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IT Sector overview

Tartu Region

Tartu city & county

Information Technology

Smartware from Tartu, Estonia

Hardware

Software

Cyberspace


www.5dvision.ee • www.artmedia.ee • www.noom.ee • www.fut.ee • www.axinom.ee • www.ddisain.ee • www.estsoft.ee • www.gennet.ee • www.hansatarkvara.ee • www.hlp.ee • www.hclub.ee • www.id

e-Estonia leading the technology revolution Virtual infrastructure. e-Democracy. Web way of life. e-Innovation. “Foreign hi-tech companies are most welcome to use the services offered by Tartu Science Park. Tartu is considered a favourite location because of the strong university and talented workforce. This has attracted among others Skype, Logica and Playtech. Recently a vibrant cluster of mobile phone software developers has emerged.”

Sven Illing Director of Development Tartu Science Park

Estonia has made a name for itself for the innovative application of communications technology, where state-of-the-art technologies are a way of life. Tartu has been at the forefront of building the virtual infrastructure – the city had the world’s first mobile-phone payment for car parking. By now the m-Tartu project extends to many other m-services, plus applications for MPS (mobile positioning system). Skype branch office is located in Tartu, home town of its managing director. Free wireless Internet (WiFi) is widespread in the cafés and parks and it is planned to cover the whole of Estonia with a wireless Internet connection in the near future. E-services (e-government, e-voting, e-tax board, etc.) are greatly facilitated by almost everyone carrying an ID chipcard and widespread use card readers linked to computers. ID cards also carry a certificate for allowing the use of digital signature and e-mail address Name.Family@eesti.ee. Many in “old Europe” are not yet aware of how they are being overtaken by the “younger” Europeans. The small population, tech-smart in a leading edge IT environment makes Estonia a great test-bed for new and innovative technologies. A new generation of high-tech entrepreneurs

and workforce are attracting foreign investments notably from Scandinavian countries and beyond. With the regular flight connections from Tartu to Riga and Stockholm the possibilities are even wider.

The “City of Good Thoughts” is always open to new ideas and together with the universities supports their application and the development of the ICT sector. We do our best to create a living environment that makes our citizens love the city. Karin Jaanson Deputy mayor Tartu City Government

The Tax Incentive Corporate Income Tax % Denmark

30

Finland

29

Sweden

28

Germany

26.4

Poland

19

Latvia

15

Lithuania

15

Estonia 0 0 Source: EurActive

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15

20

25

30

35


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Fast growing sector with a high potential A cluster of around 125 IT companies. Software sector turnover exceeds 70 million euros. More than 1000 employees. There are about 125 IT companies in Tartu – the growth has been fast and it continues. The estimated turnover exceeds 70 million euros and the number of employees is well over 1000. The IT sector, which includes creation of software, providing services and production of hardware, is in the phase of rapid development. Orders from abroad play an important role for the Estonian IT sector. Such subcontracting usually involves assembling various telecommunications equipment or providing software services. Processing, telecommunications, banking, wholesale and retail and government structures are important stimuli for the development of the Estonian IT as these are the main users of its products. Already in 1992, the innovation center for IT companies in Tartu - Tartu Science Park was set up. The organization is offering a variety of high quality services needed in the process of R&D commercialization, including: office space, business and management consultancy. Recent years have shown vast growth in the number of start-up IT companies in the region, providing a growing number of promising business opportunities.

Tartu has a lot of potential concerning the IT education also. The University of Tartu is the only Baltic member of the Coimbra Group, uniting reputable European research universities of longstanding traditions. The university plays a significant role educating IT competitiveness for Estonian IT sector. The main research fields in Institute of Computer Science: bioinformatics and data mining, language technology, cryptography, distributed systems, semantics of programming languages, educational software, and software engineering. About 400 students are studying in the Institute of Computer Science in different academic levels.

“In Tartu, the IT sector has favourable soil for operating as well as for developing. Cosy and quiet atmosphere that promotes innovation, helps generate good ideas and facilitates their successful implementation with the help of capable people. Mobi Solutions was established in Tartu in 2000. By now, the company has grown into the leading valueadded SMS-services provider and mobile applications developer in Estonia. It has offices in 4 countries, and its services are used in more than 20 countries around the world.” Rain Rannu Partner Mobi Solutions LLC


www.nutiteq.ee • www.piksel.ee • www.playtech.ee • www.plenware.ee • www.quretec.com • www.raintree.ee • www.regio.ee • www.resta.ee • www.rovedigital.com • www.softronic.ee • www.gogo.ee •

Wide range of services ... “Playtech’s global scale and our labor requirements have grown so much that we do not define our recruitment needs in one actual number – we have plenty of active job offers for software developers at any one time. The best strategy to operate in the tight workforce situation is responsible personnel management and introducing the values of the company to the public through it. We avoid aggressive recruitment and cooperate with local higher education institutions. For two years we have organised a free in-service training programme called Playtech Academy for IT specialists who have little experience in the field.” Juha Olavi Korhonen Playtech Estonia Director Playtech Ltd

The software sector in Tartu is by its nature very diversified and includes companies with very different profiles. The main players are active internationally, but there are also a number of small companies focusing only on local clients. Several companies have their own portfolio of products, but most are developing software according to customers’ needs. The companies are active in a wide range of services: from mobile solutions to database management, applications, etc.

Webmedia Group is a leading system integrator and software solutions provider in New Europe, the Middle East and Africa, serving the most demanding customers in the areas of government, healthcare, financial services and telecom. Founded in 2000, the group employs over 350 specialists in 6 countries (Estonia, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Qatar, Egypt). Webmedia Group has in the year 2008 been announced to be among the top 25 fastest growing technology companies in Central Europe by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. Playtech Estonia is a branch of one of the world’s leading Internet gaming software producers Playtech. 40 service providers and more than 100 gaming environments all over the world are using gaming platforms produced in Tartu by Playtech.

Regio was the first Estonian Map publisher and is at the moment active in mapping, geospatial data, geographical information systems (GIS) and mobile positioning. Regio has run the biggest Internet map server in the Baltic States since 1997. Skype Estonia is dealing with the development of worldwide communications software Skype which is available in 28 languages and is used in almost every country around the world. Mobi Solutions focuses on development and provision of mobile services to businesses and is a leader in the Baltic mobile services market. Their solutions include m-marketing, m-business, m-voting at events, m-payments and m-ticketing, m-governance, m-consultancy, etc. Nutiteq is a leading mobile software development company in the niche of open mobile mapping solutions. Nutiteq’s focus is on white-labeled customized mobile client-based mapping applications. Their client focus is on location-based service providers, mobile operators and mobile developers in all over the world. Nutiteq’s solutions are used by the leading mobile service providers in US, Europe and Middle East, where millions of end-users are using applications based on Nutiteq’s mobile mapping solutions.


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…create different possibilities Van Zoig develops and sells software for law offices – LawTime. LawTime includes time tracking, managing customers and employees, reporting, integration with MS SharePoint, etc. In addition Van Zoig offers the assistance on getting started with MS SharePoint. Combining work and hobby, the company also develops and administers small weather stations, meant for windsurfers and other “windaddicts” all over Estonia. Indilo Wireless offers software development services for 21st century companies seeking to leverage next generation smartphone technology today. The company develops mainly for Apple iPhone and Google Android platforms. The team includes some of the best, most experienced iPhone and Mac OS X developers in all of Baltics. The ambitious Tartu hardware sector has its roots from as far back as 1907 when a telephone factory EdissonKompagnie was created. In 1924 they started to produce also radio receivers. Later on the company was bought by Ericsson and then nationalised in 1940. Today, the offspring of this company is called Hanza Tarkon Ltd. Hanza Tarkon is a mainly Swedish capital based company from metal and machinery sector, but the company also assembles a large variety of mechanical, electromechanical and electronic units and cables for telecommunication, industrial equipment, climate systems, automotive

industry, energy, medical equipment sectors. One of the largest electronics manufacturing services (EMS) companies in the industrial and medical electronics field is Enics who provides end-toend solutions consisting of designsupport, NPI, manufacturing, supply chain management and after-sales services for the whole lifecycle of its customers’ products. Enics has total of 8 production plants in Finland, Sweden, China, Switzerland and Estonia with the headquarters in Baden, Switzerland.

Ordi produces computers and laptops for home usage as well as for small to medium-sized companies and for state institutions. In addition to these the company assembles computers according to customers’ design. 98% of Ordi’s assembled computers are sold under their own trademark – Ordi. Evikon MCI is specialised on design, manufacturing and marketing of sensor based measurement and control instrumentation. Their main competence areas are temperature, pressure and level, humidity and moisture, gas concentration.

“Building an export-oriented company is not an easy task and requires the commitment of the best people in the company to the task, not to mention the heavy financial investments. We chose to go this way in 2005 and today we can see that our strategy is starting to bear fruit as we are working with customers in over 15 countries. We can now say based on our experience that the Estonian experience is worth exporting and our people are competitive on the global market in terms of competence and attitude.” Priit Alamäe Chief Executive Officer Webmedia Group


IT industry in Tartu Region, Estonia, selected companies: Software 5D VISION LLC

GENNET LAB LTD

MEEDIA DISAIN LLC

Software development

Software development

CMS, homepages, intranet

info@5dvision.ee www.5dvision.ee

gennet@gennet.ee www.gennet.ee

info@meediadisain.com www.meediadisain.com

ART MEDIA AGENCY LLC

HANSA ÄRITARKVARA LLC

MEEDIUM MARKETING LLC

Software development

Software development

Web-marketing, search engine optimisation

info@artmedia.ee www.artmedia.ee

info@hansatarkvara.ee www.hansatarkvara.ee

info@meedium.ee www.meedium.ee

ASTRO BALTICS LLC

HANSSON, LEEGO & PARTNER LLC

MESOTECH LLC

Software development

Software development, IT services

Software development

info@noom.ee www.noom.ee

hlp@hlp.ee www.hlp.ee

mesotech@kodu.ee

AT FUT LLC

HCLUB ARVUTITARKVARA LTD

Medical information systems

Software development

Development and provision of mobile services

fut@fut.ee www.fut.ee

info@hclub.ee www.hclub.ee

mobi@mobi.ee www.mobi.ee

AXINOM EESTI LLC

IDEELABOR LLC

NORDTECH LLC

Software development

Software development

Software development

info@axinom.ee www.axinom.ee

info@ideelabor.ee www.ideelabor.ee

info@nordtech.ee www.nordtech.ee

DIGIDISAIN LLC

INDILO WIRELESS LLC

NUTITEQ LLC

Design and homepages

Software development for Apple iPhone and other smartphones

Custom mobile mapping

info@ddisain.ee www.ddisain.ee

ELMER SKB LLC Software development, incl weather forecast elmersoft@gmail.com

ESTSOFT LLC Webdesign and development of online games info@estsoft.ee www.estsoft.ee

info@indilo.com www.indilo.com

JEKO DISAIN LLC Software development vk@jekodisain.ee www.jekodisain.ee

MEDIAN SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LLC Software development info@median.ee www.median.ee

FRAKTAL LLC Design and software studio

info@fraktal.ee www.fraktal.ee www.edicy.com

MEDISOFT LTD

MOBI SOLUTIONS LLC

nutiteq@nutiteq.com www.nutiteq.ee

PIKSEL LTD Software development piksel@piksel.ee www.piksel.ee

PLAYTECH ESTONIA LLC Software development info@playtech.ee www.playtech.ee

PLENWARE EESTI LLC Software development www.plenware.ee

Medical software development medisoft@medisoft.ee www.medisoft.ee

POSITIUM LBS Mobile positioning

positium@positium.ee www.positium.ee


Hardware QURETEC LLC

URANIA COM LLC

ENICS EESTI LTD

Software development

Software development

Electronics manufacturing services

quretec@quretec.com www.quretec.com

urania@urania.ee www.urania.ee

info@enics.ee www.enics.ee

RAINTREE ESTONIA LLC

VAN ZOIG LLC

EVIKON MCI LLC

Software development

Software development for law offices

Sensors and measurement instruments

info@raintree.ee www.raintree.ee

REGIO LTD Mapping, geospatial data, geographical information systems (GIS) and mobile positioning regio@regio.ee www.regio.ee

RESTA LTD Software development resta@resta.ee www.resta.ee

ROVE DIGITAL LLC Software development info@rovedigital.com www.rovedigital.com

SOFTRONIC BALTIC LTD Software development info@softronic.ee www.softronic.ee

TARKMEDIA LLC RSS feed collector for Firefox gogo@gogo.ee www.gogo.ee

TARKVARALABOR LLC Software development info@tarkvaralabor.ee www.tarkvaralabor.ee

TARKVARASTUUDIO LLC Software development info@tarkvarastuudio.ee www.tarkvarastuudio.ee

TRILLIAN INFOSÃœSTEEMID LLC Software development info@trillian.ee www.trillian.ee

info@zoig.ee www.zoig.ee

VISIOFLY LLC Web-TV visiolocal@visiofly.com www.visiofly.com

WEBMEDIA LTD

info@evikon.ee www.evikon.ee

ORDI LTD Computers and laptops ordi@ordi.ee www.ordi.ee

HANZA TARKON LTD

Software development

Mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic units and cables

webmedia@webmedia.ee www.webmedia.ee

tarkon@hanza.com www.tarkon.ee


FINLAND SWEDEN

Tallinn

Kohtla-Järve

St. Petersburg

Helsinki

Narva

Tallinn Stockholm

ESTONIA •Tartu

LATVIA

Pärnu

Riga

Tartu

LITHUANIA Vilnius

BELARUS POLAND

E 26°40’

Ministry of Finance: www.fin.ee • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: www.vm.ee • investinestonia.com • visitestonia.com • Enterprise Estonia: www.eas.ee • Estonian Trade Council: www.etc.ee

Estonia in brief Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Tartu Office Pikk 14, Tartu 51013, Estonia Tel: +372 744 2196 Fax: +372 744 2197 tartu@koda.ee www.koda.ee

Tartu Science Park Riia 185, Tartu 51014, Estonia Tel: +372 738 3005 Fax: +372 738 3041 info@sciencepark.ee www.sciencepark.ee

Enterprise Estonia Tartu Office Sõbra 56, Tartu 51013, Estonia Tel: +372 738 6000 Fax: +372 738 6001 eas@eas.ee www.eas.ee

Area: Population: Capital: Other major cities: Head of state: Official language: Foreign languages: Main religion: Government: Currency: Exchange rate: Accession to European Union: Local time: Average temp. range: Flight times, Tallinn:

Tartu City Government Department of Business Development Küüni 5, Tartu 51004, Estonia Tel: +372 736 1192 Fax: +372 736 1190 evo@raad.tartu.ee www.tartu.ee

Direct flight connections with Tartu: Distances from Tartu: Ethnic composition of Tartu:

45000 km² 1.34 million Tallinn (397,000) Tartu (100,000), Narva (68,000), Kohtla-Järve (59,000), Pärnu (45,000) President of the Republic – Toomas Hendrik Ilves Estonian English, German, Russian, Finnish Evangelist Lutheran Parliamentary Republic Single Chamber Parliament of 101 members 1 Estonian kroon (EEK) =100 sents EEK 8 = DEM 1, (1992–1998) EEK 15.6466 = Euro 1 (since 1999) May 1, 2004 GMT +2 hours -6°C in January and +17°C in July Helsinki 35 minutes, Stockholm 1 hour, Prague 1 hour 10 minutes, Copenhagen 1 hour 30 minutes, Moscow 1 hour 40 minutes, Amsterdam 2 hours 20 minutes, London 2 hours 45 minutes Riga (Air Baltic), Stockholm (Estonian Air) Tallinn 186km, Narva 184km, Pärnu 178km, Riga 250km, St. Petersburg 315km Estonians 67,9%, Russian 25,6%, others 6,5%

University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science Liivi 2, Tartu 50409, Estonia Tel: +372 737 5870 www.math.ut.ee/ati

www.tartu.ee www.tartumaa.ee

Tartu 2009. Design: Emajõe Disain. Photos: Meelis Lokk, Tartu City Government.

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