This week, Estonia is celebrating its 103rd anniversary of independence. Invest Estonia is inviting you to join the celebrations and enjoy free access to the Estonian start-up movie “Chasing Unicorns” – “the first great movie about startups” as described by a unicorn builder Markus Villig, founder and CEO of Bolt.
Estonians are a nation of innovative and productive people. Estonia’s entrepreneurial activity is the highest in the world, according to the World Economic Forum. That has not been an end in itself for us, but it is our curiosity that has led us to this. Estonians have built more than 1,000 startups focused on solutions, not problems. According to The State of European Tech 2020 report by Atomico, there are 865 startups per capita in Estonia, and based on statistics of Estonian Startup Database, that number continues to grow.
Based on real-life stories of European startups, “Chasing Unicorns” is a fun narrative feature about a female founder trying to make it in a male-dominated tech world. The stories and characters in the movie are all based on real-life events that have, in one way or another, happened to people in the startup community. So, the film offers the pleasure of recognition for many startuppers and investors alike.
The movie was filmed both in Silicon Valley and in Estonia and runs in English as well as in Estonian with English subtitles. It has been screened at over 150 startups, conferences, and festivals around the world, and only recently was made available to stream globally.
Teaching the next business generation
In real life, the “Chasing Unicorns” team has also set up a business school to spread entrepreneurial mindset and pass on their lessons to the next generation of entrepreneurs. They have invited some of Estonia’s best-known company founders to share their stories and knowledge in a project called the Unicorn School. In the short clips available online these entrepreneurs share their experiences in order to teach young people about entrepreneurship and to inspire them to start their own business. The impressive list of speakers includes names such as Markus and Martin Villig from Bolt, Taavet Hinrikus from TransferWise, Kaarel Kotkas from Veriff, Kristel Kruustük from Testlio, Karoli Hindriks from Jobbatical, Kadri Tuisk from Clanbeat, and many more.
“The aim of the Unicorn School initiative is to make the stories of the business world accessible to young people and to show that starting your own business doesn’t have to be rocket science,” said the director of “Chasing Unicorns” Rain Rannu.
Welcome to movie week
You are welcome to celebrate Estonia’s anniversary of independence with us by watching “Chasing Unicorns” online and getting access to the promotional code here. The promotional code is valid only this week until March 1, so make sure to act fast.
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