Breaking the digital ice: the growth of tech start-ups in the Baltic states

Recent years have seen rapid growth in the tech start-up communities of the Baltic countries, thanks to encouragement from government. If that growth continues, it could just be the tip of the iceberg. “Being here is like being in New York before it was built,” says Avery Schrader, an energetic Canadian start-up founder based in Tallinn, Estonia. Home to almost a third of Estonia’s 1.3m residents, you can sense the different stages of the city’s history through its architecture: from the Gothic spires and picturesque orange roofs of the Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to turn