News October 28, 2022: Renewcell, RedLocker, Vembla, Done, Carl Pei, Bower, Klarna and more

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Funding news

  • Renewcell (Stockholm, recycling technology for textile): SEK158M (€14.4M, $14.4M) through a directed share issue, with participation from among others existing shareholders H&M and Girincubator (English).
  • RedLocker (Stockholm, provider of machines for free menstrual care products for workplaces, schools and other types of businesses): SEK1.7M (€155K, $155K) from existing investors Dragon Invest, Mountainstone Consulting, Rolf Erik Nilsson and Jon Wimmercranz (Swedish, machine translation).

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News from Swedish startups, the tech sector and VCs

  • Vembla, the Stockholm-based rapid grocery home delivery service which recently was declared bankrupt, just sent an email to customers announcing that it will pivot to focus on "pharmacy and health". No more details were revealed.
  • Malin Granlund and Alek Åström are the founders of on-demand home services marketplace Done. They are also a couple. In this interview they talk about their ambitions with Done, and how to build a company with one's spouse (Swedish, machine translation).
  • Sifted talked with Swedish serial entrepreneur Carl Pei, who currently is building the consumer electronics company Nothing in London, about his entrepreneurial past and present (English).
  • Stockholm-based recycling app Bower officially launched in the UK (English).
  • In Germany, Klarna is launching a „save now, buy later“ feature named "Pools" for its bank account product (German, machine translation).
  • 📺 Interview with Carl-Erik Lagercrantz, CEO of Swedish impact company builder Vargas Holding (investor in Polarium, Northvolt and H2 Green Steel), about "the Swedish way to make climate unicorns" (English, 27 minutes).

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Other interesting things from the startup/VC world & beyond

  • Last year, Facebook had a market cap over $1 trillion. Now the company is worth about $270 billion (English).
  • The Big Tech hiring slowdown is here (English).


That's it for today.

Martin Weigert

Martin Weigert

Martin is the founder of Swedish Tech News. Every day he spends many hours gathering and curating the latest from Sweden's startup & tech sector. Contact: