Startup Life in Tallinn

In recent years, Tallinn has become Europe’s one of the most hyped startup cities. Individuals with entrepreneurial mindset and business angels are flooding the city. Maybe that is the reason why experts are calling Estonian capital the “Silicon Valley of Europe”. If you want to start your wonderful journey in the Startup world, then Tallinn is a perfect place for you to do so.

In this article, I will be presenting you some organisations in Tallinn that help individuals to easily integrate into Estonian startup society. They promote entrepreneurship and startup culture in Estonia, by bringing interested people together with different skill sets. Then, this people come up with some ideas and continue working together. That is how most of the startups are built here.

So let’s start with bringing them out:

1. Mektory

Mektory is an Innovation and Business center in Tallinn University of Technology. It is located in the campus of TalTech. Their aim is to bring together scientists, students and entrepreneurs, to solve practical product development problems and generate new intelligent ideas. Additionally, to maximize theoretical studies at the university through practice, to prepare better-trained engineers with experience in cooperation with companies.

Mektory always supports new startup ideas from students and they try to help us by organising different types of projects such as TalTech Mektory STARTERtech every semester. This is a semester long event, where you can come up with an idea, present it, build your team and then start working on it throughout the year. Mektory provides trainings and mentorship every week and then, at the end we have a big competition of the ideas. Winners get some cool prizes.

Link: https://taltech.ee/mektory

2. Garage48

Garage48 event series started in Estonia in April 2010 and have expanded to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa since then. All Garage48 events are held in English and have around 100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.

Thanks to these guys, hackathon is a very big thing in Estonia. Garage48 is a startup organisation that does Hackathons in different countries. Their goal is to show that teams can turn an idea into a working service or prototype within just 48 hours, prove that new web and mobile projects can be started with a good team and lean budget, teach people to work under a tough deadline and they really help everyone to be actively involved in a Startup industry. Personally, I always try to participate in their hackathons, it’s just Awesome!

Link: http://garage48.org/en

3. Lift99

Lift99 is a community of passionate, curious and determined startup entrepreneurs who value co-growing and giving back. They have co-working space in Telliskivi street in Tallinn for entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations. There they organize a lot of startup meetups and events where you can go and see how startup ecosystem works in Estonia.

„LIFT99 Tallinn is a manifestation of what we value in work — giving back, endless curiosity & an inspirational, hassle-free environment. So you can feel like home without distractions“

Link: https://www.lift99.co/

4. Latitude59

Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia — the world’s first digital society. This is an event which is held once a year in Tallinn and brings together everyone who is involved in this field. At this event you can meet startup enthusiasts from all over the world.

„At Latitude 59, we bring together the Baltic, CEE & Nordic tech ecosystem and provide a platform for entrepreneurs, investors and leaders to learn, connect and network. We believe that entrepreneurial minds, inspiring leadership, lean companies and proactive governments are the way forward in creating the digital future“

Link: https://latitude59.ee/en

To sum up, Tallinn is a very cool city when it comes to startups. Statistically, it has the most startups per capita in Europe, it is the only functional digital society in the world. Estonia warmly welcomes startup founders and entrepreneurs from everywhere. So, if you want to start your Startup journey here, you are more than welcome!

Ucha Vekua

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