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Estonia is a cashless society with over 99% of financial transactions occurring digitally and electronic ID and Blockchain utilised daily. 80+ FinTechs ranging from innovative startups such as TransferWise to Blockchain leader Guardtime make Estonia a global centre of excellence for FinTech.

  • 2008 Blockchain first used in Estonia
  • 1 FinTech Unicorn, TransferWise
  • 80+ FinTechs
  • #1 Barclays Digital Development Index

Our advantages

80+FinTechs in Estonia
FinTechDigital by design, Estonian financial services have applied FinTech for over 20yrs.
e-IdentityDaily utilisation of distributed systems, electronic ID and smart contracts.
SkillsWorld-class skills in software, high tech systems, process automation and cyber security.
Digital infrastructureDigital environment supporting rapid innovation, development and launch of solutions.
BlockchainGlobal proof of concept in segments including Blockchain, payments and banking.

Overview

#1Barclays Digital Development Index

Having committed to digital financial services 20 years ago Estonia has developed unique skills and experience in the innovation and application of FinTech.

Estonia’s FinTech journey has its roots in e-Estonia, when government, financial services and telecoms providers collaborated to create a unique environment. Digital service delivery was supported by the development of electronic ID, smart contracts, high-speed connectivity and enabling legislation. Nordic banks were early beneficiaries and continue to profit from efficient and agile business models.

Estonia has utilised decentralised, distributed systems since 2001 and Blockchain since 2008. The world’s largest Blockchain company, Guardtime, was born and continues to have significant operations in Estonia, while Blockchain startup Funderbeam attracts global investment. NASDAQ has completed a successful trial of Blockchain based shareholder voting in Estonia.

In payments, Estonia has produced globally successful companies including Fortumo, award winning Monese and unicorn TransferWise, each of whom has significant R&D, engineering and 24/7, multilingual client service operations in Estonia.

Estonia’s also possesses expertise in enterprise grade solutions, including Fitek’s F&A robotic process automation and Arvato Bertlesmann’s Innovation and Development centres of excellence.

Further success is expected as Estonia’s expertise in finance and IT, high entrepreneurship and pro-business environment including regulation promote rapid development and launch of solutions in areas such as cryptocurrencies and A.I.

Whether you seek innovation, reliable engineering or an operational hub within the EU regulatory framework, Estonia is a smart, agile location for FinTech businesses.

Case studies

Success stories in the Estonian Fintech sector include:

Arvato Bertlesmann, Bondora, e-Residency, Fitek, Fortumo, Friendly Finance, Funderbeam, Guardtime, IceFire, IPF Digital, Monese, NASDAQ, Pocopay, TransferWise, etc.

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