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Estonian PM invited people to become the Estonian e-residents in Silicon Valley

BC, Tallinn, 09.12.2014.Print version
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas ceremoniously awarded first digital e-resident identity cards in the United States to Steve Jürvetson and Tim Draper at a business forum that took place at Draper University in California on Monday, reports LETA, referring to the government communication unit.

Taavi Rõivas in United States. Photo:

“I bid you a warm welcome to the group of e-Estonians!” the Prime Minister congratulated the new e-residents. “E-residency is the start-up of the Estonian Government – together we make Estonia bigger.”


Rõivas called companies both from Silicon Valley and the whole world for using e-residency to facilitate their activities and introduce new services in the world market. “Estonia has already attracted a lot of attention with e-residency, even though we are still in early stages of this venture and just discovering its full potential.”


Steve Jürvetson and Tim Draper are partners and managers in prestigious US venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ). They have significantly contributed to the development of the Estonian economy by mediating foreign investments and business connections, particularly for the Estonian start-up and IT companies. Steve Jürvetson and Tim Draper are also both ready to be among the spokesmen for e-residency at the international level, contributing to increasing awareness of e-Estonia.


In addition to recognising the first e-residents, the Prime Minister delivered a speech at Stanford University on Monday. The delegation also visited various companies, such as Alchemist Accelerator, which has functioned as a channel to Silicon Valley for several Estonian start-up companies. Furthermore, the Prime Minister’s delegation visited the Microsoft Technology Centre in Silicon Valley, where the latest developments of information technology of Microsoft were introduced.


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