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- Typelane (Stockholm, employee onboarding and offboarding platform): SEK8M (€750K, $800K) from Icebreaker VC, Almi Invest and existing investors (English, Swedish).
- Fundedbyme (Stockholm, crowdfunding platform): SEK4.1M (€380K, $4.2M) through a directed share issue (Swedish, machine translation).
- Swedish VC firm Northzone participated in a $15M Series A funding round raised by London-based startup Disperse, which helps construction companies automatically capture and process visual data from construction sites (English).
News from Swedish startups and the tech scene
Other interesting things
- Mindler, a Stockholm-based startup providing app-based video sessions with psychologists, is expanding into The Netherlands – the company's first market outside of Sweden – and aims to become the global market leader (Sweden, machine translation).
- Sifted has an in-depth story on how Stockholm-based Min Doktor and its corporate spin-off Docly, "one of Europe’s most promising healthtech startups", failed to scale outside of its home market (English).
- Doktor.se, Swedish provider of video-based healthcare services, wants to acquire up to 20 physical clinics until the end of 2020 (Swedish / DI Digital paywall).
- imagiLabs plans to launch its keychain accessory + app aimed at getting young girls interested in coding, in March 2020, according to this profile (English).
- Meetio, a bootstrapped Malmö-based SaaS startup offering solutions for the modern workplace, is expanding into the US (Swedish, machine translation).
- Bruce, Stockholm-based subscription service for fitness studios, is expanding to other Nordic markets, starting with Oslo (Swedish, machine translation).
- Short profile of War on Cancer, a Stockholm-based storytelling and social networking app for patients, survivors and loved, founded by cancer survivor Fabian Bolin (English).
- Swedish e-scooter startup VOI reportedly communicated exaggerated numbers about the positive environmental impact of its mobility solution (Swedish, machine translation).
- AWS and Swedish VC firm Wellstreet are launching a new fintech incubation and acceleration program in Stockholm. The article also provides background on how Wellstreet, with its tech hub The Factory, plans to challenge the heavy concentration of fintech companies having their offices located mostly in the city center of Stockholm (English).
- A Swedish engineer has been pursuing a six-year legal fight about timing of traffic lights in the US. Now, as a result, yellow lights around the globe could burn for longer (English).
- Interview with Alexander Huber, managing director of travel company TUI Nordic, on why every fifth employee at the company wears a microchip in their hand (English / translated version, German original).
- IKEA is about to launch its task management network TaskRabbit, acquired in 2017, in Germany, as part of a larger European expansion (English).
- After 2 years of preparation, an artificial intelligence is now doing its duty alongside human orthopedists at Danderyds Hospital in Stockholm (Swedish, no machine translation available).
- Gothenburg-based truck and bus manufacturer Volvo Group is creating a dedicated business for autonomous industrial and commercial transport (English)
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