Swedish Tech News roundup #2 / week 1: GOALS, Pinteg, Everdrone, Axyer, Oliver Edholm, Qlik, Flic, and much more

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Financing rounds

  • GOALS (Stockholm, free to play, multiplayer first and esports ready football game): $19M from undisclosed investors (English, Swedish).
  • Pinteg (Lund, upcoming SaaS platform that helps companies make their operations GDPR-secure): SEK6M (€600K, $660K) from angel investors (Swedish, machine translation).

News from Swedish startups and the tech sector

  • Everdrone, Gothenburg-based software and drone service developer, had an autonomous drone deliver a defibrillator that helped save the life of a 71-year-old man. According to the company, that's a "world unique achievement" (English, Swedish / DI Digital paywall).
  • Axyer is a new Linköping-based startup that just released an app for iOS & Android users in Sweden to discuss and discover stocks (Swedish / DI Digital paywall).
  • Einride reportedly becomes the next Swedish unicorn, and Instabox is close (English).
  • 3 Swedish companies (Volta Trucks, Einride and CAKE) as well as Swedish-Norwegian company Tibber made it on Sifted's list of "Europe’s fastest growing climate tech startups", based on last year's hiring (English).
  • Oliver Edholm, 19-year old co-founder of Stockholm-based product recommendation software startup Depict, is one of 23 individuals to receive $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation for pursuing ambitious entrepreneurial projects instead of attending college (Swedish, machine translation).
  • Qlik, US-based data analytics software provider founded 1993 in Sweden, confidentially registered for an IPO with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (English, Swedish).
  • IoT expert and journalist Stacey Higginbotham tested the Flic smart home buttons and hub, which are made by Stockholm-based startup Shortcut Labs (English).
  • 🎧 Interview with Heidi Lindvall, General Partner at Swedish climate VC Pale Blue Dot, on investing in climate tech innovations (English, 14 minutes).

Other interesting things

  • In 2021, 18% of venture capital invested in startups globally went to European startups, compared to 13 % in 2020 (English).
  • How to "engineer" your way onto a VC’s radar (English).
  • The tech stock sell-off is continuing. VC Fred Wilson wonders if the “pay any price” mentality in venture may ease up a bit this year, too (English).
  • Volvo Cars set to debut unsupervised autonomous driving in California (English, Swedish).
  • Apple reportedly plans to launch its HomePod mini smart speaker on the Swedish market this year (Swedish, no machine translation available).
  • A guide to the tradition of Swedish cross-country skiing (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: m@swedishtechnews.com