Joined Buildit Accelerator (and so #EstonianMafia) as a Growth Mentor

Woop! I’m joining Buildit, an accelerator in Tartu, Estonia, for new global success stories in hardware and creative industries (buildit.ee/mentors). For creative industries, Buildit is after companies who work in the following areas: architecture, audiovisual field, design, performing arts, IT, publishing, cultural heritage, visual and applied arts, music and music technology, and advertising. As for hardware, this could be a gadget, industrial or medical device – it really doesn’t matter as long as it is hardware related. Let’s build it! See you guys in Tartu.

Erge Sonn Photography Designed by LooLoo
Enterprise Estonia and the European Union Regional Development Fund are supporting the Buildit Creative Industries programme between 01.07.2015 – 30.06.2017 with €298 875,00.


Related team-ups:
Joined Start-Up Chile as a Growth Mentor
Joined Stockholm Distro Dojo @ 500 Startups as a Growth Mentor

Joined Start-Up Chile as a Growth Mentor

Start-Up Chile has grown into one of the biggest and most diverse startup communities, with more than 3,000 entrepreneurs. Some of their startups have been acquired by large corporations (12 startups, such as WeHostels, acquired by Student Universe, CruiseWise, acquired by TripAdvisor, Aventones, acquired by Bla Bla Car, among others).

I’m looking forward to helping the awesome teams find traction and scale growth.

Start-Up Chile (http://startupchile.org/) is a program created by the Chilean Government that seeks to attract early-stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups using Chile as a platform to go global.  The end goal of this program is to position Chile as the innovation and entrepreneurship hub of Latin America.

Start-Up Chile has a large portfolio, receiving in between 200 – 250 companies a year. This deal flow is represented by 3 distinct programs based on the stage of the startup.

Startups from all around the world can apply for Start-Up Chile between August 17 and September 7. The selected startups will receive 20 million Chilean pesos (USD $30,000), as well as an intense weekly schedule to accelerate their ideas. This includes courses, mentoring and pitch training, among other activities. In addition, foreigners will receive a Working Visa valid for a year to come to Chile.

Start-Up Chile Perks:

Start-Up Chile Perks

LOGIN conference 2016 in Vilnius, Lithuania

LOGIN is one of the largest gathering of technology community in the Baltic States. In 2016, on May 5-6, it gathered more than 100 interesting speakers and 5000 participants from Lithuania and across the globe.

It was a 10th anniversary event this year so I simply could not miss it and meet some awesome folks for a coffee, discussing Lithuanian startup ecosystem.

See all my photos from LOGIN 2016 on Facebook.

Latitude59 Conference – Estonian Startup Ecosystem

Latitude59 is the Estonian premier tech conference. Two days (May 31-June 1, 2016) full of networking, cutting-edge Nordic and Baltic startups, and investor talks. I was so exited to join the crowd of 1500+ innovators and entrepreneurs just near to the tall landmark chimney of Kultuurikatel / Tallinn Creative Hub.


latitude59 - Estonian Mafia

In 2016, Estonia is a serious player in the European tech sphere, having Skype as their flagship example and roots of many Estonian entrepreneurs. In 2015, with the help of heavyweight backing, TransferWise – a send money abroad platform – got a $58 million funding round from Andreessen Horowitz. A few more key players in the space and fellow participants of Latitude59 2016: Pipedrive, TextMagic, Taxify, Fleep, Toggl, Teleport.

Another interesting initiative launched in 2014 is e-Residency that makes it possible to register a business in one hour in ‪Estonia. e-Residency offers to every world citizen a government-issued digital identity and the opportunity to run a location-independent and trusted company online, unleashing the world’s entrepreneurial potential. And you don’t have to be an EU citizen to become an e-Resident. At this same time e-Residency does not confer citizenship, tax residency, residence or right of entry to Estonia or to the European Union. The e-Resident smart ID card is not a physical identification or a travel document, and does not display a photo.

Going digital and using digital signatures is also a part of daily routines in Estonia. According to Forbes, “Estonia’s success story suggests that cloud technology is just as secure as the traditional IT environment. Enterprises or governments with apprehensions about trusting their data to the cloud need to recognize that cloud vendors have improved the security of their systems and have qualified IT staff on the job.”

Estonian startup ecosystem is really mature and it’s a strong one, with such players like as Estonian Business Angels Network (EstBAN), Startup Estonia, Garage48Startup Wise Guys (a leading B2B startup accelerator in Europe), Tartu Centre for Creative Industries (TCCI, founded in 2009), Tallinn and Tartu Universities, Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol, a business environment with more than 200 technology based companies, Enterprise Estonia (EAS), BuiltIt.

You can see my photos from the conferences on my Facebook profile.

Videos of Latitude59 2016 are here! 🙂 Enjoy!

Here’s the Estonian startup scene in numbers: