Startup Visa

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What is the Estonian Startup Visa?


The Estonian Startup Visa helps non-EU founders grow their startup in Estonia, one of the world's best places to start and run a company. It also eases the process for Estonian startups to hire non-EU talent. If your product packs innovation and has the potential to scale, the Estonian Startup Visa or Scale-up Visa may be just the ticket.
About the Estonian startup scene  ››

How Does It Benefit My Business?

I am a foreign founder

Read on if you're a startup founder from outside the EU and want to join one of Europe's liveliest startup scenes that punches far above its weight.

I run an Estonian startup

Already at home in the Estonian startup community? Read this if you've spotted talent outside the EU -- the Startup Visa will help you bring them over.

I run an Estonian scale-up

Have you been successfully operating your scale-up in Estonia for over a decade? If you're still growing and searching for exceptional talent outside the EU, the Scale-up Visa program can be of great assistance to you. 


Latest and Greatest about the Estonian Startup Ecosystem

Detailed overviews of the ecosystem, updates about our events and plans, and much more!
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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 Budkovskaja — Prototron,
  • 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 Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of Estonia in London
  • 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

Have more questions? That's cool. Here are some we get quite often.