The first gaming accelerator in Europe

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WE OFFER:

  • 80+ gaming gurus, CEOs and developers as mentors,
  • seed capital up to €15k (5k per founder present in Estonia) for a 9% share in your company,
  • game-targeted partnership deals,
  • game incubator with 3-months of free office space in a cool brand-new building in Tallinn
  • access to networks of gaming contacts and
  • access to gaming investment funds, VCs and angels.
  • The next batch will be in Tallinn from March to May 2014.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED

We accelerate startups that:

include result- oriented team of executioners from all countries, who

  • build games,
  • gamified apps,
  • platforms,
  • tools
  • or other game related products.
 
Apply now!

Check our program

Gaming is skyrocketing!

The Game Accelerator program is built on these four cornerstones:

  • competence,
  • partnership deals, 
  • network and
  • funding. 
Gamefounders program

Competence

Our startups have access to the competence of 60+ gaming veterans, CEOs, CFOs and developers. This cool bunch will help you with all the gaming competence you need.

Awesome mentoring sessions, numerous pitching opportunities, insightful seminars, hands-on practical workshops, one-on-one expert consultations are the opportunities you do not want to miss!

Meet the mentors

Partnership deals

Our startups are eligible for various partnership deals from the day they are accepted to the accelerator. The free or discounted deals will be valid also after your graduation.

Some examples are server space, licenses, development tools, office and conference rooms, access to publishers, game testing facilities, legal services, accounting services, banking services, interns, etc. Interested?

Meet the partners

Network

Our startups have access to the networks of our mentors, partners, and team. So let's do some basic math. Take the number of our mentors, multiply it with the average number of their linkedin contacts and you get the network available to our startups.

GameFounders builds its network around our startups to best suit the needs of the current class. So if you need a contact, we will find a way to get it.

Funding

GameFounders has a network of angels and VCs interested in gaming startups. The startups will get several opportunities to practice and present to international VCs, corporate and angel investors as our Demo Days held in Tallinn, Helsinki, London and San Francisco.

Our startups also get a moderate amount of game funding upon acceptance to the accelerator. This amount covers accommodation and other living expenses for the team while living in Estonia.

Meet our mentors.

GameFounders is proud to present 60+ gaming veterans, CEOs, CFOs and developers as mentors!

  • Grand Cru

    Markus Pasula

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Mobile Games, Social Games, Self-Publishing, Tools, Tech

    Finland

    Markus Pasula
  • Creative Mobile OÜ

    Vladimir Funtikov

    co-founder

    mobile game design, business models, promotion and publishing, funding

    Estonia

    Vladimir Funtikov
  • Interactive Entertainment Consultant

    Scott Foe

    Game Producer

    Entrepreneurship,Fund Raising,Creative Monetization

    USA

    Scott Foe
  • Alchemist Accelerator

    Ravi Belani

    Managing Partner

    Venture Capital & Private Equity

    USA

    Ravi Belani
  • Context Digital Media

    Thom Kozik

    CEO

    computer games

    USA

    Thom Kozik
  • Zynga

    Dali Kilani

    CTO External Publishing

    Game infrastructure, Performance, Analytics, Big Data

    USA

    Dali Kilani
  • Visceral Games

    Dmitry Andreev

    Senior Rendering Engineer

    computer games

    USA

    Dmitry Andreev
  • Aalto Venture Garage

    Mika Tammenkoski

    entrepreneur

    wireless

    Finland

    Mika Tammenkoski
  • V7 Entertainment

    Mike Cornford

    Director, Business Development

    Business Development, Strategy, Communication, Client and Partner Relations

    Canada

    Mike Cornford
  • Orb Games

    Andriy Sharanevych

    Developer and Publisher

    Online and Mobile Games

    Ukraine

    Andriy Sharanevych
  • Non-Stop Games

    Juha Paananen

    CEO & Co-Founder

    wireless

    Singapore

    Juha Paananen
  • Quinke Networks

    Achim Quinke

    Managing Director

    computer games

    Germany

    Achim Quinke
  • Hogeschool voor de Kunsten

    Micah Hrehovcsik

    Lead Game Designer & Theorist

    Game Design, Creative Design Strategies

    Netherlands

    Micah Hrehovcsik
  • Burger Games

    Ville Vuorela

    Game Designer

    Game Design, Writing, Concept Pitching

    Finland

    Ville Vuorela
  • publification.com

    Yrjö Ojasaar

    CEO

    monetisation, venture capital, angel funding

    Estonia

    Yrjö Ojasaar
  • Epic Games

    Waylon Brinck

    Art Director

    computer games

    Poland

    Waylon Brinck
  • Nortal

    Siim Puskai

    Visual team manager

    community building, game mechanics, MMO, educational games, UX

    Estonia

    Siim Puskai
  • Festival of Games

    Seth van der Meer

    Chairman of the board

    Building Startups, Pitching, Playtesting, Designing for young target groups (-12 years)

    Netherlands

    Seth van der Meer
  • Grand Cru

    Roope Kangas

    Co-Founder

    computer games

    Finland

    Roope Kangas
  • Business Models Inc

    Patrick Van Der Pijl

    CEO

    Business Modeling, Visualization, Storytelling, Strategy

    Netherlands

    Patrick Van Der Pijl
  • BitMinion

    Moo Yu

    Game Developer

    computer games

    UK

    Moo Yu
  • Big Boat Interactive

    Mike Arkin

    Captain

    startup game production, financial modeling

    USA

    Mike Arkin
  • Candycane Apps

    Michael Bevin

    co-founder

    Puzzle games, Gameplay, iOS, Android, C++

    Estonia

    Michael Bevin
  • Egmont

    Maz Spork

    Head of Project Office and Innovation

    computer games

    Denmark

    Maz Spork
  • Raylight S.r.l.

    Massimiliano Di Monda

    CEO

    computer games

    Italy

    Massimiliano Di Monda
  • Tiny Speck

    Märt Lume

    Creative Production Manager

    game design, technical spec, game balance, online collaboration tools

    Canada

    Märt Lume
  • Creative Mobile OÜ

    Marianna Krjakvina

    CMO

    Marketing, Monetization and Game Design

    Estonia

    Marianna Krjakvina
  • Infinite Dreams

    Marek Wyszynski

    Vice President & Co-Founder

    computer games

    Poland

  • Knowit Estonia OÜ

    Kaspar Loog

    Founder and CEO

    computer software

    Estonia

    Kaspar Loog
  • Guild Software, Inc.

    John Bergman

    Founder and CEO

    computer games

    USA

    John Bergman
  • WNB Project Ltd.

    Ivar Siimar

    Partner

    Venture Capital & Private Equity

    Estonia

    Ivar Siimar
  • Sabarasa Inc.

    Javier Otaegui

    CEO

    computer games

    Argentina

    Javier Otaegui
  • Vivid Games S.A.

    Remigiusz Koscielny

    President, CEO

    publishing, design and UI, production, leadership

    Poland

    Remigiusz Koscielny
  • Fortumo

    Rain Rannu

    Founder

    payment solutions

    Estonia

    Rain Rannu
  • Traindom

    Peep Laja

    Founder

    marketing

    USA

    Peep Laja
  • Realeyes

    Mihkel Jäätma

    Managing Director

    IT

    UK

    Mihkel Jäätma
  • Kwestr

    Frank Yu

    CEO and Co-Founder

    computer games

    China

    Frank Yu
  • Casualing

    Ian McGee

    VP Product & co-founder

    computer games

    USA

    Ian McGee
  • Creative Spark Studios

    Frederik Hermund

    Owner

    Flash Game Development

    Denmark

    Frederik Hermund
  • GameOn GmbH

    Daniel Sczepansky

    CEO

    computer software

    Germany

    Daniel Sczepansky
  • Flirtic.com

    Andres Susi

    CEO

    internet

    Estonia

    Andres Susi
  • MunkyFun

    Cory Bloyd

    Senior Software Engineer

    mobile games, mid-core market, technical issues

    USA

    Cory Bloyd
  • Rate Solutions Ltd

    Andrei Korobeinik

    CEO

    development, usability, customer acquisition

    Estonia

    Andrei Korobeinik
  • Tribe Studios

    Elina Arponen

    Chieftain

    online gaming, customer demographics, teambuilding, fundraising

    Finland

    Elina Arponen
  • Mooncascade

    Priit Salumaa

    Co-founder, Mobile Software Engineer

    mobile software

    Estonia

    Priit Salumaa
  • Playtest Games and Marketing

    Edvin Aedma

    CEO & game design teacher

    indie games

    Estonia

    Edvin Aedma
  • Ringtail Studios

    Anton Iljin

    CEO

    Art outsourcing management, art production for games

    Estonia

    Anton Iljin
  • Nordic Game

    Erik Robertson

    Managing Director

    computer games

    Sweden

    Erik Robertson
  • Ascension Media Group

    Nick Perrett

    partner

    Venture capital for the creative industries

    UK

  • AudioCatch

    Kyn Chaturvedi

    Co-founder

    Game Design, Game Production, Studio Management

    USA

    Kyn Chaturvedi
  • Chat Republic Games

    Andreas von Koskull

    CEO

    Metrics, Distribution, Service orientated games, Mobile

    Finland

    Andreas von Koskull
  • Kreinn

    Frank Laurens Jansen

    partner

    finance

    Netherlands

    Frank Laurens Jansen
  • Games Capital

    Fred Hasson

    chair

    Venture capital

    UK

    Fred Hasson
  • Corona Labs

    David Rangel

    COO

    mobile software

    USA

    David Rangel
  • Highwinds Game Delivery Network

    Jay Moore

    Vice President

    marketing

    USA

    Jay Moore
  • PlayerDuel

    Yaniv Presler

    CEO

    gaming software

    USA

    Yaniv Presler
  • W3i

    Ben Sipe

    Mobile Games Producer

    User Acquisition & Monetization

    USA

    Ben Sipe
  • Grand Cru

    Thorbjörn Warin

    Marketing & Business Development Director

    marketing

    Finland

    Thorbjörn Warin
  • Perimeter Partners

    Jason Della Rocca

    Senior Consultant

    computer games

    Canada

    Jason Della Rocca
  • Blitz Games Studios

    Neil Holmes

    Developer Relations Manager

    game development

    UK

    Neil Holmes
  • PlayerDuel

    Nir Markus

    CTO

    tools to game developers

    USA

    Nir Markus
  • Bounding Box

    Marcus Landén

    founder

    pitching, computer games, entrepreneurship

    Sweden

    Marcus Landén
  • Prodeo Consulting

    Luc Bourcier

    Partner

    Videogames & Media Publishing & Distribution

    France

    Luc Bourcier
  • Applifier

    Jussi Laakkonen

    CEO, founder

    computer games

    Finland

    Jussi Laakkonen
  • 6waves/ Lolapps

    Brian Rue

    Former Co-founder/CTO

    metrics, scalability, virality, FB APIs

    USA

    Brian Rue
  • Kanttarelli

    Jani Karlsson

    co-founder

    Mobile Solutions

    Finland

    Jani Karlsson
  • Boomzap Entertainment

    Allan Simonsen

    co-founder

    virtual studio management

    Singapore

    Allan Simonsen
  • Unity Technologies

    Oleg Pridiuk

    Technology Evangelist

    Unity

    Lithuania

    Oleg Pridiuk
  • Research In Motion (RIM)

    Anders Jeppsson

    Global Head of Gaming Category

    gaming

    Sweden

    Anders Jeppsson
  • Facebook

    Andreas van de Castel

    Manager Gaming Partnerships Northern Europe & CEE

    Social, Mobile Games, Marketing

    Germany

    Andreas van de Castel
  • Bizup

    Matteo Monari

    co-founder

    SEO, online marketing

    Italy

    Matteo Monari
  • SmartCap

    Stanislav Ivanov

    Investment manager

    Venture Capital & Private Equity

    Estonia

    Stanislav Ivanov
  • Visionplus Management

    Jari Tuovinen

    Partner, co-founder

    Capital markets

    Finland

    Jari Tuovinen
  • iVentureCapital

    Wolfgang Stindl

    International Business Development Director

    Information Technology and Services

    Austria

    Wolfgang Stindl
  • Startup Wise Guys

    Mike Reiner

    Startup Catalyzer & Chief Wise Guy

    Information Technology and Services

    Estonia

    Mike Reiner
  • Microsoft

    Elise Sass

    CEE Startup Lead

    Internet

    Estonia

    Elise Sass
  • Mobi Solutions

    Linnar Viik

    Co-owner, strategy, investments

    Telecommunications

    Estonia

    Linnar Viik
  • Tatem Games

    Igor Karev

    CEO

    Computer Games

    Ukraine

    Igor Karev
  • PlayHaven

    Ville Heijari

    General Manager of Europe

    Information Technology and Services

    Finland

    Ville Heijari
  • Microtask

    Ville Miettinen

    Founder and CEO, Serial Entrepreneur

    Computer Software

    Finland

    Ville Miettinen
  • Softlayer

    Paul Ford

    Vice President

    Information Technology and Services

    USA

    Paul Ford
  • HeroCraft

    Alexey Sazonov

    Mobile Games Licensing and Marketing

    Computer Games

    Russian Federation

    Alexey Sazonov
  • Softlayer

    Anna Bofill Bert

    Community Manager

    Marketing and Advertising

    USA

    Anna Bofill Bert
  • Gramble World

    Adam JT Palmer

    Founder & CEO

    Internet

    Netherlands

    Adam JT Palmer
  • Playtech

    Shay Segev

    COO

    Gambling & Casinos

    UK

    Shay Segev
  • Algatus Finance

    Juan Sáenz-Diez

    Member of the Board

    Venture Capital & Private Equity

    Spain

    Juan Sáenz-Diez
  • Rovio Entertainment Ltd

    Juho Pääkkönen

    Loyalty, Engagement, Service Excellence and Quality Releases

    Entertainment

    Finland

    Juho Pääkkönen
  • FirstLight Vim

    Miikka Kukkosuo

    Founder

    Computer Software

    Finland

    Miikka Kukkosuo
  • Wunderkraut

    Taneli Tikka

    Managing director

    Information Technology and Services

    Finland

    Taneli Tikka
  • Oulu University of Applied Sciences

    Jussi Autio

    teacher, multitasker in game industry

    Computer Games

    Finland

    Jussi Autio
  • Universal Music Group International

    Jeroen Bouwman

    Manager Content Partnerships

    Entertainment

    Netherlands

    Jeroen Bouwman
  • Evolve PR

    Tom Ohle

    PR Vigilante

    Computer Games

    Canada

    Tom Ohle
  • Paradox Interactive

    Tobias Sjögren

    EVP Business Development

    Computer Games

    Sweden

    Tobias Sjögren
  • Scoreloop

    Sonja Ängeslevä

    Senior Product Manager

    Computer Games

    Germany

    Sonja Ängeslevä
  • GameOn

    Oliver Kern

    Advisory Board Member

    marketing and advertising

    Netherlands

    Oliver Kern
  • iDreamsky Technology

    Gordon Bellamy

    Senior Advisor

    Computer Games

    USA

    Gordon Bellamy
  • Big Fish Games

    Jeffry Liptak

    Director Developer Relations

    Computer Games

    USA

    Jeffry Liptak
  • Hidden Path Entertainment

    Mark Terrano

    Chief Creative Officer and Founder

    Computer Games

    USA

    Mark Terrano
  • MumboJumbo

    John Newcomer

    Director of Game Design

    Computer Games

    USA

    John Newcomer
  • Richie

    Harri Manninen

    Chairman of the Board

    Digital Marketing

    Finland

    Harri Manninen
  • Critical Force Entertainment

    Vlad Micu

    Head of Studio

    Computer Games

    Netherlands

    Vlad Micu
  • Newzoo

    Peter Warman

    Co-founder & CEO

    Computer Games

    Netherlands

    Peter Warman
  • Buff Games

    Alastair Burns

    Founder and Head Bison

    Computer Games

    Netherlands

    Alastair Burns
  • Mickim Games

    Angelo Bod

    Co-founder / Creative Director

    Computer Games

    UK

    Angelo Bod
  • Metropolia

    Juha Huhtakallio

    Game Development Coordinator

    Computer Games

    Finland

    Juha Huhtakallio
  • EVIL27 Games

    Kevin Corti

    CEO

    Digital games, media product manager, entrepreneur

    UK

    Kevin Corti
  • BlackBerry

    Don Turner

    Developer Evangelist

    Computer Software

    UK

    Don Turner
  • DigiPen Institute of Technology

    Ellen Beeman

    Senior Lecturer

    Computer Software

    USA

    Ellen Beeman
  • Side-Kick Games

    Guy Bendov

    co-founder and CEO

    Computer Games

    Israel

    Guy Bendov
  • Playground Publishing

    Wilhelm Taht

    Chief Operating Officer

    Entertainment

    France

    Wilhelm Taht
  • Tribeflame

    Torulf Jernström

    CEO

    Computer Games

    Finland

    Torulf Jernström
  • Two Tribes

    Collin van Ginkel

    co-founder

    Computer Games

    Netherlands

    Collin van Ginkel
  • Wooga

    Eric Seufert

    Head of Marketing

    Computer Games

    Germany

    Eric Seufert
  • Consort Partners

    Paul Brady

    Public Relations Strategist

    Public Relations and Communications

    USA

    Paul Brady
  • Applifier

    Oscar Clark

    Evangelist

    Online media

    UK

    Oscar Clark

Admire our partners

GameFounders is supported by partners, who also believe in the gaming industry

Our partners offer their services to startups for free or at a considerable discount:

  • Microsoft gives the startups access to software development tools and BizSpark program

  • Startup Estonia program welcomes all gaming startups to Estonia

  • Google is committed to helping build vibrant startup ecosystems and to supporting future entrepreneurs. This beta program provides Google products to developers to help startups launch and scale their big ideas more quickly

  • Nokia is our hardware partner providing the startups kickass phones

  • Unity provides GameFounders startups access to the newest software

  • Highwinds Game Delivery Network powers GameFounders' startups' digital game downloads

  • BDA Consulting designs business models for startups

  • Advisio helps realise funding opportunities

  • Tehnopol science park provides us office space and development support

  • British Council supports the startups with UK mentors and network

  • Festival of Games helps our startups Pitch & Match.

  • W3i provides GameFounders startups with monetization and user acquisition solutions

  • Softlayer provides GameFounders' teams with hosting, mentoring and marketing

  • Corona Labs provides our startups with Corona SDK Pro licenses

  • Tallink is GameFounders' travel partner

  • Nordic Game provides the startups access to the nordic gaming scene

  • Sorianen is our legal partner helping us with all contracting issues

  • Audiocatch provides GameFounders' startups discounted audio production services for music, sound effects, and voice over

  • Fortumo helps our startups with assistance in setting up in-game payments

  • PlayerDuel provides GameFounders teams the possibility to make their games playable with friends

  • Transfluent provides fast translation into 60 languages!

  • Talent Garden provides GameFounders' startups a reduced rental price

  • Trinidad is GameFounders' playtest and UX design partner

  • Tallinn Enterprise Board provides the teams with free local public transport

  • 3dFlow helps with a powerful tool that can convert images into accurate 3D models.

  • Pocketgamer.biz is our media partner, covering GameFounders´news

  • iQU helps GameFounders' studios with effective player acquisition

  • Tallinn University provides us office space and development support

  • Fondia guides the game startups through gaming related contracts

Meet our team

These are the people helping our startups every day.

 
  • Kadri Ugand

    Kadri Ugand

    skype: kadrix

    tel: +3725255504

    kadri@gamefounders.com

    Co-founder. Kadri manages the everyday life of the game accelerator, expands the mentor network, partnership deals and connects the startups to suitable mentors.

  • Andrew Walker

    Andrew Walker

    skype: andrewdmwalker

    andrew@gamefounders.com

    Partner. Andrew supports the business development of the startups, advises on strategic as well as operational issues.

  • Paul Bragiel

    Paul Bragiel

    paul@gamefounders.com



    Co- founder. Paul is our team member in the US connecting GameFounders to the key players.

  • Kati Vuks

    Kati Vuks

    skype: kati.vuks

    tel: +37255594643

    kati@gamefounders.com

    Co-ordinator. Kati takes care of everything.

  • Lauri Antalainen

    Lauri Antalainen

    skype: antalainen

    tel: +3725026333

    lauri@gamefounders.com

    Co- founder. Lauri is expanding the gaming and investor network around GameFounders.

  • Sven Illing

    Sven Illing

    skype: contactsven

    tel: +3725251686

    sven@gamefounders.com

    Co-founder. Sven is expanding the gaming and investor network around GameFounders.

  • Andrei Korobeinik

    Andrei Korobeinik

    andrei@gamefounders.com

     

     


    Lead Angel. Andrei is leading the angel investor group behind GameFounders.

Portfolio of Projects

Batch 4 (Spring 2014)

BitCake Studio

Brazilian studio building a fast paced PC online shooter game which can be described as Team Fortress in 2D.

BitCake Studio
BitCake Studio

Jump or Fall

A Georgian team specializing in skill based arcade games. Latest game is Coffin Rush, a genre breaking endless runner.

Jump or Fall
Jump or Fall

MissinGames

Ukrainian team with portfolio of kids educational puzzle games, now developing a genre breaking action adventure game.

MissinGames
MissinGames

OneEyeAnt

Argentinian studio with a fantastic tower defense game and an addictive Facebook friend shooter game.

OneEyeAnt
OneEyeAnt

Black Rhino

Team from China with the first social cooking rhythm game based on the world’s favorite recipes

Black Rhino
Black Rhino

Interactive Fate

Estonian studio with rogue-like space exploration sim for PC and Tablets in development

Interactive Fate
Interactive Fate

Smart Adventure

Ukrainian company creating an educational game platform for kids

Smart Adventure
Smart Adventure

Answers to faq:

  • I have an idea for a game and an awesome powerpoint. Can I get in?

    No. We are looking for teams who have already launched, i.e have a beta or first release. But hey, you still have a little time to make it before the applications deadline. And besides, we prefer Keynote.

  • We have launched a game and it has thousands of downloads per day but we have not earned a dime yet. Can we apply?

    YES. You are exactly the kind of team we are looking for and can help to monetize your game.

  • Do you prefer some kind of games, like mobile, social, web, tv, etc.?

    We consider all games and game-related services. This being said, it is more likely at the moment for mobile games to get investments.

  • We are a bunch of friends building a game. Do we have to have a company when we apply?

    No, but you must be willing to create a company and make it a business, not a hobby. We will assist you in setting up a company.

  • Who decides which companies get in?

     

    The startups are chosen by an international panel of experts, including our mentors, investors and the management team.

  • Our game is not that easy to explain on an application form. Do you decide only based on the application?

    Our selection process includes a number of levels, including application, Skype interview, personal interview and evaluation panel.

  • Do I have to move to Estonia for the duration of the program and stay there with my business afterwards?

    Yes, you have to move your team to Estonia for the program, this is the way we can best accelerate your development. After the program we can help you decide the best way forward. Investors and clients make their own demands on the best location for your company.

  • How many companies do you take in?

     

    We accept up to 10 per round.

  • When does the program run?

    Our third batch runs from September to November 2013.

  • How much investment do we get?

     

    You get €5k per founder, up to a maximum of €15k. This money is more than enough to get your team through the 3 months in Estonia and the program. However, the money is probably not enough to also finance your subcontracting and business development costs, thus should definitely not be your primary reason to apply. The most important investment comes in a form of mentors, knowledge and contacts to publishers and investors.

  • How much equity do you take?

     

    We take 9% of equity.

  • What happens when we arrive?

     

    We will provide you with a "starter pack" that will help you to get settled. The starter pack includes a few goodies plus information about Tallinn and Estonia, transportation, accommodation, best places for eating, working out, leisure and everything else you need to know to feel yourself comfortable in a new environment.

  • How can we establish a company in Estonia?

     

    It is very easy to establish a limited company in Estonia; it only takes a couple of clicks.:) Don't worry, we will help you to get this settled in the very first days of your stay here.

  • How can we find accommodation in Tallinn?

     

    If you need some help with accommodation, let us know in advance. We can recommend you some options and help you when needed.

  • Is it safe in Estonia? Should I bring my own food?

     

    Duuh…you from the US?!  :)

We write the blog

June 11. 2012

Tallinn!

 

GameFounders' headquarters are situated in a vibrant and modern capital of Estonia, Tallinn. So what have Tallinn and Estonia to offer for our aspiring startups or anybody else thinking about starting a business or just visiting?
 
For a start, Estonia is probably the easiest place to start a business. You count the time time you need to establish a limited company in minutes, the time you need to open a bank account in hours and the time you need to get all the other paperwork (VAT numbers and such) in days. And when you have spent those few days to get the business up and running, there is an abundance of funds, both local and EU, available for you to boost your business. 
 
Once running, you are dragged into networking in no time. Garage48 events, Open Coffee, Estonian Startup Leaders Club, Estonian Development Fund, Science Park Tehnopol, Technopolis, Startup Estonia and other initiatives make sure that there are networking events almost every week. These events are the place where you meet the local startups, their mentors and investors and other community members, including the founding engineers of Skype turned VC-s. It is no wonder Estonia is known as the startup capital of Europe.
 
If the Founder can spare a couple of hours of her 24/7 working schedule, then Tallinn boasts numerous ways to make that time memorable. Being a capital of a dynamic, fastest growing European economy, Tallinn has a reason why there are groups of British bachelors coming here with each Ryanair and Easyjet flights. By the time our programme starts at the end of summer, the bachelors are gone, but the reason is still there.:) And it is waiting for the busy startupper in any of the numerous bars and clubs of Tallinn.
 
For somebody with tastebuds for culture, the most obvious places to visit would be the medieval town, Estonian Art Museum, the Sea Plane Harbor, Sea Fortress Prison constructed by Czar Peter and now opened to all visitors (you'd get out of there too, I promise). In a city where virtually everybody speaks English (and Russian) it is easy for a young startupper to find her way around. Provided she does have a little time for leisure, that is.
 

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