This article showcases our top picks for the best Scandinavia based Art startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Art industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Barnebys is the world’s leading search service for art, antiques and collectibles. We were founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2011 and have since then established our business globally with offices in New York, UK, France, Spain and Germany.
Our clients include the world’s top tier of auctioneers, antique dealers, galleries as well as regional and local businesses. We are also offering an extensive free database of auction results and a top of the line valuation service.
We are now looking to grow our business even further and are seeking top talent to join our team.. .
Artland is a social art market dedicated to connecting art collectors and galleries worldwide. The team’s overarching mission is to make art buying more accessible and thus widen the sales pipe by providing art collectors with the tools to navigate in a diverse art world.
It also offers the possibility to engage with a worldwide community, driven by a shared passion for art. The Artland app is a professional network for collectors and galleries.
It allows users to create profiles, upload photos of their collections and connect with like-minded art lovers and, potentially, art buyers. Art lovers both experienced and new to collecting can simply create a profile and browse, making art more accessible to all.The Artland app is free for collectors to use.
It makes its money from gallery subscription fees. Artland was founded in 2016 by Danish brothers Mattis and Jeppe Curth, and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark..
Inkbay is the first community marketplace in the world where tattoo artists and people looking for tattoos meet. At Inkbay, anyone can find, book and buy tattoos from any of our connected artists and studios.
We are about to launch in 2016 and are set to change the tattoo industry for the better and forever.. .
Printler is a digital marketplace for photo art. An open marketplace where amateur and professional photographers can upload their work to their website.
Individuals and interior designers can find unique pictures and get them as posters and limited prints that they produce and ship on demand. Their goal is to re-invent the photo art market and become the worlds leading marketplace online for Photo Art..
Lauritz.com is a Scandinavian online auction house that posts auctions of art, design, antiques, and home luxury. Its range of featured products include blankets and throws, cushions, home textiles, wall hangings, carpets and rugs, bags and accessories, shoes and boots, clothing, and more.
Lauritz.com has 25 auction houses in 4 countries: Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, and Germany. Lauritz.com was launched in 1999 by [Bengt Sundstrøm](https://www.crunchbase.com/person/bengt-sundstr%C3%B8m#/entity) and its operations are headquartered in Søborg, Denmark..
The art world is broken — we’re fixing it. Artboost is an art platform.
We let art lovers discover, artists prosper and together we change the world of art. For too long, the art world has been controlled by an exclusive elite that drives up prices and makes art inaccessible.
Through digital platforms and real world movements we’re changing that. Art is about moving people and that most definitely shouldn’t be a privilege for the few.
Art is for everyone.. .
Started in 2012, MusicInfo operated as one of the world’s largest music metadata database. The service aggregates information and data from various sources.
With over 10 billion data points in the database so far, we are positive that we know pretty much about music. We bring a state-of-the-art algorithm and up-to-date technologies to the digital music industry.
During 2016 Musicinfo expanded its business to digital music distribution area with the focus market being China. With comprehensive knowledge in the target market, Musicinfo provides independent musicians and record labels the best solution to distribute and promote their music in China.
Oh and we love music!. .
The emerging XR technologies (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality etc.) combined with the identified need of a true artist friendly environment for production, distribution, promotion and enjoyment of digital creative content was the initial spark. Connected.ART is an eco-system for all stakeholders within the art industry with the interest of new methods and technology.
On the 1st of December 2020 Connected.ART launched the first Virtual Art Park in Skandinavia, and in 2021 they will role out virtual art on a global scale.
Craft sets out to create a learning and inspiration center by giving creatives access to huge amounts of raw material from animation and game productions. By subscribing, creatives get to pick their favourite craft, eg.
scriptwriting, storyboarding or character design or explore their favourite film or game project. Furthermore, anyone can purchase files from the productions to study everything up close, order beautiful prints and unique 3D printed models.
Increasingly, transparency is becoming a company trend, something that Craft wishes to further by allowing film and game companies to open up and build an audience during and after their production. This is not only a major opportunity for the content producers, but also a great resource for creatives around the world..
ArtworkHeroes is the first crowdsourced marketplace for curated, affordable and limited edition art prints, which is supporting worldwide artists as well as small charities in need. Hobby as well as professional artists from all over the world submit their art pieces (photos, graphic designs, paintings etc.) on ArtworkHeroes.com and compete one month for the votes of the creative community.Based on the votes, social media engagement and overall sales potential, the ArtworkHeroes curator team chooses up to 30 winners at the beginning of each month.
These winners are from then on referred to as the new ‘ArtworkHeroes’. The ArtworkHeroes’ winning art pieces are sold as physical art prints on material such as canvas for a 3 month limited time in the ArtworkHeroes shop.
For each sale, the artists as well as a monthly charity are getting a fair share cut and everybody wins. At ArtworkHeroes we believe that great art can come from everywhere and anyone.
Everyone should be able to enjoy world-class artwork and to express himself or herself creatively. We furthermore believe that creative talent has not only the power to tear down borders connecting people from all over the world but to even make the world a better place.
Want to be part of the creative movement? Then visit www.ArtworkHeroes.com. .
Cryptic Cargo is a completely new, movable escape room experience unlike any other. The game combines a physical, ready-to-play escape room, brought to you in a rollable suitcase and a mobile application, that helps you with hints wherever you need them.
Bring the game anywhere, you choose where to play!. .
The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design
The National Museum holds, preserves, exhibits, and promotes public knowledge about, Norway’s most extensive collections of art, architecture and design. It shows permanent exhibitions of works from its own collections and temporary exhibitions that incorporate works loaned from elsewhere.
The Museum’s exhibition venues in Oslo are the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Museum – Architecture, and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design. The Museum’s programme also includes exhibitions that tour both within and beyond Norway’s borders..
X5 Music Group
X5 Music Group is a music company based in Stockholm, Sweden and in New York, USA, specialized in the digital music download market. X5 Music license music rights from select recording owners for sales and marketing of music products, customized by the X5 team for the digital marketplace.
The X5 product portfolio currently contains 400 000 recordings, and over 11 000 digital albums in a wide range of genres. The products are marketed and sold via online music stores such as iTunes, Amazon, Google and Spotify on a global market..
DrawShop´s goal is to help other artists around the world spread their graphic and illustration talents across the internet, through DrawShop.com. This website, not only offers fellow artists a place to sell their royalty free graphics, but will also provide them with the opportunity to reach beyond their local areas by opening a window for the world to view their talents as well.
Each artist will have the ability to communicate directly with their own potential customers, there can hire the artists for Custom Work, through DrawShop.com’s private message boards and meeting rooms.. .
Kartweel Music offers online tools and solutions that enable artists to organize and facilitate events. It enables them to find and book venues for their events.
It offers booking agents with solutions to provide their customers with reports. Kartweel Music enables its customers to connect with other artists to manage booking processes of venues.
The company also provides social media marketing services. Kartweel Music was founded by David Potgieter in November 2014..
Webexia is a vertical community marketplace, connecting creative people, businesses, products and services through social and professional collaboration. Webexia.com is a combination of a social network platform & a professional community marketplace dedicated to the creation, promotion, sales and distribution of software, information and media content.
webexia.com is an intersection of arts, media and technology, a blend of a vertical portal, a social network community and a b2b and b2c auction marketplace, concerning the converging sectors of: • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) • Web & Network technologies • Media (traditional, industrial, new, web, social) • Graphic Arts, Printing & Publishing sector • Arts (Fine, Applied) • Marketing & Advertising (virtual, viral, social, mobile) • Business (new, e-, web, social) Webexia’s main mission is the development and promotion of an innovative social and professional community network, a combinational marketplace for people and companies who are all about creativity, design, communication, technology and the web.. .
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