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Latvia and Estonia join forces to boost local startup scene
Are you ready for an exciting life of an entrepreneur? Apply for the pre-accelerator program, build your team, develop the idea and start a business! As simple as that with the new project ‘EstLat-Accelerate’ that is launched as a part of European Regional Development Fund program ‘Interreg Estonia – Latvia’. There are two partnering cities involved – Riga and Tartu. And five strong community partners have joined forces to boost startup scene of both countries.
IdeaLab opened an exceptional season
University of Tartu students won two first places at international pitching competition in USA
On Friday evening, 23rd June University of Tartu teams took the two first places at the final competition of an exclusive NGAL® business development program. Among ten student teams from Estonia and USA, Cody was selected to be the winner and got 3,000 USD to implement their idea. The second place and 2,000 USD went to the Coulomb Sailing Group, a space technology start-up grown out from EstCube.
NGAL 3.0 Tartu camp: learning, working hard and getting new experiences!
As the first and second day were full of interesting talks and valuable lessons, we decided to put some more focus on teamwork and getting things done during the next days. However, those days were full of new experiences: meetings with experienced investors, lecture on history, tour at SPARK and University of Tartu, trying out Estonian sauna and visiting Narva, the easternmost point of EU!
Second day of NGAL®: lots of team time, visit to Mooncascade, design thinking and one-to-one mentoring with Helen Kokk!
Tuesday, 6th June was the second day of NGAL ® and well, it was even more fun! We started the day off with the reflection, got some sun during the team time, visited Mooncascade - one of the coolest IT companies in Tartu - talked about design thinking and UX with wonderful Helen Kokk and ended our day with amazing pasta!
The first day of NGAL: lots of new friends, ideas, emotions and knowledge!
First day of NGAL® (Network Globally, Act Locally) was all about getting to know each other, discussing the business ideas and setting goals for the project. The program started with opening words from prof. Erik Puura, prof. Maaja Vadi, Joonas Põder, Vaido Mikheim and Ermo Tikk.
An exclusive business development program NGAL starts on Monday!
IdeaLab starts a practical entrepreneurship program in Ukraine
In September 2017 UT IdeaLab will start a project for developing practical entrepreneurship education in Ukrainian universities. The aim of the project is to promote the entrepreneurial attitude and develop entrepreneurship skills of Ukrainian students, based on the Estonian best practices.
Vega fund kickoff capital recipients for spring 2017 have been selected!
Kaleidoskoop finals made SPARK sparkle with amazing ideas!
Kaleidoskoop finalists are now selected - the 10 best teams will compete in the finals next Friday!
Thursday, May the 11th marked the date of the selection round of Kaleidoskoop competition - the biggest youth business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia, taking place for eighth time already! In the first round, the board of judges picked out 10 most promising ideas that will compete in the finals on 19th of May!
Halfway through STARTER programme - Yrjö Ojasaar led teams into the world of product design!
Two student teams have been selected to represent University of Tartu in NGAL® business development program!
Kaleidoskoop winners pitched their ideas standing waist deep in the ice-cold water!
Festera and Tritsu, winner teams of last yeas’s business ideas competition Kaleidoskoop, pitched their business ideas at the international start-up event Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu, Finland. The event took place already for third time and there’s a specific aspect that makes this event distinguish among hundreds of other similar events – during their pitch participants have to stand waist-deep in ice-cold lake water!
Idea Storm brought together 200 students brimming with ideas!
On Thursday, 16th of February around 200 students, entrepreneurs and start-up mentors gathered at Dorpat Convention Centre to generate and share ideas at the inspirational event “Idea Storm. 100 ideas that could change the world”. The discussions were held on 21 different topics, every discussion was led by an entrepreneur from particular field. Later on, the best ideas and solutions from every table were presented.
Student Startup Camp breathed life into twelve business ideas!
IdeaLab starts spring season with a STORM!
IdeaLab invited our little friends over to spend time together and share ideas!
Kaleidoskoop brought together a record number of participants and strong business ideas!
On UT IdeaLab stage at sTARTUp Day business festival on 9th December the finals of Kaleidoskoop business ideas competition took place. The main prizes were given to the student company Festera who produces recycle bins that eliminate biodegradable waste using special bacteria, and UT IdeaLab’s STARTER program graduate Triplecase who has developed a practical three-zipper pencilcase.
Watch out Startup Day, Kaleidoskoop finalists are ready to blow you mind!
The 7th of December marked the date of Kaleidoskoop’s preliminary round, which was more popular than ever before – the record-shattering 42 teams were pitching their business ideas in UT IdeaLab! Out of all these great ideas jury had to pick out ten most promising ones that have the opportunity to participate the final at the international business festival Startup Day on 9th December.
Vega fund kickoff capital recipients have been selected!
During the preliminary round of Kaleidoskoop competition on 7th of December Vega fund jury selected the teams which will get 5000€ worth kickoff capital to develop their projects!
Last days before Kaleidoskoop - charming Gleb Maltsev helped STARTER program teams to perfect their pitching skills!
On 1st December our STARTER program teams and other young entrepreneurs gathered at IdeaLab to perfect their pitching skills. For that reason, we invited Gleb Maltsev - the founder of Stoneful communications agency, co-founder of Fundwise and award-winning pitching trainer. He came to Tartu straight from Slush and well, left us amazed!
IdeaLab invites you to participate in the biggest youth business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia
University of Tartu IdeaLab invites all the students to participate in the biggest youth business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia! It is a great opportunity for any young entrepreneur to gain some publicity, get feedback from start-up mentors and win valuable prices.
CEO of WSI Online agency shared practical tips about digital marketing!
Last week Kristjan-Paul Raude, CEO of WSI Online digital agency gave two lectures in University of Tartu: first an open lecture „How to grow your brand and sales using digital tools?“ and then an interactive seminar for IdeaLab STARTER program participants. The topic was suprisingly popular – in the STARTER seminar there was almost 100 people!
STARTER program: international company, sizzling energy and 27 world-changing ideas!
The STARTER program at UT IdeaLab has brought together almost 100 entrepreneurial students from 14 different schools and 14 different countries, working in teams on 27 different ideas. As the participants say, the international company with lots of sizzling energy, wide set of knowledge and ambitious ideas has made their participation in STARTER an unforgettable experience!
IdeaLab graduates were selected among 389 teams to one of the leading business accelerators in Europe
Meet Andriy, Nikita and Kostiantyn - three guys from Ukraine who started their start-up while studying at the University of Tartu. After validating different ideas at the University of Tartu IdeaLab and doing several pivots during their journey, their start-up Hirehunt was now selected to TOP 10 start-ups among 389 teams to participate in ABC Slovenia - one the leading Business Acceleration Programs in Europe.
Idea Storm brought together nearly 200 people for sharing ideas
Last Thursday almost 200 students, entrepreneurs and start-up mentors gathered to generate and share ideas in the inspirational event “Idea Storm. 100 ideas that could change the world”. The discussions were held on 21 different topics, every discussion was lead by an entrepreneur from particular field. Later on, the best ideas and solutions from every table were presented.
UT received 50,000 dollars from US supporters
Application by students which brokers rental properties without estate agent fees targets US market
Fishing, parking, networking, real estate – solving the world’s problems one small step at a time
Today „Network Globally, Act Locally 2016“ (NGAL) Tartu Camp will officially end. Students from University of Tartu, Nebraska Wesleyan and College of Charleston came together one last time in Idea Lab to practice their pitches in front of a real audience and critical judges – their peers, university faculty and startup field experts, including Yrjö Ojasaar.
Entrepreneurial spirit of Tartu students takes them to USA to develop business ideas
Three University of Tartu Idea Lab teams were chosen for the international Network Globally, Act Locally programme to develop their business ideas. The programme begins today in Tartu, where the entrepreneurial youth from two USA universities have also arrived, and ends on 24 June in Nebraska, USA, where teams will present their business ideas to the local business people.
Application by students brokers rental properties without estate agent fee
Kaleidoskoop finalists have been selected! Its time to turn your idea into a real money-making business.
Charismatic Gleb Maltsev forced the audience out of their comfort zone
Kristjan-Paul Raude Shares Advice on Digital Marketing
Sun is shining, birds are singing and it's the first Friday of May. Everything points to being outside and enjoying the weather but still Kristjan-Paul Raude managed to gather a full house to listen to his seminar-workshop about digital marketing. The seminar "How to build your brand and surpass your competition in Google [Search -- Ed]" was organized by UT Idea Lab in co-operation with Tartu University Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Tartu County Government.
Tips and Tricks on How to Use Social Media by Jaan Kruusma
Almost everyone interacts with social media, whether for personal use or for business purposes. The whole topic attracts a lot of attention – that’s why a record breaking number of attendees gathered in Idealab on the 21st of April to listen to the young and charming Garage48 mentor Jaan Kruusma.
Designer Helen Kokk Captivated the Audience with Exciting Tasks
On one cold and gloomy evening, a group of active students with their heads filled with ideas gathered at our colorful Idea Lab, where the young bright designer and founder of YourDesignWorks Helen Kokk held a workshop focusing on web design
Full House at the Product and Service Design Workshop
Network Globally, Act Locally has chosen their participants for 2016
New Businesses are Brewing at UT Idea Lab
The first assessment of our Idea Lab teams took place on the 31st of March. This assessment focused on the current position of the teams - what have they done so far, what are their future plans and whether they are in need of a mentor.
UT Idea Lab is looking for interns: event management and administrative work, communication and a design
Idea Lab is a place where students from all disciplines can find innovative solutions to everyday problems and test viability of their ideas.
To accomplish that, we are looking for interns interested in stretching their comfort zone, learning and growing together with us and contributing to our vision of being birth place for world changing ideas.