IdeaLab invited our little friends over to spend time together and share ideas!
Although it was the first time when these kids visited IdeaLab they already had a very good understanding about what is an university, what IdeaLab does and are entrepreneurs do! According to their understanding, university is "a place where you learn lots of things and become smart", IdeaLab is a "place to create new innovative ideas" and an entrepreneur is "someone who invents new thing and bring those ideas to life".
They also had lots of great ideas to spread – for example teleportation watch, backpack with wings and horse robot! And as ideas alone are worthless, we also made prototypes out of modelling paste.
Prototypes of children future ideas.
Andreas, IdeaLab alumnus and leader of Brandlyse start-up, also came to IdeaLab to play with kids. "They are so smart! The boy who came up with teleportation clock, he was a real engineer - I wish I had exchanged business cards with him!" he jokes. We also had Karl-Gustav from TÜ Majandusklubi with us who helped kids to make prototypes and Alo from UT Institute of Computer Sciences who introduced kids the 3D printer and different remote control robots!
Tartu Children's centre teacher Merje said that they are very happy for IdeaLab's invitation: "Kids were waiting for this day eagerly and they will remember this visit for a long time for sure." Also, she assured that they would gladly visit IdeaLab again!
IdeaLab is excited as well – since we are now officially friends with Tartu Children's Shelter, there will surely be many more fun events coming in the future! The event took place thanks to IdeaLabs initiative and support from members of Faculty of Economics.
Since it's December – Christmas time – we ended our get-together with eating with Christmas-snacks, shared gifts and also gave IdeaLab's door a new look!
Our little friends' visit will be visible for everyone now!
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!