May Pre-Summer Edition 🌼
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🎂 Sting is celebrating 20 years! 🎂 

May was such a great month. We celebrated our 20 years anniversary with many of our companies, investors, and friends in an unforgettable evening at Bern's on May 5th. A great evening we'll all remember for a long time. In connection with this, we also released our latest status report.
In 2021 our 370 companies had:

- 356mEUR in total revenue.
- 3 422 employees of which 36% are female.
- Raised 173 mEUR in private capital, accumulated they have raised 932 mEUR.
- Out of 33 accepted startups, 61% had a female co-founder.

We received an amazing amount of applications to our fall programs. Thank you to everyone who applied. Our coaches are now going through them and will get back to the lucky startups in a few weeks' time. We love the anticipation this time of the year for new beginnings and new bold ideas that are waiting to sprout.
Happy pre-summer everyone,

The Sting team
News from Sting companies
🙌 Here comes the future of the Swedish industry

'Företagarna' published its list of Sweden's most promising 103 fresh business ideas including Sting companies Planboo, Flox, and Reselo. Congratulations! We are so proud. 
🍲 Sting company Sizzle finalist in SHIFT

An initiative by BLING Startup and Breakit aiming to challenge the structure of venture capital. Congratulations Sizzle! 
 iCellate launches collaboration with football player Olivia Schough

Olivia shares her story of hereditary cancer risk with the hope of helping others who are considering getting tested.
CaCharge launches Dynamic - a new smarter charging box 

The new charging box is completely redesigned and meets, even more, needs in the market. Dynamic has been developed and produced in Sweden and, in addition to existing functions, offers charges of up to 22 kW and 4G connectivity. 

💻 NFinityMark and the web 3.0 space 

NfinityMark has been recognized by Breakit as one of the top 19 companies pioneering within Sweden’s web 3.0 space.

💻 NFinityMark's co-founder in Barneby's podcast Eye of the Beholder. 

She and Pontus Silfverstople unpacked some of the less-known benefits of NFT and Blockchain technologies. Listen to learn why, in an increasingly digital everyday, securing the authorship, ownership, and provenance of our physical assets should be top of mind for Creators, Dealers, and Collectors alike.

Insights, events and innovation
📙 Sting's Status Report 2021 is now released 

An interactive report about Sting, our companies, and our impact in 2021. This year is a special year for us as we are celebrating 20 years. You can also read our programs, focus areas, what we provide, and much more. Enjoy! 
📈 How to set and track finance KPIs that actually matters 

Learn all about the basic metrics that can assess your company’s financial health. Read our guest blog post by Josefiina Kotilainen, CFP at Maki, a seed-stage VC firm partnering with brand-driven & deep tech companies obsessed with challenging category norms.

💚 Matchmaking for a more sustainable world

With 36 meetings between 7 corporates and 29 startups, Ignite Sustaintech highlighted the importance of collaboration to tackle the climate crisis. Read the article including a quote from Karin Ruiz, Sting's Deputy CEO. Sting alumni companies Gleechi and Renbloc also participated in the event. 
🥒 The Food Waste Challenge, an idea competition to battle food waste

Today, an estimated one-third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. The Food Waste Challenge is an idea competition, accelerating ideas that battle food waste. 
More news from Sting companies 
🏥 iCellate Medical secures 20 MSEK in new funding iCellate Medical has closed a successful round of financing, raising 20 MSEK from a combination of existing and new investors. iCellate develops tests for hereditary cancer risk, early cancer detection, and treatment selection.

🛍️ New partner for Bumbee Labs Singaporean tech company Ray Partners with Bumbee Labs to provide Wi-Fi-based footfall analytics.

💻 NFinityMark's co-founder Kirsten Hinder was invited to present at this month's Stockholm Tech Meetup with focus on Web 3.0

✏️ ihopa is partnering with Kärcher to provide premium cleaning machines in their sharing boxes. ihopa has secured yet another powerful partnership in its mission to offer consumers a sustainable alternative to buying. Kärcher, a global leader in cleaning machines and tools, is very interested to develop sustainable services.

🏠 VTelcred receives investment from Klint Ventures Telcred, who are active in the proptech space and provide an access control system as a cloud service, has received new investment from Klint Ventures.

🌐  Care to Translate's co-founder Annie Bäckman invited to a panel talk hosted by Narva to talk about communication as a key to equal health. They have also added Urdu to their app which now supports 42 languages. They are also going to be collaborating with Platform24 for medical translations of their content. 

Arkus AI was voted as the company with the "most impact" by the jury BackingMinds., Almi Invest, and IBM at the Stockholm Tech Live's Startup/Scaleup scene. 

💼 Learnster launches integration with Blue Billywig and kick-starts the collaboration with a joint webinar June 9, 10.00AM “Why onboarding might be more important than recruitment”

🐗 FLOX successfully tests Hugin drone at their customers, moving on to the next phase. Successfully testing of FLOX Oden base station and Hugin drone at the Ekolsunds Slott & Wärdshus just outside of Stockholm, Sweden.

That is all for this month, thanks for reading!

Jalita and the Sting team. 
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