Winner of WSUS 2018: Anymaker!

"A startup consisting of a strong and passionate team that through innovative and popular products and commercially sound business plan, have added another dimension to their industry with the ability to continue to successfully develop all things 3D within the field of EdTech and beyond.

For the 7th year in a row we were back to crown the next Startup Star, and this year's Winner was Anymaker, which provides two 3D modelling apps – Makerspace and Flying Colors 3D – designed to encourage kids to spend a greater proportion of their mobile time on being creative, while developing their analytical and spatial abilities. The target group is both private individuals and schools. It is also possible to connect the apps to a 3D printer and print their three-dimensional creations in environmental plastic. 

First Runner-Up was Bioserva, which develops new, better storage solutions for medical biobanks, and Second Runner-Up was Phoenix Biopower, which develops new technologies for the efficient recovery of energy from biomass.

This year Wistrand and SEB partnered up with Connect Sweden, Andréasson PR and The Park - as well as networking partner Silicon Vikings - to help launch the next Star on the Swedish Startup Scene. The Awards were held at The Park (Hälsingegatan 49) on Thursday 17 May.

A big THANK YOU to all startups that have entered this year’s competition, everyone attending the Awards, DJ Adnan Ciric, catering firm Westers, the jury panel, The Park hosting the show and all partners - basically, each and everyone of you for making this happen! Scroll down to check out some photos from the Awards.

Next year's competition - WSUS 2019 - open up in January. See you again then! 

/The WSUS2018 Team

About the Competition:

Stage 1: Enter the competition by submitting your Elevator Pitch, i.e. a quick synopsis of your business idea, by Wednesday 14 March using this link: APPLY NOW.

Entries qualifying for Stage 2 will be contacted via email ASAP after the deadline has passed.

Stage 2: Submit a Business Plan (maximum 10 pages + possible supportive short film), that more in detail describes your business idea, with an emphasis on its uniqueness, customer benefit, market potential, creativeness and your team. Deadline for submitting your Busines Idea is Monday 9 April.

Further details about format and means for submission will be provided via email. The jury will select 4-6 finalists that will be invited to pitch their business ideas.  

Stage 3: The Finalists will Pitch for the jury on Monday 14 May at the office of Wistrand Advokatbyrå (Regeringsgatan 65, Stockholm). 

Based on the pitches, the jury will select this year's Winner as well as a Runner-Up and Second Runner-up, which will be presented at the Awards on Thursday 17.

Prizes:

During the Awards, the Winner, a Runner-up and a Second Runner-up will be announced and receiving prizes* designed to help boost their journey to Startup Stardom!

The Winner will receive a gigantic SEK 50 000 prize check, legal support (worth SEK 60 000), its own personal banker, a 6-month co-working membership with The Park that includes a desk space at the "Bouncing Berlin"-style Hälsingegatan office (worth SEK 35 000), PR and communication services (worth SEK 20 000), as well as a Springboard program that focuses on getting your startup ready for investment.

The Runner-Up and the Second Runner-Up will receive legal support at an estimated worth of SEK 30 000 and SEK 15 000 respectively.   

* Any applicable tax on prizes are paid by the winners.

About the Awards:

This year's WSUS Awards are hosted by The Park and starts at 6 PM on 17 May. Register now to attend, as there are a limited amount of spots. When the event fills up wait list policy is applied, so please make sure to change your RSVP settings if unable to attend. 

For any questions regarding the competition or the Awards event, please contact christin.backman@wistrand.se.

RSVP for the Awards

Check Out Our Seminars


What's Up with kvalificerade personaloptioner?

On 1 January 2018 the new Swedish rules designed to cut taxes on stock options payments for employees in small start-ups in a bid to boost investment and jobs same into effect.

Tax lawyer and Specialist Counsel Victor Palm with Wistrand Advokatbyrå will talk about the new taxation rules and the requirements for the tax break to be available as well as how your startup can benefit from them.

NEW PLACE, DATE AND TIME:  Seminar will be held on 13 March at Wistrand's office at Regeringsgatan 65. Lunch will be served from 12.00 AM, with the seminar starting at 12.15-13.00.

Register here.

RSVP before Friday 9 March 

Hope to see you there!

NB. The seminar will be held in Swedish. And it is of course free of charge.

Wistrand Advokatbyrå, Regeringsgatan 65 90min


How To Get Publicity for your Idea?

Bill Gates once said: “If I had one dollar left, I'd spend it on PR". 

Why is PR important to your startup? Senior PR Consultant Johan Andreasson and Eva Gustin from Andréasson PR will talk about the value of good media relations and give some tips and tricks regarding message formulation and press interviews to help break through the media noise.

A light lunch will be served.

Sign-up for the seminar here.

Hope to see you there!

NB. The seminar will be held in Swedish. And it is of course free of charge.

The Park, Svevägen 98 60min


Cryptocurrency & Taxes: What do you need to know?

Usage and investmenst in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has exploded in the last years. On the other side of the coin, a number of tax law issues have come into play.

In 45 minutes, tax lawyer and Specialist Counsel Victor Palm as well as tax and corporate lawyer Lars Törner Larsson with Wistrand Advokatbyrå will tell you ALL about cryptocurrencies from a tax perspective... or at least they will cover classification of cryptocurrencies from a tax perspective, what triggers taxation, what you need to do if you are getting paid with e.g. Bitcoins, how to properly file your income taxes on cryptocurrencies etc.

A brief intro to the seminar topic:

DI: Stökigt att deklarera för bitcoin

Veckans Affärer: Se upp - bitcoin kan skapa kaos i din deklaration

A light lunch will be served.

Registration is now open so RSVP for the seminar here!

NB. The seminar will be held in Swedish. And it is of course free of charge.

Wistrand Advokatbyrå, Regeringsgatan 65, Plan 7 60min

Our Jury

Johan Siwers
General Partner and Investment Manager

RECAPEX, Silicon Vikings, IAB Sverige

20 years+ of experience managing digital change as an Executive, Advisor/Consultant and Investor. Passionate about disruptive business models where the development of the online channel, in particular within sales, marketing, communication and distribution, can have a fundamental impact.

Johan has been involved in breaking ground for a wide range of digital ventures within companies like Axel Johnson, Kinnevik, Spray, Schibsted and InterActive Corp (IAC).

Last year, Johan Siwers was selected as one of Sweden's top investors by Swedish business paper Dagens Industri.

Johan Siwers

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Jenny Lindblad
CEO & Founder

ELIZA Communication

Jenny Lindblad truly is a Pitch coach extraordinaire, Advisor and Mentor. She has advised more than 200 start-ups from all around the world on how to sharpen their pitch. She is the founder of ELIZA Communication, a specialist agency that focuses on creating powerful communication techniques for high-performance individuals, which will bring them success in game-changing situations. Jenny is also a mentor at the Founders Institute, a Partner at the Keiretsu Forum and a speaking coach for TEDx.
 
Jenny has a background from Ericsson where she delivered more than 5,000 presentations in five years for royalties, ministers, ambassadors, investors and lots of executives.

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Therése Folkesson
Business Developer, Growth Capital

Connect Sverige Region Öst

Therése is in charge of recruiting new Investors and developing Connect's Investor network. She is also involved in the work of NordicBAN, where Connect is a founding partner together with other Nordic Investor Networks.

As a core member of the Connect team in Stockholm, Therése participates in screening and evaluating 100+ startups yearly applying to the Springboard Investment Readiness program and supports them throughout their work with Connect. She is looking for start-ups that have solid business cases and great potential for secondary business opportunities.

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Jonas Hombert
CEO & Founder

Opti

Jonas is a product expert and entrepreneur at heart, having fathered two products surpassing a million users. Currently he’s working on the third as founder & CEO of Opti, a financial technology company that provides semi-automated advice through a mobile application. Being fully independent from the banks, the aim is simple; build the first financial advisor that has no other agenda than the customers.

Previously Jonas was co-founder & CEO of JayCut, a web based video editor that was acquired by Blackberry in 2011.   

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Joacim Scott
Head of Corporate Market SEB Norrmalm

SEB

Joacim heads the corporate department at SEB Norrmalm, which is the bank's largest corporate team in Sweden and is devoted to working with the corporate retail segment. Joacim has 20 years of banking experience from several different positions within SEB, both as a corporate advisor and different managerial positions.

Joacim Scott


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Ólafur Steindórsson
Managing Associate

Wistrand Advokatbyrå

Ólafur Steindórsson specializes in M&A, IT & telecoms as well as general commercial contracts and corporate law matters, with particular focus on acquisitions, investments and start-up financing as well as IT outsourcing. Ólafur also has experience in providing day-today advice for start-up companies.

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