Established in 2000, Enterprise Estonia (EAS) is an Estonian governmental agency that supports innovation and trade development, the promotion of Estonia’s digital society and e-governance, foreign direct investment, attracting foreign talent to Work in Estonia, and developing tourism. With representative offices in 17 foreign markets, Enterprise Estonia serves as a bridge between the Estonian business environment and the world.
One of the biggest challenges for the Estonian economy is to move from among countries with average added value towards countries with high added value. To this end, Estonian enterprises need to develop more sophisticated products, provide more expensive services, and expand their operations in foreign markets. Therefore, Enterprise Estonia is addressing two major market failures, which are limited product development of enterprises and concentrated exports to a few specific markets. Exporting enterprises serve as the main basis of the Estonian economy, as exports account for 80% of the total output thereof.
The Estonian Investment Agency is primarily focused on attracting development centres, highly automated industry, and smart capital to Estonia. The aim is to seek more foreign investments in Estonian rural areas in order to revitalise Estonian life as evenly as possible.
The tourism economy accounts for nearly 8% of Estonia’s GDP. To ensure the quality and competitiveness of Estonia as a tourist destination, it is important to ensure the comprehensive development of the sector. For this purpose, Enterprise Estonia is engaged in the development and introduction of Estonian tourism products to foreign tour operators, as well as the training of Estonian tourism enterprises. It is also important to promote Estonia as an attractive holiday destination through campaigns and the website of Visit Estonia.
Our activities contribute to achieving the long-term strategic goals of the Estonian economy and our further aim is to facilitate the process of Estonia becoming one of the most competitive countries in the world.
Building a successful Estonia.
|Objective for 2023|
|Number of exporters with high added value during the final year||600 enterprises|
|Added value created by clients of Enterprise Estonia during the final year||2.1 billion euros|
|Number of internationally known brands during the final year||20 brands|
|Foreign investments brought to Estonia with the help of Enterprise Estonia and new jobs created during 2019–2023 cumulatively||1.5 billion euros and 5,000 new jobs|
|Added value per employee of investments brought to Estonia with the help of Enterprise Estonia during the final year||75,000 euros|
|Export sales revenue of tourism services during the final year||2.6 billion euros|
|Added value of tourism companies services by Enterprise Estonia during the final year||138 million euros|
|Number of overnight stays by Asian tourists during the final year||540,000 overnight stays|
|Number of international conferences during the final year||100 conferences|
1We have used the World Economic Forum analysis where Estonia came to be on the 29th place in 2017, as the scoreboard for international competitiveness.
Following Estonia's accession to the EU, EAS became one of the agencies implementing EU structural funds in Estonia. During the 2007-2013 EU financing period, EUR 784 million (EEK 12 billion) of the more than EUR 3.4 billion (EEK 53 billion) of structural aid to Estonia has been implemented by Enterprise Estonia. In EU's new, 2014-2020 funding period, the budget for Structural Funds is 3.5 billion euros, of which 588.1 million is to be implemented by Enterprise Estonia.
EAS is led by a 2-member Management Board and a Supervisory Board, consisting of the entrepreneurs and officials.
Additionally, advisory boards consisting of the best experts in each of the areas of Enterprise Estonia’s responsibilities give the organization advice and guidance in return for up to date information on future plans and opportunities.
Chairman of the Supervisory Board:
Members of the Supervisory Board: