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Public & Private Connectors in
the Estonian Entrepreneurial
Ecosystem
Andrus Viirg
Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley
andru...
ENTERPRISE ESTONIA
State foundation for Business Support & Development:
Investment, Trade, Innovation/Technology and Touri...
Estonia produces a disproportionate
number of startups per capita
slide by Robin Wauters during
Seedcamp Week in London
(s...
Behind the scenes:

e-Estonia
birthplace of Kazaa & Skype
e & m services
Estonia's capital Tallinn - (david jones)
electro...
Doing Business
in Estonia
• simple tax system
– flat 21% income tax
– NO Corporate Income tax
(21% tax on dividends only)
...
The

Phenomenon

• Serial entrepreneurs
• Ambient Sound Investments (ASI)

www.asi.ee

• Estonian Startup Leaders Club
www...
Public Connectors
of the Estonian entrepreneurial ecosystem
• Enterprise Estonia
o Grant schemes for starting the business...
Mentoring

Capital

Estonian startup ecosystem

Education
and
awareness

Idea testing

Prototyping

Product
Market fit/
En...
networking, networking, networking...
the power of Global Networks & Social Networking

www.europeanentrepreneursatstanfor...
Key Takeaways
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Estonia

• Feeding the Entrepreneurial Mindset
– University Entrepreneurship Pr...
Serial Entrepreneurship in technology
startups with scalable business models
& products is the KEY!
BUT.....
the focus sho...
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  1. 1. Public & Private Connectors in the Estonian Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Andrus Viirg Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley andrus.viirg@eas.ee International Workshop “ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS AND GROWTH-ORIENTED ENTREPRENEURSHIP” Nov.7, the Hague, Netherlands
  2. 2. ENTERPRISE ESTONIA State foundation for Business Support & Development: Investment, Trade, Innovation/Technology and Tourism promotion + the Space Office of Estonia implementing agency of the EU structural funds in Estonia  budget of 1.3 billion USD (2007-2013)  about 300 employees  providing financing/grant products, advice, partnership opportunities and training Investment, Trade, Tourism & Innovation Promotion – assisting international companies to estonianize – assisting Estonian companies to internationalize – Foreign (promotional) Offices in Stockholm, Helsinki , Hamburg, London, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Oslo Shanghai, Tokyo and Silicon Valley
  3. 3. Estonia produces a disproportionate number of startups per capita slide by Robin Wauters during Seedcamp Week in London (sept.2011), where out of 20 companies 4 Estonian startups presented (were the finalists) With 0.2% of EU population Estonia produces ca 20% of EU (successful) startups #estonianmafia & 500Startups
  4. 4. Behind the scenes: e-Estonia birthplace of Kazaa & Skype e & m services Estonia's capital Tallinn - (david jones) electronic ID card from 2002 LES ECHOS/Worldcrunch e-taxboard, e-voting,... m-parking 98% of bank transactions electronically NATO Cyber Defence Centre EU IT Agency HQs
  5. 5. Doing Business in Estonia • simple tax system – flat 21% income tax – NO Corporate Income tax (21% tax on dividends only) • efficient company setup and reporting based on e-government solutions • limited grant schemes (subsidies) for business support
  6. 6. The Phenomenon • Serial entrepreneurs • Ambient Sound Investments (ASI) www.asi.ee • Estonian Startup Leaders Club www.startupleadersclub.com • Garage48 (a boot-camp initiative to build new web and mobile services in just 48 hours) www.garage48.org • EstBAN (Estonian Business Angels Network) • ESTVCA (Estonian Venture Capital Association) • International Accellerators & Co-Working Spaces – StartupWiseGuys – GameFounders – Technopolis Ülemiste www.startupwiseguys.com www.gamefounders.com www.technopolis.ee/en
  7. 7. Public Connectors of the Estonian entrepreneurial ecosystem • Enterprise Estonia o Grant schemes for starting the business, product development, expanding to foreign markets, employee training www.eas.ee/en o StartSmart (EST- FIN network for startups,...) www.start-smart.me/en o BrainHunt www.ajujaht.ee/english/ o Network of Foreign Rep. Offices • Estonian Development Fund & SmartCap o Monitoring & Growth Programs o Governmnet VC arm www.arengufond.ee/eng www.smartcap.ee • Tallinn Tech University o Mektory (Innovation & busines center) • Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol o Prototron, prototyping fund www.ttu.ee/projects/mektory-eng/ www.tehnopol.ee/en
  8. 8. Mentoring Capital Estonian startup ecosystem Education and awareness Idea testing Prototyping Product Market fit/ Entering market Expansion
  9. 9. networking, networking, networking... the power of Global Networks & Social Networking www.europeanentrepreneursatstanford.com www.siliconvikings.com & Nordic Bridge Organizations www.CleantechScandinavia.com www.Slush.org www.Latitude59.com ConnectEstonia; SeedForum; Seedcamp,.... European Innovation Academy www.innovationacademy4u.com
  10. 10. Key Takeaways Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Estonia • Feeding the Entrepreneurial Mindset – University Entrepreneurship Programs & Study Tours/Benchmarking – Use of Social Networking Tools – Developing core competencies (cyber security; EV charging infra) • Risk Capital Formation & Venture Funding – Government Venture Fund – Incubator/accellerator models – PublicPrivatePartnerships • Role of the Government (regulations) – Starting the business made easy – But.... • still legal & mental obstacles in business liquidation process • confusing tax regulations on option schemes (seen as fringe benefits)
  11. 11. Serial Entrepreneurship in technology startups with scalable business models & products is the KEY! BUT..... the focus should be going to Mars not just creating another social network! Combination of Entrepreneurial & Innovation Ecosystems + Tech Entrepreneurs, Companies and Universities working together: Tech Transfer + Research with Commercialization Potential
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