EIT Digital and Startup Estonia signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to help the Estonian innovation ecosystem develop further during Estonia’s EU presidency and also play an increasingly important role in the international digital landscape.

"Estonia is a cradle of European innovative entrepreneurship. We are happy to sign this collaborative agreement with Startup Estonia, which will benefit both of us by connecting our respective ecosystems," said Willem Jonker, EIT Digital CEO.

"We are happy to announce the partnership with EIT Digital, certain as we are that this collaboration will strengthen the Estonian startup ecosystem, encouraging greater openness towards the European landscape," added Lehar Kütt, Kredex CEO.

Startup Estonia, a governmental initiative aimed at supercharging the Estonian startup ecosystem, and EIT Digital, the leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation driving Europe’s digital transformation,  signed on May 25th a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) to join forces to support the development of the Estonian innovation ecosystem.

Driving the digital transformation across Europe and beyond

Startup Estonia will bring to the table the skills and the expertise developed in several years of activity in this Baltic nation. EIT Digital meanwhile catalyses digital innovation and entrepreneurship through a number of initiatives aimed at driving the digital transformation across Europe and beyond. 

The goal: helping the Estonian innovation ecosystem grow and also play an increasingly important role in the international landscape by fostering Estonian startups  access to European markets and by making Estonia a more attractive destination for tech companies, investors and talents coming from abroad.

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The signing, in the context of the innovation and startup conference Latitude59, was done in Tallinn by Willem Jonker, CEO EIT Digital, and Lehar Kütt, CEO Kredex Fund, home of Startup Estonia in the presence of Mari Vavulski, Head of Startup Estonia and Siim Sikkut, Government CIO of Estonia. 

EIT Digital will join the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Startup Estonia, the European Commission and Dell to co-host the Startup Nations Summit in November 2017, which will be held in the framework of Estonia’s EU presidency.

Estonia is part of ARISE Europe, EIT Digital's implementation of the  EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). ARISE Europe is designed to stimulate regional growth in EU countries where EIT Digital is not physically present with a node. Its objective is to connect local and regional innovation centres and their ecosystems to EIT Digital's innovation and education ecosystem.