Kiosked has now essentially spearheaded its expansion to U.S. e-commerce sellers through a new partnership with EYEMAGINE - a Magento 'Gold Solution' partner. Even though not everyone in Europe might be too familiar with the Magento e-commerce ecosystem, the impact of this partnership is a pretty big deal for Kiosked. Magento is the globally largest e-commerce platform with over 20% market-share in stores.
"We have been working closely with several Magento Solution Partners who build web-stores for brands. Via a Kiosked extension for Magento their customers can now seamlessly import their products into Kiosked. I am excited to see more and more brands turning their content smart with us", says Kiosked’s Partner Manager Jaakko Iso-Järvenpää who explained the details and background of the partnership to us.
Editor's Note: This post is part of a partnership with International VC Zone
With nearly 100 companies participating or exhibiting, Finland and the Baltic States clearly made a lot of noise at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year, the worlds largest exhibition for the mobile industry. The companies from the region clearly demonstrated that this is an important location for everybody, especially investors to be interested in.
As Michael Jackson, former COO of Skype and currently the general partner of Mangrove Capital Partners told Arcticstartup: "This year's MWC was huge! The new venue is massive, and I would say it needs a year to settle down."
Nokia is no longer the single focus point and there are many others that are making a dent in the market thanks to an abundance of talent and strong entrepreneurial spirit. This creates the perfect ingredients for companies that are aiming to conquer the global market. Companies from the region do so through breakthrough innovation and an understanding that in order to be a global player, they need to think big right from the start.
Adding more connectivity to presentations is an obvious trend to embrace - we can do a lot better these days than the same technology offered by MS PowerPoint '95. One such startup is Presefy, located way up in Oulu, Finland, but made a splash here in Helsinki when participating in the Startup Sauna Spring 2012 program. Since then they've rebuilt much of the code, offering a clean presentation tool that keeps you and your audience in sync.
The way it works is pretty simple. You upload your presentation into Presefy, and when you're ready to present, you navigate to the presentation on your phone and select. You then have a URL you can display the slides on a projector or share the code with the audience so they can follow along on their devices.
The main problem with most bookmarking tools is that you either need to do a lot of actions to save anything or you end up with a huge clutter later. Dragdis solves all this by allowing you to drag and drop links, images, videos and text to folders that appear on the right side of your browser the moment you start dragging something. With two full days of Dragdis behind me, I am a very happy user as links and smaller pieces of content ar organized and easily shareable.
To the average person that tracks their physical activity on HeiaHeia, the service feels like a nice B2C product. That's great they have the consumer appeal, but behind the scenes HeiaHeia has been greatly expanding their B2B product where they help companies encourage corporate wellness to lower healthcare costs. Today HeiaHeia announces they've hit more than 100 corporate customers in 12 countries, a sign that things have really been picking up for the Helsinki-based company.
"We are clearly seeing a shift in the market - 100 companies, including several blue-chip multinationals, have chosen to take their wellness programs online. We believe this is just the start - we're going to continue on our chosen strategy to make employee wellness more fun and effective with modern, approachable technology" says Jussi Raisanen, HeiaHeia's CEO and Co-Founder of HeiaHeia.
Editor's Note: This is a sponsored post for UK Trade & Investment
Startups in the region tend to go through a sort-of life cycle where they start from their home base, but as soon as they experience growth there is usually a pressure to expand to other countries and territories.
This pressure is often fueled by the need to enter new markets, find new talent, get connections to investors or to become a more global player. Many companies want to go to the Silicon Valley but it is usually a distant leap that requires considerable preparation and capital investments. Thankfully there is a good alternative that many companies from the region have utilized and some even incorporated there to begin with - the London based Tech City.
When you go to a museum, you know you gotta get the audio guide. The Museum experience so much deeper when you have your personal guide, but it's quite silly these museums offer physical audio guide devices when nearly everyone has a huge amount of processing power in their pocket. A group of Swedish students has been bringing more technology into museums through their startup, AudioApps, based in Lund and Stockholm.
The idea behind AudioApps came when two of the founders, CEO Klas Moldeus and CTO Ludwig Lejon taking guides of art museums through a local art society that arranged guided tours. "We understood there is such a big difference when you have a guide with you, and when you don't. When we didn't have a guide we didn't understand anything - or at least we didn't. We are engineering students," says Moldeus.
Yesterday we talked about how Copenhagen-based Foap is crowdsourcing mobile photographers to take images for brands, and compared it to Helsinki-based Scoopshot. In yesterday's world, it seemed that Scoopshot was continuing to focus on crowdsourcing photography for breaking news, while Foap looked like it would take over the "extracurricular" space, but the market may be more crowded than that.
We received word that Scoopshot is being leveraged by Oxfam to crowdsource a music video for Coldplay, which suggests a more "general purpose" use for Scoopshot's platform.
Editor's note: This is a sponsored post to alert you to the crowdfunding options in the region. Research before investing - early stage companies are high risk.
Ever want to invest in startups? We've got another awesome roundup of projects coming out of the Nordics that you can invest in. In addition to companies on Invesdor crowdfunding platform, we now are also bringing you startups companies from FundedByMe.
And remember, these projects are 'equity crowdfunded' companies looking for investment, which we're lucky to offer. Compared to Kickstarter, which gives you things like t-shirts or pre-orders in return for donations, with these equity crowdfunding platforms you're actually investing in these companies and receive shares in the company in return. In the U.S. people are getting excited about the JOBS act making equity crowdfunding legal for U.S. companies, but the Nordic countries are ahead of the game.
Have you ever been confused about what web apps to use for your project? Even someone like myself, who writes about web applications all day long, stares cluelessly into Google when faced a problem where there should be an obvious online solution. But Helsinki-based StartHQ is a new web app directory and browser home-page replacement that aides in finding the best app for you to get your job done, by categorizing apps, making them easier to search for, and making them easy to find again once you've signed up for them.
"This is a recurring problem, as I found while working for a number of startups and coaching at Startup Sauna," says Oleg Podsechin, behind StartHQ. "For example it took us a few weeks and multiple conference calls to identify the right web app to handle Startup Sauna warmup submissions."
Start-ups’ have a high need for all kinds of publicity and media coverage but they generally avoid paid advertising channels. Instead they focus on their own and earned channels. This is no surprise considering typical start-ups’ limited marketing budgets. Conversely, they still value traditional media coverage, especially newspaper coverage.
The infographic findings are based on a summary of six case studies of start-up companies’ media purchasing patterns. Idean prepared the study with Project Manager and Doctoral candidate Timo Ketonen from Åbo Akademi University.
Brands are always looking for new and exciting ways to interact with fans, and Malmö-based Foap is leveraging their crowdsourced stock photo platform to run photo 'missions' for brands. The idea makes a lot of sense. Brands need new content all the time for marketing material, and a crowdsourced contest helps generate excitement and interaction.
As we've covered in the past, Foap is the next generation of a stock photo site, where anyone can submit their iPhone photography, tag it, and make it available for purchase. All photos then run for $10 to license, where the revenue is then split 50/50 between the photographer and Foap.
If you're reading this, you're probably not at Mobile Dev Camp in Helsinki - the 'Mobile World Congress' of Helsinki, if you will. The talks have been really interesting and entertaining so far, so you missed out. But there's still a chance to get a bit of the buzz. Later tonight they're throwing an afterparty at Tiger and have grabbed the VIP area with plenty of free drinks. MDC attendees and friends going to be the only ones there for the first hour, so come out and feel like you own the place.
Like all things in life there's a catch - you have to download the Night People Group app to get entrance. So, go to this website, download the app. and then register as a member on the app. The most important step is as you're registering, be sure to select Mobile Dev Camp as the venue (ravintolat). And then bam, you get your entrance ticket to the VIP.
Thanks to everyone who showed up at Johto yesterday for our "Nomadic Coworking" We didn't get a ton of articles out, but we focused on the business end made some awesome connections that really got us thinking. That was half the point, but we'll have more articles ready for you next week. If anyone has some suggestions of where to meet up next, let us know this weekend, and we'll announce the decision on Monday.
We have been watching Fortumo grow from a tiny startup to become a global player present in 73 countries. Last month they announced an investment in the amount close to $10 million from Intel Capital and Greycroft Partners.
The basic premise is a mobile payments solution that works directly through operator billing. This allows app and game developers to monetize pretty much instantly. Oh and unlike most of the competitors, they focus specifically on emerging markets where the mobile phone growth is promising to be the biggest.
When you think about it, with all the buzz about PISA scores it's a surprise that you don't see more Finnish startups in the educational field. Finland's success comes down more to good old-fashioned teaching more than technological advancement, but Finland has a nice brand to be capitalized on.
That's not to say Finnish education startups don't exist. Helsinki-based 10Monkeys is one such example that has an e-learning product designed to get 6-10 year olds crunching math using scientifically confirmed approaches to learning. The company is seeing some growth as well - they've announced a Commercial Partnership agreement with a Saudi Arabian distributor at the IEFE 2013 educational fair in Riyadh in late February.
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Natalie Gaudet
In 2011, I was prompted to write an article about the situation of female entrepreneurs. I wrote the article being fed up of being asked the same question countless of times, “where are all the women entrepreneurs”
I wanted to revisit the topic as I feel like the situation has changed tremendously in the last couple of years. I am happy to say that I have seen an influx of women entrepreneurs in our scene.
Numbers are rising
In fact, if we compare, we are doing so much better than the United States. We have estimated that 7 % are women technology founders in this region- (this figure was taken from the Startup Sauna applications.) As opposed to only 3% in the United States (entering American Seed Accelerators).
Spotify has released is web player as a public Beta in the UK, now allowing you to pull up Spotify on your lame office computer or at your friend's house - wherever you've got the internet but the client isn't installed. This added functionality puts them in more direct competition with all the web playing giants, like Denmark's Rdio, Rhapsody, and Grooveshark.
The app is nice to look at, but some notable features are missing - such as apps, playlist grouping, and social features. Much of the navigation and UI is hidden in pop-up boxes, which feel different from Google or Facebook's smoother navigation, but is easy enough to use.
If you were thinking about moving to Denmark to set up a company, you now have an interesting program to apply to. LaunchPad Denmark is a new government sponsored accelerator program designed for entrepreneurs within or outside of the European Union to get set up in Denmark get professional coaching and training, access to capital, cash prizes, sponsorships, and access to Denmark's entrepreneurial community.
Starting March 18 participants can register for the competition and upload their business plans, video pitches and give information about their motivation to come to Denmark. In total, 30 entrepreneurs will be selected.
Editor's note: This article came about on a trip to Murcia, Spain sponsored by INFO Murcia. Find out more tomorrow.
The promise of the internet revolution was that your company instantly has access to every market. While that's true in many respects, there is still friction, uncertainty, and perhaps some boots-on-the-ground time needed before a successful launch in a new country. Just over a week ago I was in Murcia Spain with some Finnish ICT entrepreneurs, where I got a chance to talk to them at this point right as some of them were making their first business footing broad.
It was interesting watching these entrepereneurs ask questions about the best places to hire talent, where to get office space, who to partner with locally, and so on. There are obstacles to overcome - if you're actually setting up a foregin office you have to learn a lot of things from scratch again.