Estonia’s tech sector and start-up scene, especially the capital Tallinn, have made a name for themselves in recent years. In fact, the value of Estonia’s tech sector is around twice the national budget. In this article, we introduce 7 recruitment tech start-ups from Estonia, although some of these companies are already several years ‘old’.
Quality education and starting a business at lightning speed
The country is relatively small with around 1.3 million inhabitants, but what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in quality. The fact that Estonia and Tallinn have developed into a tech hotspot in recent years will certainly also have to do with the quality of education. The international education organisation OECD states that Estonian education is at the top globally. The government has also developed regulatory frameworks to help startups launch or attract funding.
Moreover, as an entrepeneur, you can start your own business at lightning speed, with the help of the innovative e-business registration system. Conveniently, Europeans can easily work there, as the country is a member of the EU. There are plenty of job opportunities with home-grown multinationals and unicorns, such as well-known Skype, Playtech (developer of software for the gaming industry) and fintech company Wise.
Thriving recruitment tech sector in Estonia
The recruitment tech sector is also thriving in Estonia. Not only are IT specialists increasingly being sought – and recruited – but also candidates for jobs in companies operating in finance, real estate and other sectors. Below are 7 interesting Estonian recruitment tech start-ups, with amounts invested ranging from around €20 million to a few tonnes.
1. RecruitLab, Teamdash (Estonia)
This Tallinn-based company, which recently renamed itself Teamdash, was also mentioned a while ago in an article on this site about European recruitment tech start-ups. Teamdash is actually a kind of ATS platform, specialising in video recruitment software. The company raised a considerable amount of money from investors some time ago. This will be used in part to expand towards the UK and to the rest of Europe, where it has customers in the Baltics, Finland and Germany, among others. Teamdash claims it can cut time-to-hire in half. Read the interview (video and podcast) Recruitmenttech.com had with RecruitLab’s founder Paavo Heil here.
Jobbatical, which has offices in Madrid, London, Munich and Amsterdam in addition to an office in Tallinn, has the slogan: Drama-free employee relocation. They describe their mission as: making moving to a new country as easy as booking a flight. They do this by digitising visa and relocation processes, partly with the help of AI. The immigration and relocation platform aims to make immigration as smooth as possible for employees and companies.
They describe their mission as: to make moving to a new country as easy as booking a flight.
Founded in 2017, MeetFrank aims to be the connection between skilled remote workers and recruiters. ‘MeetFrank has provided thousands of B2B clients with valuable labour market information to help them attract top talent,’ says Kaarel Holm, CEO and co-founder of MeetFrank. Following the recent acquisition of Compensation.app, candidates can also get real-time information on the salary expectations of the jobs they apply for. Holm commented: ‘Instead of static and outdated PDFs, we now offer real-time salary data that is actually useful’.
4. Wisnio (formerly Teamscope)
Wisnio, founded in 2015, focuses on building great teams. They combine big data analytics with scientific testing methods to profile each team member. They use that data to predict how they would perform together as a team. And they present the results in a simple, interactive dashboard to make the complex relationships understandable and help team leaders extract actionable insights from the analysis. As they put it themselves: ‘People work in teams, while recruitment and assessment tend to focus on individuals’.
‘People work in teams, while recruitment and assessment usually focus on individuals.’
Zerply works within a niche; recruiting animation specialists for the television, TV, gaming and advertising world. Their aim is to ‘provide the best digital artists with a wide range of opportunities and make their craft sustainable by connecting them with the best content producers in the world’.
Immersive is one of the youngest start-ups we present here. They set themselves apart from other recruitment agencies. They emphasise the ‘love’ for recruitment and that they save organisations money by replacing poor-quality recruitment agencies that act ‘transactional’. With their on-demand recruitment service, they take care of ‘the entire recruitment process’. For clients who do not have the capacity, capability or skills to do it themselves. They can also strengthen internal acquisition teams.
They pit themselves against other recruitment agencies.
MobiTalents is a job board for IT and tech jobs in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Founder Pavel Savinkin describes himself as a fan of ‘Nordic countries’, adding that at the time it was not easy for him to get an interesting job and work visa because there was no portal like MobiTalents yet.