Connecting Adriatic and the Baltic Sea 

Author: Heidi Ojamaa

LeverUP accompanied the Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman and the Chamber of Commerce on a visit to Tallinn to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. 

The Estonian Chamber of Commerce hosted a B2B business seminar between Estonian and Croatian companies. There were companies from fintech and financial services, ICT companies, industrial enterprises, including the food industry, startups and business services.   

Märt Jõesaar introduced LeverUP and had some long and fruitful discussions with participants of the seminar. 

Most thrilling was meeting Funderbeams’s new Chief Growth Officer, three time founder turned angel investor Kristjan Raude. Funderbeam is building a global marketplace for funding and trading with instant transactions for start-ups and has an office in Zagreb. 

Also meeting Adhele Tuulas, the Digital Transformation Advisor for Data Exchange at Cybernetica. The company is best known for development of Estonia’s e-Estonia X-road and internet voting system.   

Maer Joersaar Baltics and Nordics LeverUP
Maer Joersaar, business developement lead Baltics and Nordics at LeverUP


The visit continued to the E-Estonia Briefing Center where Croatians were introduced to the Estonian E-miracle. 

The e-Estonia Briefing Center was designed specifically for experiencing everything e-Estonia has to offer. Established in 2009 as an NGO, it is today part of the Estonian Business and Innovation Agency and plays an integral role in promoting the country’s know-how and expertise in digital services.

At the e-Estonia Briefing Center, visitors are presented with the e-Estonia concept and they act as coordinators between G2G, B2G, and B2B relations. They have also hosted presidents, ministers, high-level decision-makers from the public and private sector, investors, and international media keen to learn more about e-Estonia. The Center frequently assists other countries with digitisation initiatives and matches them with credible, leading IT partners to empower their efforts.

You can read more about the E-Estonia from here

Estonia and Croatia

Relations between Estonia and Croatia have been quite active in recent years: high-level visits and meetings have taken place, as well as meetings and consultations between representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

Estonia has supported Croatia in becoming a member of NATO and as a pro-enlargement member of the European Union, Estonia supported Croatia’s accession aspirations and shared its accession experience. Estonia supports Croatia’s aspirations to join the Schengen and euro area.

Estonia also supported Croatia in preparing for the first presidency of the EU Council in the first half of 2020.

Croatian Forgein Minister Gordan Grlić Radman said that Estonia and Croatia are neighbors, not maybe on the map but in spirit, let’s connect the Adriatic and the Baltic sea.  

 Lead image: Robert Gelo (CMO), Gordan Grlić Radman and Maert Joersaar (c) LeverUP


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