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Slush 2018

WORLD’S LEADING STARTUP EVENT.

During what is – let’s be honest – the sh*ttiest weather season of the year, Slush brings together the leading actors of the global tech scene to Helsinki for something very special. Described by many as “Burning Man meets TED”, the event has grown in just a few short years to 20,000 attendees and 1 million live stream viewers.

In 2017, over 2,600 startups, 1,500 venture capitalists, and 600 journalists from over 130 countries gathered to Slush to drive business, and to experience the phenomenal atmosphere.

NOT THE CALIFORNIAN SUN, BUT HONEST SLUSH.

Slush has grown from a 300 person assembly to a world-renowned event, now spreading globally. The philosophy behind Slush has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.

CELEBRATING ENTREPRENEURSHIP.

Held during the darkest time of the year in Helsinki, Finland, Slush has always been characterized by a unique energy and enthusiasm. The very core of Slush is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and to build a world-wide startup community.

Slush is a student-driven, non-profit movement originally founded to change attitudes toward entrepreneurship. In 2016, Slush was organized in Tokyo, Shanghai and Singapore.

ONE-OF-A-KIND COMMUNITY.

Think of Slush as a collision of a festival and a conference. It’s not a business, but a community of people who love what they do.

Slush is run by the youth who want to make a difference in their societies. Several successful entrepreneurs such as Niklas Zennström (Skype & Atomico), Taizo Son (GungHo), Ilkka Paananen (Supercell), and Risto Siilasmaa (Nokia) among others, have already become a part of the non-profit initiative that is radically changing how entrepreneurship is perceived in Northern Europe, Japan, and China.

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Data Natives 2018

Data is part of our new cultural identity, transforming the way we communicate, learn and interact.

Data Natives is the meeting point for industry experts, entrepreneurs, tech and business professionals to inspire each other and disrupt the status quo.

Last year we brought together 1295 attendees, 70+ speakers, 20+ media partners, 30+ startups, and 20 partners. We raised the bar with cutting edge technology from innovators, influencers and industry leaders as well as the best of Berlin’s tech scene, from rising and promising European startups.

 

The third edition of Data Natives will welcome over 2,000 attendees and more than 110 speakers across the spectrum of the most exciting of technology today. Be a part of the most inspiring conference for the data-driven generation.

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Bits and Pretzels

THE FOUNDERS FESTIVAL

3 DAYS OF VISION, LEARNING AND NETWORKING

Bits & Pretzels is an application-only, three-day festival that connects 5,000 founders, investors, startup enthusiasts, and all other decision-makers of the startup ecosystem. The festival takes place in a unique setting around the Oktoberfest in Munich from September 30th – October 2nd, 2018. The most successful founders from all around the world, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs, will meet at the event for inspiration, learning, and matchmaking. On the last day, all attendees and speakers come together in one tent with one goal: liquid networking.

SPEAKERS AT BITS & PRETZELS 2017

Some of the most successful national and international entrepreneurs, investors and CEOs shared their insights on stage and opened up new perspectives for Bits & Pretzels attendees.

OH CAPTAIN MY TABLE CAPTAIN

Once a year the most influential executives gather at the Bits & Pretzels Oktoberfest tables. Every table at the grand finale is hosted by a Table Captain and all attendees can choose one of those handpicked CEOs, editors-in-chief or investors before the event even starts. Through that we make sure that everyone gets the most out of Bits & Pretzels and enjoys the best networking experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS

Partnerships with the aim of forming long-lasting relationships with mutual benefits forms the basis for the success of the founders festival. Amazing companies join the event as a partner year for year.
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SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 100 – The ranking unveiled!

The first 100 European tech scaleups have been unveiled today, during the second SEP Scaleup Summit taking place at London Stock Exchange Group in London. Mind the Bridge in collaboration with ELITE, London Stock Exchange Group’s business support and capital raising programme, as part of Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), launched the “SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 100” a ranking of the top 100 tech European scaleups.

Inclusion in the ranking is based on an algorithm that factors capital raised by the company since inception and qualitative parameters (such as employee growth, competitive position, IP and trademarks, traffic growth, sentiment analysis and M&A activity), analyzed in partnership with AI startup Zirra (*). The weight of the qualitative component will be increased over time, as more parameters are added and data is collected, increasing the accuracy and training of the AI models.

Announced three month ago, on the occasion of the first SEP Scaleup Summit hosted by Borsa Italiana in Milan, today is the unveiling of the first SEP ELITE Tech Scaleups 100 names.

 

Download the SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 100 infographic

 

Top 3 EU tech scaleups are Spotify, Delivery Hero, and IHS Markit.

Out of the top 100, 32 are from the UK, 17 from Germany and 11 from France. 18 countries represented in total. Fintech is the dominant industry (19 scaleups out of the top 100), followed by E-Commerce (10) and FashionTech and Enterprise Software (8 scaleups each).

“In Europe, but above all outside of Europe, we don’t have a clear perception of what’s happening at the forefront of innovation on the Continent. Actually, the truth is that in Europe we are able to produce fast-growing startups”, Alberto Onetti, SEP Coordinator and Mind the Bridge Chairman commented. “Through this new Index we aim to provide international visibility to the best European tech companies by tapping into the analytical methodology we have developed in these last few years with Startup Europe Partnership.”

Luca Peyrano, CEO of ELITE, added “Scaleups are companies with great ambitions and high growth potential. They are the future of tomorrow’s economic prosperity. We are pleased to support the first edition of the Scaleup Summit together with Mind The Bridge, EBAN, the European Startup Network, The ScaleUp Institute and the support of the European Commission. Together we are committed to creating a dynamic European ecosystem that is conducive to growth, innovation, and where entrepreneurs can access the appropriate support and tools they need to thrive. ELITE’s mission is to support dynamic fast-growing companies because of their unique ability to innovative, create jobs and because they represent an extraordinary driving force for economic development in Europe.”

The ranking is to be issued on a quarterly basis with the goal of regularly providing a snapshot of Europe’s high-tech industry and to showcase the most innovative European startups that are scaling up. The ranking is not an indicator of investment or business quality, rather a way to highlight some of the most active tech scaleups in Europe, raising awareness on one of the most important segments for Europe’s future prosperity.

“Today the ranking of the top 100 European tech scaleups has been unveiled. We plan to issue the SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 250, SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 500, SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 1000 in the coming months.” – continued Alberto Onetti – And the algorithm will be adjusted to better factor in the quality of the companies and to go beyond quantitative proxies.”

“Our technology ingests and makes sense of news articles, websites, social media posts, legal and regulatory filings – all types of publicly accessible data on the web – said Aner Ravon, co-founder and CRO of Zirra – Using a suite of domain-customized Natural Language Processing techniques together with a variety of Machine Learning algorithms, we identify companies, people, acquisitions, product launches and many other events. We sift through the millions of inputs to assemble an accurate company fingerprint. Beyond just the facts, Zirra identifies insights, signals, relationships and trends. The SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup index presented here is created using scoring built from some of the signals that Zirra continuously tracks on all companies in our database. Future plans include utilizing Recurrent Neural Networks for processing, analysis and scoring. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute with our technology to support the European scaleup ecosystem”.

Companies interested in getting a more comprehensive valuation can provide further information by completing the digital self-assessment tool ELITE Growth Compass, whose score will be included in the algorithm. A link to the tool can be found here: https://etinerary.elite-growth.com/en

 

(*) The qualitative analysis – produced in partnership with Zirra – currently factors in the following eight parameters: employee growth rate over the past 12 months, years active, funding trajectory, competitive position, IP and trademarks, traffic growth (current month vs. past six months), M&A activity, and Google sentiment analysis. The algorithm will be adjusted to factor in revenue and revenue growth plus other indicators. For private companies, revenue will be considered only if disclosed by companies. 

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“Tech Scaleup Europe 2018” SEP Monitor presented in London. All the data!

In 2017 Scaleup Europe experienced a year of growth which can be described as sustainable: more than 1,200 scaleups were born in Europe (+22% of the total, +28% YoY growth from 2016) reaching a total of 5,596 that have cumulatively raised $83.2B (+36 growth in capital raised). But the gap with other ecosystems remains hug.

 

This is what emerged from the last “Tech Scaleup Europe 2018” SEP Monitor presented today in London on the occasion of the second SEP Scaleup Summit organized by Mind the Bridge and hosted by the London Stock Exchange.

 

“Let me share some good news: Scaleup Europe is growing, finally – commented Alberto Onetti, Chairman of Mind the Bridge and SEP Coordinator, while opening the event – We’ve measured good progress, but there is still of course a lot of work ahead of us. We know that the innovation is not a plant that gives you harvest quickly, you have to continuously seed and work to bear fruits. And we are seeing the initial European crops.”

 

The research highlighted that the strongest economies continue to produce the most scaleups: UK, France, Germany and Sweden top the Scaleup Europe Country Index, by contributing to almost 70% of that growth in absolute terms. The UK continues to lead the pack with a 28% growth rate, adding 368 scaleups to its population for a total of 1,668 as of end of 2017 (30% of the Europe’s total), clearly unhindered by Brexit talks in the meantime. France and Germany follow with a 32% growth rate each: France added 165 scaleups for a new total of 681 (12% of total), and Germany added 129 for a total of 530 (10% of the total). Sweden ranks 4th in the Scaleup Europe Country Index with a 35% growth rate, adding 126 scaleups in the past year for a new total of 489.
The regional averages show a similar story with Northern Europe (24%) performing the strongest and Southern Europe once again dragging their feet in the innovation wave, with a lower growth rate of only 16%.

 

“2017 was an amazing year for the startups in the growth phase. The glass is half full. Startups ecosystems in Europe are starting to be connected among themselves – added Isidro Laso Ballesteros, Head of Startups and Scaleups at the European CommissionThis high level of connectivity contributes significantly to help startups in their growth phase. We still need to do more. Beyond US, Asia is growing at high rate. Ecosystems in Asian countries have unique characteristics that are helping with their high growth rates. Our competitive advantage is to be united in diversity. An advantage that can only be realised by working at ecosystems level to be a Startup Europe: a startup continent.”

 

On average, Europe nowadays registers approximately 1 scaleup for every 100,000 inhabitants, slightly up from 0.9 in the previous year. The Nordic countries outperform the other areas by producing on average over 3.7 scaleups every 100K people. In particular, Sweden (with 4.9 scaleups per 100K inhabitants), and Finland are definitely leading the way in terms of scaleup density. Among the larger countries, the UK leads with a 2.5 density ratio.

 

London has been confirmed to be by far the largest scaleup “hub” in Europe with over 1,100 scaleups based there. Paris follows (453 scaleups), Berlin and Stockholm are behind with slightly less than 300 scaleups. Other relevant emerging tech hubs (over 100 scaleups each) are Dublin, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, and Madrid.

 

“Beyond these main scaleup hubs, there is another Europe comprised of “tier-two” cities and municipalities whose role cannot be neglectedsaid Alberto Onetti We will publish after the summer a dedicated study focused on these minor hubs that are key for Europe.”

 

CAPITAL RAISED
As mentioned, in 2017 $22B of new capital (average growth +36%) was invested in Europe for total $83.2B.
In terms of growth, large countries stay close to the European average: UK outperformed with a solid +40%, Germany registered a +36% average growth, while France a +30%. Northern countries are running faster, while Belgium and Netherlands reporting respectively +44% and +38% growth rates. In the Southern Europe, Italy is 2 point below the average (+34%) ,while Spain is slowing down (half than European average, +17%).
In absolute terms, the UK still dominates with $27.5B (33% of the total capital raised) and Germany ($14.6B, 18%) precedes France ($8.9B, 11%), this last change being the most noticeable since last year: in relative terms, Germany is home to “only” 10% of scaleups, but those scaleups took in 18% of the total funding in Europe. France by comparison accounts for 12% of the scaleup population, and 11% of the funding. Following, the Scaleup Europe Country Index finds Sweden with $7.3B (9%), Switzerland with $3.6B (4%) and Spain with $3.3B (4%).

 

EUROPE vs SILICON VALLEY/ISRAEL
Despite the growth, the gap with other ecosystems remains huge. In terms of number of scaleups, the Silicon Valley is worth, alone, a little more than the entire European continent, while in terms of capital raised it accounts for almost 3 times the entire amount raised by all European scaleups. Considering all the United States as a whole, scaleups there have raised $657.5B since inception, 8 times more than the $83.2B raised by their European counterparts. Israel scores better than all European ecosystems – apart from the UK – per number of scaleups and is second only to Germany and the UK per capital raised.

 

ACCESS TO CAPITAL: NOT (YET) A SINGLE WAY TO SCALE-UP
There’s not (or not yet) a single European way to scale-up for tech companies: while some are pursuing the venture capital funding path, other are leveraging private investors and family offices. One large and recently emerged group in particular is exploring crowdfunding and fundraising through cryptos (ICOs).

 

  • Venture Capital: data shows that $70.7B of capital poured into European scaleups comes from venture capital and private investors, by far the large majority (85%) of the total capital. European scaleups are still mostly depending on venture capital.
  • IPOs only represent 12% of the capital raised by scaleups ($9.7B) comes from stock markets through IPOs (losing 10 points compared to last year when it was 15%). Only the 1% of the European tech scaleups have gone public. And not all of the IPO money comes from Europe: 25% of the capital has been raised on US stock markets. On average, European scaleups collect about $120M in new funding when they start trading on stock markets. However, it takes time to plan and implement large IPOs: on average, European scaleups go public 8.7 years after inception.
  • ICOs: the main point of discontinuity compared to the recent past is that $2.8B was raised through ICOs (Initial Coin Offerings), where Europe seems to have a competitive advantage over the United States. This is about 3% of the total capital raised.
    3% of European scaleups have completed an ICO. Central States (driven by Switzerland rather than Germany and France) play a dominant role ($1.3B raised, 50% of the total), followed by Eastern Europe and the Baltics (that cumulatively raised over $0.5B, 19% of the total). Less than 15% ($395M) of the ICO capital total was raised in the British Isles.
    An interesting example is the Swiss canton (province) of Zug, becoming more and more known as the European Crypto Valley. 27 scaleups that made an ICO – raising $1B+ – are headquartered there.

 

ICO’s have proven to be a very interesting substitute for the first round of financing of tech scaleups. On average, the ICO channel provides 4 times more capital (an average of $17.6M), than the generic series A raised with traditional VCs ($4.5M on average). Another benefit scaleups are leveraging from ICO’s is speed, which is just as important as availability when it comes to funding. European scaleups on average take 3.3 years to complete the Series A financing, and almost 9 years to go public. The ICO path is much faster.

“When it comes to the origins of the investments, in 2017 on average 43% of capital invested into scaleups come from domestic investors, plus another 11% from investors from other European countries, and approximately 40% from outside Europe – added Alberto Onetti US investors play a leading role in this case with 26% of overall investments, followed by China (4%), Singapore (1%), and Israel (1%). One round out of ten is led by US investors, but they account for about one quarter of the capital raised by European scaleups.”

 

FINTECH DRIVES THE TECH INDUSTRY IN EUROPE

 

Out of the $22B invested in 2017, approximately $4.7B (about 20% of total) was invested with Fintech scaleups, a number that’s three times more than last year. 33 new Insurtech scaleups were tracked in 2017 and collectively they raised $210M. Agritech, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Autotech and Gaming are all present in a group that doubled investments in 2017 when compared to 2016.

 

A LAND OF SMALL SCALEUPS
In 2017, only 48 scaleups (2.4% of the total) crossed the $100M bar of capital raised and turned into “Scalers” for a total of 134 scalers nowadays in Europe (they were 86 in 2016). They cumulatively raised slightly close to $37B that is less than half of the total capital made available to European tech scaleups. 5 companies raised more than $1B in funding (or very close to it). These so-called “Super Scalers”, cumulatively managed to raise about $8B, 10% of the overall funding secured by the European scaleups.
That said, not counting the Scalers, Europe is land of “small” scaleups. 76% of scaleups (4,231 out of 5,596) raised between $1 and $10M attracting only $13.5B, the 16% of the total investments made available to European scaleups. 22% (1,228 scaleups) raised between 10 and 100M securing slightly less than $33B (the 39% of the total).

 

SEP ELITE TECH SCALEUP 100

 

The first 100 have been just unveiled: today, during the second SEP Scaleup Summit taking place at the London Stock Exchange in London, Mind the Bridge in collaboration with ELITE as part of Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), launched the “SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 100” ranking, the index of the Top 100 tech European Scaleups.

 

Inclusion in the ranking is based on an algorithm that factors capital raised by the company since inception and qualitative parameters (such as employee growth, competitive position, IP and trademarks, traffic growth, sentiment analysis, M&A activity), analyzed in partnership with AI startup Zirra. The weight of the qualitative component will be increased over time, as more parameters are added and data is collected and increasing the accuracy and training of the AI models.

 

“Through this new Index we aim to provide international visibility to the best European tech companies by tapping into the analytical methodology we have developed in these last few years with Startup Europe Partnership. Currently the ranking for the top 100 European tech scaleups has been unveiled. We plan to issue the SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 250, SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 500, SEP ELITE Tech Scaleup 1000 in the incoming months.” – commented Alberto Onetti.

 

 

Here the full dedicated press release.

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Tech Open Air 2018

What is TOA?

Tech Open Air is Europe’s leading interdisciplinary technology festival. At TOA our mission is to connect, grow and inspire the human spirit through interdisciplinary knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Conference

Connect and learn with top-tier entrepreneurs, artists, and scientists at a beautiful location. Experience inspirational storytelling, interactive panels, knowshops, pillowtalks, art installations, live music, and so much more…

TOA.life

TOA.life is the best parts of the festival, made digital: TOA AAA. Unique stories
from tech’s brightest thinkers mashed-up with art, science, music, and, of course,
the uninhibited TOA atmosphere — it’s all in TOA.life.
WWW.TOA.LIFE
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CeBIT Global Conferences 2018

Europe’s Business Festival for Innovation and Digitization

CEBIT 2018: business, leads, ideas. As a triple-punch event featuring exhibits, conferences and networking, CEBIT covers the digitization of business, government and society from every angle. Its four sections – d!conomy, d!tec, d!talk and d!campus – represent an entirely new approach, but one thing remains: the show’s core focus on generating leads and business for all concerned!

d!conomy

The premier event for digital transformation. Where Business Is Done

Digitization has a new home: In seven halls, leading innovators present the full spectrum of transformation. Get to know the trends, find inspiration, and most importantly: do great business! d!conomy is where solution providers and public-sector players get together to talk shop and make it all happen.

d!tec

Where the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Digital Age Thrives

The meeting place for radical ideas and technologies that transform society and the economy. In the exhibition halls, disruptive business models are in the spotlight – and everything on the topics of blockchain, chatbots, immersive technology, mixed reality, artificial intelligence, and deep learning. The future starts here.

d!talk

Conference & workshop program for inspired agenda-setting

New era – new conference format: For the first time, the stars and pioneers of digitization will be featured on stage in more than 10 exhibition halls, sharing know-how and visions of particular relevance to the topics covered in each hall. Be there for inspiration and input that can make all the difference for future success.

d!campus

Top networking and interaction at the festive, upbeat heart of the showgrounds

At the d!campus, everything is geared towards creating memorable experiences by appealing to all the senses. Live music, virtual worlds to explore, street food served up by culinary artists – all this sets the scene for on-stage presentations sure to make a big splash. And get ready for networking at its finest, too!

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LONDON TECH WEEK 2018

Where creativity, talent and innovation come together.

Be part of the future

Welcome to Europe’s largest festival of tech!

Be part of London Tech Week 2018 – the biggest, boldest festival of tech bringing together global innovators and tech enthusiasts to help shape tomorrow’s world. London Tech Week is a unique festival connecting science and creative minds, corporates and startups brought to you by Knect365 and London & Partners.

Attracting over 55,000 attendees across 300 events, London Tech Week is a unique opportunity for exposure to the largest and most engaged tech audience. The growth of tech across the globe continues at an unprecedented rate and as a result, London Tech Week continues to grow, offering new anchor events and an extensive social calendar featuring a Prince’s Trust Gala Dinner, music festival and celebration parties.

Global brand exposure

Bringing together over 55,000 domestic and international tech specialists, enthusiasts and business leaders from across the entire technology industry. London Tech Week provides the opportunity to gain unprecedented brand exposure to the largest and most engaged tech audience. As well as providing year round coverage and thought leadership of a market that meets at London Tech Week via our community site, TechX365.

Looking to host an event in 2018?

Each year, London Tech Week welcomes a range of events of all sizes, from all tech verticals – from hackathons to workshops, to large-scale conferences and forums.

Become part of London’s largest tech event and benefit from a range of marketing promotion options, expanding your reach and bringing your target market to you.

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The Next Web Conference 2018

ACCEPT NO IMITATIONS.

Imagine. Build. Test. Iterate. Innovate. Since 2006, TNW Conference has been driving the evolution of technology events into what they are today. Our festival format has inspired imitations across Europe. Our techniques for engineering the perfect networking environment has transformed average expectations when it comes to ROI. And our production values have elevated keynotes from interesting to inspirational.

But the one thing that can’t be copied is our people. Last year, 12,500 business leaders joined us for two days of content and networking, designed to show them how to win at innovation.

In 2018, 15,000 people will help us raise the bar for technology and business innovation events once again – have a look around, and get a feel for how.

  • What is TNW Conference?

    TNW Conference is a technology festival that brings together international technology executives, top-tier investors and promising startups for two days of business and knowledge sharing – surrounded by some of the highest production values at any tech event on the planet. Over the past 12 editions TNW Conference has grown from a 200-person event to one of the leading technology events, bringing together 12,500 attendees a day and 3,500 companies from all over the world.

  • Who can attend the event?

    Anyone 18 or older with a valid ticket is welcome. Full conference passes aren’t transferable between conference days.

  • What are the dates for TNW Conference 2018?

    TNW Conference 2018 will take place on May 24-25th in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

  • Can I suggest a speaker for the conference?

    Yes, you can suggest a speaker before March 20th. Click here if you’d like to submit a speaker proposal.

  • I’m interested in volunteering at TNW Conference 2018, how can I apply?

    In order to apply as a volunteer at TNW Conference 2018, you must be 18 years old or older at the time of the event, interested in tech and innovation – and determined to contribute to the overall success of the event. If the answer is yes to all, then click here to apply.

  • How can I become a sponsor and/or exhibit at TNW Conference?

    We’re glad you asked. Take a look at the Exhibit page or just send Markus an e-mail (markus@thenextweb.com) and he will get back to you.

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Latitude59 2018

Latitude59 is the flagship startup & tech event of e-Estonia – the world’s first digital society.

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 pro-active governments are the way forward in creating the digital future.

Why Latitude59?

Come explore different startup themes, network with like-minded people, join our investor-startup matchmaking, exchange futuristic ideas and more in the awesome venue of a century-old power plant that’s been transformed into a creative hub.

 

In 2017, we welcomed more than 2000 participants including:

  • 200 investors spanning from US to Japan who took part in our investor-startup matchmaking
  • 150 startups – mostly from the neighbouring Baltic, Nordic & CEE countries
  • Attendees from over 20 countries

 

Why Estonia?

  • Most startups per capita in Europe.
  • The only functional digital society in the world.
  • World’s first e-Residency program offering a transnational secure digital identity enabling you to run a location independent business online from anywhere in the world.
  • Estonia warmly welcomes startup founders from around the world to come and be a part of one of the smallest but liveliest startup communities in Europe. Find out more about the Estonia Startup Visa.
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