Telling a good story on successful business measures is gratifying. Arion Bank has compiled detailed information on how it went about creating its internal accelerator, Digital Future, and presenting real impact of delivering new digital offerings. Investing in internal and external innovation has become part the Bank‘s genome. Continue reading
Orkuiðnaður á Íslandi er á svipuðum stað í dag og sjávarútvegurinn var í kringum innleiðingu kvótakerfisins. Aðgangur að orkuauðlindinni er takmarkaður og útfluttar orkuafurðir eru fyrst og fremst hrávara í formi áls. Continue reading
Klappir, a green technology investment firm, has invested in Datadrive, a Startup Reykjavik 2015 company. The founders still remain majority owners in the company. The amount invested is not disclosed at this point. Continue reading
Kaptio, whose team participated in Startup Reykjavik 2012, has secured 325 ISKM (2.6 USDM) from Frumtak and Capital A Partners. Frumtak and Capital A Partners are new investors, but NSA Ventures and Kaskur, previous investors, also participate in the round. Arion Bank, through Startup Reykjavik Invest, is still a shareholder in Kaptio. Continue reading
When encouraging people to apply to an accelerator like Startup Reykjavik to individuals I meet here in Iceland, there are generally speaking two types of dialogues I engage in. First, they are with those who have an idea of a particular business and are ready to make the jump to the real world with it, i.e. start a company around the idea. Second, there are those who have been working on the idea, and either have incorporated or are about to. Continue reading
The FinTech wave
FinTech companies, i.e. companies built around financial technology, are being founded around the globe. Only few of them are in Iceland. I can mention Aur, Kass, Netgíró, Invector, Meniga, Kóði, Faktoria as examples in addition to the commercial banks. There are most certainly more local companies. Continue reading
Ég hef rætt áður um uppgang FinTech fyrirtækja og reynt að bregða upp mynd hvað fjármálafyrirtæki eiga að gera til að bregðast við þeim ógnunum og tækifærum sem snjallar fjármálalausnir ungra fyrirtækja hafa.
Arion banki í fararbroddi nýsköpunar í fjármálatækni
Við í Arion banka skiljum að bankar geta ekki barist á móti kröftum í samfélagi, hvort heldur út frá þörfum neytenda eða tæknilegri framþróun. Eina leiðin er að vinna með umhverfinu. Continue reading
Frá því að viðskiptahröðlunum Startup Reykjavík og Startup Energy Reykjavík var ýtt úr vör, hafa fyrirtæki sem hafa farið í gegnum þá fengið fjármagn yfir 1.700 milljónir króna.
Florealis, a Startup Reykjavik company from the 2013 cohort, has secured its second round of seed financing of ISK 50 million (USD 395,000). The investor group behind the investment consists of experts from the pharmaceutical industry and angel investors. Previously, Florealis had secured another ISK 50 million in its first seed round.