September marked the official opening of the new big business and community centre for tech and hardware companies in Tartu, SPARK Tartu. Hundreds of people turned up for the party to celebrate this joyus occasion – see a sneak peek of the opening over here. If you have the chance, we strongly recommend to go and check out the new hub yourselves! Photo: Aadi Tegova


In September, scientific collaboration startup Guaana was picked
for the Dubai Future Accelerator as the only team from the Northern
Europe and together with companies such as Hyperloop One; accountancy
startup raised a €60k seed round; Sorry as a Service, a customer retention solution that’s bringing back the personal touch, raised £120k; Weps, the artificial intelligence chatbot website builder that works on any device, was accepted into the Axel Springer Plug and Play accelerator in Berlin.

As autumn is definitely a high season for tech conference in Europe, we
hope that you too are getting ready to attend some international
conferences this autumn. We at Startup Estonia have made our picks and
will be out at Slush and Web Summit – if you happen to be there, make sure to swing by our booth and stay tuned for more information!

We also have a cool offer for you if you’re feeling like doing something
fun and rewarding for the awesome Estonian entrepreneurial community –
come and join us in organising Startup Week from 14th-20th November. All interested startups and fun, active people, do let us know about your interest over here!

On another note, dear Estonian startup founders, help us help you! Give
us 15 minutes of your time and participate in the freshly launched Startup Genome’s research
for the 2016 Global Startup Ecosystem Report and help us find out how
to better accelerate the growth and success of our startup community –
every reply matters a lot and all contributions are very appreciated!

Have a great October and keep up with being awesome! 🙂

Startup Estonia team

the latest best startup reads

Life in Estonia – Fall 2016

The latest issue of Life in Estonia once
again features many Estonian startups and events with Testlio’s CEO
Kristel Kruustük on the cover, you can also find news from Pipedrive,
Cleveron, Skeleton Technologies, ClimateLaunchpad European Finals,
Funderbeam, Starship Technologies, Startup Day 2016, Timbeter and
Rangeforce inside! Find out more

Why do we need startups?

Sten Tamkivi and Kristjan Lepik from Teleport wrote a really
great educational piece (unfortunately in Estonian) on better
understanding the startup world – how do startups really function, what
is the basis of investments, how not to judge startups too harshly and
why does Estonia need startups at all. An excellent read that really got
the community buzzing this last month! Find out more

Rocket Sales – videos from the international sales and marketing training program

Curious to find out what Rocket Sales, our international marketing
and sales program, workshops are about? Then have a look at the videos
taken from the first training weekend – “Sales Training” – with Dan
Toma! More videos to follow! Find out more

Startups in 13 sentences

13 golden pieces of advice to any startup
founder out there from one of the founders of Y Combinator, Paul
Graham, including nuggets such as “it’s better to make a few people
really happy than to make a lot of people semi-happy”. Find out more

Here’s why the startup community in Tartu is prospering

Contriber put together a great overview
of the startup ecosystem in Tartu, listing the reasons for its fast
growth and development, most successful startups and key players in the
community among other interesting details! Find out more

Money, team, customers: exploring the obstacles faced by European startups

This post is looking at the specific
kinds of challenges that startups meet at the four different phases of
their journey – Discovery, Validation, Efficiency, and Growth, based on
the European Commission-sponsored project that examined the challenges
and failures of European startups. Find out more

Getting press for your startup

A very practical and down to earth piece of advice from a successful
startup founder, Michael Seibel, now the CEO of Y Combinator, on how to
get press for your startup and why you should treat public relations
like business development. Find out more

Check out more exciting startup reads

events not to miss

ClimateLaunchpad European Finals

TehnoHack 2016 hard- and software hackathon

Global Climathon: Tallinn

Check out other exciting upcoming startup events


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