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, they are now selected to TOP 10 start-ups among 389 teams to participate in ABC Slovenia - one the leading Business Acceleration Programs in Europe.
Simply said, Hirehunt is powerful recruitment hub, helping companies hire top talents fast and on scale using crowdsourced power of multiple recruiters, direct staffing and referrals. “We started in November 2015 and we have pivoted several times since then,” says Andriy Bondarenko, the team lead, “Recruitment market is tough and we invest a lot to understand and solve real problems and pains.”
Hirehunt team consists of three Business Administration students who participated two seasons in pre-incubation program at UT IdeaLab. They were also selected to take part in the international business development program Network Globally, Act Locally (NGAL) that took them to the United States. Now they will spend three months at ABC Slovenia, one of the leading business acceleration programs in Europe. “We were chosen among 389 candidates to join TOP 10 start-ups that are granted with solid investment, access to more than 100 mentors and business connections with 450 companies around the world,” explains Mr. Bondarenko.
"Seminars and workshops of the STARTER program played a huge role in what we do and the way we work,” admit young men. They believe that participation in the pre-incubation program, mentors’ feedback and pitching events provide a true startup experience that shape team’s performance as well as professional and personal development.
“Hirehunt team stood out for its extraordinary strong team spirit, determination to bring the best possible service to the market and contribute to their business model development,” recalls Maret Ahonen, Manager of IdeaLab, adding that she is happy for their progress that Hirehunt is a perfect example of entrepreneurial mindset and behaviour.
In regard to whether they recommend participating in IdeaLab STARTER program, the answer comes quickly: “With no doubts! That is a great place to start, learn and get first traction. And what we like the most, even when the program ends IdeaLab is the place where you always can get any kind of help and support. Cheers up to all the awesome IdeaLab team!”
Thanks for the kind words and congratulations for being selected to ABC Slovenia, team Hirehunt! To start your own success story, see you the first seminar of STARTER: Ideation and team building on Tuesday, 27th September in UT IdeaLab (Narva mnt 4).
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!