Estonian startups

Velodroom is trying to vie cyclists around the world with a smart bicycle light (video)

Tartu-based start-up Velodroom is trying to vie bicyclists around the world with a new smart light, which switches on by itself when you go for a ride, adjusts to ambient light level and flashes a bright stop-light while braking. The light turns on with bike movement and switches off one minute after the bike has …

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What can others learn from Estonian entrepreneurs – lessons from Europe’s startup capital

Despite having a population of just 1,300,000 – just a sixth the size of London’s – the tiny Nordic country of Estonia has more business start-ups per head than any other country in Europe. So what can other aspiring European entrepreneurs learn from their successful counterparts to the North? It’s …

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Fortumo partners with Telefónica and Telenor, increasing payment reach by 460 million users

Estonian mobile payments provider Fortumo has signed Global Framework Agreements with leading operator groups Telefónica and Telenor to bring direct carrier billing services to 460 million additional subscribers worldwide. Using the BlueVia Payments API to charge purchases to their mobile operator bill, users in more than 30 countries will now be able to …

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Former Head of Skype presents: The future that should be here now (video)

I recently shared some thoughts on how surprisingly hard it has been to adjust to the fact how mundane and bureaucratic everyday activities still can be in otherwise tech-advanced Silicon Valley, compared with back home in Estonia. This video is from Stanford GSB YouTube channel. This video and article was first published by …

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Accelerating startups – an interview with Start Up Wise Guys

Start Up Wise Guys is a Tallinn-based accelerator program for technology start-ups.   How did the idea of starting a business accelerator come about?  We wanted to provide the huge pool of technical talent in Eastern Europe with an accelerator that understands the culture and the market, and also provides teams with …

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Brain Hunt 2013 winners highlight bright minds and strong potential

The winner of Estonian largest business ideas contest Ajujaht 2013 (Brain Hunt) is Kids OS, which designed a smart App to position and monitor kids at all times. Ajujaht is Estonia’s leading entrepreneurial competition, with over 250 business ideas competing for cash prizes and a chance of being crowned as the best business idea …

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Insight into the London start-up scene (infograph)

This article is brought to you in collaboration with London-based Estonian money transfer start-up TransferWise. I At TransferWise, we’re seeing more and more cover letters from potential superstars that are desperate to make the move to London from continental Europe, the States, or further afield. “Enough of this Swiss bank”, they …

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Estonia’s best e-service award winners

The latest winner of the „Estonia’s Best E-service“ contest is TransferWise, a provider of international payments and currency exchange services. The winner was announced at the information society conference. According to Katri Ristal, chairwoman of the jury of “Estonia’s Best E-Service” contest, TransferWise won both in the category of e-commerce …

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