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Swedish Startup Space: 2014 Review

Written by , , , , and on December 23, 2014

Last year, we covered the Swedish Startup Year 2013. Well, we are just about to close 2014 and for the Swedish startup community, it’s been a big one.

Sthlm TechFest

The inaugural Sthlm TechFest took place. 3000 people, 100 startups, 40 speakers, 13 foodtrucks, 2 DJs and 1 spectacular event. With a pre-day VIP super-cruise and dinner culminating at the Absolut Atelier, and auxiliary events including Klarna’s Women_Create/Tech event, and STING’s onsite startup/Investor matchups, the day was filled with great content in all-day panels on topics ranging from gaming, CSR, commerce, growth, ads, and media. The afterparty hosted by Absolut meant this event was nothing short of an actual “fest” :)


Uppstart was started in 2014, the first large scale tech startup meetup to happen in Uppsala to accommodate it’s growing tech scene. 1067 free tickets were registered over the year and 3 events were held, attracting some big speakers on stage covering topics on building and investing in early stage tech companies including Northzone, MOORGullspång Invest, Tictail, Vint, Freespee, Daniel Laurén, Anette Nordvall and Erik Byrenius. As the events have scaled, event organiser Jason Dainter says the next event on the 11th Feb 2015 will be the biggest to date being held in Uppsala Castle with a full days events including a VIP pre-event for start-ups raising money to meet investors, the main event and an after party.

SUP46 Turned 1

A little over a year ago, Swedish Startup Space was among the first startups who were working from SUP46. The two others were Safello and Instabridge.  As a symbol of SUP46s importance over the past year, both Instabridge andSafello have both raised a lot of capital and grown significantly.

Located in the heart of Stockholm, SUP46 gathers “tomorrow’s Swedish success stories” within Internet, media, mobile and gaming with now over 40 startups as members. With the backing of Swedish and international top VCs and accelerator partners SUP46 gives its members a clear head start.

SUP46’s vision is that Stockholm becomes the #1 startup city in the world. To support Swedish entrepreneurs SUP46 aims to build a world class ecosystem, and just in time for the one-year anniversary the startup hub now expand its business.

Big Numbers and Big Events

2014 was a year of big numbers and big events for the Swedish startup community!

Most Read Posts

  1. The Gothenburg startup Football Addicts wants to change the way people interact with football
    Written by Peter Tjärndal, Per Bergström and Johannes Tveitan on May 12, 2014
    Football is the largest sport in the world with over 3.5 billion fans all over the world. With that target group, the team behind Football Addicts has a vision to change the way people interact with football. They want to gather the football community and hear their opinion.
  2. Infographic: #sthlmtech in numbers
    Written by James Pember and Pär Häggström on May 30, 2014
    Here in Stockholm, we know great things are happening in our startup community. It’s time to make sure the rest of “startup world” knows what’s going on here! In order to do so, we’ve teamed up with the Stockholm Business Region to generate content with an aim of spreading the word about our great startup community – here in Stockholm, but of course throughout Sweden and the Nordics too.
  3. Online Marketing Grows 
    Written by Johan Unger on August 5, 2014
  4. Meet Gastrofy, a “Netflix for food” out of Gothenburg 
    Written by Lukas Ohlsson, Per Bergström and Johannes Tveitan on January 23, 2014
    Gastrofy is a new and original Gothenburg startup. The company creates a value chain between recipe sites and e-grocers. When using Gastrofy you can choose from a vast amount of recipes and create your personal food bag, which then gets delivered to your home. Lukas met with co-founders Robin Rendahl and Felix Bengtsson to discuss the origin of the idea and their journey up until today.
  5. Safello is taking the next step into Europe 
    Written by Anders Hassis on April 3, 2014
    Safello is a Stockholm based Bitcoin company founded in July 2013. The company is focused on supporting the cryptocurrency market with a safe way to buy, sell and use bitcoins. To facilitate its increasingly international user base, Safello have localised their website to help customers across Europe to buy and sell bitcoins safely and simply. With numerous payment methods and 86 supported banks for direct payments, Safello is lowering the barrier for consumers to take their first step into Bitcoin.
  6. Meet Lukas, The Coolest Kid In Stockholm
    Written by Jason Dainter on April 28, 2014
    Now and again, you come across people who just ‘get it’. You know, the kind of people that leave you speechless with their words of wisdom and give you a instantaneous boost of inspiration. That happened to Jason last week at the latest Stockholm Tech meetup. His name was Lukas Sveilis, and he’s 12 years old (yep, 12!).

Most Talked About Companies

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  1. Tictail
  2. Truecaller
  3. Spotify
  4. Fishbrain
  5. Sprinkle
  6. Narrative
  7. Tink

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