Monday 11th January 07.00
500 Nordics reveal the companies joining the 1st batch of their pre-accelerator in Oslo
500 Nordics first accelerator programme in the region, a pre-accelerator in Oslo, kicks off a week today and this morning 500 have revealed who is joining them in that first batch. As you would expect, the majority of the teams are Norwegian, however there is one founder who is currently based in the US who has made the programme, as well as a Finnish team that could still be joining at the last minute. But for now, the line-up is as follows: (taken from press release)
ChocoTravlr - Creating “chocotourism” through a monthly membership of chocolate from a different country every month
Easy Rental - Skyscanner for apartment rentals in highly competitive markets
Graphiq Design Collective - Connecting companies with graphic designers on demand
IMERSO - 3D Scanning on mobile devices
Iris AI - The Google Maps of science
Meshcrafts - Powering the next generation of electric and autonomous transportation
Museai - Helping musicians share and collaborate on their work
Preplay - eCommerce for the modern interactive age
Routes - Create and share travel recommendations
Style Advice - Marketplace of fashion experts on demand
Someone.io - Task management for teams made easy
Thursday 7th January 2016 13.34
Icelandic Plain Vanilla, makers of popular game QuizUp reported to have raised $8-10 million
Icelandic paper Vb.is is reporting that Plain Vanilla, makers of popular game QuizUp have raised funding in the form of a loan reported to be between $8-10 million. There are currently no details as to who is behind the financing and Plain Vanilla's CEO is currently refusing to comment.
Tuesday January 5th 2016 7.45am
Norwegian Ardoq raises 11MNOK ($1.24 million)
DN.NO have reported that Ardoq, who provide software to help map workplaces IT have raised 11MNOK ($1.24 million) in fresh capital from two experienced Norwegian angels, both whom have founded and sold companies in the past, Geir Førre with Energy Micro and Gunnar Evensen with Get.
Our sources tell us that the exact amount for this latest round was in fact 10.65MNOK ($1.2 million) but either way, they've raised 4MNOK prior to this, meaning that they've now raised a total of approximately $1.7 million.
For more on what the company does, check out the original article on DN.