|Digital by design, Estonian financial services have applied FinTech for over 20yrs.|
|Daily utilisation of distributed systems, electronic ID and smart contracts.|
|World-class skills in software, high tech systems, process automation and cyber security.|
|Digital environment supporting rapid innovation, development and launch of solutions.|
|Global proof of concept in segments including Blockchain, payments and banking.|
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.
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.
Estonia developed X-Road, its proprietary decentralised, distributed system in 2001 and has utilised Blockchain since 2008. World-class technical skills supported by practical experience implementing public and permissioned Blockchain’s place Estonia at the forefront of the emerging Blockchain economy.
Estonia has a diversified energy sector which comprises long-standing expertise in oil shale, a sizeable renewables sector and growing CleanTech capability. World-class expertise within a highly digital, pro-business environment will see Estonia play a leading role in the energy revolution
Estonia has a sizeable food industry which benefits from ecological raw materials, skilled workers and modern production facilities. With an established export capability and growing application of food science and technology, Estonia is the ideal location for export and R&D oriented investment.
Estonia has one of Europe’s largest bioeconomies, including world leading expertise in forest-based activity. Supported by high-quality natural resources, ultra-high use of IT and supportive policy making, Estonia offers a range of production and innovation opportunities.
Estonia is a world leader in identity cards and mobile and device-independent e-ID solutions. Based on ultra-high encryption and user convenience, e-ID can be used to vote, sign smart contracts, make contactless payments and is being adopted by business and governments globally.
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.
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