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Horizon Development's COVID's Fight contribution February-May 2020

posted Jun 9, 2020, 9:01 AM by Horizon Development

Horizon Development COVID Report:

Now that the COVID lockdowm measures are easying down 🌞 it s a good time to report on Horizon's very busy months activities during the lockdown.

This was an interesting time for everyone. 

This was the opportunity for Horizon to get back to its late 1990s and early 2000s roots, when the Managing Partner of Horizon was back then the founder and Director of the MassDefense Institute, a Cambridge based emergency preparedness training organization. The MassDefense Institute notably played an important role in training organizations on protective measures response during the anthrax crisis of 2001-2002 in the Metropolitan Boston Area.

Horizon Development's activity report February-May 2020:

Trained in COVID response, emergency preparedness, confinement procedures, and decontamination procedures of:

  • 3 emergency and medical response organizations

  • 8 private companies (engineering, manufacturing, airspace)

  • 1 farm

  • 2 private clinics

  • 22 families

This has been conducted via video conferencing sessions that focused on updated COVID medical research data and on emergency preparedness drills.

In addition:

  • Participated to the training guideline materials of 2 emergency responders and one hotel chain

  • Organized and coordinated two expert panel seminars on the tourism sector response to the COVID epidemic

  • Organized and coordinated one expert panel seminar on the impact of COVID on the aviation and airspace industries.

  • Organized and coordinated one expert panel seminar on the "herd immunity" argument and the responses of Sweden, Brazil and Belarus vs the lockdown countries

So we ve been busy...😷

Hope everyone stayed save during this strange period. Please, enjoy life as much as possible, but remain responsibly alert & safe!

Clean&Care COVID risks awareness & preparedness certifications for the travel, hospitality & tourism industry

posted Jun 1, 2020, 12:49 PM by Horizon Development   [ updated Jun 9, 2020, 4:39 AM ]

"Clean&Care" 2020 Audits & Certifications for the hospitality, travel and tourism industry available as of June 1st. Horizon Development is a partner in this initiative that has regrouped 16 leading tourism, safety and medical research experts in 4 continents.

More information:

Horizon Development's page about Clean&Care

The Estonian startup ecosystem is making history!

posted Jan 23, 2020, 6:01 AM by Horizon Development   [ updated Jan 23, 2020, 9:27 AM ]


Yesterday was history! 

Fantastic evening at the very first Estonian Startup Award Ceremony with the "creme-de-la-creme" of the Estonian startup mafia. The data is clear: Estonians now master the art of the favorable startup ecosystem: More companies are created. More companies than statistically expected are reaching profitability earlier. But, as Martin Villig and Gerry Kodres put it, next is to see what long-term sustainability is to come and how well can many companies pass the "real" market test. This is perhaps where Horizon Development Market Sniper's proposition to entrepreneurs deserved attention. Horizon Development Market has been bringing its humble contribution to that fantastic ecosystem for over 10 years and will continue to do so: Market Sniper has proven to be a very effective accelerator to early & safe foreign market client acquisition. Market Sniper has been particularly successful for bootstrapped innovative young companies or for big ones that are "shy" to unleash their market potential abroad. It gives bigger companies the opportunity to get started on a market without taking the risk of major investments in time and resource. For young companies, especially the ones seeking financing from the VC ecosystem or from banks, it permits them to enter a market, prove that the product can past the test, while deferring cost into a period of time where the cash flow position of the company is in better condition. Big thumbs up to the Startup Estonia (Maarika Truu) team and to Lift99 (Ragnar Sass) for the initiative, the coordination, the fun hosting and a most memorable evening! Elagu Eesti!! More info here: hashtag#startupestonia hashtag#Lift99 hashtag#estonia hashtag#startupmetrics hashtag#horizondev hashtag#bootstrapping hashtag#marketsniper hashtag#innovation

Flying Whales: Reaching new hights in heavy logistic transport

posted Oct 29, 2019, 5:54 AM by Horizon Development   [ updated Oct 29, 2019, 6:37 AM ]

Flying Whales LCA60T to be manufactured in 2021

Horizon Development has been supporting Flying Whales since 2014. Horizon's expertise provided support to draft the documents that enabled the company to successfully conduct its initial investment round (Eur 10 million) and continues to provide ad hoc expertise on various important matters ever since.

Flying Whales is the French manufactuer of the LCA60T, the next big player in heavy load logsitic transportation allowing trasnportation of large and heavy loads in areas with no or poor road infrastructure and with applications in the energy, forestry, humanitarian aid, military, civil engineering and construction industries.

Flying Whales’ airship concept is 150 meters long and has a load capacity of 60 tons. Like the zeppelins of the past, it has a rigid inner frame. Lift is generated using helium. Helium is a safe gas that, unlike the hydrogen of the infamous Hindenburg, does not pose an explosion hazard.

With speeds of up to 100 km/h, much lower energy requirements, and 1/20th of the operating costs of comparable cargo helicopters, the French airship is a genuine alternative. The graphene-based ultracapacitors (electrochemical energy storage) can be charged and discharged faster than normal batteries.

Some press coverage about Flying Whales LCA60T. More has been provided on Horizon's social media pages.

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Horizon Development Markets unveils its new market intelligence tool for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry

posted Jul 26, 2012, 10:40 AM by Horizon Development   [ updated Oct 2, 2019, 4:11 AM ]

 Pierre Blime, Managing Partner at Horizon Development, has unveiled on July 26, 2012 the new tool that will assist the tourism and hospitality industry to get a better view at whom are their potential future clients and how to connect with them . At a time when the value of voluntary feed-back systems such as Trip-Advisor cannot be trusted any longer, Horizon Development Markets has developed a range of very rigorous products that were designed specifically to assist decision-making in the travel and hospitality industry, with a strong experience and focus on Nordic countries. MarketTour is the cumulating result of the combination of expertise between Horizon Development's Baltic Ambassador programme and Horizon Development Markets, with a focus on dynamic market research and the most recent communication and social media tools.

Horizon Development at the "14 Juillet" at the French Embassy in Tallinn

posted Jul 13, 2012, 10:47 AM by Horizon Development   [ updated Jul 26, 2012, 11:19 AM ]

On the occasion of the French national day, the "14 Juillet" (July 14th), Horizon Development is one of the sponsors of the French Embassy party (funds for celebrations were cut in 2011 by the French government) to be held in the garden of the French Embassy on Toom-Kooli in Tallinn this year. Horizon Development will have a stand there to answer your questions about our past projects, our plans for the future and our various area of expertise. This will also be the opportunity for Horizon Development Invest to unveil its new corporate finance & tax advisory service to foreign companies that would like to take full advantage of the 0% corporate income tax in Estonia. We hope to meet many people there.

News: Horizon Development Markets wins new contract for market research in Estonia

posted Apr 24, 2012, 1:45 AM by Horizon Development   [ updated Jul 26, 2012, 12:13 PM ]

Tallinn, April 2012: Horizon Development Markets has won a contract for investigating the Estonian market on the behalf of a fast-growing company. The contract will last about two months and will involve both a survey of about 100 business and 200 interviews, as well as a thorough quantitative and macro-economic analysis. Pierre Blime, Managing Director, hopes that the contract could be possibly extended to Finland and Sweden, after completing the Estonian study, where he suspects there exists a strong market opportunity.

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