World Entrepreneurs'Day is celebrated every year on August 21st around the world! Traditionally, the purpose of the World Entrepreneurs' Day is to create awareness for entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership throughout the world. In honor of this occasion, we are highlighting top 10 hottest Finnish startups to look out for and celebrate in 2019!
10 HOTTEST FINNISH STARTUPS IN 2019
#1 Varjo - pioneering a new reality
Founded in 2016 in Helsinki, Varjo is producing an industrial-grade VR / XR headset that allows professionals in sectors from aerospace to architecture to work in human eye-resolution quality virtual or mixed reality when designing new products. The company is undergoing an exponential growth - they raised $31 million in Series B funding in October 2018.
#2 Solar Foods - protein source reinvented
Founded in 2017, Solar Foods is creating “food out of thin air” – producing an entirely new kind of nutrient-rich protein using only air, water, and electricity. An innovation created by leading clean-tech expertise of Finland and based on a concept by NASA, the unique and pure single-cell proteins of Solein are produced from CO2, water, and electricity. Startup has already raised €2 million.
#3 ICEYE - ’new space’ movement
ICEYE provides broad access to timely and reliable radar satellite imaging for a variety of industries (to both commercial and governmental organizations). Using SAR technology, ICEYE is able to monitor acute issues, such as illegal fishing, oil spills, melting icebergs, and floods. The company launched its first micro-satellite (the world’s lightest of its kind) in January 2018. The startup has raised $65 million in funding and plans to have a network of 18 satellites up by 2020.
#4 GetJenny - new generation AI chatbots
GetJenny helps customer service people focus on tasks that require life experience by enabling companies to quickly and easily teach, deploy, and maintain human-directed AI to instant messaging on live chat platforms. Currently, the chatbot is available in over 30 languages. Startup has closed a $2.3 million seed funding round and have already partnered up with giants like Microsoft, Salesforce, and Slack.
#5 Etsimo Healthcare – doctor in your pocket
Founded in 2016 in Turku, Etsimo aims to put a doctor in everyone’s pocket. By leveraging AI on a platform built specifically for healthcare, Etsimo’s virtual assistant helps patients to determine whether they need to see a doctor by entering their symptoms into Etsimo’s self-diagnosis solution. The startup raised funding from the Finnish healthcare service company Terveystalo in exchange for 20% equity.
#6 Grib – 3D without limits
Founded in 2016 in Helsinki, Grib is the world's first 3D software for augmented reality, that was created for students, designers, and anybody else that wants to easily create 3D models and unleash their creativity. Grib’s mobile AR technology is designed to provide users with a sense of the scale, size, and form of 3D models.
#7 Ōura - living your best life
Oura ring is the the most accurate and comfortable sleep and activity tracker on the market. The new Ōura ring comes with advanced sleep tracking features and daily guidance that helps users align their lifestyle, activities and sleep habits to their natural circadian rhythm – the 24-hour genetic clock that regulates the functions of the human body. The startup has won multiple awards, and is continuing to gain high momentum on the market of smart wearable devices.
#8 HoxHunt – gamified cybersecurity
Founded in 2016 in Helsinki, HoxHunt offers gamified training solutions for employees to improve cybersecurity. HoxHunt’s AI solution simulates real phishing attacks on organisations’ users, while revealing the techniques attackers use to infiltrate organisations. Employees are rewarded for reporting the attacks – both real and simulated. The startup is trusted by the world’s leading security professionals, and has already raised €2.9 million.
#9 ResQ - no meal left behind
Founder in 2015 in Helsinki, ResQ is on the mission to reduce food waste by offering their solution to restaurants, bakeries, cafes and hotels. Their mission to “leave no meal behind” saw them rescue more than 2M portions by allowing consumers to discover new restaurants at a 50% discount rate by ordering meals at the end of the restaurant day. With a 97% satisfaction rate on all orders, saving the world has never tasted this good.
#10 Zadaa - your very own boutique
Founded in 2015, Zadaa is a marketplace app which allows you to turn your closet into an online boutique. You can both sell and buy high fashion clothing straight from someone else’s closet. The service is extremely easy to use and is a great way to connect with shoppers alike from around the world. The startup has already expanded its services to over 300 fashionable cities in Germany, Denmark, Finland and more in the nearby future.
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