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Stockholm, June 14, 2017. Bisnode today announced that the company receives 1,57 million SEK from Swedish Government Agency for Innovation, Vinnova, to encourage new collaborations between Bisnode and startups, as well as enabling a foundation for new companies to grow.
Bisnode receives the grant from Vinnova’s 2017 call to continue the work Bisnode is doing with driving innovations, with help of Data and Analytics. This will enable Bisnode to start specific innovation projects for small and medium sized business until summer of 2018, in collaboration with the Swedish startup companies; Tölve, Boardeaser and Ifrågasätt Media.
“Our commitment to open innovation creates a unique opportunity where startups can get access to both Bisnode local and global data as well as analytical expertise. We are constantly developing new ways for our customers to access the decision-making data they need. Startups have new exciting technology and interesting business models. In collaboration, we can create new innovations to the market”, says Joachim Karlsson, Director of Innovation at Bisnode.
"It is with a great pleasure to have received Vinnova’s grant for Open Innovation. The collaboration with Bisnode will have a positive impact on our further development of our comment platforms, and further development of our company," says Gustav Hjärn, CEO of Ifrågasätt Media.
Within the framework of the grand, Bisnode will together with VentureLab, an organization at Lund University encouraging entrepreneurship and helping students realize their innovative ideas, will arrange a Hackathon at the end of 2017. Other projects selected for financing within this call, is a “Data accelerator” that Bisnode are planning on launching in the beginning of 2018. The grant amounting to half of the eligible project costs (over 3 million SEK).
Bisnode is a leading European Data & Analytics company with 2,100 employees and operations in 18 countries. Bisnode helps companies find and manage their customers throughout the customer lifecycle. We do this by pioneering Smart Data to enable our customers to make Smart Decisions. It means that we can match and analyze our customers data with our data and the data that today's connected world generates, so-called Big Data.
Vinnova is Sweden’s Innovation Agency. Our mission is to promote sustainable growth by improving the conditions for innovation, as well as funding needs-driven research. Vinnova is working under the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and acts as the national contact agency for the EU Framework Program for R&D. We are also the Swedish government’s expert agency within the field of innovation policy. Vinnova was founded in January 2001. About 200 people work here and we have offices in Stockholm and Brussels.
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Joachim Karlsson, Director of Innovation at Bisnode
Jenny Karlsson, PR and Communication Manager at Bisnode