Estonishing Evenings: Is Estonia really the land of opportunities for entrepreneurs?

The Estonishing Evenings series returns to Tallinn, taking a closer look behind the hype of headlines and statistics with regard to business environment in Estonia.

Organised in partnership with Estonian World, the Estonishing Evenings series is an English-speaking evening hosting different speakers expressing their viewpoints and experiences on hot topics and matters concerning both the locals and non-natives living in Estonia. In November, the event will aim to find out whether Estonia is as good place for entrepreneurs as it claims to be.

In recent years, Estonia has earned a reputation as a startup hotspot – a “Silicon Valley of the Baltics”. According to the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) report, “Europe’s Hidden Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurial Employee Activity and Competitiveness in Europe”, Estonia was reported to be the most entrepreneurial country in Europe. The report included analysis of “intrapreneurs” who form and implement new ideas within organisations.

On 20 November, Estonishing Evenings will take a closer look behind the hype of headlines and statistics. Are people in Estonia as entrepreneurial as claimed to be? How is it really to be an entrepreneur in Estonia? Is it more complicated to run a business as a non-native?

Two Tallinn-based entrepreneurs will share their personal experience. Daigo Takagi moved to Estonia ten years ago from Japan. Today he is successfully managing the chain of Tokumaru restaurants and the Momo food store in the Estonian capital.

Kristel Kruustük moved back to Estonia after many years in the UK. She is the co-founder of Testlio – a startup that is already a world-known software tester. Recently, Kruustük was nominated the Estonian “Young Entrepreneur of the Year of 2017”.

The event will again take place at the Erinevate Tubade Klubi (the Club of Different Rooms) at the Telliskivi Creative City in Tallinn.

The evening will be moderated by Silver Tambur, the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Estonian World.


Is Estonia really the land of opportunities for entrepreneurs? will take place at 19:00 on 20 November.

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