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Estonia’s Friends International Meeting: That’s what friends are for

The Estonia’s Friends International Meeting is a joint initiative launched by Enterprise Estonia, Estonian businessman and entrepreneur Mr Margus Reinsalu and President of Estonia Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves to thank and recognise business, political and cultural figures whose actions and advice have helped Estonia to become a truly European country with a dynamic economy and …

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9 practical tips on how to get into a top startup accelerator

Each year thousands of startups try to get into top accelerators. The best ones – Techstars, Y Combinator, Angelpad and 500 Startups – usually get around 2000 applicants for 10 – 60 seats, which makes the odds of getting in worse than getting into Yale, Stanford, Harvard, and other top …

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Tallinn among the Top 21 intelligent communities in the world

The international think tank Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) included Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, on its list of the 21 most intelligent communities in the world. Making it onto the Smart21 list is the first step in the competition of over 400 communities worldwide vying for the title of the …

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ECB’s Ardo Hansson: Europe Needs Patience Amid Positive Signs

Ardo Hansson, Estonia’s member of the European Central Bank’s governing council, said on Saturday that Europe’s situation appears to be taking a more positive turn in recent months, but he advocated for a patient approach when it comes to implementing restructuring measures and creating new institutions. “There have been more …

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A trend in tradition: fashion designer Liina Viira modernises the traditional folk costumes

Estonian designer Liina Viira is changing the way we see the traditional folk costumes. Since regaining independence in 1991 Estonia has conceived a reputation of notable achievements. As the inventors of Skype, producers of Olympic medalists, and hosts of renowned song festivals, the people of this nation have a lot …

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Startup Wise Guys Accelerator opens with a new 1 Million € deal for alumni

Tallinn based tech accelerator Startup Wise Guys announced that they have struck a deal with a venture investor SmartCap. SmartCap is an Estonian based venture capital fund management company and they have commited to invest 1 MEUR into Startup Wise Guys alumni companies with local presence. Startup Wise Guys is …

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Estonia proves that it’s possible to cut spending and continue to grow

The on-going Eurozone crisis proves all those who highlighted the design flaws of the single currency were right. They said it would be impossible to maintain common competitiveness between disparate economies like Germany and Greece without fiscal transfers. The result would be significant and damaging imbalances. This was not inevitable, …

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Intellectual property world is our oyster: meet Taavi Raidma, co-founder and CEO of the UK based CrowdIPR

When Taavi Raidma (27) was 10 years old, he was dreaming to set up his own bank, together with his brother. Perhaps it was just a bit too early to start his own business – after he had persuaded his grandparents to become their first clients, his parents put a stop for further expansion plans. …

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Lady who created “loungerie” and helps Saudi Arabian women to find their sensuality – meet lingerie designer Kriss Soonik

It’s a nice spring day when I meet Kriss at a stylish café in one of those architecturally inspiring Georgian townhouses in London. She arrives by bicycle, and you could excuse yourself by mistakenly thinking of her as just another beautiful girl dreaming her day away in a bohemian district of …

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