The University of Tartu IdeaLab is a subunit of the School of Economics and Business Administration. It provides hands-on entrepreneurship education and pre-incubation services for all students across disciplines and early-stage students start-up teams. It is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by finding innovative solutions to everyday problems, test the viability of their ideas, improve teamwork skills and broaden their networks.  Our extra-curricular business idea development programme STARTER  provides hands-on workshops supervised by entrepreneurs and integrated with mentoring sessions.  Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors.


STARTER programme is financed by EU Social Fund.

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Idea Lab projects 

STARTER
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Hands-on extra-curricular business development programme STARTER provides knowledge and skills for student start-up projects and helps teams to shape their ideas into tested business models. 

STARTER Advanced

STARTER Advanced is a business development programme designed for early-stage student teams. The semester-long programme helps teams to acquire first paying customers and develop their product or service. After completing the programme, the team is ready to enter an accelerator or incubation programme.

STARTER@Ukraine

The project " Transforming Estonian Best Practice of Practical Entrepreneurship Studies to Ukrainian Universities“ aims to promote entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurship skills among Ukrainian students based on the best practices in Estonia.

Kaleidoskoop

Kaleidoskoop is the biggest students’ business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia, taking place for the 12th time already! In the final round, the 10 best teams will step on the stage to present their business and project ideas.  This semester Kaleidoskoop pre-selection round and finals take place on 17th of May at the Delta Business Conference.

NGAL® 
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NGAL ® (Network Globally, Act Locally) is an intensive hands-on business development programme for early-stage student teams. The programme starts with the boot camp at UT IdeaLab and ends with a launch-camp in the USA. At the final day, teams pitch to judges and the best teams will be awarded.

EstLat - Accelerate

The main aim of EstLat-Accelerate is to prepare and carry out three pre-acceleration programmes that are jointly organized in Tartu and Riga. Each round of pre-acceleration takes about four months and has a specific ICT focus that varies from programme to programme.

Prototyping
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The Prototyping Centre of the University of Tartu offers a novel study and work environment for students and scientists, where modeling and simulations for new solutions can be performed.
Room renting information
Team
Maret Ahonen
IdeaLab Manager
Tel: +372 737 4817, 5225910
E-mail: maret.ahonen@ut.ee
IdeaLab Manager
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Andres Vaher
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Tel: +372 5558 7359
E-mail: Andres.vaher@ut.ee
Marketing and Communications Specialist
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Piret Arusaar
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
Tel: +372 51 62 945
E-mail: piret.arusaar@ut.ee
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
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Location
UT IdeaLab address: Juhan Liivi 4 , room 211 (Tartu, 51003).