Here is today's curation of news from Sweden's startup and tech sector, as well as some interesting reads, exclusively for subscribers of Swedish Tech News.
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- Beleco (Stockholm, subscription service for furniture): SEK20M (€1.9M, $2.2M) in a funding round led by Alfvén & Didrikson and VEQ (English, Swedish).
- Kliently (Stockholm, online lawyer service): SEK5M (€470K, $550K) from angel investors (English, Swedish).
- Swedish VC firm Bonnier Ventures led a £1.8M (€2.1M, $2.4M) funding round raised by Estonian startup FoodDocs, creator of a AI-powered food safety system (English).
News from Swedish startups, the tech sector and VCs
- Klarna is rumored to consider another fundraising round, potentially targeting a valuation of $50-60B (English / Bloomberg paywall, alternative URL).
- Swedish VC Pär-Jörgen Pärson, General Partner at European VC firm Northzone, launched First Close Partners - a firm that backs venture funds owned by managers from underrepresented backgrounds (Swedish, machine translation).
- Swedish VC firm Creandum made its "Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy" public (English).
- A visit to the Norrsken Foundation’s new hub in Rwanda's capital Kigali (English).
Other interesting things from the startup/VC world & beyond
- At least 86 European companies achieved the unicorn status in 2021. This is more than 5x the count of new unicorns in 2020 (English).
- A bullet-point style list for managers of small teams/startups on how to manage people without burning them out (English).
- A jargon-free go-to-market strategy template for "founders who strongly despise marketing" (English).
Other interesting things from Sweden
- Sweden's Central Bank stays dovish, currently doesn't expect to raise interest rates before the second half of 2024 (English / Bloomberg paywall, alternative URL).
- Dramatic increase in number of dogs smuggled into Sweden (English).
That's it for today.