Startup Ecosystem

Estonia has a busy, supportive and open startup ecosystem eager to support ambitious individuals and startups. In total we have partnerships with 110 organisations in Estonia, who provide wide range of services for startups. Check them out from graph below.
STARTUP MINDSET ›
Discovering & Understanding
PRE-STARTUP ›
Ideating & Concepting
STARTUP ›
Commitment & Validation
SCALEUP ›
Scaling & Establishing
Scaling ›
Measurable Traction
Establishing ›
Success & Ongoing Growth
STARTUP MINDSET
You are a student or you have heard the word “startup” and are looking for options to get to know more, but you don’t know where to start. These organisations are waiting for the young & curious, who are keen to create innovative projects for launching new products and solutions with help of technology tools.
Ajujaht
The largest business idea competition in Estonia
Competition for all sub-sectors, accelerating new ideas.
Ajujaht (Brainhunt) is the largest  business idea competition and non-equity accelerator in Estonia. It is an opportunity for people to challenge themselves in trying to start a business in a highly supportive environment. The prize fund of the competition is 60 000 € and more. Ajujaht has many great alumnies like Bolt, Click & Grow, Bikeep, Timbeter, UpSteam etc. Join the movement!
Climate Launchpad
ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition
Our mission is to unlock the world’s cleantech potential that addresses climate change. The competition creates a stage for those ideas. ClimateLaunchpad is part of the Entrepreneurship offerings ofEIT Climate-KIC.ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green business ideas competition.
Digigirls
IT program for girls
Digigirls is a mentorprogram for 15-18 years old girls who are interested in IT.
Garage48
Ideation hackathons for everyone
Garage48 is a startup hackathon series turning your idea into a working prototype.

All Garage48 events are held in English and have approximately 100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.
Incubator Tallinn
Tallinn Creative Incubator has contributed the development of more than 350 companies
We provide entrepreneurs a tailor-made 24 month development program, including a personal business consultant and business mentors, who contribute to the success of each business.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Tech Sisters
ICT workshops for girls and women
Tech Sisters is a community of women and men who bring more diversity into the Estonian tech scene. We arrange entry level hands-on technology-focused workshops in development, robotics and design and monthly networking events.
UT Idealab
Entrepreneurship training and pre-incubation services for all students across disciplines

The University of Tartu IdeaLab is providing pre-incubation services (workshops, consultation, collaboration with experts and scientists) for all students and University of Tartu early-stage start-up teams. 

It is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by participating in inspirational events, hackathons, workshops, meet-ups with entrepreneurs and pitching competitions.  Our extra-curricular business idea development programme STARTER enables students to develop their ideas into validated business models. Hands-on workshops are supervised by entrepreneurs and integrated with mentoring sessions. Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors.

Incubators and accelerators
Cleantech ForEst
Accelerator for Clean and GreenTech
Cleantech ForEst is an Estonian non-profit that funds early stage green technology startups, advances environmental education and supports energy experts.
Contriber Labs
Digix
Incubator for Creative and MediaTech
DIGIX is the first start-up incubator for creative digital media companies in the Baltic states. DIGIX is the place to grow your business if your passion is content creation for digital screens, gaming, e-learning solutions, electronic publishing, digital cultural heritage, location based content services and digital creative industries.
Elevator Startup Lab
Accelerator for Creative and AdTech
Elevation program for tech-based creative startups, where special focus is on media-tech, ad-tech, e-commerce and entertainment software.
Karma.vc
Early-stage venture capital firm
Karma Ventures (karma.vc) is an early-stage venture capital firm, specialised in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s most promising tech startups. We back companies with strong ideas delivered with unique technology, customer traction and global ambition. karma.vc accompanies entrepreneurs in figuring out the path to growth in all aspects - commercial, strategic and technical. We believe in open and honest dialogue and the active hands-on-attitude.
Mektory
Pre-incubator for seed startups
TalTech Mektory is providing several services to students and start-up teams who can participate in the STARTERtech preincubation program, start-up competitions, hackathons and use different labs in order to build their first prototypes.

Mektory’s 4,450 m² Innovation and Business Centre is part of the Tallinn University of Technology. Mektory is combining academic knowledge, science, and entrepreneurship. Here you can solve practical problems in product development and generate new ideas. We also encourage students to be entrepreneurs. For this, we are organizing different projects, hackathons, and competitions. The biggest and most known is the pre-incubation program STARTER. This year's major event is the opening of Mektory’s MakerLab and open collaboration space aka Innovation HUB (200 m2). This is an opportunity for students to work on their own start-ups, projects and build prototypes.
Prototron
Accelerator and grant program
Prototron was created to help turn smart and innovative ideas into tangible prototypes to grow into major businesses.

Applicants may be individuals as well as businesses with projects from all fields, especially: greentech, digitalization of industry, new materials, health-tech and fintech.
Startup Wise Guys
Accelerator for B2B SaaS, Cyber and FinTech
Startup Wise Guys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B SaaS, Fintech & Cyber and Defense AI startups, providing seed capital (€30K), office space and most importantly – world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 150 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the program culminates in a Demo Day, where startups get to present to venture capitalists and angel investors.  Post program, startups join the alumni community of 120+ startups in more than 40 countries and become eligible for invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing.
Vunk
Accelerator for B2B and B2C startups
VUNK is Telia Estonia startup labs, an entry point for innovative B2B and B2C startups in the region, seeking to partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market.

We have been running an accelerator for 3 years and have seen many early-stage startups mature. Now we are open to working with more mature teams to fast track our collaboration.
Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
EstBAN
Seed stage investments
Estonian Business Angels Network is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighbouring regions with an aim to grow the quantity and quality of local seed stage investments. EstBAN is committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through to successful exit.
PRE-STARTUP
You have an idea for a scalable, innovative product or a service with a clear concept & milestones on how to get there. What you probably need is resources to fund your early prototype, team members, test your idea with clients. Find partners for your prototype through mentoring and supporting networks.
Ajujaht
The largest business idea competition in Estonia
Competition for all sub-sectors, accelerating new ideas.
Ajujaht (Brainhunt) is the largest  business idea competition and non-equity accelerator in Estonia. It is an opportunity for people to challenge themselves in trying to start a business in a highly supportive environment. The prize fund of the competition is 60 000 € and more. Ajujaht has many great alumnies like Bolt, Click & Grow, Bikeep, Timbeter, UpSteam etc. Join the movement!
Elevate by Garage
Startup mindset trainings for corporates
Elevate is built around entrepreneurial energy enabling teams to achieve more, dream big and perform at their best.

We help you unleash the entrepreneurial potential of your organisation.
Garage48
Ideation hackathons for everyone
Garage48 is a startup hackathon series turning your idea into a working prototype.

All Garage48 events are held in English and have approximately 100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.
Incubator Tallinn
Tallinn Creative Incubator has contributed the development of more than 350 companies
We provide entrepreneurs a tailor-made 24 month development program, including a personal business consultant and business mentors, who contribute to the success of each business.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Tech Sisters
ICT workshops for girls and women
Tech Sisters is a community of women and men who bring more diversity into the Estonian tech scene. We arrange entry level hands-on technology-focused workshops in development, robotics and design and monthly networking events.
UT Idealab
Entrepreneurship training and pre-incubation services for all students across disciplines

The University of Tartu IdeaLab is providing pre-incubation services (workshops, consultation, collaboration with experts and scientists) for all students and University of Tartu early-stage start-up teams. 

It is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by participating in inspirational events, hackathons, workshops, meet-ups with entrepreneurs and pitching competitions.  Our extra-curricular business idea development programme STARTER enables students to develop their ideas into validated business models. Hands-on workshops are supervised by entrepreneurs and integrated with mentoring sessions. Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors.

Incubators and accelerators
Cleantech ForEst
Accelerator for Clean and GreenTech
Cleantech ForEst is an Estonian non-profit that funds early stage green technology startups, advances environmental education and supports energy experts.
Contriber Labs
Digix
Incubator for Creative and MediaTech
DIGIX is the first start-up incubator for creative digital media companies in the Baltic states. DIGIX is the place to grow your business if your passion is content creation for digital screens, gaming, e-learning solutions, electronic publishing, digital cultural heritage, location based content services and digital creative industries.
Elevator Startup Lab
Accelerator for Creative and AdTech
Elevation program for tech-based creative startups, where special focus is on media-tech, ad-tech, e-commerce and entertainment software.
Mektory
Pre-incubator for seed startups
TalTech Mektory is providing several services to students and start-up teams who can participate in the STARTERtech preincubation program, start-up competitions, hackathons and use different labs in order to build their first prototypes.

Mektory’s 4,450 m² Innovation and Business Centre is part of the Tallinn University of Technology. Mektory is combining academic knowledge, science, and entrepreneurship. Here you can solve practical problems in product development and generate new ideas. We also encourage students to be entrepreneurs. For this, we are organizing different projects, hackathons, and competitions. The biggest and most known is the pre-incubation program STARTER. This year's major event is the opening of Mektory’s MakerLab and open collaboration space aka Innovation HUB (200 m2). This is an opportunity for students to work on their own start-ups, projects and build prototypes.
Prototron
Accelerator and grant program
Prototron was created to help turn smart and innovative ideas into tangible prototypes to grow into major businesses.

Applicants may be individuals as well as businesses with projects from all fields, especially: greentech, digitalization of industry, new materials, health-tech and fintech.
Startup Incubator Tehnopol
Incubator for ICT, Green and HealthTech
Startup Incubator is a business growth programme of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol for tech startups.

Together we help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping to grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Startup Wise Guys
Accelerator for B2B SaaS, Cyber and FinTech
Startup Wise Guys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B SaaS, Fintech & Cyber and Defense AI startups, providing seed capital (€30K), office space and most importantly – world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 150 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the program culminates in a Demo Day, where startups get to present to venture capitalists and angel investors.  Post program, startups join the alumni community of 120+ startups in more than 40 countries and become eligible for invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing.
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
Incubator for creative industries
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (TCCI) operates as the coordinator of creative industries in Tartu and South Estonia by providing creative industries related information and training, legal and economic consulting for creative entrepreneurs, as well as business incubation (and pre- and post- incubation) services.
VegaFond
Vunk
Accelerator for B2B and B2C startups
VUNK is Telia Estonia startup labs, an entry point for innovative B2B and B2C startups in the region, seeking to partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market.

We have been running an accelerator for 3 years and have seen many early-stage startups mature. Now we are open to working with more mature teams to fast track our collaboration.
Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
EstBAN
Seed stage investments
Estonian Business Angels Network is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighbouring regions with an aim to grow the quantity and quality of local seed stage investments. EstBAN is committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through to successful exit.
STARTUP
You have developed an MVP and the signed shareholder agreement between founders. Now you are ready for investments and to accelerate your business with the help of angel investors, accelerators and investment funds. Ecosystem partners in this phase will also to get you prepared for market validation and scaling.
Ajujaht
The largest business idea competition in Estonia
Competition for all sub-sectors, accelerating new ideas.
Ajujaht (Brainhunt) is the largest  business idea competition and non-equity accelerator in Estonia. It is an opportunity for people to challenge themselves in trying to start a business in a highly supportive environment. The prize fund of the competition is 60 000 € and more. Ajujaht has many great alumnies like Bolt, Click & Grow, Bikeep, Timbeter, UpSteam etc. Join the movement!
Climate KIC
A European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy

EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon, climate-resilient society.

Supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, we identify and support innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that a decarbonised, sustainable economy is not only necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change, but presents a wealth of opportunities for business and society.

Digix_vana
Digital creative media incubator
DIGIX is the first start-up incubator for creative digital media companies in the Baltic states. DIGIX is the place to grow your business if your passion is content creation for digital screens, gaming, e-learning solutions, electronic publishing, digital cultural heritage, location based content services and digital creative industries.
Estonian Founders Society
We are the people behind the startups in the Land of the Unicorns
Estonian Founders Society aims to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, share experiences and empower new young founders.
Incubator Tallinn
Tallinn Creative Incubator has contributed the development of more than 350 companies
We provide entrepreneurs a tailor-made 24 month development program, including a personal business consultant and business mentors, who contribute to the success of each business.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Incubators and accelerators
Buildit
Accelerator for hardware and IoT
Buildit is an accelerator that supports hardware and IoT startups in turning an idea into a tangible, market-worthy product.
Contriber Labs
Elevator Startup Lab
Accelerator for Creative and AdTech
Elevation program for tech-based creative startups, where special focus is on media-tech, ad-tech, e-commerce and entertainment software.
Mektory
Pre-incubator for seed startups
TalTech Mektory is providing several services to students and start-up teams who can participate in the STARTERtech preincubation program, start-up competitions, hackathons and use different labs in order to build their first prototypes.

Mektory’s 4,450 m² Innovation and Business Centre is part of the Tallinn University of Technology. Mektory is combining academic knowledge, science, and entrepreneurship. Here you can solve practical problems in product development and generate new ideas. We also encourage students to be entrepreneurs. For this, we are organizing different projects, hackathons, and competitions. The biggest and most known is the pre-incubation program STARTER. This year's major event is the opening of Mektory’s MakerLab and open collaboration space aka Innovation HUB (200 m2). This is an opportunity for students to work on their own start-ups, projects and build prototypes.
Prototron
Accelerator and grant program
Prototron was created to help turn smart and innovative ideas into tangible prototypes to grow into major businesses.

Applicants may be individuals as well as businesses with projects from all fields, especially: greentech, digitalization of industry, new materials, health-tech and fintech.
SmartCap_vana
Investments into venture capital funds
SmartCap aims to create a vital venture capital market and enable ambitious and innovative Estonian companies to emerge and grow globally
Startup Incubator Tehnopol
Incubator for ICT, Green and HealthTech
Startup Incubator is a business growth programme of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol for tech startups.

Together we help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping to grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Startup Wise Guys
Accelerator for B2B SaaS, Cyber and FinTech
Startup Wise Guys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B SaaS, Fintech & Cyber and Defense AI startups, providing seed capital (€30K), office space and most importantly – world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 150 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the program culminates in a Demo Day, where startups get to present to venture capitalists and angel investors.  Post program, startups join the alumni community of 120+ startups in more than 40 countries and become eligible for invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing.
Tartu Biotechnology Park
Incubator for Bio and MedTech
Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP) provides physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Biomed business incubator is designed to create new businesses and accelerate their success through incubation program where consultants offer their expertise in start-ups, networking, and the necessary resources (facilities, equipment, etc.) in order to make businesses more successful.
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
Incubator for creative industries
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (TCCI) operates as the coordinator of creative industries in Tartu and South Estonia by providing creative industries related information and training, legal and economic consulting for creative entrepreneurs, as well as business incubation (and pre- and post- incubation) services.
VegaFond
Vunk
Accelerator for B2B and B2C startups
VUNK is Telia Estonia startup labs, an entry point for innovative B2B and B2C startups in the region, seeking to partner with Telia to improve their offering and get access to the market.

We have been running an accelerator for 3 years and have seen many early-stage startups mature. Now we are open to working with more mature teams to fast track our collaboration.
Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
Enterprise Estonia
High value-added foreign investments to Estonia

Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is a national foundation that aims to develop Estonian economy through three principal areas of activity:

  • Developing Estonian enterprises and boosting export capacity
  • Increasing tourism revenue
  • Bringing high value-added foreign investments to Estonia

EstBAN
Seed stage investments
Estonian Business Angels Network is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighbouring regions with an aim to grow the quantity and quality of local seed stage investments. EstBAN is committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through to successful exit.
Superangel
VC fund, managed by founders
Early stage investments from entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs.

As a value-add for our portfolio companies, we provide expertise in customer and business development, team-building & hiring, sales & marketing and product development. We take our startups to the next level.
Tera Ventures
Seed and Early stage VC firm
Estonian VC that focuses on exceptional founders from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Scandinavia and CEE, disrupting digital space globally.

Tera builds presence and networks in the markets where our portfolio companies want to expand to - the UK, the US, and Asia. With presence in Estonia, Finland, and California, Tera Ventures is supported by a global advisory network and provides portfolio companies with access to expertise and hands-on support necessary to grow from seed stage to successful exit.
SCALEUP
Your product or service is showing a clear and measurable user growth and you have already attracted significant funding. To move into establishing phase you need to go global. Use the help of partners to do that.
Digix_vana
Digital creative media incubator
DIGIX is the first start-up incubator for creative digital media companies in the Baltic states. DIGIX is the place to grow your business if your passion is content creation for digital screens, gaming, e-learning solutions, electronic publishing, digital cultural heritage, location based content services and digital creative industries.
EstVCA
Representative body of Private Equity & Venture Capital Industry in Estonia

What we do:

  • Manage industry's public relations on a local and international level
  • Increase the awareness of Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Foster professional growth among market professionals
  • Promote the implementation of the industry's professional standards
  • Monitor and advocate changes in the regulatory and legal framework
  • Gather, analyze and publish industry statistics in Estonia
  • Enhance international co-operation and promote the region among international investors
  • Create meeting and networking places for the industry players and decision-makers
Estonian Founders Society
We are the people behind the startups in the Land of the Unicorns
Estonian Founders Society aims to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, share experiences and empower new young founders.
Incubator Tallinn
Tallinn Creative Incubator has contributed the development of more than 350 companies
We provide entrepreneurs a tailor-made 24 month development program, including a personal business consultant and business mentors, who contribute to the success of each business.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Incubators and accelerators
Buildit
Accelerator for hardware and IoT
Buildit is an accelerator that supports hardware and IoT startups in turning an idea into a tangible, market-worthy product.
Contriber Labs
Elevator Startup Lab
Accelerator for Creative and AdTech
Elevation program for tech-based creative startups, where special focus is on media-tech, ad-tech, e-commerce and entertainment software.
Karma.vc
Early-stage venture capital firm
Karma Ventures (karma.vc) is an early-stage venture capital firm, specialised in late seed and A round investments in Europe’s most promising tech startups. We back companies with strong ideas delivered with unique technology, customer traction and global ambition. karma.vc accompanies entrepreneurs in figuring out the path to growth in all aspects - commercial, strategic and technical. We believe in open and honest dialogue and the active hands-on-attitude.
Startup Incubator Tehnopol
Incubator for ICT, Green and HealthTech
Startup Incubator is a business growth programme of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol for tech startups.

Together we help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping to grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Tartu Biotechnology Park
Incubator for Bio and MedTech
Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP) provides physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Biomed business incubator is designed to create new businesses and accelerate their success through incubation program where consultants offer their expertise in start-ups, networking, and the necessary resources (facilities, equipment, etc.) in order to make businesses more successful.
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries
Incubator for creative industries
Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (TCCI) operates as the coordinator of creative industries in Tartu and South Estonia by providing creative industries related information and training, legal and economic consulting for creative entrepreneurs, as well as business incubation (and pre- and post- incubation) services.
Tartu Science Park
Pre-incubation programs for research and technology-intensive enterprises

Tartu Science Park supports the creation, development and operation of research and technology-intensive enterprises, providing infrastructure and business development services in Southern Estonia. We run pre-incubation programs that support EO (earth observation) data, collaborative economy and gaming industry ideas.

Tartu Science Park is the innovation engine of South Estonia. Our mission is to nurture start-up companies into global businesses. For more than 25 years, we have supported business innovation activities in the region by networking with universities, public and private sector both locally and globally. We are the Home of Business.

Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
Enterprise Estonia
High value-added foreign investments to Estonia

Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is a national foundation that aims to develop Estonian economy through three principal areas of activity:

  • Developing Estonian enterprises and boosting export capacity
  • Increasing tourism revenue
  • Bringing high value-added foreign investments to Estonia

EstBAN
Seed stage investments
Estonian Business Angels Network is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighbouring regions with an aim to grow the quantity and quality of local seed stage investments. EstBAN is committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through to successful exit.
Scaling
Your product or service is showing a clear and measurable user growth and you have already attracted significant funding. To move into establishing phase you need to go global. Use these partners to do that. 
EstVCA
Representative body of Private Equity & Venture Capital Industry in Estonia

What we do:

  • Manage industry's public relations on a local and international level
  • Increase the awareness of Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Foster professional growth among market professionals
  • Promote the implementation of the industry's professional standards
  • Monitor and advocate changes in the regulatory and legal framework
  • Gather, analyze and publish industry statistics in Estonia
  • Enhance international co-operation and promote the region among international investors
  • Create meeting and networking places for the industry players and decision-makers
Estonian Founders Society
We are the people behind the startups in the Land of the Unicorns
Estonian Founders Society aims to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, share experiences and empower new young founders.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Incubators and accelerators
Contriber Labs
SmartCap_vana
Investments into venture capital funds
SmartCap aims to create a vital venture capital market and enable ambitious and innovative Estonian companies to emerge and grow globally
Startup Incubator Tehnopol
Incubator for ICT, Green and HealthTech
Startup Incubator is a business growth programme of Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol for tech startups.

Together we help accelerate the pace of innovation by strengthening the path for entrepreneurs, providing support for entrepreneurial communities, and helping to grow the worldwide entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Startup Wise Guys
Accelerator for B2B SaaS, Cyber and FinTech
Startup Wise Guys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B SaaS, Fintech & Cyber and Defense AI startups, providing seed capital (€30K), office space and most importantly – world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 150 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the program culminates in a Demo Day, where startups get to present to venture capitalists and angel investors.  Post program, startups join the alumni community of 120+ startups in more than 40 countries and become eligible for invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing.
Tartu Biotechnology Park
Incubator for Bio and MedTech
Tartu Biotechnology Park (TBP) provides physical infrastructure as well as business development and consultancy services to companies and R&D institutions in the fields of biotechnology, medicine and veterinary medicine.

Biomed business incubator is designed to create new businesses and accelerate their success through incubation program where consultants offer their expertise in start-ups, networking, and the necessary resources (facilities, equipment, etc.) in order to make businesses more successful.
Tartu Science Park
Pre-incubation programs for research and technology-intensive enterprises

Tartu Science Park supports the creation, development and operation of research and technology-intensive enterprises, providing infrastructure and business development services in Southern Estonia. We run pre-incubation programs that support EO (earth observation) data, collaborative economy and gaming industry ideas.

Tartu Science Park is the innovation engine of South Estonia. Our mission is to nurture start-up companies into global businesses. For more than 25 years, we have supported business innovation activities in the region by networking with universities, public and private sector both locally and globally. We are the Home of Business.

Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
Enterprise Estonia
High value-added foreign investments to Estonia

Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is a national foundation that aims to develop Estonian economy through three principal areas of activity:

  • Developing Estonian enterprises and boosting export capacity
  • Increasing tourism revenue
  • Bringing high value-added foreign investments to Estonia

EstBAN
Seed stage investments
Estonian Business Angels Network is an umbrella organization for business angels and business angel groups seeking investment opportunities in Estonia and its neighbouring regions with an aim to grow the quantity and quality of local seed stage investments. EstBAN is committed to finding, funding and mentoring great young companies from pitch through to successful exit.
Establishing
You have achieved great continuing growth and you no longer need to struggle to get resources. Now you can decide whether to continue business as usual or exit.
EstVCA
Representative body of Private Equity & Venture Capital Industry in Estonia

What we do:

  • Manage industry's public relations on a local and international level
  • Increase the awareness of Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Foster professional growth among market professionals
  • Promote the implementation of the industry's professional standards
  • Monitor and advocate changes in the regulatory and legal framework
  • Gather, analyze and publish industry statistics in Estonia
  • Enhance international co-operation and promote the region among international investors
  • Create meeting and networking places for the industry players and decision-makers
Estonian Founders Society
We are the people behind the startups in the Land of the Unicorns
Estonian Founders Society aims to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, share experiences and empower new young founders.
Latitude59
Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia

Startup conferences are about speeches, pitches and wooing investors. The big ones, they’re the cruise ships of seafaring. Latitude59 is the lovely yacht without the crowds. Only people who really matter.

Latitude59 is small by design. We like the cosy festival vibe. But there’s more to it. Entrepreneurship and digital technology aren’t limited to startups. They matter in society and governance.

Incubators and accelerators
Contriber Labs
Startup Wise Guys
Accelerator for B2B SaaS, Cyber and FinTech
Startup Wise Guys is a mentorship-driven accelerator program for early stage B2B SaaS, Fintech & Cyber and Defense AI startups, providing seed capital (€30K), office space and most importantly – world-class mentors.

The intensive 3 month accelerator program is focused on validating, developing and selling products to business customers. Over 150 international and local mentors with B2B startup experience help startups move through those stages much faster than they would on their own. Founders are also prepared to sell their vision to investors, and the program culminates in a Demo Day, where startups get to present to venture capitalists and angel investors.  Post program, startups join the alumni community of 120+ startups in more than 40 countries and become eligible for invite-only alumni events focused on business development, fundraising and experience sharing.
Co-working communities
Lift99
HUB in Tallinn
We are a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back.

LIFT99 hosts some of the highest quality event series and is the go-to place for founders to maintain deep engagement with the local (and international) tech community.
Technopolis Ülemiste
Flexible office space in Ülemiste City, Tallinn

You can find our Tallinn campus at Ülemiste City, which is the largest smart city in the Baltic countries and the biggest privately-owned business campus in Northern Europe.

Ülemiste City is based in a prime location, with Tallinn Airport and the future Rail Baltica railway hub only a few meters away. You can easily access the campus by public transport from all the neighboring districts of Tallinn, while the city center and harbor are just a 10-minute drive away.


Tehnopol
Science and business campus for innovative tech companies

Tehnopol Science and Business Park aims to support state-of-art technology entrepreneurship in Estonia and help it expand to the world. Our vision is to make the Estonian economy more sustainable by helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, Tehnopol provides enterprises with everything they need for growth, development, and real-life test environments – from modern office spaces to top-notch business counselling and innovation testing.


Funding
Enterprise Estonia
High value-added foreign investments to Estonia

Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is a national foundation that aims to develop Estonian economy through three principal areas of activity:

  • Developing Estonian enterprises and boosting export capacity
  • Increasing tourism revenue
  • Bringing high value-added foreign investments to Estonia

What benefits I get?

I represent an organisation

If you are one of the non-EU startup founders, who wishes to come and be a part of one of the smallest, but liveliest startup communities in Europe as a founder.

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I run a startup

If you are part of the Estonian startup scene, wanting to enrich and grow your company by employing foreign talent.

Service providers

  • Universities
  • Legal and tax consulting
  • Marketing and HR
  • R&D companies

Service providers

We have also compiled another valuable overview of the different startup service providers in and around the Estonian startup ecosystem. We hope this helps to make the navigation of the Estonian startup scene as easy as possible for the startups already in Estonia as well as for those wishing to relocate to Estonia.

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Statistics and Surveys

It is important to be aware of the performance of the ecosystem for business promotion or investment decision making. For this, we issue biannual statistical reviews of the startup field.

Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups

The EU Innovation Ecosystem Leaders Group was first called upon by Commissioner Gabriel for a meeting on April 16th to give voice to the innovation ecosystems in the making of future EU Innovation Policy.

On 16 April, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel had met the group to listen to their experiences as leaders of the innovation ecosystems in the 27 Member States. The group presented to the Commissioner their first ideas of an ‘Action Plan to Make Europe the new Global Powerhouse for Startups’ that aims to increase the number of unicorns (privately owned companies valued at over $1 billion) tenfold in Europe over the next ten years.  

READ THE REPORT HERE


The aim of the group is to provide feedback to the European Commission on how it can further support and promote European startup ecosystems and increase employment, innovation and exports across the EU over the next decade. The initiative also represents a strengthening of relations between the startup sector and the European Commission. 

The group consists of one representative from each Member State: Constantijn van Oranje (Special Envoy at Techleap.nl), Peter Vesterbacka (FinEst Bay Area), Carlos Mateo (Asociacion Startups), Markus Raunig (AustrianStartups), Charlotte Greant (Startups.be), Dimitar Vasilev (Bulgarian Business Forums), Hajdi Cenan (Croatian AI Association), Stavriana A. Kofteros (Startup Cyprus), Markéta Přenosilová (CzechInvest), Tomas Mathiesen (Danish Startup Group), Matej Rus (Startup:Slovenia), Maarika Truu (Estonia), Eve Peeterson (Startup Estonia), Nicolas Brien (France Digitale), Christian Miele (Deutsche Startups), Panos Zamanis (Hellenic Startup Association), Csongor Biás (Startup Hungary), Martina Fitzgerald (Scale Ireland), Giorgio Ciron (InnovUp), Olga Barreto Goncalves (Latvian Startup Association StartinLV), Roberta Rudokiene (Startup Lithuania), Tomasz Snazyk (Startup Poland), Simon Schaefer (Startup Portugal), Cristian Dascalu (Romanian Tech Startups Association), Michal Kardos (Slovak Alliance for Innovation Economy), Arash Sangari (Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth), Stephen Chetcuti Bonavita (Silicon Valleta), and Elodie Trojanowski (Federation Luxemburgoise des Startups). Jan Bormans is performing the secretariat functions for the group. 

The exchange takes place against the backdrop of the new EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe), the Innovation Transformation of Higher Education institutions, and the Commission’s recent Digital Decade Communication that calls to double the number of unicorns in Europe by 2030, to around 250. In January, the European Innovation Council (EIC) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), the two pillars of EU support to entrepreneurs, signed a Memorandum of understanding to enable innovators, innovative SMEs and startups, higher education institutions and research organisations to receive quality support services to deploy and scale up innovations faster and with greater impact.


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  • Estonia is a small country and we turned it into advantage to engage scientists and entrepreneurs, regions and young talents into startup world. This makes Estonian startup community so unique - open minded and supportive.
    Jana Pavlenkova — Prototron, Objekt.is
  • Anything is possible if you really want it and are willing to work for it - this is the message of our summer program "Hüppelaud", organized by Eesti 2.0 for Estonian school students of ages 14-19 to nurture the Future Founders of Estonia.
    Ede Schank Tamkivi — Eesti 2.0
  • You don’t need to move to Silicon Valley to compete with huge global giants and build a transportation platform that's used by tens of millions of people across the world. We've done it all from Estonia.
    Markus ja Martin Villig — Bolt
  • Startup community in Estonia has proved not only that great ideas that transform our thinking are born here but also that startups drive our economic growth, which is quite remarkable. 
    Viljar Lubi — Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
  • Things are good here in Tallinn! The tech scene is very active, and the connections here are very close. It is easy to get to know someone relevant in the industry.
    Kwun Lok Ng — Kipwise
  • The Startup Visa makes life easy and in Estonia it’s kind of like a badge of honour to have the Startup Visa.
    Avery Schrader — Modash
  • Having lived and worked in both France and Germany, the process in Estonia is much more efficient, definitely the best option for any non-European wanting to establish a tech startup in Europe.
    Youssef el Moumni — Realified