Klarna Growth Award 2014

Tillväxtjakten 2013
Nordic eCommerce Knowledge

How much will you grow?

Klarna Growth Award is a competition aimed at business ideas and startups that have the potential to push e-commerce forward. Klarna Growth Award is for newly established actors in e-commerce as well as start-ups. We evaluate business value and ambition to grow. The aim of Klarna Growth Award is to highlight innovative business ideas and to empower the people behind them.

Apply here to participate in Klarna Growth Award 2014 ,a competition aimed at business ideas and startups that have the potential to push e-commerce forward. Klarna Growth Award is handed out for the fourth consecutive year by Klarna in cooperation with Nordic e-Commerce Knowledge. The award consists of a prize of 100,000 SEK, training by Nordic e-Commerce Knowledge at a value of 45 000 SEK and mentoring by experts in e-commerce.

Who can participate?

Klarna Growth Award is for newly established actors in e-commerce as well as start-ups. We evaluate business value and ambition to grow. The aim of Klarna Growth Award is to highlight innovative business ideas and to empower the people behind them. Klarna Growth Award is organized for the fourth consecutive year, and was instituted by Klarna.

How it works

Follow the steps below to fill out and submit your application. Three finalists will be announced in early May. Finalists will present their business plans to the jury at Nordic eCommerce Summit on May 20-21 in Stockholm. Finally, the finalists and the winner are announced on the main stage in front of hundreds of visitors from e-commerce all sides.

Assessment Criteria

The jury evaluates the entries according to the following criteria:

  • Clearly identified the problem that your product / service solves for the consumer
  • Clear vision and objectives
  • Clear plan for achieving the objectives
  • Need for resources to achieve the goals
  • The solution is innovative - how does this increase customer value?
  • The company's potential to grow
  • The company's potential to influence e-commerce

Do you have any questions or feedback about Klarna Growth Award? Please e-mail tillvaxtjakten@klarna.com

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Previous winners of Klarna Growth Award

2013 Sendus
2012 Shapy.se
2011 Merchii

Application deadline May 6

Interested?

Apply now!

Jury

Jessica Stark

Jessica Stark

Our first jury member for this year’s Klarna Growth Award is Jessica Stark, CEO and cofounder of SUP46. SUP46 (Start-Up People of Sweden) gathers promising startup people in a Stockholm based meeting and coworking space with the aim to make Stockholm the #1 startup city in the world. Jessica adds impressive experience and passion for startups to the jury, and has among many other things founded a communication agency for the start up community. She has also served as Marketing Manager for the incubator STING.

Siavash Ghorbani

Siavash Ghorbani

Our second jury member is Siavash Ghorbani, cofounder and CTO at the Swedish success story Tictail. Siavash is a passionate entrepreneur with a strong foundation in tech. Before starting up Tictail, he was Tech Lead at one of Sweden’s most visited sites, Blocket.se. At the age of 18, Siavash cofounded a consulting agency that developed e-commerce platforms while still in school at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Sebastian Siemiatkowski

Sebastian Siemiatkowski

Jury member number three is a familiar face in Swedish e-commerce, Klarna’s CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski. Under Sebastian’s leadership, Klarna has grown from three to 1100 employees and from one to 14 markets in nine years. He brings experience and knowhow about what it is like to build a company in e-commerce to the jury’s task of identifying this year’s winner of Klarna Growth Award.

Apply here

To participate in Klarna Growth Award, please fill in the form below and answer questions 1-4. When you have completed the application, please click “Send application.” We will only consider complete applications.

Step 1

Fill in information about yourself and about your company as well as why you think that you will win the competition.

Step 2

The following areas should be covered in the application:
Product/service: What is your company’s offer and how does it meet the needs of consumers?
Target group: Which target group does your company serve and what are the needs of this target group?
Competitiveness: How will the company assert itself against competitors?

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Interview with Sendus
- winner of Klarna Growth Award 2013

1. How come you signed up for Klarna Growth Award?
Above all, we saw it as an exciting opportunity to test our concept in front of a bunch of experienced business builders. It also felt great to be involved in a serious competition with other talented entrepreneurs. It's a bit of a weird thing to compete in, entrepreneurship, but it gives you the opportunity to learn from others' experiences.

2. What has Klarna Growth Award meant for you and your business?
Klarna Growth Award has meant a lot to us. Before entering the competition, we needed to put our business idea on paper. It forced us to discuss things internally so that people from the outside would understand. Looking back, that has helped us. Also, many doors have opened up for us and we have learned a lot, both from our mentors from the competition and through training from Nordic Ecommerce Academy.

3. Which three pieces of advice can you share with this year’s participants?
Prepare carefully, go in with a lot of energy and, above all, make sure to have fun.

4. What has happened since you won Klarna Growth Award in 2013?
A lot has happened, we have gained good traction on many levels. We have managed to expand our team with really talented people, both in sales and technology. This in turn is reflected in our services and the use of it, which is really fun. We have also received a lot of good advice from the individuals we came in contact with through Klarna Growth Award, which probably helped us avoid a bunch of mines.