Imagine being an entrepreneur. You create something: a product, a service or a concept that is really easy to use. It’s inexpensive and everybody would like to have one.
Congratulations! You have come up with a great
ÄRIIDEE (äri+idee) = business idea
Did you know that you could use Estonian digital public services without ever having been to Estonia? Since November 2014 Estonia has offered access to all its e-services for anyone who signs up for the Estonian e-Residency programme.
E-Residency project was first presented at the Estonian Development Fund’s idea contest, titled as ‘10 million e-Estonians by 2025’. This ambitious idea quickly gained support from the Estonian entrepreneurs as well as the government. For a while, it was dubbed by Silicon Valley influencers as “the world’s first governmental start-up”. Today it has evolved into a global programme that empowers entrepreneurs around the world to establish and manage a location-independent business entirely online.
In 5 years, Estonia’s e-resident population has grown to more than 68,000 people who have established nearly 13,000 new Estonian companies. Last year one in six new Estonian companies were founded by e-residents abroad. Estonian companies run by e-residents have now surpassed €1 billion in revenues.
Today, please meet the new digital nation who, as you can see from the ‘I am Estonian e-resident’ video, have become fluent in Estonian.
Watch the video
#time4estonia is Mon – Fri 4pm Estonian Embassy in London Facebook series where you can discover Estonian artists, writers, musicians, architecture, cities, museums, galleries, nature etc. We will give you a hint of Estonian language (eesti keel [ˈeːsti ˈkeːl]), our humour and Estonian spirit.