Tech start-up network Silicon Vikings opens a chapter in Tallinn


Silicon Vikings
, a network connecting start-up entrepreneurs and investors between Silicon Valley and the Nordics, has expanded its geographical reach by establishing a chapter in Tallinn, opening up new opportunities to Estonian start-up businesses for accessing a network combining more than 5000 experts.

Silicon Vikings’ CEO Ingrid Echter said that Silicon Vikings focuses solely on Nordic start-ups. “We believe that people from Nordic countries share a similar business culture and mindset, this focus allows us to ensure assistance and contacts that are actually relevant to them in Silicon Valley,” noted Echter.

Silicon Vikings was established 15 years ago with the goal of increasing awareness of the technology potential in the Nordic region amongst the entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley. The network was built upon the basic principle that if like-minded people connect, then great things can happen. Silicon Vikings hosts regular meetings, social gatherings, and educational seminars across the US and Europe, actively engaging start-up ventures in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, Norway and now also in Estonia.

Silicon Vikings’ launch event in Tallinn featured presentations about their success stories in Silicon Valleys by several tech entrepreneurs with an Estonian connection – Steve Jürvetson, Sten Tamkivi, Rain Rannu and others. The event was organised jointly by the Estonian Development Fund, Enterprise Estonia, and law firm Hedman Partners.

One of the main organisers of the Tallinn chapter, Merlin Salvik from law firm Hedman Partners, pointed out that the incredible popularity and enchanting topics of the launch event have already established the perfect foundation for bringing like-minded people together in Estonia. “We aim to continue bringing remarkable speakers to Estonia to give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to directly interact with the “creme de la creme” of the tech world and help them take further steps towards their success by providing relevant information about the opportunities and activities in Silicon Valley,” added Salvik.

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