sTARTUpDay 2019: “From Zero to Hero”

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23-25 January 2019 in Tartu

sTARTUp Day is the biggest business festival in the Baltic region. Estonia’s most innovative festival brings together 100 world-class speakers and 4000 attendees. The festival will continue with the slogan “From Zero to Hero”, the goal of which is to inspire early stage startups on their “From Zero to Hero” journey.

Estonia is a country of innovation – e-Residency, unicorns like Taxify and TransferWise, the home of Skype – these are just a few projects that have put Estonia on the world map. Estonia and especially Tartu are considered to be a mini version of Silicon Valley. ‘Tartu is a good place for business. It’s a great environment for starting and already operating companies because it’s much quieter than what’s happening inside the entrepreneur’s head,’

Martin Vares, CEO of the on-demand manufacturing platform tells us.

Tinder’s former Head of European communications and brand consultant Hermione Way also has good thoughts about Estonia: ‘It’s very impressive that a small country has had such a big influence in the technology industry.’

The key to this kind of success is community-based cooperation – the business festival sTARTUp Day is organised in cooperation with the whole City of Tartu, including the University of Tartu, local companies and the startup community. The festival brings together startups, traditional entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, and students.

sTARTUp Day is the springboard of heroes and unicorns. The festival’s slogan “From Zero to Hero” refers to the goal to especially inspire early stage startups with a diverse program of keynotes and discussions, practical hands-on seminars with professionals, pitching competitions, and a large demo area for companies to showcase their products and innovations.

Topics vary from Startup and Corporate collaboration, Smart City, and Growth Hacking to Space technologies, Biotechnology, and Fashion. It’s a very unique combination because the program is born in collaboration with very different organisations.

The program includes over 100 world-class speakers, among them:

Hermione Way, brand consultant and Tinder’s former Head of European communications

David Helgason, the founder & partner of Unity Technologies, which is the world’s most widely used real-time 3D development platform. Together with the Finnish mobile game developer (best known for Angry Birds)

Peter Vesterbacka, they will have a fireside chat about angel investing.

And, of course, founders of Estonia’s top startups such as Kristel Kruustük (Testlio), Kaarel Kotkas (Veriff), Oliver Leisalu (Taxify), Alari Aho (Toggl) and many more.

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You will find us on a ground floor of Valukoja 8, central entrance behind the statue of Mr Ernst Julius Öpik. Photo of the central entrance.

Valukoja 8
11415 Tallinn, Estonia