About Startup Estonia

What is Startup Estonia?

Startup Estonia is a governmental initiative aimed to supercharge the Estonian startup ecosystem in order to be the birthplace of many more startup success stories to come. For that, we are making Estonia one of the world's best places to start a company, partnering with and uniting the best of startups, incubators, accelerators, private and public sector into one big successful Estonian Mafia family, a term that has become a recognised brand for the local startup community.

What exactly does Startup Estonia do?

Today, Startup Estonia divides its activities into 4 categories:

  • Strengthening the Estonian startup ecosystem – uniting and building the community through different events and activities, creating and executing unified marketing and branding strategies;
  • Carrying out training programs for startups in areas they currently lack certain knowledge of that keeps them from achieving their (international) business goals;
  • Working on educating the local investors to help them invest more and smarter, help attract foreign investors to Estonia, and kickstart new accelerator funds in order to bring more smart money into the local ecosystem;
  • Working on eliminating regulative issues and barriers that are complicating the process of operating a startup, investing or raising funding in Estonia, and implementing startup friendly regulations such as the Startup Visa.
To get a good overview of what our team is working on at a given period of time, here's a helpful graph showing the current activity focus areas for Startup Estonia's team members. To learn more about any of these activities, please do contact the person responsible. 
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August
September
October
November
December
Kadi
General marketing and communication
Founder Coaching program pilot
Startup community-related activities and events
Marit
Cleantech Breeze event series
Partnerships for cleantech programs
ClimateLaunchpad
Climate-KIC Accelerator
Rivo
Startup sales skills development program
Startup statistics & analytics
Startup visas marketing & valuation panel
EU-wide startup consultations

What are we hoping to achieve?

We hope that by the year 2020, we have supported and encouraged the Estonian startup ecosystem enough to have become self-sustainable and thriving. Therefore, we hope to be happily nonexistent in a few years time with having to have served our purpose :)

At the moment there are an estimated of 450 startups in Estonia and by 2020 we aim to reach a magical 1000 startups. The Estonian startup community has gathered data about the Estonian startup scene since the year 2006 – all investments, fundings, failures and exits of Estonian tech startups. Through that information we hope to show a reliable picture of the Estonian startup landscape and provide you with a possibility to follow along with the progress it's making.

Startup Estonia's program is powered by KredEx and financed from the European Regional Development Fund with 7 million euros.