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Ireland Estonia Techbridge

Among the world’s most digitally advanced nations, Ireland is home to 9 out of 10 of the largest IT companies, Estonia is a leader in e-Government, Blockchain and Cyber security solutions.


Both countries have high and growing e-GDP and as the digital economy grows can be expected to capture increased share of the global opportunity,


There are growing IT links between the countries with firms such as MalwareBytes, Arvato Financial Solutions and TransferWise active in both. With technology creating new possibilities in collaboration more can be done.


Ireland – Estonia Techbridge aims to build links through knowledge sharing, networking, commercial contracts and governmental co-operation and is comprised of 3 events:

Ireland Estonia techbridge

Thursday 31.08.2017 (a.m.)

Enterprise Ireland Event

East Point Business Park, The Plaza, Dublin 3, D03 E5R6

Enterprise Ireland (EI) is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets. EI work in partnership with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate and win export sales in global markets. This event aims to build connections between Irish and Estonian companies and share best practise on how countries can succeed with start-ups through to global names.


Sessions include:


Ireland’s Tech Innovation Success Story

Mr. Pat Breen, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection. Republic of Ireland


e-Estonia Tech Ecosystem

Mr, Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, Republic of Estonia


Irish Start-up Scene & EI’s Role in Fostering Tech Innovation

Mr. Peter Lennox, Development Advisor, Enterprise Ireland


Irish Business Culture

John Dennehy, Honorary Consul of Estonia in Cork


Overview of Tech FDI in Ireland

Donal Travers, IDA


Opportunities for Irish companies in Estonia and the Region

Neil Mathieson, Partner, Key Capital


1-2-1 Meetings between Companies


Tour of Google European HQ


Tour of Centre for Applied Data Analytics


19:00 Networking Event

House Dublin, 27 Leeson Street Lower, Saint Kevins, Dublin 2



Friday 01.09.2017 (a.m.)

FinTech and Cyber pitch event with Irish Credit Unions

Spencer Hotel, Excise Walk, IFCS, Dublin 1

With approximately 3.3m members and 18bn AUM, Ireland’s 280 Credit Unions play a unique role in society and financial services. The Credit Union movement is about to embark on a digital transformation journey. This event, hosted by leading advisor CUDA, will offer Irish and Estonian fintech & cybersecurity providers the opportunity to pitch to Credit Union CEOs and network.


Sessions include:


Credit Unions in Ireland

Mr. Kevin Johnson, CEO, CUDA    


Digital Transformation in Irish Credit Unions

Mr. Cathal Tyther and Brian O’Brien, The Solution Centre


FinTech in Ireland

Giles O'Neill, Enterprise Ireland TBC


Pitching Session

5 Irish and 5 Estonian providers each get 10min each to pitch CUDA, The Solution Centre and Credit Union CEOs.


Credit Scoring and Financial Inclusion Masterclass

Ben Riley, Director Decision Analytics, Credit Info


Loan Automation Masterclass

Neil Mathieson, Partner, Key Capital


Risk Management Masterclass 

Margo Karp, TreasuryView



Friday 01.09.2017 (p.m.)

e-Government and Digital Single Market seminar

Accenture, 3, Grand Canal Plaza, Grand Canal Street Upper, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4, D04 EE70

Estonia is a world leader in e-Government and leading light in the Digital North and EU Single Digital Market initiatives. This creates a unique mix of experience and solutions which are now adopted by countries, companies and people around the world. This seminar in conjunction with Accenture, The Institute of International and European Affairs and the Estonian and Norwegian Embassies in Ireland explores best practices, challenges and collaboration possibilities in e-Government.


Sessions include:



H.E. Mrs Kristi Karelsohn, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Estonia

Ms. Vicky Godolphin, Head of Digital, Accenture


e-Government and Single Digital Market seminar

Mr, Siim Sikkut, Deputy Secretary General for Communications and State Information Systems, Republic of Estonia

Mr. Juhan Lepassaar, Head of Cabinet, European Commission

Other speakers TBC


Tour of Accenture


Meeting with Irish Data Protection Commissioners office


Events are by invitation only, to apply please contact us.


For why Ireland and Estonia matter please check our short guide. All views are, and always will be, our own.


Key Capital would like to thank Enterprise Ireland, CUDA, Enterprise Estonia, The Solution Centre and Irish Estonian Business Network for their support in organising this event.

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