Startup regatta

Sea you in August!

The third annual Start-Up Regatta that connects the sport of sailing and the start-up community will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of August. 

This year we have the opportunity to invite up to 70 investors and start-up companies to join in on the fun.

The 2-day event consists of learning about folkboats, a friendly sailing competition, an after-sail event for networking and a side-event for showcasing the best Estonian start-up ecosystem has to offer. It is a unique opportunity for both the captains and startuppers alike.


How does it work?

Each investor is manually matched with 2 start-ups from the local ecosystem, given a yacht and a captain, a brief theory lesson and literally thrown into the deep end. Since the folkboat is known for its seaworthy character, safety, reasonable speed and good behavior, we are able to invite everyone on board – even those of you with no previous sailing experience.


The captain of the yacht is able to manage it without any help, but the hope is that you will be able to take the “wheel” and try out what it’s like to be a captan, as well. While conditions can vary, the weather gods have been kind to us at this time of year in previous year and we are fairly certain that it will be a magnificent event to learn what sailing is all about. Of course, safety comes first, so before allowing you on board, we will give you both a theoretical class and a safety course, as well.


Who is it for?

The main criteria for joining is the desire to say that you’ve learned something new this summer and wanting to write “you can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails” under a photo of you on a boat in LinkedIn. To be a bit more specific, we are inviting:


Local start-ups from Estonia and neighbouring countries that think about or are actively raising money and want to meet investors who can make that a reality.

Price: 500€ for 2 participants



Start-up and scale-up investors from Nordics, CEE, Southern Europe and everywhere else that are interested in deal-flow and network in the region.

Price:  €800 per person / €1200 per 2 people / €1500 per 3 people


Why Estonia?

The unicorn factory
Estonia has 7.7 unicorns per million capita and the most startups per capita in Europe – 865 per 1M people
Estonian legistlation treats foreign and domestic investments equally under the law, combining that with one of the most competetive tax systems in Europe and a fully digitalised government, Estonia is a natural birthplace for startups.
€1.33 billion raised in 2022
Estonian startups gathered a staggering 1.33 billion euros, a 35% increase from the year before. Amongst them sailors from the previous years like Klaus, Veriff, CoModule, Skeleton and others. See full list below. 

If you still need any further convincing, have a look at the aftermovie of the 2021 startup regatta:

Startup regatta is sponsored by: