Best startups to work for in Estonia (and how to get a job in Europe’s rising tech hub)

by Lauren Proctor September 22, 2018
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When it comes to technology, Estonia is Europe’s rising star. The tiny country of 1.3 million people is punching above its weight class to become one of the biggest players in the European tech scene. The country’s secret sauce is a combination of its courageous locals and commitment to attracting foreign talent from abroad. These trendsetters are bringing global knowledge to the home of sprawling forests and e-residency to bolster its tech scene. For intrepid professionals who want to build tech hubs of the future, the opportunity to move to Estonia is more attractive than ever.

Thanks to a campaign led by Work in Estonia, web developers and data scientists can compete for a free career tour that gives people a taste of what it would be like to live and work in Tallinn, Estonia. Twenty of the world’s most qualified candidates win a five day trip to Estonia where they will have the opportunity to meet local startup unicorns, tour the NATO Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and get a feel for Estonia’s snowy winters and warming sauna culture.

If you’re interested in moving to the country Wired called “the world’s most digitally advanced society” in the world, Jobbatical and Work in Estonia are here to help. You have just 48 hours to apply for your VIP tour of Estonia’s startup scene. This isn’t just a free trip, it’s also an opportunity to work for some of Estonia’s top-rated startups. 

Apply now for positions at companies like Skype, Twilio, Taxify and more.


Still undecided? Jobbatical has relocated more than 150 people to Tallinn, Estonia and we have the lowdown for the top startups to work for and what it’s really like to move here from the United States, Ukraine, India, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and more. Get a feel for what these people really think in Jobbatical’s interactive Move to Estonia webinar, where we gathered some of Estonia’s foreign workers for a #realtalk chat on what it’s like to live and work in Estonia.

If you’re interested in working at some of Estonia’s best tech startups, the time to move to Europe’s hotbed for tech is now. In 2017 alone, the little country attracted 10,470 foreign workers. For three years in a row, Estonia’s population has seen net positive migration, a trend that’s expected to continue as more startups move in and ignite. In August, the Chamber of Commerce president reiterated the country’s need to increase foreign workers significantly.

If you’re ready to be part of a country that has the third most startups per capita in all of Europe and the highest number of supermodels per capita, apply for a job that could win you a free trip to Estonia, build your resume, and give you incredible work abroad stories to tell your grandchildren. 

In case none of the Work in Estonia job opportunities strike your fancy, we compiled a list of Estonia’s best startups to work for. We’ve sorted this list by total funding, and included information about whether they are publicly hiring foreigners from abroad.

We recommend and admire every company on this list so if you play your hand right, you could get a job at one of these startups. If you get hired in Estonia through a company that takes advantage of Jobbatical’s immigration services, you could have a work permit in fewer than  24 hours, plus a European Union residence permit in less than a week.

The Best Startups to Work for In Estonia

Name: TransferWise
Industry: Financial Industry
Founded: 2011
Number of Employees: 1,000
About: The clever new way to transfer money between countries. From the people who built Skype & PayPal.
Total Funding: $396.4 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes. Learn more about TransferWise on Jobbatical, and see if they are hiring now.

Name: Taxify
Industry: Transportation
Founded: 2013
Number of Employees: 600
About: Taxify is an international transportation network company.
Total Funding: $177.3 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes, and this startup unicorn is part of the Work In Estonia Career Hunt Campaign Apply for roles at Taxify here.

Name: Pipedrive
Industry: SaaS
Founded: 2010
Number of Employees: 240
About: Pipeline tool for active dealmakers.
Total Funding: $81.3 million
Hiring Abroad: Pipedrive hires on Jobbatical. Check our website for their latest job openings.

Name: Skeleton Technologies
Industry: Energy
Founded: 2009
Number of Employees: Under 100
About: Skeleton Technologies is a manufacturer and developer of high energy and power density ultracapacitors based on patented curved graphene material.
Total Funding: $51 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Neuromation
Industry: Tech
Founded: 2016
Number of Employees: Under 100
About: Neuromation is a technology platform that creates synthetic learning environments for AI.
Total Funding: $50 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Starship Technologies
Industry:
Founded: 2014
Number of Employees: 150
About: Building robotic platforms designed to revolutionize the local delivery of goods
Total Funding: $42.2 million
Hiring Abroad: See Starship’s latest job openings on Jobbatical.

Name: WePower
Industry: Energy
Founded: 2017
Number of Employees: Under 50
About: WePower is a blockchain-based green energy trading network. It deploys smart contracts and enables its participants to invest and finance green energy projects as well as acquire green energy in an efficient, secure and transparent way.
Total Funding: $40 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Realeyes
Industry: Tech
Founded: 2007
Number of Employees: 68 employees
About: Unlock the full potential of your videos.
Total Funding: $32.4 million
Hiring Abroad: Stay connected to job opportunities at realeyes here.

Name: crystalsol
Industry: Energy
Founded: 2008
Number of Employees: Under 30
About: crystalsol develops new type of flexible photovoltaic modules
Total Funding: $28 million
Hiring Abroad: As of this writing, crystalsol doesn’t have any job openings in Estonia. Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities.

Name: Adcash
Industry: Advertising
Founded: 2007
Number of Employees: 112 employees
About: Performance DSP+ the next generation self-service platform for advertising!
Total Funding: $26.3 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes! As of this writing, Adcash is looking for a fullstack developer with a strong command of node.js. The company covers all costs associated with visas and immigration paperwork, so apply here.

Name: Agrello
Industry: Business services
Founded: Unknown
Number of Employees: 20 employees
About: Global digital signatures and intelligent documentation services
Total Funding: $15.4 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Change
Industry: Banking
Founded: 2016
Number of Employees: 10 employees
About: Change is set to simplify and modernize retail banking, focusing on security, efficiency, and equal access to opportunities.
Total Funding: $17.8 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes, and as of this writing, the team is hiring a Fullstack Product Engineer. Apply for roles at Change on Jobbatical now.

Name: ZeroTurnaround
Industry: Tech
Founded: 2006
Number of Employees: 83 employees
About: ZeroTurnaround enables developers to create better code faster.
Total Funding: $16.0 million
Hiring Abroad: ZeroTurnaround was hiring a Product Manager on Jobbatical awhile back. Stay tuned for more job openings here.

Name: Monese
Industry: Financial
Founded: 2013
Number of Employees: 43 employees
About: Open a UK current account without a UK address or credit history in 120 seconds. Monese is the mobile app alternative to a bank. Join us now.
Total Funding: $16.0 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes. Monese regularly hires on Jobbatical. Check out their latest job openings.

Name: Veriff
Industry: Cyber security
Founded: 2015
Number of Employees: 4 employees
About: Veriff provides web and mobile identity verification solutions that help companies reduce fraud and meet KYC requirements.
Total Funding: $15.4 million
Hiring Abroad: Veriff is hiring a Data Scientist as part of the Work in Estonia campaign we’re running right now. Apply today for a free trip and tour of Estonia’s hottest startups.

Name: GrabCAD
Industry: Tech
Founded: 2008
Number of Employees: 35 employees
About: GrabCAD is leading the Open Engineering movement, helping engineers get products to market faster by enabling truly collaborative product development.
Total Funding: $14.3 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes! GrabCAD is proud to relocate foreign talent to Estonia. They are currently hiring a Fullstack Developer and Infrastructure Engineer. Apply here.

Name: Fortumo
Industry: Financial
Founded: 2006
Number of Employees: 53 employees
About: Mobile payments using carrier billing in 90+ countries!
Total Funding: $10 million
Hiring Abroad: Fortumo isn’t hiring on Jobbatical today, but they posted their job openings on Jobbatical previously. See their latest openings here.

Name: Lingvist
Industry: Education
Founded: 2012
Number of Employees: 22 employees
About: Learn a language in 200 hours. Get results starting from any level.
Total Funding: $9.5 million
Hiring Abroad: Lingvist isn’t hiring on Jobbatical today, but stay tuned when their next job listings go live.

Name: Click & Grow
Industry: Home and garden
Founded: 2008
Number of Employees: 26 – 50 employees
About: Creators of the innovative Smart Garden, Click & Grow helps anyone grow fresh food, flowers, & herbs in a 100% natural manner, no green thumb needed.
Total Funding: $9 million
Hiring Abroad: Click and Grow isn’t hiring on Jobbatical today, but follow their company page in case anything new opens up.

Name: Bondora
Industry: Financial
Founded: 2007
Number of Employees: 26 employees
About: Bondora.com is a leading peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform for investing in European non-bank personal loans.
Total Funding: $8.8 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Jobbatical
Industry: Human resources
Founded: 2014
Number of Employees: 42 employees
About: Use Jobbatical to find a tech, business or creative job anywhere in the world. Because your skills matter more than your passport.
Total Funding: $7.9 million
Hiring Abroad: If you’re not a regular blog reader, Jobbatical is an international startup with a daring founder and a fast-growing, international team. We hire exclusively from our own site and have relocated people from 20 different countries around the world. Check out our careers page and join our team!

Name: Testlio
Industry: Software
Founded: 2012
Number of Employees: 75 employees
About: Testlio is a community of software test engineers, that test mobile apps.
Total Funding: $7.5 million
Hiring Abroad: Yes. Jobbatical regularly helps the Estonia-based startup, Testlio, find testers from various regions around the world. See if they have any openings here.

Name: Funderbeam
Industry: Business Intelligence
Founded: 2012
Number of Employees: 42 employees
About: Introducing tradable private investments. Plug into fast, standardized deals in highly curated companies.
Total Funding: $7.4 million
Hiring Abroad: Jobbatical helped Funderbeam find and relocate an incredible Growth Hacker to Estonia. Read the story of this incredible winter swimmer here and check to see if they are hiring on Jobbatical here.

Name: Erply
Industry: Software
Founded: 2008
Number of Employees: 35 employees
About: Powerful cloud software for retail, inventory and ecom that works
Total Funding: $6.7 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Cora
Industry: Applications
Founded: 2015
Number of Employees: 4 employees
About: Cora helps patients track, analyze and reduce their blood pressure by gaining a healthier lifestyle
Total Funding: $6 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Link Labs
Industry: Software Development
Founded: 2015
Number of Employees: 5 employees
About: Mobile and Web development startup
Total Funding: $6 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Planet OS
Industry: Software
Founded: 2011
Number of Employees: 8 employees
About: Planet OS Inc. is an energy-focused geospatial infrastructure data company based in Silicon Valley and Estonia.
Total Funding: $5.8 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: onoff App
Industry: Applications
Founded: 2013
Number of Employees: 35 employees
About: The onoff App is a mobile app that allows you to add unlimited additional, real mobile numbers to your phone, instantly. Available on iOS and Android now!
Total Funding: $5.8 million
Hiring Abroad: Unknown

Name: Global Gaming
Industry: Gaming
Founded: 2009
Number of Employees: Unknown
About: Global Gaming is a Swedish gaming company that offers a number of online gambling products such as video slots, progressive jackpots, table games, video poker, scratch cards and live dealer casino games.
Total Funding: Unknown
Hiring Abroad: Yes. Apply for roles at Global Gaming on Jobbatical now.

Name: Mothership
Industry: Cryptocurrency
Founded: 2017
Number of Employees: Under 50
About: As avid cryptocurrency enthusiasts who have years of engineering experience on hand, we set out to take on the challenge of constructing a cryptocurrency exchange designed with the focus of supporting traders.
Total Funding: Unknown
Hiring Abroad: Yes. Mothership is hiring eight people right now. If you’re in HR, Finance, Product or IT, this crypto company is a sure bet. Apply for roles at Mothership and the company will take care of your visa and immigration paperwork for you.

Name: Myjar
Industry: Finances
Founded: 2008
Number of Employees: Unknown
About: MYJAR is a responsible lender who help people manage their finances by lending between £100 and £3600 over short periods.
Total Funding: Unknown
Hiring Abroad: Yes. MyJar is hiring 6 for six tech roles as of this writing. Apply for roles at Myjar on Jobbatical now.

Name: Estonian e-residency
Industry: Business services
Founded: 2014
Number of Employees: Unknown
About: e-Residency of Estonia is a program launched by Estonia on 1 December 2014. The program allows non-Estonians access to Estonian services such as company formation, banking, payment processing, and taxation.
Total Funding: Unknown
Hiring Abroad: Yes. e-residency has hired many team members to the e-residency team via Jobbatical. Read some of their stories here and here. Oh, and don’t forget to hear about Arnaud, who moved to Estonia after working with former French President, François Hollande. Check out their latest openings here.

Ready to find your next startup job in Europe?

The startup scene is heating up in this small country in the north. Register for Jobbatical and explore the latest jobs in Estonia for foreigners who want to work abroad.

Ready to make your move? Here’s a glimpse of the types of places and culture waiting for you in Estonia.

This video features one of Tallinn’s coolest cultural centers, just a five minute walk from Jobbatical’s Headquarters in Kalamaja. The video itself features a club banger called “Rooftops” by one of my favorite Estonian artists, NOËP.

 

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