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When most people hear the word ‘startup’ their minds instantly wander to a mental image of a business started by young adults, sitting around on beanbag chairs, wearing branded t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts, down to their last cent of funding and underdeveloped as an organization.
Since the beginning of their existence, spreadsheets and the capabilities of programs such as Excel have been present in just about every business oriented organization on the face of the Earth.
In an article from 2010, it was found that approx. 81% of businesses use Excel spreadsheets (Forrester Research).
The Serendipity Challenge, hosted at Almedalen 2017, contained the who’s who of Nordic growth ventures.
Business models were in abundance, and the level of young talents in the room was apparent from the opening bell! Of over 400 companies that applied, 50 companies were selected to the Challenge, 24 were chosen to pitch in front of a private jury, 7 were chosen to pitch in front of the entire venue, and then the winner’s were selected of “Startup of the Year” and “Growth Venture of the Year”.