Take look at Sweden’s thriving startup ecosystem and funding landscape!

Sweden, a leading European innovation hub

Once primarily known as home to IKEA, Volvo and Ericsson, in the last 10 years, Sweden has transformed itself into one of the most valued European ecosystems. In a new report made in partnership with leading ecosystem builders including Startup Sweden, The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Swedish Institute, Business Sweden and Vinnova, we’ve taken a look at Sweden’s thriving startup ecosystem and funding landscape.

Sweden’s thriving ecosystem isn’t an overnight success, but a result of several factors that sparked business creation, such as a well-structured safety net consisting of free education and health care, favourable policies, and ecosystem builders that reinvest back to the community. On the VC funding front, the country’s startup ecosystem is backed by public funds and investments targeting startups as well as macro initiatives to create opportunities for innovators to flourish.

2021 was a record year for the Swedish ecosystem. VC investment more than doubled in the last year alone, hitting an all-time high of €7.8B. This rise in venture capital investment is due to the surge of megarounds, which accounted for 70% of all funding. Some of the largest deals included: Northvolt’s €2.5B Growth Equity, four funding rounds totalling €2.4B for Klarna, Polestar and Epidemic Sound Growth Equity rounds, and Kry’s €284M Series D. ...

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