Georg Poslawski, Coordinator, Creative Enterpreneurship Development Programme, Enterprise Estonia; Kristiina Sipelgas, Coordinator, Development of Estonian National Design, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Estonia emerged from Soviet domination about 20 years ago, just in time to join the Internet revolution, and indeed, writes Enterprise Estonia's Georg Poslawski, information technology has been a driving force behind Estonia's modernization and economic growth; indeed, the software that went into the Skype VoIP service was developed in Estonia. A national design policy was first discussed in 2001 and is likely to come to fruition in the next year. Meanwhile, 2006's national Year of Design resulted in the establishment of Enterprise Estonia, which is now the primary contributor of support and development programs for Estonia's entrepreneurs. Together with the country's Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and its Ministry of Culture, Enterprise Estonia supports export activities and structures such as creative incubators, development centers, and creative clusters. Poslawski, along with his co-writer, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications staffer Kristiina Sipelgas, offers some examples of his country's more-innovative products, including some that are joint ventures between national universities and entrepreneurial enterprises.
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Design in Government, Innovation