Founders from Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg Invest’s Startup-Unit visited the StartUp-Day in Tartu from January 23-25, 2019 as part of a trip organised by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), Tutech Innovationn and the Wirtschaftsförderung und Technologietransfer Schleswig-Holstein (WTSH). The delegation also visited Tallinn to gain a better understanding of e-Estonia and to forge close ties with Estonian companies. A large part of Estonia’s economy thrives on its dynamic young people, proximity to universities and digital know-how.
Small but excellent
Commenting on the trip, Silke Schleiff, Project Manager at EEN, said: “We heard a lot of good things about the StartUp-Day in Tartu in advance and wanted to get a picture of the event ourselves. The StartUp-Day was well organized and well attended by start-ups and investors from Estonia and other European countries. We rounded off the days in Tartu with a 1.5 day programme in Tallinn, where we visited the e-Estonia showroom and the Tehnopol Technology Park and spoke with various companies.”
Keen interest in Hamburg
Veronika Reichboth, Director of the Hamburg Startup Unit, took part in a panel discussion on January 25, 2010 focusing on start-up systems for setting up technology companies. Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada, Voitto Kangas, CEO of Maria 01 and Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General for Economic Development in the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs were also on the panel. Keynotes and a Hamburg stand at StartUp-Day sparked keen interest and led requests for co-operation from the Baltic countries.
German IT companies were keen to understand how e-Estonia works and to co-operate with Estonian IT firms. During the StartUp-Day, German start-ups took part in the NordicPitchMatch and held B2B meetings with investors. Estonian companies also sought contacts with firms and investors in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein as the huge German market is highly attractive.