Finnish startups are forced to think and act internationally from the very beginning because even though Finland is a rich country, it is relatively small. When you combine it with one of the best educational systems in the world, skilled engineers and entrepreneurial mindset in the society, you get a recipe for a successful startup scene. Helsinki has over the years become a regional powerhouse and produced some outstanding startups.
Take a look at some of the most promising startups from the whole of Finland.
1. ResQ Club
ResQ Club a Finnish food rescuing company that launched their service in 2016. With more than 1000 partners, 200 thousand app downloads, 300 thousand sold meals and 100 tons of food saved they serve their mission to save the world and enjoy delicious food in the meantime.
The company joined forces with Meal Server (a FoodTech Startup) from Germany to strengthen their capabilities.
They received a combined total financing of 2.2 M€ to expand their services.
Funzi is a Finnish startup that develops a mobile learning and information platform with an initial focus on emerging markets. Funzi's services develop new skills and empower co-creation and collaboration between mobile users and experts.
The company delivers classes on livelihood and well-being to young adults in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Funzi is designed mobile-only and works on all connected devices, even low-end feature phones.
Funzi had over 4,5 million all-time learners.
Vainu is a data-driven prospecting and lead generation platform for sales. Their platform collects sales intelligence on over 100 million companies to determine the most valuable sales prospects.
The platform currently includes 6 databases from the United States, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands. The company was founded in 2014 and is one of the fastest growing SaaS companies to come out from the Nordics.
Noona Healthcare is a mobile service that provides cancer centres with a real-time holistic view of their patients’ wellbeing. It improves the quality of cancer patient care and makes the patient-clinic relationship more personal and meaningful. Clinical staff can rapidly respond to severe symptoms and provide better care to far greater numbers of patients.
Noona also enables patients to stay in close contact with their clinic and check the progress of their recovery.
The company plans to enter ten new markets in 2017.
ŌURA is a wearable sleep tracker that helps to improve sleep performance. It tracks body temperature at night and gives valuable insights into well-being based on unique sleep rhythms.
The ŌURA mobile app turns data into a daily report to help you understand your state of mind, body, and spirit. The company was founded in 2013 in Finland but also has an office in San Francisco.
Zadaa is a marketplace app that by connecting people with a similar size and style can help them to sell and buy clothes that fit them well. The company was founded in 2015 in Helsinki and is now expanding to other Nordic markets. It's available in more than 600 cities in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden.
Lumoa is an AI powered customer experience and feedback analytics. It targets its service to companies which gather large amounts of customer feedback. It’s a SaaS platform for companies which want to turn customer feedback into actionable insights.
The service provides feedback in 60 languages along with insights right after the feedback.
Proximi.io enables software developers to kick start their location-aware application projects. It also helps them to deliver context-aware content to their customers. Proximi.io is a unified SDK and API to most of the mobile positioning technologies available on the market.
Localization based apps and services are more and more popular and Proximi.io strives to make them even more accessible.
Disior develops software solutions for clinical use. It enables patient-specific optimized treatments of bone fractures. The Disior software allows surgeons to analyze and optimize orthopedic treatments and surgeries. The tool uses patient specific 3D images and risk factor data to evaluate the treatment effects. Moreover, it can help with making better decisions for rehabilitation by giving precise recommendations.
The company was set up by ex-Nokia engineers and PhDs in orthopaedics and traumatology.
Entocube aims to revolutionize sustainable food production. It offers an alternative to traditional food that can be crucial in creating a greener world. The company is building a self-sustainable solution for a source of nutrition by raising crickets.
It should help cut down on food waste, carbon emission, deforestation, and become a viable option for growing food in urban areas. This clever infographic by Entocube explains how the 4-week harvest cycle looks like.
As you can see Finland has many promising startups and many of them are on a mission to make our world a better place. We will keep an eye on Finnish startup scene and share interesting insights on our blog.