On NordicBaltic.Tech, a partnership between PUBLIC Denmark and the Nordic Council of Ministers, we have been covering the impact of the Covid-19 crisis for startups over the last couple of months. Through our discussions with startups, we have seen many innovators using their digital solutions to help tackle elements of the Covid-19 crisis, with some even offering up their solutions for free during the peak of the pandemic. In this article, we’ve listed some of the startups from across the Nordic-Baltic region who have used their digital technology for good before, during and after the Covid-19 crisis. Over the years ‘Tech For Good’ has evolved to encompass a variety of technologies but can be broadly defined as ‘creating tech that addresses social, economic and environmental challenges’. Tech For Good startups have traditionally included technologies helping the vulnerable in society, improving the digital divide and saving the planet. During the Covid-19 crisis society has relied heavily on tech and digital solutions to improve many aspects of life such as online medical consultations, virtual learning and keeping in touch with loved ones. In this article we’ve highlighted just some of the startups from across the region who have been innovating to support society through these difficult times.
Estonian startup Cure Assist is an AI powered ‘digital hospital’ in which users can speak to doctors online 24/7, check their symptoms and get lab tests, physiotherapy and baby care all from home. The startup has been assisting people with non-covid related problems through the crisis while people haven’t been able to visit hospitals.
Danish startup Bluetown provides low-cost, sustainable wifi solutions to connect people in rural areas of the world such as in India and African countries. With 46% of the world without access to the internet, this startup is helping to breach the digital divide and help introduce a communication infrastructure to improve standards of living.
Finnish startup Kide Science’s technology helps young children develop their learning and thinking skills through online STEM experiments and games. EdTech startups like Kide Science became increasingly important during school closures and have proven to many parents the value of online learning tools. You can watch the interview we did with Kide Science’s founder Jenni Vartiainen here.
Swedish startup Min Doktor is Sweden’s first mobile healthcare centre where users can easily communicate with doctors and nurses primarily via an asynchronous chat. The mobile app has been especially useful during the pandemic and has now set up antibody testing across their clinics in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Umeå, Helsingborg and Västerås.
Icelandic startup Kara Connect is an online therapy platform for professionals in health, welfare and educational sectors. The platform brings together therapists and their clients through video conferencing technology. Startups like Kara Connect have been extremely important during lockdown when in-person appointments became impossible and patients needed to speak to their therapist digitally instead.
Danish startup Canopy Lab is an EdTech company offering an AI powered social e-learning platform for developing competencies in children. At the beginning of the pandemic the startup launched a global ambassador program to help schools across the world to digitise using Canopy Lab’s digital technology. You can read the interview we did with founder Sahra-Joesphine here.
Norwegian startup No Isolation aims to end involuntary loneliness and social isolation by developing communication technology to help those affected, especially during the current pandemic. If you want to learn more about No Isolation’s technology check out this video interview we did with founder Karen Dolva.
Latvian startup Kora is a free mobile app which tracks user’s CO2 footprint to help citizens better understand their personal impact on the environment. For every sustainable commute or helping to reduce food waste, users can earn ‘Koras’ which can be redeemed on the online marketplace.
Lithuanian startup Qoorio is a knowledge sharing platform which allows users to browse topics ranging from professional experience to life advice. During the pandemic Qoorio has been a great place to find accurate information on Covid-19 related issues such as ‘how to survive through quarantine’ and talks on motivation and focus.
Finnish startup Enevo uses technology to enhance current waste systems to increase efficiency and sustainability. Enevo’s technology is used in city’s across the UK, US and Finland and has lowered costs for local governments, restaurants and retail chains in many municipalities.