė from Startup Highway.
On 17th February, 2015 StartupHighway hosted a noteworthy event focused on successful Lithuanian crowdfunding initiatives that were willing to spread the word about their exclusive stories.
The speakers came from various industries and presented their projects, including most successful Lithuanian gaming projects (Novus Aeterno and Pathologic), design (Esquoia reusable notebook) and creative (You Can’t Escape Lithuania, We Will Riot)campaigns, not forgetting impressive hardware inventions, such as Rubbee the electric drive for bicycles, Deeper fishfinder for iOS and Android devices, and FOODsniffer (a.k.a. PERES) a smart device protecting you from food poisoning. Every participant shared his own story to shed a light on our minds of what it’s like to run a crowdfunding campaign. Here are all the valuable tips that will serve as great advice for all business starters.
With the technological advancements of recent years, virtual reality is turning from just a concept into something very real and accessible. Clearly Facebook-acquired Oculus rift won't stay the only contender on the block and in our brave new world you might not have to buy very expensive equipment in order to enter a virtual reality. In fact, and this may sound a bit crazy, all you would need is a smartphone and a pair of Moggles.
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.