The aim of the NATO DIANA (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic) accelerator is to support deep technology startups that contribute to national security and defense by bringing together talented innovators and end-users of new technologies. The accelerator focuses on developing dual-use technologies, meaning they can be used for both civilian and defense purposes. The NATO accelerator in Estonia primarily enables startups from Estonia and the nearby region to develop their products and business models, and to find collaboration partners in the Alliance-wide defense market, which is typically closed and has high entry barriers.

All companies accepted into the accelerator receive a grant of 100,000 euros, and the best ones can receive up to an additional 300,000 euros in funding. Additionally, companies can expect a high-quality 6-month training program, access to over 90 test centers, a program connecting the defense and business sectors, and a network of top mentors across the Alliance. DIANA creates a bridge between universities, companies, and the public sector, with the goal of supporting the development of innovative technologies that help address challenges in both the civilian and defense sectors, leading us towards a more secure and sustainable world.

The NATO DIANA Estonia accelerator is led by Tehnopol Startup Incubator in collaboration with SparkUp Tartu Science Park and the business accelerator Startup Wise Guys. The implementation of the accelerator in Estonia is funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, and the city of Tallinn. Contributing to the network of testing centers across the Alliance are TalTech, the University of Tartu, CR14, the Estonian National Defence College, the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences, and the Estonian Aviation Academy.


Pirko Konsa
Member of the management board