Dec 1, 2018 Pauliina Alanen
The Nordic Showcase founders will share their stories on the Founder Stage the second day of Slush on Dec 5 at 2 – 2.50 pm. Join us to find out the next Nordic superstars and to get a glimpse of the Nordic tech community and startups.
‘Showcasing the Next Nordic Superstars’ features:
Hedvig is a Stockholm-based startup that aims to reinvent home insurance. Since its beginning in 2016 the company has been using automation and machine-learning to fix the industry that, according to its founders Lucas Carlsén and Fredrik Fors, has been broken for too long. The company focuses on user-experience and lets customers sign up with a chatbot. Claims can be submitted through the Hedvig app, which has been out since May this year in Sweden. The company uses machine learning to help process claims faster and lower the fraud rate. In September this year, Hedvig announced their latest investment round, lead by Cherry Ventures, making the total amount raised $3.3M. They were also featured in Wired’s list of the Hottest Startups in Europe.
No Isolation is a Norwegian social impact startup, founded in 2015. They aim at reducing involuntary loneliness and social isolation by developing communication tools that help with these common phenomena. According to No Isolation, 20–40% of people experience loneliness. So far the company has released two tools, ‘AV1’, the telepresence robot for children and young adults and ‘KOMP’ that lets digital grandchildren share content with their analogue grandparents. The price for these precious robots starts at $2000, but it’s a small price to bring comfort for long-term loneliness. The company says over 800 children with long-term illnesses already have a personal robot in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and the UK. In three years No Isolation has grown to have 60 employees and 3 offices, in Oslo, London and Amsterdam. Since their beginning, the company has raised in total $6.2M.
Veriff wants to become “Stripe for identity”. The Tallinn-based online identity verification solution was founded by its CEO Kaarel Kotkas in 2015. Having access to governmental databases, Veriff has developed a way to identify yourself by simply taking photo (or video) of your document and of yourself. Their video-based approach sets Veriff apart from competitors. Without revealing too much, the company says they leverage facial recognition, social ID, device ID and optical character recognition among other technologies. Veriff was part of Y Combinator W18 batch earlier this year. After that, in June, they announced their latest round by Mosaic Ventures, increasing the total amount raised to $7.7M. In 2018, Kaarel was selected as one of 25 most-influential young entrepreneurs in Northern Europe by Nordic Business Report.
Sulapac is a Finnish packaging material startup, founded by Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen, both biochemists specializing in biomaterials. Founded in 2016 the company has been creating a biodegradable and microplastic-free material made entirely from renewable sources and FSC-certified wood. The award-winning plastic-like material can use with existing packaging machinery for techniques such as injection molding, extrusion and blow molding. The company is already collaborating with Finnish Stora Enso, Fazer and Lumene among others. Since its launch, Sulapac has raised $1.1M of funding in total from Mika Ihamuotila and Planvest Oy among others. As announced earlier this week, Suvi Haimi is also a part of Atomico’s Angel program.
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