Since our fourth batch is going to start so soon, Jakob took the trip to Estonia to meet up with several PropTechs and talk to them. Keep reading if you are interested in learning more about our selection process.
In December I visited Estonia for the first time. Why? Apart from being personally curious about the most digitally advanced country and economy in Europe, I was looking to meet some promising PropTech companies for our Accelerator program, restarting in spring.
We at blackprint got a good feeling about how Estonia and Estonian founders work, when Kristi and her colleagues of "Moderan" joined our first batch in January 2017. Since then Alex actually is an e-resident of Estonia, mostly because Kristi forced him to (as she did not want to get paper-based signatures from him in the future), but partly because it is exciting to get to know such a system first hand. Kristi, who has been in the digital startup scene of Estonia for more than 10 years now, is a great example for what makes Estonian entrepreneurs special (but also Baltic entrepreneurs in general) as well as stand out (and successful):
They aim for and think international right from the start. That is why Kristi came to blackprint two years ago, and that’s why her commercial lease management solution is sold nearly as well in Germany as in the Baltics. Although most Estonian startups are and were created in Tallinn (among them Unicorns like Taxify, Skype and Transferwise or prominent software companies such as Pipedrive), during my preliminary research and my visit to Tallinn, I learned that Tartu is home to a substantial amount of young and promising tech companies (you will find two of them below), so it is definitely worthwhile to visit both cities, when you go to Estonia!
I only had one day for meetings in Tallinn, nevertheless I was able to get to know a substantial part of the real estate-related tech scene over there. Following, you will find a quick overview of the places and companies I visited: