Startup Ecosystem

Service providers

We have also compiled an overview of the different business 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. 

Business consulting

If you need professional or expert advice in a particular area such as management, human resources, marketing or any other specialised business fields, the following service providers are at your service!

BDA

BDA Consulting is one of the biggest project management and consultation companies in Estonia. Our aim is to help Estonian companies and organisations take on and successfully accomplish outstanding development projects. We will help you come up with ambitious development ideas, develop sustainable strategies, map out feasible plans, and put them into practice.

BIA

Baltic Innovation Agency (BIA) is providing innovation, clustering and technology development related services to public, private and third sector organisations. BIA´s main competence areas include cluster management, strategic and business planning, technology transfer and commercialisation, market research and analysis.

Briti-Eesti

British-Estonian Chamber of Commerce is set out to help businesses and entrepreneurial minds reach their full potential and overcome limitations to growth.

We offer development programs and opportunities for businesses and people to grow. We initiate trade missions and execute tailored market entry strategies. We bridge relationships between the UK and Estonia.

Saksa-Balti

Die Deutsch-Baltische Handelskammer ist Ihr erster Ansprechpartner für alle Fragen zum Markteinstieg und -ausbau in Estland, Lettland und Litauen. Wir bieten Ihnen aus einer Hand alle Leistungen, die Sie für Ihre Aktivitäten in den Baltischen Staaten benötigen.

Saksa-Balti Kaubanduskoda (AHK) on Saksa majanduse ametlik esindaja Eestis, Lätis ja Leedus. Nõustame eeskätt väikseid ja keskmise suurusega ettevõtteid ning oleme esimeseks kontaktiks kõikides küsimustes, mis puudutavad Saksa turule sisenemist ja sealsel turul tegevuse laiendamist.
AHK on osa Saksamaa suurimast ettevõtete võrgustikust Saksa Tööstus- ja Kaubanduskojas (DIHK). 80 piirkondliku koja kaudu on meil igas Saksamaa suuremas linnas ja piirkonnas pädev kontaktisik toetamaks teie tegemisi Saksamaal.

Tartu Science Park

Tartu Science Park is the innovation engine of South Estonia. Our mission is to nurture start-up companies into global businesses. Tartu Science Park is the first science park in the Baltics, founded in 1992 by Tartu city, county and two universities. For more than 20 years, we have supported business innovation activities in the region by networking with universities, public and private sector. We are the Home of Business.

To foreign companies, we offer our help in extending business to Estonia where the economic environment is characterized by qualified workforce, favourable tax system and liberal markets.

Tehnopol_business

Science Park Tehnopol is a research and business campus with a mission of helping startups and SMEs to grow more quickly.

As the largest science park in the Baltics, we provide your enterprise with both modern office spaces and top-notch counselling in developing your business and entering export markets.

Target One

Target One helps Estonian startups to find the optimal and comprehensive solutions for marketing and business development planning.

Our job is to improve our clients’ business results by choosing the appropriate focuses and providing a clear and systematic path to the solution.

1Office

1Office offer a full package of business services to make it possible for all clients to focus on their core business. They support entrepreneurs starting a business in a foreign country with local know-how and help through the registration process.

CXS Baltics OÜ

Our profiling solutions can help you take your talent management to the next level.   

In less than 2 weeks, we can show you where the energy leaks are in your organization but also what steps you can take next to boost performance. Our clients use vip24 to guide people on professional development and personal growth, manage talent to build power teams and retain talent

Civitta

As a Challenger Advisory backed by entrepreneurs and angel investors, we help startups to grow and scale; universities to commercialize R&D; corporates to build and accelerate innovation inside the company, and governments to build innovation communities and ecosystems. We run programs like Ajujaht, help ecosystems, startups and R&D development with Horizon2020 programs and consult, create and run programs for corporates and governments. We challenge the status quo since this is what drives the world today.

Legal, tax and accounting

To minimize risks and maintain your local compliance you might need advisory services in a particular area such as tax, legal, accounting and payroll. Following companies are delivering solutions for your business.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland provides legal advice and solutions to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals.

We provide legal assistance in all the areas of law pertaining to business. For instance, we are involved in resolving corporate law disputes, matters related to competition law, securities law, mergers and acquisitions, advising real property transactions, handling labour law issues, etc.

Glimstedt

We help young companies in all legal matters every step of the way on their journey through the startup life cycle.

LegalBooster, a client programme created by law firm GLIMSTEDT, is designed specifically for startups in order to learn about basic legal issues relevant for a young company, get free document templates customised for the Estonian jurisdiction and work with a personal lawyer who knows your business.

Hedman partners

Hedman Partners is one of the leading law firms in advising founders and investors in the technology startup ecosystem.

We provide to-the-point materials and are quick and flexible with drafting necessary documents for all necessities. Hedman Partners has advised startup investment related transactions totalling over 5 mEUR in 2015.

KPMG

KPMG Baltics OÜ helps find efficient approach to all transaction, tax, accounting and legal issues that may arise on starting and developing a business.

KPMG is global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services enables to engage specialists and deliver advice all over the world. Also, KPMG as a reputable partner to work with enhances the credibility necessary for a startup in the eyes of potential investors.

Leinonen

Leinonen Estonia offers high quality accounting & professional advisory.

Proper accounting practices and good advice help your company be successful and safe from any unpleasant surprises. No matter whether you are an international company or a local one-man firm, we would like to work with you. Every client is important to us, regardless of size, turnover or sphere of activity of the client’s business.

Sorainen

Since its establishment in 1995, Sorainen has been advising international and local organisations on all business law and tax issues involving the Baltic States and Belarus.

Sorainen can offer to be a legal advisor and mentor to establish the best structures for start-ups to be supported by the accelerators as well as to advise firms on all legal questions.

Ellex Raidla

Ellex Raidla, a member of Ellex, a circle of leading Baltic law firms, is one of the oldest law firms in Estonia, established in 1993.

The firm has been involved in nearly all of the major M&A and financing transactions as well as landmark disputes that have taken place in Estonia. The firm's lawyers are very active in legislative drafting and have participated in the drafting of more than 40 laws in Estonia.

NGO and public sector services

We've collected some of the most important public service providers and NGO's, providing useful information and e-services for helping you to relocate to Estonia or build up your startup.

EAS

Enterprise Estonia (EAS) promotes business and regional policy in Estonia and is one of the largest institutions within the national support system for entrepreneurship by providing financial assistance, counselling, cooperation opportunities and training for entrepreneurs, research institutions, the public and non-profit sectors.

EAS support the development of companies that have export capacity and create higher added value, providing services and grants.

Settle in Estonia

Adapting to a new living environment can be an interesting but at the same time often complicated challenge. Acquiring the knowledge related to the living conditions, state and behavioural norms etc. and skills that help you settle in quickly and efficiently can take time.

In order to support foreign nationals who have migrated to Estonia to settle in and to acquire the primary knowledge and skills, Estonia offers all new arrivals the opportunity to participate in an introductory Welcoming programme.

Invest in Estonia

Estonian Investment Agency (EIA), a part of Enterprise Estonia, is a government agency promoting foreign investments in Estonia and assisting international companies in finding business opportunities in Estonia.

All you need to know about business in Estonia: the 0% income tax on retained or reinvested profits, skilled workforce, and the world's most innovative e-services.

Work Estonia

The aim of Work in Estonia is to introduce Estonia as an attractive destination for living and working to talented foreigners, especially ICT specialists.
They are also striving to increase Estonian employers’ awareness of foreign recruitment.

Work in Estonia has collected all useful information for helping you to relocate to Estonia and live here. 

e-Residency

E-Residency is a new digital nation for global citizens, powered by the Republic of Estonia.

Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital ID available to anyone in the world. E-Residency offers the freedom to easily start and manage a global business in a trusted EU environment.

PPA

The main tasks of Police and Border Guard Board are the securing of the external border of the European Union; the determination of citizenship and issue of documents; security and public order in the state; and the investigation and prevention of offences.

Migration advisors main purpose is to support foreigners settling in Estonia and to be a partner to employers, entrepreneurs, educational institutions and to others who invite foreigners to Estonia. Advisors work in in Estonian, English and Russian. Service is free of charge.

Maksuamet

Estonian Tax and Customs Board provide services and conduct tax audits to establish the best possible operating environment for taxpayers. 

We will provide simple and convenient services to taxpayers. We will provide assurances to businesses that their tax and customs affairs are in order and ensure an equal competitive environment.

MAK

Maakondlikud Arenduskeskused pakuvad igas maakonnas nõustamist ja koolitamist potentsiaalsetele, alustavatele ja tegutsevatele ettevõtetele, vabaühendustele ja kohalikele omavalitsustele. Samuti pakutakse investortegevuse tuge vahendades infot ettevõtja ja investori vahel. Noortele on suunatud eriprogrammid ettevõtluse ja ettevõtlikkusteadlikkuse kasvatamiseks.

eslc

Estonian Startup Leaders Club (ESLC) was formed in January 2009 by a group of entrepreneurs, leaders of Ambient Sound Investment portfolio companies. Goals of the ESLC are:
  • Build stronger relationships among professional Estonian startup entrepreneurs. 
  • Provide opportunities for members to meet face to face in a social setting. 
  • Encourage direct communication, cooperation and knowledge sharing. 
  • Encourage development of new Estonian professional startup entrepreneurs.

estonian world

Estonian World is a global independent online magazine, founded in London in 2012 and headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia.

We aim to publicise Estonia’s and Estonians’ successes and success stories in a positive, encouraging manner, but we don’t neglect to write about the country’s and its peoples’ challenges and concerns.

Ettevõtlik Kool

Ettevõtlik Kool on kaasaegse hariduse kvaliteedimärk, mis on koondnimetus põnevale ja kaasavale õppimise metoodikale ning ühtlasi haridusprogramm, mis toob koolidesse ja lasteaedadesse rohkem iseseisvat ja ettevõtlikku hoiakut, arendab lastes otsustusvõimet ja ärgitab tegutsemishimu.

“Enterprising school” is an educational program that was established in Ida-Viru County in 2006 and is directed towards the integration of enterprising learning into the school system in order to improve the quality of education and thereby increase young people’s success in life.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement Eesti visioon on toetada ettevõtliku Eesti arengut, sh arendada noortes ettevõtlikkust, suunata ettevõtlust toetavaid valikuid ja kujundada majanduslikult mõtlevaid inimesi. JA üks tuntumaid tegevusi on õpilasfirmade programmi koodineerimine.

JA Europe is the largest non-profit in Europe dedicated to preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship. JA Europe is a member of JA Worldwide® which for 100 years has delivered hands on, experiential learning in entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy.

R&D centres and universities

List of private R&D centres as well research and development services provided by our biggest universities.

EBS

EBS is the oldest privately owned business university in the Baltics.

With more than 1500 students, EBS’s goal is to provide enterprising people with academic knowledge, skills and values for its successful implementation. EBS offers degrees at Bachelor’s, Master’s as well as Doctoral levels.

EEK Mainor

Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences (EUAS) is a leading private university for company founders and freelancers. EUAS is ideally suited for entrepreneurs between ages 18-38 who are passionate about data, design, business and technology.

EUAS works closely with startups and tech companies as partners in course development and internship placement to bring only the cutting-edge industry experience to its students.Our immersive 3-year program in Startup Entrepreneurship offers essential startup skills, exposure to industry experts, a network of like-minded entrepreneurs, and mentorship from experienced founders and investors.

EKA

The departments of the Estonian Academy of Arts act as cooperation partners for businesses in implementation of various development projects.

We help businesses meet the challenges related to product development, increase the competitiveness and value of products and services, we carry out research and provide consultation regarding procedures and industrial development.

TalTech Mektory

TalTech Innovation and Business Centre Mektory is a networking environment where businesses, students, professors, schoolchildren and investors from all over the world meet to generate new ideas and innovation together as one team.

The aim of TalTech Mektory is to bring together scientists, students and entrepreneurs, to solve practical product development problems and generate new intelligent ideas and to maximize theoretical studies at the university through practice, to prepare better-trained engineers with experience in cooperating with companies.

TU-Ideelabor

The University of Tartu IdeaLab is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by participating in inspirational events, workshops, meet-ups with entrepreneurs and pitching competitions.

IdeaLab has also prototyping centre which offers a novel study and work environment for students and scientists, where modelling and simulations for new solutions can be performed.

TU-EIK

The aim of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is to ensure the development of the University of Tartu as an entrepreneurial university, to consolidate the university's leadership role in the development of Estonia, and to represent the university as an internationally visible and innovative partner in the European and global research and development space. The University of Tartu wishes to be a partner to entrepreneurs for the development of society and the economy. Co-operation with our researchers gives the company a competitive advantage and access to world-class development services.

TLU

The focus fields of the Tallinn University include educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, society and open governance.

The services and activities of the Open Academy are targeted at organisations (enterprises, public sector, third sector) and continuing education learners.

Skeemipesa

Skeemipesa is a partner of Tallinn Technical University and has experienced and competent multi-functional development team, who is able to bring your ideas quickly into reality in cost-effective way.

We are providing solutions for industrial automation and quality control projects by using machine learning and computer vision. We create hardware and software for full-scale Internet of Things (IoT) systems by using most contemporary technologies (NBIoT, Sigfox, LTE-M, etc). We develop mobile apps for Android and iOS by using both native as well as cross-platform.

Protolab

Protolab offers full service product development - from idea to product, e.g engineering service, prototyping and small series production.

We have competence of solving problems in every step of the product development cycle, from idea to setting up full scale manufacturing.

Adapter

ADAPTER is a network of Estonian universities, research and development organizations, providing a quick and reliable link for companies and organizations to the research and development community.

Iglu

We create software that works.

Producement

Producement offers customer-centric product engineering.

We are a team of Software Engineers who talk to customers in order to build the best product. We do this by constant user testing sessions, rapid prototyping and ruthless prioritisation of tasks.

Estonian Research Council

NUTIKAS - funding for applied research or product development
The funding supports companies in commissioning necessary applied research or product development projects from public R&D institutions. The company must be registered in Estonia. The project must be conducted either in field of ICT, health technologies or resource efficient management. 

· Funding per project: 20 000 – 2 000 000 euros
· Open call for applications: until 30.09.2020