20 Hottest SaaS Startups: The Nordics

20 Hottest SaaS Startups: The Nordics
August 15, 2016 lemonsqueeze

Author: Maddie Gubernick

We weren’t joking when we kickstarted a Nordic invasion of Brooklyn… read below to find out why!

The Nordic region is home to some of our favorite tech companies, including Spotfiy, Zendesk, and Skype. With a handful of incubator and accelerator programs, not to mention dozens of venture capital opportunities, it’s no surprise that the Nordics are the second location for our Top Lists.

We have a bit of a bias towards our Nordic countries  (let’s not forget that’s where Lemonsqueeze’s founder is from). With our love for the Nordics, came a love for SaaS startups. They’re our favorite kind of startup, and the Nordics’s favorite too, with the majority of their startup scene being SaaS focused.

 Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  Universal Avenue

Solving HR, freelance and branding all in one. Universal Avenue: there’s nothing quite like it.

Universal Avenue is a global solution for freelance recruitment. The platform locates applicants and after training them, matches them with like-minded brands. Universal Avenue hires these applicants themselves, as “Brand Ambassadors”, allowing their employees to work with brands, but for Universal Avenue.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  Klarna

Do you have a slight online shopping addiction? And pinched pockets? Kill two birds with one stone: use Klarna.

Klarna is an online shopping agent that simplifies the life of a consumer. Through their platform, users can buy a product, receive it, and pay up to two weeks later. With stores in eighteen countries, Klarna offers its users a global marketplace, with accident forgiveness and time to pay.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  iZettle

For mobile business owners everywhere- you need iZettle!

iZettle is a card reader that can be used in store or on the go. Unlike other card readers, iZettle allows users to save money, charging them less than 3%. The fun doesn’t stop there. iZettle collects all the transactions and creates sales reports for its users: creating an all in one platform for the every day store owner.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  Tictail

Want to take online shopping to the next level? Look no further, download Tictail.

At first glance, Tictail may seem like just another online marketplace. However, this global platform isn’t just for consumers; it’s for retailers. The site allows users to shop and explore unique products across the world, follow likeminded shoppers, and ultimately, start their own online shop while evaluating sales, traffic and visibility all in one place.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Holvi

Not all of us can afford accountants. Thank goodness we found Holvi!

Holvi is banking for Makers and Doers –  built by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs.  Holvi was designed to help you maintain control over your finances and gain better understanding of your business money. With the Holvi mobile app, you can store all of your business data in one place.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.46.13 AM  Watchbox

Watchbox will make you want to come to work… we’re serious.

“Watchbox is all about helping companies make their work more fun,” CEO Davíð Símonarson said. “Employees feel happier, more engaged, overall more productive, when they feel that they are part of the group.”

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  Cint

What good is there in collecting data if we don’t know what it means? Don’t let all your data go to waste- use Cint.

Cint is a global exchange platform for accessing and providing insights. By interviewing consumers, accelerating marketing campaigns, and engaging communities, Cint is able to provide SaaS solutions that monetize insights.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Smarp

All employees represent their company. But now, thanks to Smarp, they can do more.

Smarp is a platform for employees to advocate for their company, by humanizing their brand and sharing their work with coworkers and beyond. As somewhat of a social media application, but for businesses, Smarp allows users to develop their marketing and communication teams, thus leading to more efficient hiring and recruitment efforts.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.43.55 AM  Load Impact

Load Impact: helping developers ship better performing applications, as fast as possible.

Load Impact is a tool for web and mobile app developers to test their projects online, before sharing them with the public. The software focuses on three areas: automated testing, API testing, and last but not least: web and app testing. This on demand service allows users to have the fastest website possible.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.49.11 AM  Socius

Socius: social media, business, and content creation all in one.

Socius is a social media platform for businesses, which prides itself on capturing trends and thus, converting audiences. By creating easy to use microsites to increase advertisement views through call to actions, Socius’ software allows users to create content on a unique platform.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Screenful

For those of us who value communication, but don’t have the time to facilitate it- it’s time for Screenful.  

Screenful is a set of dashboards that aims to make communication between coworkers seamless and easy. By installing Screenful’s platform, teams can maximize feedback from employees on a large visible display. This allows companies to track metrics, thus promoting project delivery.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.50.07 AM  Lix Technologies

SaaS isn’t just for business; it’s for students, too! Love them or hate them, we all use textbooks- which is why we all need Lix.  

Lix Technologies is a SaaS platform for students. They call themselves the Spotify for university textbooks, as they allows students the ability to subscribe to specific textbooks, while providing them with features such as highlighting, note inscriptions, and more.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.49.11 AM  Neon Solutions

We all create content, but how do we know if the right customers are seeing it? Enter Neon Solutions.

“Neon is all about making direct communications from a company to its customers relevant and personal,” Neon’s CEO Mark Nijhof said. Both Mark and Neon’s CTO Øyvind Fanebust come from the insurance industry, where they noticed a need for simplified customer communication. It wasn’t until the two friends met Are Stegane, Neon’s CMO, that the startup truly launched in early 2016.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Zoined

Zoined just took data to the next level, especially for our retail and hospitality friends.

Zoined is a cloud-based service that offers retail and hospitality analytics based on sales data. By tracking inventories, time and attendance, visitor tracking, and more, Zoined allows its users to understand their data in an easier way than ever before. After collecting and analyzing a user’s data, Zoined presents it in an accessible, visual format, simplifying everything for its users.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Valotalive.com

For those of you who are scared of numbers, you’re not alone. Valotalive is here for you!

Valotalive.com is a content discovery platform that makes it easy for the information to find right people. Their service gives you the power to instantly share and visualize your data, engaging your people, customers and partners.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.50.07 AM  Famly

Calling all childcare facilities- boy have we got the app for you!

“At Famly we are on a journey to build the world’s best operating platform for daycares, nurseries and preschools,” Famly CEO and Founder, Anders Laustsen said. The digital platform handles all operational tasks, including planning, invoicing, and occupancy of a given program. Similarly, their product facilitates child attendance, parent communication and staff management.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.50.07 AM  Traede

Need a simple business solution that organizes all your info? Traede is just that- and more.

Traede is a solution for all business owners looking to organize their sales. By handling inventory and tracking their employees, Traede is able to optimize any web shop, retailer, and brand.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.46.13 AM  Sling

We all love Slack, but we don’t all work in an office. Meet Sling: the Slack for non-desk employees.

“Sling is the perfect scheduling and communication tool for non-desk working industries, such as restaurants, retail stores, and hotels,” Sling’s CEO Helgi Hermannsson said of his one-year old startup. “It’s a comprehensive tool for employee communication,” he added.

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Nosto

Ever need a second opinion on an online shopping purchase? How about fifty, second opinions? Look no further than Nosto.

Nosto enhances online shopping experiences through real time product recommendations. Their platform is an e-commerce solution for online marketing automation on a global scale.

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 10.47.43 AM  Sympa

We can all agree that human resources is a vital component to any company. But we can also all agree not all of us devote as much time to it as we should. Now, thanks to Sympa, we don’t have to.

Sympa is a cloud service that allows users to combine all necessary components of human resources into a single entity. By streamlining all operations, Sympa grants users to focus on staff development and productivity, while their software focuses on finding the best applicants.


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