Swedish investment into a Spanish Mobile App Startup!

The AirBnB phenomenon has revolutionized and disrupted the vacation rental marketplace, so much so, that many countries around the world are having to implement measures that will bring this flourishing industry into legal alignment with traditional hospitality, e.g. hotels, hostals, campings and so forth. As an example, most vacation rentals around the world require a permit or license, some countries collect tourist taxes and a lot of countries require collecting the guest ID´s, after all, wouldn´t you want to know who is staying in your vacation rental? Spain is one of these countries where accommodation hosts have to fulfil 5 tasks for legal compliance or else face large fines for not reporting their guests to the authorities.

When I discovered how painful & time consuming the process was for vacation rental owners and companies having to collect guest ID´s, obtain a guest signature on an arrival form, report these guests into the police systems within 24 hours and keep an ongoing log book for 3 years, I realized there was a massive opportunity on the horizon for a mobile app that could fulfil this process in a simple Scan, Sign & Send workflow” says Ben Smith, CEO of Check-in Scan, a Spanish startup based in Málaga which is making waves within the hospitality industry with enquiries from all around the world.

The mobile app uses the latest technology to scan the fields on the ID´s in real time and is currently processing 20 guests per second and has vacation rental properties, hotels, hostals and even camping’s and caravan parks on its client portfolio.

“We are extremely impressed with Check-in Scan´s track record and potential for international growth, an investment was a no brainer after due diligence of course” says Goran Carlson, owner of Carlson Invest AB. This investment will be done parallel with Öhman Invest and hopefully this quite big injection of money will boost Check-in Scan to the next level.

Carlson himself is also involved heavily as senior business advisor in Arctic Business, ranked one of Sweden’s top incubators and the world’s 7th best incubator affiliated to a University.

We´re delighted to be able to work with Goran, right from day one he has provided valuable business advice, a passion for the business and we´re very excited for the future” concludes Ben Smith.

Some facts:

  • Based in Spain, 11 employees.
  • 236 leads in 57 countries.
  • 12,676 accommodation units using the app.
  • Processed 264 000 check-ins with a total of 577 000 guests to this date.

US Embassy heads for Norrbotten county

Welcome to listen to our CEO  talking about our activities in the US market in this business collaboration between Norrbotten and the USA, organized by County Administrative Board in Norrbotten, Norrbotten Chamber of Commerce and ESBRI in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy.


5 million SEK to Headbanger Lures via Carlson Invest and Sparbanken Nord

Carlson Invest invests in Headbanger Lures based in Luleå with its subsidiary in Chicago, Illinois. The investment is a bundled deal together with Sparbanken Nord and the total investment is a total of SEK 5 million.

Headbanger Lures develops innovative fishing lures based on a patented invention that gives the bait a completely irregular and vibrant movement.

The lures are currently being sold all over Europe and in North America, but the market is increasing day by day. The majority of sales are made in the United States through the subsidiary Headbanger Lures Inc. North America is a huge market, especially in bass fishing, which is the single largest segment in angling globally.

This is a very exciting company with a patented solution that works in a world market. With these two very good entrepreneurs and with the knowledge we have built up in similar successful companies working with manufacturing in China and sales in a world market, we have good to grow the company says Carlson Invest’s owner Göran Carlson.

Headbanger Lures was developed because the artist, Dan Lestander, had been looking for a bait with irregular passage for a long time, but when he couldn’t find it, the only solution was to try to construct it on his own.

After several years of experimentation and many dozens of prototypes, the headbanger was invented and then patented.

A validation of the success with this special lure construction is all the innovation awards that Headbanger Lures won, both nationally and internationally. This has led dealers around the world to contact the entrepreneurs with suggestion for cooperation.

The new capital helps to increase production volume in China and to strengthen the brand globally.

Carlson Invest was our first choice as a financing partner. In addition to capital, we wanted to access valuable contacts, relevant experience and know-how, says Martin Engelmark, co-owner and CEO of Headbanger Lures.

It should also be added that Sparbanken Nord provided very good conditions for the total transaction together with Carlson Invest. And I would also would like to give a big thank you to the Export Credit Committee, which via Sparbanken Nord is included as guarantor for the execution of the business. Without a bank such as Sparbanken Nord, we would have been difficult to complete this deal, says Carlson.