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Exploring the technology sector’s response to COVID-19

In partnership with PUBLIC

A partnership between the Nordic Council of Ministers and GovTech venture company PUBLIC, we showcase technology responses to COVID-19 in the region. Read more about the Nordic Council of Ministers and PUBLIC here.

This platform is updated regularly with an overview of cross-sector initiatives, regional partnerships, and case studies of potential solutions.

Latest Initiatives

Digital Inclusion and Equality during Covid-19

The Nordic-Baltic region is known for its digital nature, welfare system and values such as inclusion, openness, trust, equality and democratic rights. These factors have been key to the Nordic-Baltic regions' way of tackling the Covid-19 crisis in an effective yet humane manner. It also shows that digital solutions can play a role in almost every part of society.    

Nordic-Baltic Initiatives Tackling the Aftermath of the Crisis

New initiatives have cropped up to tackle the aftermath of the last months and some startup initiatives have shifted their focus to supporting the community as business opens up again. We highlight some of the most exciting initiatives from the Nordic and Baltic region that are supporting startups in this new phase of the Covid crisis.

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Startups addressing COVID-19

Insight by Sector

1. Education

1. Education

Covid-19 has forced the closure of schools and universities across the Nordic region, shifting education online. More and more institutions are embracing digital technologies as a means of mitigating some of the impact of school closures. Innovative companies are helping teachers and students to deliver and receive education remotely. Discover more.

2. Healthcare

2. Healthcare

From tracking the spread of the disease, to symptom checking, to clinical testing, HealthTech applications are already tackling the immediate, evolving healthcare challenges triggered by Covid-19. There is also increasing strain on the capacity of our health and care system. The challenge is to ensure that the capacity of health and care staff is being appropriately measured and communicated. Discover more.

3. Social Care

3. Social Care

There is a large population of older and other high risk people, many of whom rely on medication, hospital appointments, informal carers, and paid carers to maintain their physical and mental health. The challenge is to ensure there is sufficient support for the elderly and vulnerable to easily find and access support at any time of the day. Discover more.

4. Employment & Work

4 Employment & Work

A large proportion of the workforce has shifted to working remotely. This has created a range of challenges as employees struggle with reduced access to managerial support and communication. Businesses are looking for new ways to ensure well-being among colleagues as employees miss the social interaction of an office setting. Discover more.

5. Finance & Welfare

5. Finance & Welfare

Citizens are under greater pressure to manage their finances effectively. Some employees will face redundancy or temporary leave from their jobs, making it difficult to pay their rent, purchase food and essential supplies, or pay for bills. Those who are dependent on welfare payments will find themselves struggling to access credit and receive government welfare benefits. Discover more.

6. Support for Startups

6. Support for Startups

Small businesses and startups will be heavily affected by the economic consequences of Covid-19. Countries across the Nordic region have introduced financial support for small businesses such as liquidity, employee relief and loans among other measures. We will outline the key measures available to startups and seek to understand the financial challenges they face to survive over the next few months. Discover more.

COVID-19 Ecosystem

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