Estonia / Jobbatical / 35
Estonia has five start-ups for every 100,000 inhabitants – six times the European average. “Here, there’s no excuse for not becoming an entrepreneur,” says Karoli Hindriks. She founded Jobbatical in ten minutes over coffee in 2014. One very encouraging factor is the fact that, in Estonia, businesses pay no corporate income tax on profits if they are reinvested. The recruitment platform Jobbatical – a play on the words “job” and “sabbatical” – helps match tech professionals with employers around the world. The business model serves people like a programmer from Birmingham who wants to spend a couple of years in Vietnam or a social media expert from New York who wants to go to Nigeria. Jobbatical and its 25 regular employees make it relatively simple for them to do so. The platform currently lists jobs in 49 countries.