Ukraine, Estonia, Chile, Finland: The saga of four accelerators

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Entrepreneur Europe Latin America accelerators Chile estonia finland funding TechIt’s hard to get the exact data on how many startup acceleration programs are being launched every year, but it’s definitely a lot.

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Estonia’s new e-residents are surpassing the country’s birth rate

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Estonia is the first country in the world to offer an ‘e-Residency‘ to people of any nationality. If you become an e-resident, you get a governmentally issued digital identity like other Estonians, that you can use to set up your own company in Estonia — completely remotely.

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The ArcticStartup guide to: Estonia


We’ve brought you guides to Riga and Lithuania before, and we know quite a few were looking forward to Estonia. For its size, Estonia is generating more high quality startups than you would expect.”. - Naval Ravikant, Founder of AngelList".

Estonia Launches Country As A Service Software For Other Countries


The new CountryOS service was built in the co-operation of the government of Estonia, tech entrepreneurs and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol. The platform is a tailored version of the one that is currently used to manage Estonia.

Estonia to Invest €60 Million Into Startups


Top Image Courtesy of Shutterstock // Estonia Euro As reported by E24 news , the Estonian government plans to create a fund of funds with a total size of EUR 80 million with an aim to invest into startups.

A castle built from Bitcoins rises in Estonia


We know Estonia as a progressive and tech savvy country. Well, there’s a 600 years old castle in North Estonia called Malla Manor that is set up to become a Bitcoin innovation centre, according to Finnish silver investor and Bitcoin entrepreneur Risto Pietilä.

Estonia's Nutiteq Snapped Up By CartoDB


New York-based CartoDB , a location intelligence, data analysis and visualization company, said on Wednesday it has acquired Tartu-headquartered Nutiteq , a mobile mapping software development company with more than 15 million installations of their SDK, and a roster of clients that includes SeatGeek, LonelyPlanet, iRobot and Accenture, among others. The value of the deal was not disclosed. “We We believe there is a big opportunity to rethink how we interact with location data on mobile devices.

Estonia Scores A Landmark Exit: GrabCad Acquired by Stratasys at over €70M


It has been a while since we have reported an exit for Estonia. First, it is just the second venture backed major exit for Estonia, the other one being Modesat Communications that happened roughly two years ago.

Finns crowdfund brewery in Estonia without a platform


Finland’s beer taxes and brewery regulations are such that even a young, enterprising Finnish startup like Sori Brewing has chosen to move its operations across the Baltic Sea to Estonia to be able to make their craft beers at an affordable price and without so much bureaucratic red tape.

Signwise From Estonia To Take Digital Signatures Mainstream


Unfortunately, outside of Estonia this system and the likes of it are not that wide-spread despite the EU Directive on Electronic Signatures that was put in place in December of 1999. Estonia ?

Who Will Build The €600 Million Datacenter In Estonia?


In the recent Estonian news, we found out that a company known as "Data Valley Enterprises OÜ" is planning to establish Europe''s largest data centre in Estonia.

Shop By Invitation: Ooolala From Estonia


Ooolala, a company based in Estonia decided to introduce this type of members-only flash sales to the Nordic and Baltic region and started in Estonia in 2012. Currently Ooolala boasts over 50 000 members in Estonia and already over 5000 within a month of operations in Finland.

Estonia's Plumbr Gets Serious as a SaaS Memory Leak Solution


Estonia''s Plumbr is transforming into a full featured SaaS product by adding more centralized features and a wider scope to their code performance detection service.

Estonia To Make Public Sector Data Open To Entrepreneurs


It's a respectable initiative that all fits into the e-Estonia trend pushed to put Estonia on the forefront of how citizens interact with their government through online services. Estonian entrepreneurs will soon have a new resource to build services off of.

Estonia's Cloutex Raises €441,000 Seed For Cloud Services Integration


Estonian cloud startup Cloutex announces it has raised $600,000 (€441,000) in seed funding. The company provides cloud services integrations to synchronize your customers and records across platforms like Pipedrive, Salesforce, FreshBooks, Highrise, and so on.

Estonia's DeltaBid Replacing Outdated Procurement Processes


Estonia''s Deltabid (formally Liitu) has launched an e-procurement tool to standardize the tender process, cut paperwork, and help companies save money.

What it’s like to found a startup in Estonia

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I happen to be from Estonia, a small, but fiercely proud country near the Baltic Sea, one with a burgeoning startup scene that’s full of driven, intelligent and hungry entrepreneurs. You’ll also find a much more committed mindset in Estonia than you will in California.

Estonia's GlobalReader Raises Seed Round


The 2014 founded startup, which has gone through BuildIT accelerator , has so far 38 clients in Estonia GlobalReader's product is a cloud based monitoring platform, with real-time data visualization and reporting, based on data gathered through sensors from production line.

Estonia's Svipe does NFC Payments with a Twist


Estonia based start-up Svipe will be bringing its card free payment solutions to retail shops around the world with financial backing from the LHV Bank ing association and mobile payment expert NOW!

This Skype Mafia-Backed Startup Wants to Crush Your Email (and It Just Might)

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If you haven't heard of Estonia's Fleep yet, it's only a matter of time

Estonia-based Creative Mobile Scores Big With Drag Racing Game


However, Funtikov also expressed his concerns about the game and app development scene in Estonia, as most developers tend to focus on things like web services and enterprise solutions. “We Should some of the future talent in Estonia be diverted to mobile app and game development?

Startup Incubator Begins Accepting Applications In Estonia


Startup Incubator , a new program aimed at helping startups, has spun off from Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol and begun accepting applications. The program is named Startup Incubator and it was set apart to serve startups better in a more focused way.

To Get Kids Coding, Countries Should Follow Estonia's Programming Tigers


But in Estonia, this dream shared by Zuck, Gates, and Will-i-am already exists. The goal is to continue Estonia's dominance when it comes to technology, programming, and the e-estonia initiative. "If

The story of Jump or Fall - Georgian team at Estonia's Gamefounders


We typically never just re-publish what someone sends us, and Georgia is far from "Arctic" but we got such a crazy email after meeting Georgian game developer Sanders Kvlividze part of the Estonia-based accelerator, Gamefounders , that it sounds better coming straight from him.

Estonia's Y.O.D.A. Case puts Hand-Sewn Carbon Fiber Cases up on Kickstarter


As mentioned, the new cases for handsets and laptops are handmade in Estonia and are built from carbon fiber weave and woll felt.

Working Across Many Time Zones

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Our portfolio at USV spans ten hours (Estonia to San Francisco/Los Angeles). I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours time zone were challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times when I woke up in Europe to a brief window where I could talk to people in the bay area who were still working and had not wrapped things up for the day before.

Estonian Taxify first in the world to launch mobile billing for cabs


After launching in-app payments with debit and credit cards in Baltic countries in April (with Finland and The Netherlands launching in May), Taxify has now rolled out mobile carrier billing in Estonia. Estonia has good history with mobile carrier billing.

More innovation off the beaten path

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Last entry this year in a series on innovation from places you do not typically expect much innovation from Startup City – Boulder, CO Monument Men – structures across US Desert West Diplomacy and Digital Signatures – Finland, Estonia Technology

Estonia's Weekdone Launches Team Management Tool on iOS


A team leader''s job is to make sure people get things done, and you can''t improve what you don''t measure. Enter Weekdone, the Estonian productivity and task completion application that now announces it has launched on iOS and a major new web version.

Baltic startup scene in numbers


Data from Estonian Development Fund ( Startup Estonia ), Altum ( Labs of Latvia ) and Enterprise Lithuania ( Startup Lithuania ), as well as crowdsourced community sheets. The stat is particularly impressive in Estonia with 30.6 startup employees for every 1,000 people in Estonia.

Estonian Wooden Frames Maker Taps Crowd


So far Karl's frames have been sold mostly in Estonia. The company has also just received 50,000 euros grant from Estonia to support its expansion.

Honest, Anonymous Feedback From Estonia

ArcticStartup is a new Estonian startup looking to enable better, honest albeit anonymous feedback about people (to begin with). The service was founded by Asko Seeba as well as Priit Salumaa and Indrek Ulst.

A Visit With the European Startup Community


My wife, Ann, and I took a trip this past spring to visit Estonia, Finland, Ireland and Russia. Estonia. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, located just across the Bay of Finland from Helsinki. In Estonia, I was in front of audiences for twenty-one hours, while delivering seven workshops and lectures and mentoring twelve entrepreneurs.

Nevermind Finland: Here's Estonia! [Part 1/3]


Estonia doesn’t exactly jump to mind when asked about the hottest European startup countries. Connect Estonia organizes trainings and seminars for angels, and mentoring events for selected companies, where they will pitch to a panel of experts. There is Enterprise Estonia , and WNB.

Fast-growing Estonian EdTech DreamApply Targets Finland


Commercialized since 2011 in Latvia and Estonia, Dreamapply found its niche and has swept across the continent ever since. Since Estonia adopted the system in 2011, the country has witnessed a fourfold increase in application number which earned Dreamapply a high profile endorsement from the Estonian authority. There are several good co-operation projects going on between Estonia and Finland (X-road, EduCloud).

Estonian startup scene opens up to Personalized Medicine with Idea Garage


The Estonian government has thrown a lot of weight behind the concept, and is preparing an ambitious Personalised Medicine Pilot Programme between 2015-2018, and aims to put Estonia into the forefront of developing Personalised Medicine Applications.

This Years Top 30 Startups in The Nordics/Baltics: Arctic15


We have never received so many applicants from the whole region: Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania were all present and below are the absolute best according to our panel of judges. Boldgadgets , Estonia - Not sure if they want us to say what they do yet.

Nevermind Finland: Estonia’s Garage48 [Part 3/3]


Clearly, Estonia has a strong and enthusiastic startup scene. At the end of August, the Estonian startup scene’s biggest gathering took place.

EstBAN infographic details where Estonian Angels are putting their money


Estonia''s Business Angels Network put out an infographic detailing EstBAN''s first year in review. It''s an interesting look a Estonia''s angel investing scene, detailing the €4.6 million invested by their 59 Angles in their network.

The Estonian Startup With €25 Million Turnover You Haven't Heard Of


If I were to tell you that there is a startup in Estonia that generates 100 000 000 unique visitors per day, is number #80 on Alexa, has over 3 000 paying customers, has more than 40 employees and is aiming for over €25 million turnover in 2013 you might say I am bluffing.