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Estonian startup VitalFields helps farmers to increase productivity

Agricultural efficiency startup VitalFields has successfully raised a €250,000 seed investment from venture investors. The company focuses on increasing the productivity of farmers by offering a field based weather forecast, plan disease forecasting and farm efficiency analysis. VitalFields said that their system is already used by hundreds of farmers in Europe. …

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Europe’s first gaming startup accelerator GameFounders present their first batch of startups

GameFounders, the first startup accelerator in Europe that is purely focused on gaming and gamified apps, was founded this year by Estonians Kadri Ugand, Lauri Antalainen, Sven Illing, and American Paul Bragiel. The accelerator, co-financed by the Startup Estonia program (itself co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund) offers starting …

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Keep it simple, talk to users – how Toggl has attracted 20’000 paid users, and counting

Estonian tech company Toggl is basically an online time tracking tool, which is popular with freelancers, groups, and small companies.  It allows people to track the time they spend on various projects. It’s internet-based and can be up and running from scratch in less than a minute. It has desktop widgets, …

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Garage48 Tartu 2012 produces myriad of potential world beaters (video)

Estonian hackathon Garage48 had a prolific weekend in Tartu, where a number of new innovative start-up firms were set up in a space of two days. Garage48 hackathonis an event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers, project managers collaborate intensively on software …

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New IT hobby groups called Smartlabs for 10-19 year olds announced in Estonia, backed by Microsoft

The creation of new hobby groups for 10-19 year olds involve getting instructed in robotics, programming, mobile app and web design. The idea was generated by Vaata Maailma Foundation which has been working on other IT education initiatives in Estonia since 2001 – such as helping with IT education programs …

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Shape-shifting Fitbots from Estonia help shoppers to try on clothes in virtual fitting rooms (video)

In the late 70´s, the members of innovative German band Kraftwerk decided that, for their concerts, they would send look-alike robots to perform, instead of doing the hard work themselves. Kraftwerk’s robots, although looking cool, were basic and could only move their “arms” up and down, and their “heads” sideways. …

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Every Estonian schoolchild will soon be able to write their own code and produce software

Estonian Tiger Leap Foundation has launched a program called “ProgeTiiger”, through which Estonian students in grades 1 to 12 will be introduced computer programming and creating web and mobile applications. ProgeTiiger program will start with students in the first grade, which starts around the age of 7 for Estonians. The …

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Tallinn University of Technology establishes Prototron Fund with the aim of supporting innovative ideas

Start-up fund Prototron was established on August 14 with the aim of supporting innovative ideas in making the first finished product or prototype. The fund was established by the Tallinn University of Technology, Swedbank and Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol. Swedbank supports the fund with 120,000 euros during the first three …

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#estonianmafia: The insider view

It’s rarely when “mafia” actually refers to something positive. However, “Estonian mafia” (or #estonianmafia for Twitter users) has come to describe the entrepreneurial phenomenon stemming from the small country in the Baltics. The term was allegedly coined by the US venture capitalist Dave McClure at a well-known event for tech …

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