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NEWS December 20, 2018

Cyber security company Defentry raises 3.6 MSEK

The Defentry team

The Defentry team

Defentry  helps companies control their data and coach people to become cyber security experts using AI. During the fall, the company has closed a funding round of around 3.6 MSEK from, among others, the private investor John Fällström, to further expand the business.

Defentry has had strong growth in the last quarter and signed agreements with market-leading partners. The company has also joined forces with two of the world’s foremost white hackers, Dan Egerstad and Adam Ljungrell, and bought one of the world’s largest databases of leaked information.

“Both private individuals and companies are increasingly aware of the importance of cyber security. That companies should do everything in their power to protect their data is a no brainer, companies that do not prioritize this issue will die quickly,” says Christer Hernestig, founder of Defentry.

In addition to John Fällström, the investors Malin Sjöstrand (Scriin), Per Vasilis, Jonas Brunius and Gerhard Dal also participate in the 3.6 MSEK funding round. The capital will be used to build the organization for Defentry’s growth journey. In the coming days, the company moves to new premises and several key people are joining the company.

“Cybersecurity is a hot topic and a matter for everyone, both companies and individuals. Defentry is the most exciting company in the market right now, that’s why I chose to invest in them,” says John Fällström, CEO, NV Capital.

About Defentry
Defentry helps companies control their data and coach people to become cyber security experts using AI. Using our technology, users can control their own data. We make sure your personal information remains yours. #BeYourOwnHero
www.defentry.com

More information
Gabriella Kepinski, PR, Defentry, gabriella@defentry.com

NEWS December 18, 2018

Care to Translate launches medical interpretation app to break language barriers globally

Care to Translate co-founders (from left): Martin Schalling, Annie Backman and Linus Kullänger

Care to Translate co-founders (from left): Martin Schalling, Annie Backman and Linus Kullänger

Care to Translate was launched one year ago and is already one of the most used translation tools in Swedish healthcare. The company has grown organically, and the app has over 22,000 users. Care to Translate is now launching its service to the European market. The goal is to help healthcare personnel and patients communicate across language barriers.

Care to Translate was founded in 2018 by a team of physicians and medical students who left the clinic to wholeheartedly devote their time and efforts to solve problems caused by the lack of interpreters in healthcare.

“The problem with language barriers in healthcare is serious and overlooked. Inability to communicate leads to additional costs for healthcare providers and a significant reduction in quality of care and patient safety. Additionally, insufficient translation makes patients feel insecure. These issues are what we seek to change,” says Linus Kullänger, CEO and co-founder.

Compared to other translation tools, such as Google Translate, Care to Translate delivers medically correct translations, providing secure communications between healthcare personnel and patients.

“In Sweden the need and demand for correct translations is huge. The fact that our service, in such a short period, has attracted so many users only through word of mouth is a clear sign that Care to Translate meets an important need. The need is in fact global. Therefore, it is a natural step to expand outside Sweden,” says Annie Backman, COO and co-founder. The first focus in Europe is the German and English speaking markets.

The new release of Care to Translate was improved via user feedback. It now has an increased capacity and can translate 500 medical phrases in over 20 languages. The interface has been developed with field specific categories and a search function, making it a lot more useful.

“We will be able to help many different healthcare professionals, including personnel in ambulances, emergency rooms, delivery and general wards to communicate. Soon, clinics will be able to distribute the service amongst all of their employees,” says Linus Kullänger.

“Today, a large group is exposed to poor care due to language barriers. It is common that children and other family members have to act as translators. Our goal is to make healthcare more equal and safe, both in Sweden and globally,” Linus Kullänger further states.

Contact
Linus Kullänger, co-founder and CEO, linus.kullanger@caretotranslate.com, +46 73-322 55 45

Care to Translate, is a company driven by medical students and physicians. Their app translates 500 different healthcare phrases in 20 different languages. The company’s vision is for healthcare personnel and patients to be able to communicate with each other regardless of language. It was founded by Linus Kullänger, CEO, and Professor Martin Schalling from Karolinska Institutet and Karolinska University Hospital with co-founder Annie Backman, MD and COO. The new service launched in December 2018 in EU. The plan is to launch in 10 additional language markets next year. www.caretotranslate.com

NEWS September 3, 2018

Here are the 14 new Sting companies

Democratization of artificial intelligence, micro lending on equal terms, speech synthesis, ID hijackings, crowd funding of music, leisure activities, language challenges in healthcare and interpretation of radiographs are some of the areas addressed by the 14 carefully selected companies that have been accepted to Sting this autumn. The list of companies is announced today when the entrepreneurs meet for the first time at Sting’s newly opened premises at A house.

“It has been a tough selection process leading up to the start of the autumn programs,” says Karin Ruiz, business coach at Sting. “It’s a strong line up of companies that represent a wide range of exciting business ideas. We see a clear trend in an increasing number of startups that utilize the power of artificial intelligence and deep learning to tackle major challenges related to for example safety, health and climate,” she continues.

In addition to office space at A house and the network with each other and the Sting team, the companies will get individual coaching in business development and financing, recruitment support and access to Sting’s wide network of industry contacts and investors. The companies also have the opportunity to get an investment of SEK 300,000 from Propel Capital, Sweden’s most active private seed investor.

“With our new premises at A house, we now have the opportunity to run the Incubate and Accelerate programs in one place, which we believe will contribute to an even stronger Sting Community and better opportunity for the startups to exchange experiences and networks with each other,” says Fredrik Rosengren, new Program Manager of the Sting Accelerate Program.

Poki Robotics is one of the new Sting Incubate companies. The company develops task-specific robots to help businesses become more efficient and sustainable.

“Our participation in the Sting Incubate program will give us a great opportunity to scale up Poki Robotics. We are looking forward to getting to know the network and being inspired by the other companies, as well as challenging ourselves. In the spring, the goal is to sell the first robots to customers in Sweden. A challenge for us will therefore be to further develop our product with limited time and resources,” says Fredrika Kringberg, co-founder at Poki Robotics.

Fairlo, one of the new Accelerate companies, challenges the micro loan market with its service that gives people the opportunity to solve an unexpected expense with a loan on equal terms.

“We launched Fairlo in April and got off for a good start. Now we want to use the momentum we have to accelerate into 2019, with the goal of making “Vardagslånet” the obvious choice for unexpected expenses. We hope that Sting, with its solid and proven models, will help us to identify the next-generation star developers, and that the network and experience in the organization will provide great support in the international expansion of our business,” says Jimmy Hanna, CEO and co-founder of Fairlo.

Sting has coached over 240 startups since the start in 2002. The companies had revenues of over 210 MEUR in 2017 and have attracted almost 450 MEUR in private capital. Stings alumni companies include companies like Barnebys, Bioservo, DPOrganizer, Karma, Videoplaza, Volumental and Yubico.

Companies selected to Sting Accelerate
Defentry is a cybersecurity company that combats ID hijackings and hacked accounts through the use of large data acquisition, AI and machine learning. Defentry supports its customers in anticipating risks and finding new solutions that prevent intrusion and fraud with the objective of making them less exposed on the internet. Defentry also offers a personal and secure platform for its customers to monitor its data, identity and integrity. www.defentry.com

Fairlo is a TechFin startup that launches a new era for small loans. With a system based on the latest technology, Fairlo offers people the opportunity to solve an unexpected expense with a small loan at equal terms. Whoever borrows from Fairlo owns the power and can at any time pay off the loan, change the amortization plan or change the due date, all in one click and free of charge. fairlo.se

Friendtivity provides leisure activities for school kids in a new way –at home, in small groups around an interest such as music, programming or something totally different and led by an employed friendtivity leader. Via the platform , parents can seamlessly find leaders, book and pay for the activity at a very competitive price.  friendtivity.se

Signe is a digital platform for crowdfunding of concerts. Organizers, artists and fans can easily create an event and start raising money for an upcoming concert. Signe allows fans to participate and influence who organizers should book, whilst minimizing risk for the organizer to lose money on the event. Signe.io

Språk i Vården develops a medical interpretation tool for healthcare providers that reduces healthcare costs and increases effectivity while it at the same time strengthens patient safety and integrity. Our tool is available as an application for smart devices and can be used by all healthcare professionals in a broad range of healthcare situations. www.sprakivarden.se

Ugglo is a multi-lingual audio book service for kids. We combine the picture book with the audio book to create a truly fun and captivating reading experience. Thousands of kids in Sweden improve their reading and language skills with Ugglo every day. www.ugglo.se

Zenia provides high converting E-Commerce marketing traffic to webstores, helping sellers to market their products organically and through paid posts by sharing – promoting – converting. www.zenia.ai

Companies selected to Sting Incubate
DeepMed’s
vision is to redefine how radiographs (x-ray images) are being used in orthopaedics by applying artificial intelligence for the use in x-ray interpretation. With our software, built on deep learning, we support radiologist and other healthcare-professionals in detecting and classifying orthopaedic radiographs in a more efficient and accurate way. deep-med.com

Greenlytics provides data science solutions for the power industry. Our vision is to harness the power of data to create a sustainable energy future. Our first product, WindMind, is a tool that, with the help of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence, creates ultra-accurate wind power forecasts, which enables wind power producers to lower imbalance costs, increase profitability of wind power and make wind power cheaper for the consumer. www.greenlytics.io

Kavalri Games emerged from the passion for creating qualitative equestrian games. We’re developing the mobile game Equestrian the Horse game – a game which lets the player build their equestrian career from the ground up. Our players are mostly girls with an equestrian interest, and they’re passionately supporting our development. equestrianthegame.com

PerceptiLabs is a Deep Learning company developing the software QuantumNet. With a vision of democratizing artificial intelligence, QuantumNet simplifies the creation and understanding of AI-models by removing the need of programming and deep mathematical knowledge. The programming is replaced with a simple drag & drop of building blocks where the user e.g. can go into each building block and see how the AI-model learns in real-time. www.perceptilabs.com

Poki Robotics develops task-specific autonomous robots to help companies become more efficient and sustainable. The products are based on a robotics platform that is adjustable to different needs and environments. Our first product is a smart, self-navigating robot that collects golf balls on golf ranges. We offer a technical solution that includes high accuracy local positioning together with intelligent software. www.pokirobotics.com

SciPro’s Thesis Management System is an online IT-support system for management and supervision of theses at bachelor, master and PhD education levels. It allows the entire thesis writing process to be managed in a clear and structured way.  It gives students a clear methodology, supervisors a channel to communicate with students and decrease their administrative workload and school administrators a total overview. www.sciproprojects.com

TorTalk creates text to speech applications for schools, universities and workplaces.
Our end users are people with dyslexia, ADHD and those who prefer to listen to their second language. TorTalk’s software removes barriers, help increase efficiency and reduce stress for users. tortalk.se

NEWS June 25, 2018

CaCharge secures 2.1 MEUR in funding to create a mass-market for electric cars

Kurt Högnelid, Chairman and Louise Kierkegaard, CEO, CaCharge

Kurt Högnelid, Chairman  and Louise Kierkegaard, CEO, CaCharge

The e-mobility company CaCharge is pleased to announce the completion of a 2.1 MEUR investment round from experienced investors to expand in Europe. CaCharge’s business model makes it profitable to invest in charging points while drivers benefit from a reasonable mileage rate.

The investors include Stefan Bengtsson of CSB Capital; Mikael Ahlstrom founder of Procuritas; Lars Appelstal, co-founder of Readsoft; Per-Uno Sandberg, co-founder of Skistar; Michael Obermayer, senior partner of McKinsey and chairman of energy storage company Nilar and Carl Hirsch, from property developer Industricentralen.
Carl Hirsch explains that CaCharge’s core business is about pricing, packaging and AI-based software.

Following the announcement, he commented:
“You only need to Google electric cars to understand that the main challenge is the charging infrastructure. The business model and mindset of CaCharge is spot on for me as a property developer. By using CaCharge, I can keep my tenants happy and create a new revenue stream, while my properties become more sustainable”.

CaCharge was founded in 2016 by three entrepreneurs; Kurt Hognelid, Louise Kierkegaard and Tomas Oquist. Together they embarked on a journey to develop a business model that underpins the electric car mass-market.

CEO of CaCharge, Louise Kierkegaard, believes that to make sustainable development scalable you need to generate economic profit. She said:
“CaCharge understands both the point of view of business and the driving and parking patterns of car drivers. Our aim is to create a society where your car is charged as easily as your mobile.”

The CaCharge technology charges the car where it is parked – at home or at work. By using an AI-based solution that effectively distributes electricity between cars, CaCharge can charge 50 cars at the same rate as a fast charging station.

Kurt Hognelid, Chairman of CaCharge, said:
”Being able to charge as many cars as possible, at the lowest possible cost, with available electrical capacity, will be crucial in the future”
CaCharge’s customers in Sweden include Fabege, Stena Fastigheter and Upplands Vasby municipality.

Media enquiries:
Louise Kierkegaard, CEO, CaCharge, louise@cacharge.com
Carl Hirsch, CEO, Industricentralen hirsch@industricentralen.se
www.cacharge.com/

NEWS May 14, 2018

Elly Pistol starts US expansion – closes funding round

From left: Andreas Andersson, Emma Sund, Siah Javaheri, Cecilia de Champs and Peter Lenerius

From left: Andreas Andersson, Emma Sund, Siah Javaheri, Cecilia de Champs and Peter Lenerius

Elly Pistol, the online fashion company dedicated to the digital generation, raises 2.4 MSEK from existing and new owners and at the same time announces the recruitment of Peter Lenerius as new CEO. Peter will be taking on the challenge of commencing Elly Pistol’s establishment in North America.

Elly Pistol is a digital street wear brand launched in 2015. The company was founded by Cecilia de Champs with the goal of creating non-seasonal products. Since its inception, the brand has received a lot of attention in social media and already has customers in over 40 countries.

“Our biggest market is still Sweden, as it is the only country we have actively marketed us so far, but thanks to our e-commerce and communication with our customers through digital channels, we see that the interest for our products in the US is growing rapidly, says Cecilia de Champs, founder of Elly Pistol.

In order to meet demand from North America, Elly Pistol has during the Spring signed agreements with key distributors in both the US and Canada. The deal with the major US agent The Park Showroom will take the brand out in stores across the country.

“We see it as a strength to be able to partner with a major player as the Park Showroom. Through this partnership, we get a network of re-sellers, marketing and the possibility of physical presence in this gigantic market. We also see increased demand from home retailers and now we feel we have such a strong digital platform and online presence that it’s time for us to meet our customers in more places, she continues.

Elly Pistol has now closed a follow-on financing round of 2.4 million kronor to be used for production to meet increased demand and marketing in the United States. Investors in the financing round include JNE Invest, as well as the entrepreneur and investor Fredrik Adolfsson.

As part of the company’s expansion, the company has also hired Peter Lenerius as new CEO.

“We are delighted that Peter joins us. His experience from fast-growing companies and internationalization will be a very important addition now when we are taking the next step in our journey, says Cecilia.

“Cecilia and the team have done a fantastic job of building Elly Pistol into a strong digital brand in Sweden. There is now a great opportunity to take the company to the next level with new sales channels and markets, where we see the highest potential for rapid growth in the USA,” said Peter Lenerius.

Peter comes from a position as Nordic CEO of the California surf and lifestyle brand Hang Ten and has previously been responsible for the internationalization of the Rehband sports brand, where he worked as a global CEO.

Elly Pistol participated in the Sting Accelerate program during Spring 2017.

About Elly Pistol
Elly Pistol is primarily known for its bomber jackets jackets in different colors seen frequently seen in social media and on influencers. The company has nearly 40,000 followers in its own Instagram account.

More info
Cecilia de Champs, cecilia@ellypistol.com
www.ellypistol.com

NEWS May 7, 2018

Friendship app GoFrendly raises 3 MSEK

Julia Sporre, CTO, Claudia Gård, CEO and Ulrika Lilja, COO. Photo Simon Hellsten

GoFrendly, an app that offers women of all ages an opportunity to create new friendships through accurate and secure matching, has closed an investment round of 3 MSEK. Among the investors are the founder of Apotea, Pär Svärdson, and the former Klarna Manager, Louise Samet. The company will now expand and develop the product further.

The founder team behind GoFrendly, Claudia Gård and Ulrika Lilja, got the idea of ​​the company through their own need to meet new friends. The friendship app targeted exclusively towards women was launched in October 2016. The timing for a social platform where women can meet new friends has proven to be perfect.

“We see a huge need in a market with few players. Now it’s all about running fast and that’s exactly what we’re going to do with the capital injection. We will develop the platform to create more physical meetings and a premium service is also close in time, explains CEO and co-founder Claudia Gård.

The interest in investing in GoFrendly has been great and the team has had to say no to investors. Among the investors are the founder of Apotea, Pär Svärdson, JNE Invest, angel investors like former Klarna Group Product Manager, Louise Samet, and many others. In addition to capital, the investors also contribute with skills and networks, which is invaluable to the team.

“It’s wonderful to see that so many believes in the potential of GoFrendly and are ready to invest,” says founder Ulrika Lilja.

GoFrendly has users between 18 and 82 years and is used extensively around Sweden. GoFrendly has also launched in Oslo with successful results. Today, the app is free and that has been important in order to attract early users. Revenues so far come from ads and partnerships.

“Our goal of the app is to create physical meetings. Being able to offer our users events with partners has proved to be a winning concept. Many brands want to reach a large female audience, both digitally and physically, and we can offer a comprehensive solution,” Ulrika continues.

“We are proud to address the problem of finding new friends and we already know that our service has changed people’s lives – our goal is to make the world a less lonely place,” concludes Claudia.

More info
Claudia Gård, CEO and co-founder, claudia@gofrendly.com, 070-710 45 56
www.gofrendly.se

 

NEWS April 23, 2018

List: the five new companies in Sting Incubate

Today, Sting welcomes this year’s second batch of startups to the Sting Incubate program. The five new companies represent a wide range of solutions ranging from deep PC strategy games, a digital treatment method for people with sleep problems, innovative tools for digital receipts and personal administration to an AI based food market recommendation engine.

The new Sting companies will receive coaching in business development and financing, recruitment support and get access to Sting’s wide network of industry contacts and investors, to increase the pace of development, rapidly enter the market, and increase the chance of success. The companies also have the opportunity to get an investment of SEK 300,000 from Propel Capital, Sweden’s most active private seed investor.

One of the newly accepted companies is YourPDi, founded by Patricia Ingemarsson and Jenny Wuori, both with long careers in technology, market, sales and management behind them. Within the coming days, the company launches the YourPDi app, which gives its users a tool for organizing private valuable documents and information in one place, safely in the cloud.

“Although we have many years of developing companies behind us, we can see that we lack experience in some areas that are crucial for scaling a startup to a company of size,” says Jenny. “We therefore see that Sting’s unique network and business coaches with significant experience of entrepreneurship will speed up our pace of development. Now we are aiming for a successful launch of our app and are focusing on user traction, Patricia continues.

The five new Sting Incubate companies:

IQ Chef is a foodtech company that develops innovative solutions for the digital food market. The company’s recommendation engine, based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, gives IQ Chef’s partners in the food industry completely new opportunities to tailor and individualize their customer offerings. iqchef.com

Learning to Sleep has developed a digital, clinically validated, treatment method to help people with chronic sleep problems. So far, the company has treated over 900 people and 94 percent of patients get a lasting improvement in their sleep. learningtosleep.se/

Treeno creates a new digital communication channel between consumers and businesses by building an innovative service for digital receipts. Using Treenos service, consumers can easily get their digital receipts collected in one place as well as a unique insight into their spending habits. At the same time, Treeno contributes to a significant reduction in tree devastation and waste management that paper receipts result in today. www.treeno.se/

Warpzone Studios is founded by three game industry veterans. Our goal is to make deeply engaging strategy games for mainly PC. We will aim to create games with superior replayability and high quality, while keeping close contact with our players and encouraging user modifications and extensions. warpzonestudios.com/

YourPDi, Your Personal Digitalization, is the app where you quickly and safely organize and keep important information and valuable documents. YouPDi gives you everything from receipt of your stolen bike, documents from the kitchen renovation, log-in details for Netflix, family vaccinations to colour codes in your home. Everything organized in one place and safely stored in the cloud. www.yourpdi.com/

NEWS September 18, 2017

List: The six new companies in Sting Incubate

Today, Sting welcomes six new startups to the Sting Incubate program. The companies that have been selected offer services within e.g. logistics optimization, digital project and quality assurance tools, games and e-health.

“We see a great interest from startup to join Sting. With the six new companies in this batch we have accepted 17 new startups to Stings Incubate program, and 33 companies in total this year to Sting. This is a record since we started in 2002. Of the six companies, three – Cling, Nordic Weld Assist and Airmee – come from KTH Innovation’s pre-incubtor, with whom we work closely, “says Karin Ruiz, business coach at Sting.

The companies are offered 6 to 18 months tailor-made coaching and have the opportunity to receive SEK 300,000 from Propel Capital, the investment company investing exclusively in Sting companies. New this year is that, in addition to support from Sting’s experienced coaches, the companies also have access to 30 hours that can be used for buying coaching offered by external experts in areas such as SEO / SEM, UX and Conversion Optimization.

One of the new companies is Cling, which earlier this summer launched a service that makes it easy for craftsmen to write quotes and agreements.
– We see a great demand for our service. Since the launch in late July, we have already secured over 100 customers who send their quotes and agreements through the service, ranging from small companies with one employee to larger companies with more than 50 employees. Now we are ready to accelerate and look forward to qualified sparring from the Sting team, says Oskar Andersson, co-founder of Cling.

Sting’s support for startups includes, in addition to individual coaching and opportunity for investment from Propel Capital, access to Sting’s own recruitment service for startups, SUP46, THINGS or H2 locations, and access to Sting’s broad international network of investors, business contacts and experts.

Since the start of 2002, Sting has coached over 200 startups. Among the Sting Incubate companies are Yubico, Videoplaza, Volumental, Watty, Barnabys, Bioservo and MIND Music Labs.

Here are the six new Sting Incubate companies:
Airmee changes how goods are transported in cities by making “same day” and express delivery within 1-2h available and affordable to all. The company’s research-based technology optimizes real-time logistics flows, which maximizes logistics suppliers capacity and reduces cost and traffic in cities. Companies, stores and e-merchants can offer faster and convenient delivery services through Airmee’s API and deliver from the store within minutes. www.airmee.com

Cling is a project tool that simplifies craftsman administration from first customer contact to payment. With the help of Cling, craftsmen can create quotes from simple and professional templates and send agreements that the customer signs with BankID. The idea is to make it easy to get the right information in place, so that craftsmen do not get into unnecessary disagreements and troubles with their customers. cling.se

HealthiHabits is a digital service that helps people with chronic diseases. At a time when doctors and nurses do not have enough time to support individual patients, HealthiHabit offers personal information and continuous support through a digital service and a personal virtual mentoring network of people with the same disease and health challenges. www.healthihabits.com

Need Insights is an innovative market research company with cutting edge expertise in eye tracking data and measurement of crowds in physical environments. With the latest technology and intelligent analytics platforms, Need Insights helps companies understand their customers in a brand new way and create communications that really make a difference. needinsights.com

Nordic Welding Engineering has developed a method for quality assurance of welded structures. The majority of the welded products are about 20-40% heavier than necessary as there are no reliable methods for quality assurance of welded components with high strength steel. Through the implementation of the method in the manufacturing industry, productivity can increase by up to 50%, production costs are reduced and component weight is further optimized.

Valiant Game Studio is a new indie game studio, which aims to make roleplaying games with focus on social aspects. Storytelling is at the core of their experiences, which will give their players new ways of looking at the world around them.

NEWS August 28, 2017

Game veteran invests in new game studio Hatrabbit

Hatrabbi’s founder Andreas Chrysovitsanos and Joakim Svärling with the new partner Karl Magnus Troedsson in the middle. Photo: Jesper Frisk

Hatrabbi’s founder Andreas Chrysovitsanos and Joakim Svärling with the new partner Karl Magnus Troedsson in the middle. Photo: Jesper Frisk

One of Sweden’s most established gaming profiles on the global stage, Karl Magnus Troedsson, invests in the newly launched game studio Hatrabbit. Troedsson has previously been General Manager and CEO of DICE, VP of Group Strategy for EA, and is now also co-owner of the game publisher Raw Fury. Together they will now focus on strengthening the team and building the entertainment of the future.

Hatrabbit Entertainment was founded in 2016 by two game veterans, Joakim Svärling and Andreas Chryssovitsanos. Both have 17 years of experience from DICE, EA and Rovio. They have been part of creating some of the world’s largest PC and mobile franchise games like Battlefield and Angry Birds. Hatrabbit builds game experiences that utilize the latest virtual and augmented reality technology. There are already technically advanced games, but the studio’s strength lies in delivering world-class quality and adding feelings and magical mood to the games.

– I have worked closely with these guys for many years, says Karl Magnus Troedsson. I know their capacity and what their capable of doing and in the same way they know me. When they described their vision and the question was raised about making the journey together, I did not need much consideration time.

Now the focus is on building next-generation games.
– During the spring, we have focused on building a strong foundation for the studio, said Andreas Chryssovitsanos. Building a strong team and at the same time securing this investment has been our top priority. Therefore, it is extremely valuable to now have Karl Magnus on board. We have also strengthened the development team with Urban Nilsson, who is a partner in the Hatrabbit team.

– Our goal in the coming year is to broaden the game portfolio, find interesting partners and learn as much as possible about the market, says Joakim Svärling.

Hatrabbit Entertainment was the first company to be accepted to Sting’s gaming incubator in at Medborgarplatsen in Stockholm.
Contact:

Contact: Andreas Chryssovitsanos, andreas@hatrabbit.se, +46702461456

NEWS August 28, 2017

Here are the new Sting Accelerate companies

The eight startups that have been selected for the fall batch of Sting’s Accelerator program offer solutions ranging from car wash to Facebook for riders. All companies receive SEK 300,000 from Sweden’s most active private seed investor, Propel Capital, to accelerate growth.

The selected group of Sweden’s most promising startups will receive intensive coaching during 20 weeks by Sting’s coaches to increase the pace of development, rapidly enter the market, and increase the chance of success.

– The new Accelerate companies want to strengthen their sales efforts and represent services ranging from car wash to Facebook for riders and SaaS services for training companies. The group is made up of strong entrepreneurs who will be able to lift and inspire each other. They will certainly impress the startup world, says Ivar Strömberg, coach at Sting.

New this year is that, in addition to support from Sting’s experienced coaches, the companies also have access to 30 hours that can be used for buying coaching offered by external experts in areas such as SEO / SEM, UX and Conversion Optimization .

One of the new companies is Woshapp, which simplifies car wash by going to the customer and washing the car on site, utilising an environmentally friendly washing method.

– We have exciting contracts with some big companies that have many cars, and we already have over 20 percent recurring customers. We applied to Sting because they have extensive knowledge and have helped a large number of companies during many years. We are very excited to have been selected to the program. We are now looking forward to tough and sincere coaching that can seed up our growth rate, says Jens Karlsson, co-founder of Woshapp.

Another company has developed Ztable, an app for riders, offering a training calendar, inspirational riding exercises and a social network.

– We had a very successful launch in early summer and now have 17,000 downloads. We are looking forward to being challenged by Sting so that we can increase the pace and get even better. Getting access to Sting’s network, know-how and coaching will be a great opportunity for us, says Ingrid Sundqvist, founder and CEO of Ztabler.

In addition to coaching in business development and financing, the eight Sting Accelerate companies, also receive support in recruitment and communication, and get access to Sting’s network of business contacts and investors. During the program, Sting companies are offered free office space at the internet hub SUP46 in central Stockholm. Since the start of 2002, Sting has coached over 200 startups. Among the Accelerate companies are Sellpy, Dreams, Karma, Mondido and Sudio.

The following eight startup companies are included in the fall of Sting Accelerate:

Gigital is the first completely digital solution for booking live performers for professional and private events. As a customer you can search, filter, sort and compare the wide range of performers. Completely without middle men. All the communication and payment is done fast and easy directly over the platform. www.gigital.se

GoFrendly We love friendship stories! GoFrendy offers women of all ages and regardless of their life situation an opportunity to create new friendships in a safe environment and through a smart and easy matching process. GoFrendly is available for download on the App Store and released for Android in September 2017. www.gofrendly.se

Kinexit is an online subscription service bringing individualized movement to those serious about health, fitness, and sports. Active people, athletes and those who coach, train and treat them. Activity participation and sports performance is fully individualized and optimized to drive fast results. Movement restrictions are found and fixed to unlock greater possibilities for anyone. All this in an affordable subscription on your mobile device. www.kinexit.com

Learnster is a learning ecosystem and the first cloudbased end-to-end service for learning providers and consultants. Learnster cut time spent on managing courses by 50 percent, saving money on every level, modernizing and distributing course content and making it available in all devices, and most importantly – increases the learning experience and outcome. With Learnster our clients can futureproof their learning offer and business. www.learnster.com

Pushappy is a clever tool that make selling both more effective and fun.
With our app system your sales will increase fast, using our gamification concept.
All sales within the goals you set will be followed up in real-time, helping you to act proactive upon results and get your sales force more motivated than ever. www.pushappy.com

Wopify wants to create the world’s smartest job matching engine and offer people who already have an employment the opportunity to discover new exciting job challenges worldwide, while remaining 100% anonymous. www.wopify.com

Woshapp is the car wash that comes to you. For every car we wash with our proven formula, we save around 200 liters of water. Our formula is also gentle on the paint and reduces the risk of scratches and swirl marks. With Woshapp you just press a button while we take care of the rest. Easy, convenient and safe. www.woshapp.se

Ztable is an app designed especially for riders. It contains a training calendar, inspirational videos and a social network. We give equestrians on all levels the opportunity to share their passion, develop their riding and achieve their goals. Free on AppStore and Google play. www.ztable.se