Ever wonder if Estonia’s digital transformation is everything it’s cracked up to be? Wonder no more. We’re about to show you.

 

 

You’ve probably heard of the e-revolution of Estonia, the most advanced digital society in the world. You’ve also heard that we know a thing or two about entrepreneurship, as a startup and unicorn powerhouse.

You could just take our word for it… Or you could come and experience it.

Over a four-day press trip to Estonia, you’ll see it all:

> Witness the future of smart cities

> Meet Bürokratt*, the AI-driven public service assistant creating seamless interactions between people and state.

> Dive into the trailblazing e-Residency programme that’s been making waves and inspiring change across the globe.

You’ll also find out how Estonia became Europe’s leading unicorn factory, with ten unicorns and over 1,300 startups, attracting hundreds of millions in foreign investments. Retrace the steps that led to world-changing solutions like (absolutely adorable) autonomous delivery robots on the streets (Starship Technologies), international money transfers with no extra charges (Wise), and super-powerful energy storage solutions that sound like something out of a sci-fi classic (Skeleton Technologies).

You’ll meet innovation leaders, test smart solutions, and experience the flavours of Estonia in Michelin star restaurants.

All this to show you that Estonia’s innovative and creative mindset, rapidly growing economy, and booming startup culture—it’s not hype. It’s just how we roll.

Ready to roll with us and see for yourself?

*The name, by the way, is a pun in Estonian. Someone will explain it to you when you get here. The whole trip will be worth it just for that.

agenda

Day 1

Arrival in Tallinn

You’ll be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel.

Check-in at Hektor Container Hotel

Located in the hip Telliskivi area you will be staying at a hotel that truly vibes with the local community.

19:00-22:00
Welcome dinner

Dinner with Liina Maria Lepik (Member of Board at Estonian Innovation Agency), Ave Lauringson (e-Estonia), Eve Peeterson (Startup Estonia) and Joonas Vänto (Estonian Investment Agency).

Day 2

7:00-8:30
Breakfast at Hektor Container Hotel
8:40-9:00
Walk to Vabamu

A short (and super picturesque) walk through our UNESCO protected medieval old town will take you to the first experience of the day.

9:00-10:00
Exhibition on how Estonia has changed in 31 years since restoring the country's independence in 1991

Together with the exhibition’s curator Henrik Roonemaa you’ll be taken back in time to the birth of our digital nation as well as get a glimpse of what the future holds.

10:00-10:15
Coffee break
10:15-11:25
How Estonia is building its cutting edge AI lead e-government through Bürokratt

With Ott Velsberg (CDO of Estonia), Mihkel Solvak, PhD (Manager at Center of IT Impact Studies) and Kristjan Jansons (CEO of MindTitan).

11:30-12:45
Introducing e-Residency
13:00-14:15
Lunch break at Fotografiska Cafe
14:40-15.25
How investing in Estonia has helped to change the world?

Joonas Vänto, Director of Estonian Investment Agency:

Estonia – Northern Europe’s hub for innovation and digital business

 

Jukka Patrikainen, Managing Director of ABB Baltics:

What makes Estonia so special that Fortune 500 industries such as ABB, are interested to build their businesses here and invest in Estonia?

15:30-16:45
Work in Estonia ‒ attracting talent from around the world

Work in Estonia is a government funded initiative to attract global tech talent to work and live in Estonia. From talent attraction to relocation to settling in.

16:45-17:00
Estonian Startup Visa - building bridges for our startup community

The Estonian Startup Visa helps non-EU founders grow their startup in Estonia, one of the world’s best places to start and run a company. It also eases the process for Estonian startups to hire non-EU talent. More than 4000 people have used the Estonian Startup Visa in the past 5 years.

17:15-17:45
Learning about how creativity is accelerated at Vivita

Education the Estonian Way – VIVITA is an international creativity accelerator network for kids and youths where there are no teachers and no formal curriculum.

19:30-22:00
Dinnerat at NOA - a MICHELIN Bib Gourmand Restaurant

Estonia has become the first of the Baltic countries to be included in the Michelin Guide. Restaurant NOA has been recognized for top-quality ingredients and dishes with distinct flavours that will be carefully prepared for you.

Day 3

7:00-8:30
Breakfast at Hektor Container Hotel
9:00-10:00
Meeting with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas

In Stenbock House, the official seat of the Government of Estonia

10:30-11:30
Exploring the future of cybersecurity experts

You’ll meet both CTF Tech who shapes the next generation of cyber talents and the NATO-awarded Estonian cybersecurity company Cybexer.

11:30-12:30
Break at the hotel/check-out
12:45-13:45
Lunch break
14:11-16:10
Train ride to Tartu, the European Culture Capital of 2024

You’ll get to enjoy the view of the scenery as the comfy train takes you through the fields and forests. Did you know that around half of Estonia’s territory is covered in forest?

16:30-17:00
Check-in at Hotel Lydia
17:00-22:00
Evening & dinner hosted by Tartu 2024

As Tartu is preparing to be the European Culture Capital in 2024 you will get to hear straight from the source what the city has to offer as a true centre of culture, education and community. Tartu 2024 Team will introduce you to the arts of survival – about knowledge, skills, and values that will help us lead a good life in the future.

Day 4

7:00-8:30
Breakfast at Hotel Lydia
9:00-10:00
Estonian Genome Centre

Introducing Estonia’s ambitious personalized medicine programme.

10:05-10:20
Testing a smart pedestrian crosswalk by Bercman Technologies
10:40-10:50
Coffee break
10:50-12:50
Smart City of Tartu

The Smart City of Tartu introduces the visible and invisible tech solutions allowing to turn Tartu smart, serving innovation for sustainable development. You’ll meet Bercman Technologies, Fyma, Skycorp, Positium, Modern Mobility and AuveTech.

12:50-13:15
Testing a self-driving bus by Auve Tech

Auve Tech is an outstanding and innovative Estonian startup designing and manufacturing autonomous vehicles for the first, last and only mile transport. Now you have a chance to find out what’s like to ride a bus without a human driver.

13:15-14:15
Lunch break at Kolm Tilli
14:30-15:00
The invisible IT behind Estonian smart city solutions

You will meet Jaak Vilo who heads the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, the university’s largest institute, and arguably its most intermeshed with the private sector. By Vilo’s account, it is also its most international institute as roughly half of the institute’s researchers are not Estonians. The institute collaborates with the local IT industry as well as international organizations.

15:00-15:30
How UniVentures makes intellectual property profitable for both businesses and universities?
15:30-16:00
Sten Tamkivi: How Estonia's e-Residency helps to build startups and attract investments?

With a growing workforce of digital nomads, freelancers and entrepreneurs, e-Residency provides a base to set up a company, manage it remotely and access a wide range of Estonian public and private e-Services.

Hotel or airport dropoff

Tearful goodbyes. You will be taken back to Tallinn airport for your flight.

The people you’ll meet

Contact

Stina Vürmer

Project Manager

[email protected]

+37256480111

4 days full of top-notch stories hosted by:

Invest Estonia 

Trade with Estonia

e-Residency

e-Estonia

Startup Estonia

Work in Estonia

Visit Estonia