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.
Some took the stage with smiles on their faces, some with their hands shaking, some with complete poker faces, but everybody did it and they did it well. Teams had 4 minutes to pitch their idea and use visuals if necessary and 4 minutes for feedback and questions.
9 teams pitched their business ideas and models that solve problems from many different aspects of our lives, be it fishing, parking, going out, networking, real estate, finance, shopping or job-seeking.
HireYoung - A platform driven by deep linking and data analysis that helps students to start careers and maximize company’s chances to find the best candidates.
KONKU - Online platform for connecting and introducing tenants and landlords without real estate brokers.
Need2Park - Need2Park enables medium to large parking lot owners to manage their parking lots and optimize the traffic there.
Grocery n' Go - A shopping efficiency application that saves shoppers time while driving the sales of stores.
Patch Financial - Financial education platform that works with employers to help their employees get out of debt and plan for retirement.
SipSafe - A drug-detection device aimed at preventing the instances of drug-facilitated sexual assault on and off college campuses.
Rodbug - A fishing-rod mounted activity sensor and app that automatically tracks and records where and when you get the most bites on your line.
BarFrog - A hospitality service provider that uses real time data analytics and a user integrated point of sale system, allowing bars to stay ahead of the curve, and users to master their night.
EverLink - A platform that improves networking experience for both attendees and hosts.
Although some of the questions asked during the 4 minutes of Q&A made the teams a little uncomfortable, in the end Yrjö Ojasaar gave the teams some very positive feedback. He told that it is obvious that everybody had done a lot of work and that they are a lot further ahead than most of the startups that he has seen. Some had working prototypes, web pages, posters and even paying customers. He also mentioned that some of these ideas caught his eye for business investments and he definitely would follow up on them. If any of the teams would want some more feedback or ask questions, Yrjö Ojasaar can be found on LinkedIn.
NGAL Tartu Camp will end with a formal dinner at Atlantis restaurant, where everyone can enjoy a fun night and relax after our busy week. Next our teams will travel to Tallinn to visit our successful startups Transferwise and Pipedrive. After that it’s off to the United States, Bon Voyage! (Just when everybody got rid of their jetlag…)
We are grateful for Harry and Reba Huge Foundation for this amazing opportunity to perfect and grow business models, experience different cultures and establish friendships.
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!