Creator of kid headphones Buddyphones, Nordic Enterprises Ltd., recently announced a $1m (125m ISK) funding round. The funding was through a convertible bond purchased by local (Icelandic) investors. Centra assisted with the financing.
The company was founded by Pétur Ólafsson and Bjarki Garðarsson with the goal of designing and developing headphones specifically for children and teenagers. In a statement, the company says that around 12.5% of young people between ages 6-19 have had hearing damage due to listening with headphones with too loud volume.
The company had around $4.3m in revenue last year and projects 46% growth this year, to $6.3m. The biggest customers are Target and Amazon and the product is available in over 60 countries.
Lucinity, an Icelandic startup working in the anti-money-laundering space, just announced a $2m seed round led by Crowberry Capital, with participation from Preceptor Capital and international angel investors.
“In Lucinity, we saw a team that has tremendous relevant execution experience and an extremely innovative approach that we believe will be a game changer for firms fighting money laundering,” commented Helga Valfells, managing partner at Crowberry Capital.
Lucinity was founded in 2018, to solve the current gap in the anti-money laundering monitoring market. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that more than $2.4 trillion of laundered flow through the market every year, and that only 1% of the financial proceeds of crime is intercepted.
The current solutions are extremely inefficient with 99% of alerts being false alerts, Lucinity claims in a statement.
“Our goal is to bring cloud-ready intelligent anti-money laundering solutions to our clients that will transform their capabilities to fight money laundering activity,” Guðmundur Kristjánsson, founder and CEO of Lucinity remarks.
“This staggering cost and lack of results is largely a consequence of the current rule-based technology and human surveillance efforts not working together effectively,” he continues. “At Lucinity, we adopted a new approach called Augmented Intelligence, which combines the power of Artificial Intelligence and human intelligence through constant feedback loops. Using this approach, Lucinity ClearLens empowers clients to improve detection of suspicious behavior patterns and greatly increase review efficiency.”
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Boston Based Freyja HealthCare, a medical device company founded by Jón Ívar Einarsson, MD and professor at Harvard Medical School, just announced a $1m (120m ISK) financing by undisclosed, Icelandic investors. The round values the company at 1,000m ISK (~$8.3m) post money. Spakur assisted with the financing round.
Jón Ívar, which Academia.edu describes as “a leader in the minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) field” said in conversation with MBL.is that the company is finalising a deal with a big medical company on the sale of three devices aimed at standardising hysterectomy operations.
“This financing allows us to continue development of more devices,” Jón Ívar told MBL.
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