Nordic Fintech Snippets – October 2020
With the drop in temperatures and the beginning of the flu season, in several Nordic countries, this has meant large-scale and sudden measures to fight off COVID-19, including travel restrictions, recommendations on personal distance, and a ban on gatherings of people. This has effectively kept the amount of physical events low, creating less opportunities for networking and meetups with investors.
However, despite that, October had some worth-celebrating fundraising rounds in the Nordics, with Wolt raising 7.5M€, Norwegian Quantfolio raising NOK12M, and Denmark’s Lunar securing 40M€ in order to enter the buy now, pay later space.
Going beyond fintech and funding rounds, a new e-commerce era has begun in the Nordics, with Amazon finally opening its Swedish site, amazon.se. The local brick-and-mortar shops along with smaller e-commerce sites have for years been warned about how this will impact the market and we are curious to keep an eye on any data revealing how the launch goes. With COVID-19 already encouraging people to shop more online, the future is clearly online.
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Lunar, the Nordic challenger bank that started out life as a personal finance manager app (PFM) but acquired a full banking license in 2019, has raised €40 million in Series C funding from existing investors, plans to enter the ‘buy now, pay later’ space.
Biometric fintech Zwipe and the leading software and digital banking services provider in the Nordics TietoEVRY, have agreed to jointly roll-out biometric payment solutions for banks in the Nordic and Baltic regions.
Quantfolio as, best known for delivering autonomous advisor technology to some of Scandinavia’s most innovative banks, is raising more than NOK 15 million in fresh capital for international growth.
Deep dive: Nordic fintech publications
In the past months, the Fintech Guides from Denmark, Finland and Sweden were published. Have a look at the yearly industry handbooks to truly understand, what is going on in the biggest fintech hubs in the north.
Country specific news
World’s largest fintech event, Singapore Fintech Festival is held this year globally and online on December 7-11th. The Nordic Fintech Hubs will join the show by hosting local satellite events. Save the dates! We will send you detailed information within the next month.
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