Product development workshop


NGBoth Norway and Estonia are working hard to reach global markets. To compete as a small country our entrepreneurs have to be extra smart, quick and flexible. We are bringing together great ideas and creative minds from both countries to have an active workshop in Tallinn. Find new contacts and discuss your ideas to make them grow quickly!


Contact person:
Marge Pihlapuu
Programme Manager of Green ICT
+372 62 79 421; +372 566 333 55


January 25th

13.20 Arrival to Tallinn and transfer to e-Showroom

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee and sandwiches

14.30 – 15.30 Presentation of Estonian e-Showroom

15.30 – 16.30 Urmas Lepik, Senior Advisor at Innovation Norway: Overlapping interests and economical challenges of Estonia and Norway
Transfer to the hotel Park Inn by Radisson Meriton.

18.15 – 19.00 Walk in the Old Town

19.00 Dinner at Farm,  Müürivahe 27b/ Viru 11.

January 26th

8.30 – Transfer from the hotel to Energy Discovery Centre

9.00 – 10.30

  • Introductions; Breaking into groups;
  • Working with an outsourcing partner
  • Practicum: Initial Impressions (UI/UX)

10.30 – 11.00 coffee break

11.00 – 12.45

  • Targeting your service/product
  • Practicum: Customer Personas; Customer Empathy

12.45 – 14.30 lunch

14.30 – 16.00

  • Customer Journey Intro
  • Practicum: Customer Journey Map & Tools

16.00 – 16.30 coffee break

16.30 – 18.00

  • Customer Journey Basics
  • Practicum: Touch Points and software development
  • Review

18.30 Dinner at Cru, Viru 8


January 27th

8.30 Transfer from the hotel to Energy discovery centre

9.00 – 12.00 Presentations of the results of the previous day

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.45 Visit to Hack Day at Helmes

14.45 – 15.00 Transfer to the airport

16.20 – Departure form Tallinn

Estonian participants:

  • Helmes

    Helmes_logoHelmes is an international software development house with 200+ experts, 25 years of experience, HQ in Estonia and clients across the Europe and US. Our partners trust us the design, development and maintenance of their most business critical software solutions and the most complex system integration projects. Created solutions replace work processes demanding large volumes of human work with automated and efficient processes. Our competences include software development, license solutions, hosting and maintenance of applications.

  • Brightspark

    Brightspark_bs_square_2015_300x300  Brightspark is a custom full-stack software development company differentiating in competition with the strong visual analysis and prototyping methodology. Our visual approach to complex challenges speeds up the development process and engages our customers (who we consider as partners) in the very early stage of the process.

    Our team consist of UX/UI designers, front end/back-end developers and project managers, who are capable of building solutions for different areas of business. We build web applications using the combination of Microsoft and JavaScript/HTML/CSS technologies.

    We have been delivering solutions in different business sectors. We have competence in utilities, healthcare, retail, gambling, real estate and content management. Main part of our business comes from cooperation with companies in UK, Norway and Italy.

    Brightspark has ownership in Norwegian company Correlate A/S. We have also been successfully partnering with Asplan Viak A/S in frames of a project funded by Norway Grants.

  • Ignite

    ignite_logo Ignite creates reliable software from mobile applications to large scale information systems. Our competences include:

    • Blockchain technologies
    • Mobile apps with server based back-end solutions
    • Intelligent contracts, ID and authentication systems
    • Atlassian JIRA support and development
    • Recrur – recruitment management tool
    • Custom-made software, legacy systems rebuild and integrations
  • Uptime

    uptime_logoengjpg Uptime´s history dates back to 1992, when on 16th of February the company’s predecessor Capricorn was founded.
    We focus on solving business needs using our profound expertise in Software Development, SharePoint Solutions and ICT Maintenance Services. Uptime today employs over 100 top specialists with high cross-industry competence, our offices are in Estonia, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

    Uptime received the Microsoft Country Partner of the Year 2013 award, which we earned mainly for our development projects on MS SharePoint and .NET platform. We have been Microsoft Gold Partners for over 10 years.
    We are aiming at constant development and growth of our company. In 2015 and 2016, we were acknowledged as the Gazelle company.
    In December 2015, Uptime merged with Comperio, a Norwegian-Swedish leader in search technology.
    In February 2016, we merged with Swiss IT firm educo and formed a joint company Uptime Systems GmbH.
    Uptime started with focus solely on the local market, but over the years we have grown our international scope. We are aimed at servicing the European companies. Our biggest markets are Estonia, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland, where we also have local offices. Today, our team has over 100 cross-industry specialists. Owners of the company are also the executive managers.


    We have been a Microsoft Certified Partner since 1999 and from 2006 have had the status of Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in the field of Collaboration and Content solutions. Our specialists have various Microsoft certificates and are constantly improving their knowledge.

    We have been Oracle’s partners since 1998. We know their products through and through. As guest lecturers, we have collaborated with the local branch and trained quite a considerable number of Oracle specialists in Estonia.

    We have been a trusted business partner of the biggest IT vendor IBM since 1998.

    ISO 9001:2008
    Our quality control and management system is certified in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 requirements.

    Goal of this organization is to create cooperation and communication possibilities among Microsoft Certified Partners.


    Microsoft Partner of the Year
    We were nominated as 2013 Microsoft Partner of the Year Winner in Estonia. The Country Partner of the Year Award honors companies that have demonstrated business excellence in delivering solutions based on the Microsoft platform.

    Gazelle Company 2015 and 2016
    Uptime has been named as Gazelle Company 2 years in a row – in 2015 and 2016. Gazelle is a title that is granted to enterprises that have shown remarkable growth in revenue and profit and for being an outstanding employer. Less than 1% of companies earn this title.

    Highest Creditworthiness 2015
    Bisnode acknowledged Uptime OÜ´s credit worthiness being on the highest level of AAA credit rating system. The credit rating is calculated taking into account the state of the company, its background, financial performance and payment habits.

  • EST-Prototype

    est_proto_logo_1800x650 EST-PROTOTYPE is a IAAS, PAAS and Software Development House based out of Tallinn Estonia with offices in London. Tallinn has been voted as one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world and we are at the spearhead of that technological revolution. We serve Europe with our portfolio of services and technical solutions across various industrial corporate verticals such as Banking / Finance, Government, Healthcare, Travel to name but a few.

    With the ever changing face of business in today’s world and the associated continual evolution of the IT systems that support this business fabric, EST Prototype has been continually surfing this wave of change by providing bespoke high performance business solutions to its customers that leverage the latest cutting edge technologies on-time and at an affordable price.

    We have a small and technically diverse team of professional developers and consultants that allow us to effortlessly blend together a large mixture of technologies, frameworks and programming languages to fit the exacting needs of our customers and their projects.

    EST-Prototype works on the basis of an Offshore Development House. Our aim is to provide you with a friendly and highly available team of software engineers and consultants who are an extension of your internal development team/s if you have them. Due to our history and industrial exposure across many projects in Europe, timeline (GMT) and location are not a problem for our team. We can be available at whatever timelines and constraints you and your team/s are working in / under and assist you to deliver your planned project on-time in budget and exact to requirements.

    We have over 3 years experience of exporting e-government solution for Republic of Kyrgyzstan.

    We provide e-Government systems Add to dictionary, IT Security Architecture, and Intelligence Based Cyber Security! “We can build a country and government that will fit everyone’s pocket!”

    We are looking for long term partners with perspective value for everyone.

  • Esto Marine & Offshore AB

    Twenty-five (25) year experience from the Marine and Energy Industries in Norway, Sweden, Finland, UAE, Hong Kong, Korea, Italy, USA, Mexico, Germany, UK, Singapore, Indonesia, Croatia.

    Currently started offering bundled World class intelligent lighting technology (Thinnect, Inc.) and wireless IOT mesh networks for commercial facilities and end-Clients, which is economically viable also for SMEs (less than 3,000 light-nodes).

    Eight (8) year field tested technology. Quick installation by electricians, comparable fast break-even potential, 50-80% energy savings achieved, convenient management and parameter adjustments from dashboard. The installation enables simple future expansions to small cost, with additional IOT functions: for example HVAC management, fire/ smoke/ CO2 detection, Security, Material reading, Inventory level detection etc.

    Business Angel Investor, member of with primary areas of interest: Green Tech

    Energy and Marine (EstBAN is a part of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN)

  • Bind Creative / LUMINORD

    luminord_logo LUMINORD is a creative software development consultancy specialising in engaging, forward-thinking technology and products. We provide analysis, strategy, development services and fully managed projects to established companies, early-stage startups and agencies around the globe.

    Focusing on creativity, data and experiences, we help our clients bring new product vision to market.

    Areas of expertise:

    • Financial Services
    • Telecommunications
    • Government
    • Health & Pharma
    • Media & Entertainment
    • Travel & Hospitality
    • Games
  • Thorgate Management

    thorgatelogo  The best Python development company in the Nordics.

    Thorgate is the largest and fastest growing Python and Django development company in Estonia. We use React.js for front-end development and create also beautiful design (UX and UI). We are Seedcamp winners and also invest in early stage B2B startups.

    Back-end development (Python and Django)
    Front-end development (React, Ember, vanilla JS, HTML, CSS, SCSS)
    Design (UX and UI)
    Venture capital (seed stage, B2B focus)

    Key clients:
    eCoop (
    CountryOS (
    Gridens (

  • Applaud

    applaud_logo_large Applaud team has been building well-known mobile apps since 2008, mostly in Estonia but also several global apps. We partner with startups and businesses of all sizes to design, build and improve mobile apps.

    Applaud portfolio

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There are many reasons for looking for partners in Estonia, a few of them are listed below:

  • Estonia is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe over the last decade. Both sales and sourcing possibilities bring Norwegian companies here. There is a good access to EU markets, including 85 million inhabitants in the Baltic Sea Region. Business environment is competitive: highly educated workforce, advanced technologic environment, low taxes.
  • Nordic countries are the largest investors and trading partners for the Baltic region, Norway has made the fastest growth over the last years. Today, there are over 1000 companies with Norwegian capital and thousands of Norwegian companies with business partners in the Baltics.
  • Estonia is geographically and culturally close to Nordic countries. 75% of Norwegian companies in the Baltics and Poland are satisfied/very satisfied with the results according Deloitte study.
  • Today, Estonia is regarded as one of the most advanced e-governments in the world.
  • The use of technology and digital services is widespread in both the public and private sector.
  • Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency (a digital identity) to anyone interested in administering business online. e-Residents can digitally sign documents and contracts, verify the authenticity of signed documents, conduct e-banking and remote money transfers.
  • Estonia’s tax system is unique and the most competitive tax code in the OECD. First, it has a 20 percent tax rate on corporate income that is only applied to distributed profits. Second, it has a flat 20 percent tax on individual income that does not apply to personal dividend income. Third, its property tax applies only to the value of land rather than taxing the value of real property or capital. Finally, it has a territorial tax system that exempts 100 percent of the foreign profits earned by domestic corporations from domestic taxation, with few restrictions.