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!
During the five first seminars of the program, participants have formed teams and filled in their business model canvases; done lots of idea validation and product development; learned the fundamentals of awesome pitching and pitched their ideas to the mentors to get valuable feedback and useful contacts. At the moment they are creating their first prototypes and continueing with validation.
The ideas vary a lot: creating all-inclusive web portal for travellers and establishing a moving pharmacy are only some of them! There are several health-related ideas, such as a gym center for seniors and a booking service for healthcare system. Some ideas are really ambitious, aiming to revolutionize the field of logistics or improving the sharing economy. We can’t wait to hear them all on Kaleidoskoop!
“A year ago I couldn’t have imagined myself participating in that kind of program, but after an international entrepreneurship course I took in summer I was really curious about the entrepreneurship in Estonia,” recalls Madli Kaljula, one of the team leaders, adding that she hasn’t regretted a moment: “That crazy enthusiasm, powerful energy and international company makes the program almost fenomenal experience!”
In the upcoming weeks STARTER teams are going to learn about marketing and sales, local start-up ecosystem and then get a final pitching training to be ready for the finals! The first round of Kaleidoskoop project and business ideas competition will take place on 7th December at UT IdeaLab. Then the 10 best student teams will be selected to participate in Kaleidoskoop finals on international business festival Startup Day 2016 on 9th December.Find out more about Kaleidoskoop and register your team here!
STARTER program is financed by EU Social Fund.
Starter pre-incubation programme teams gained new motivation from mentors for idea development
One of the key events in the StarterTartu programme is the Mentor Feedback Carousel, where teams meet mentors from various fields to receive crucial feedback on their ideas. This year, the event took place on October 5th at Spark HUB, the center of the startup and technology community, bringing together 11 mentors and 22 teams, with a total of 100 students benefiting from the mentors' valuable insights.