The entrepreneurial environment of Võru County is open and supportive, and is largely network-based. Much of the synergy is created in regional resources-based industries, where intra-sector developments are driven by clusters of companies operating within the area of activity and by supporting public sector organisations. This applies to the wood and furniture industry, where the sector’s competitiveness is supported by the TSENTER Centre of Competence, and those companies which are active within this area are united by the Furniturecluster of South-East Estonia. Tourism companies are supported by the Võru County Tourism Association and the Võru County Development Agency. The development of the food industry network and the UMA MEKK brand are supported by the Union of the Võru County Farmers and the Võru County Partnership Board. The cultural, heritage-based creative industry and smart teleworking also have important roles to play.
One of the most important support structures for entrepreneurial activities in the county is the Võru County Development Agency, which is part of the nationwide network of county development centres. The agency’s mission is to support entrepreneurs, local municipalities, and citizen associations in the county in the implementation of projects which are designed to improve the entrepreneurial environment and the quality of life in the region. The Võru County Vocational Training Centre helps to ensure the availability of a professional labour force by teaching speciality skills in the fields of technology, tourism, catering, accommodation, trade, and entrepreneurship at a high level. Refresher courses and retraining are also offered based on the demands of the labour market. Võru County’s government authority keeps an eye on the direction being taken in terms of economic development by the county and manages an entrepreneurial infrastructure and export-orientated projects.