Startup Community initiativesMartin is an active member of Estonian startup ecosystem #EstonianMafia for last 15 years.
- Co-Founder & President 2020 of Startup Leaders Club with 100+ Estonian founders
- Co-Founder of Garage48 - organizing 48h hackathons in 20+ countries in Europe & beyond
- Curator of Estonian Startups Funding Spreadsheet (2006-today)
- Curator of Estonian Startups Headcount Spreadsheet (2015-today)
- Member of European Innovation Council Advisory Board (2019-2021)
Mentoring Young EntrepreneursMartin is happy to mentor new founders on their business idea. Before approaching him, please make sure you have done your homework (1-2 pager brief about your project):
- What is your business idea? Why are you passionate about this specific idea?
- Please Google about competition and do a thorough market research?
- Why should people buy your product? Your unique value proposition?
- What resources you need to build your idea? Team & Roles? Funding? Anything else?
- How do you plan to make money? Business model, costs & margins, unit economics?
- How do you go to market - Sales and Marketing channels? Costs of User Acquisition?
- Which are your current TOP3 challenges? How could Martin help you exactly?
ANGEL INVESTMENTSMartin is early stage investor looking for a clear hypothesis for a product - clear customer pain with a solution to solve that pain. A strong team should have a working prototype in platforms/mobile space. Investment tickets usually €10-50K.
My current investments:
- GuestJoy (EE) - platform for hoteliers for guest-facing comms, feedback & upsell
- Printify (LV) - create and sell custom products, drop-ship delivery
- Carget (EE/SA) - rent-to-buy used cars platform in South Africa
- Lift99 (EE/UA)- co-growing spaces in Tallinn & Kyiv
- Salto.co - hand-picked CEE founders network for networking & mentoring - sign-up or refer to the best founders in your country (sub-project by Lift99)
- Math99 (EE) - The easiest most fun way to practice math in a classroom! Instantly engaging and perfect for all-class activities. Play against Martin in 30 second challenge!
Please play with your family and refer to your school or teacher. Math can be fun!
- ProcurementFlow (EE) - cloud-based software for keeping communication and procurement process in flow. Please refer to friend working in procurement, thanks :)