Startup Track: A Day for Founders to Share Their International Experience
Photo Credit: Kristel Kruustük
13 Oct 2017

Kristel Kruustük, co-founder and CEO of Testlio, is one of the many highly anticipated speakers of the Startup Nations Summit Startup Track.


The SNS Startup Track, organised in partnership with Startup Estonia and EIT Digital, will bring together key stakeholders and startup entrepreneurs from all across the world to exchange experiences on scaling up internationally and the importance of collaboration between governments and startups, with guest speakers such as Timo Rein (Pipedrive), Victoria Lennox (Startup Canada), Sten Tamkivi (ex-Skype, Move Guides), Lorenz Hartung (TechFounders) and many others.

For the first time, SNS will organise a Startup Track in parallel to the Policy Track, in order to focus on founders’ issues with scaling up internationally but also to exchange thoughts and experiences on the increasing need of further communication between startup businesses and public bodies.

The day will focus on the challenges and opportunities of scaling up internationally. Startups can now reach international markets from day one. Although this early global traction can happen organically for some startups, most often than not, the reality is that startups must be strategic about systematically scaling from their home market to any other international market.

The speakers will address the following questions during the Startup Track :

  • How to scale internationally ?
  • How to best attract top talent from around the world?
  • How to enter into and scale in Asian markets ?
  • What makes for a great entrepreneurial environment ?

Startup Nations Summit 2017 is hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the European Commission, Startup Estonia, EIT Digital, Dell and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

Tallinn is the sixth city to host the Summit, following Toronto (2012), Kuala Lumpur (2013), Seoul (2014), Monterrey (2015) and Cork (2016).

Each year, the Summit is the official closing of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, with 35,000 events, activities and competitions held in more than 170 countries around the world aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. This year, it will serve as a bridge to the 2017 SME Assembly, coordinated by the European Commission to promote entrepreneurship throughout the continent.

Alexis Poulin

Communication Lead ARISE at EIT Digital | 1791

Alexis Poulin is the Communication Lead ARISE at EIT Digital. EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education… More