UT Startup Lab

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Morning Health Talks Tartu - “Tudengite kaasamine innovatsioonis ja ettevõtluses: Võimalused ja väljakutsed” - BioPark 09/06/2021

Morning Health Talks Tartu - “Tudengite kaasamine innovatsioonis ja ettevõtluses: Võimalused ja väljakutsed” - BioPark

Morning Health Talks Tartu at Tartu Biotehnoloogia Park on June 17th! 🤩
Many amazing guests who are experts in their field including Startup Lab Manager Maret Ahonen. She gives a talk on "Why is there a Startup Lab at the University of Tartu and how does the STARTER program involve entrepreneurial students?" 😄
The event is online and the first part is in English but the second part is in Estonian! ☺
Read more and register at

Morning Health Talks Tartu - “Tudengite kaasamine innovatsioonis ja ettevõtluses: Võimalused ja väljakutsed” - BioPark 2021. aasta esimene EIT Health Morning Health Talks Tartu kohvihommik toimub 17. juunil kell 10:00-12:30 virtuaalsena. Üritus keskendub õpilaste kaasamisele...

UT sTARTUp Lab | Startup Lab gives impetus to Ukrainian business education 08/06/2021

UT sTARTUp Lab | Startup Lab gives impetus to Ukrainian business education

The two-year international cooperation project "Innosme" led by University of Tartu Startup Lab has ended! 🤩
The project focused on developing cooperation between Ukrainian entrepreneurs and universities by promoting the development and growth of self-confidence of female entrepreneurs. 👑
Read more at

UT sTARTUp Lab | Startup Lab gives impetus to Ukrainian business education 7 June marked the end of the two-year international cooperation project "Innosme" led by University of Tartu Startup Lab. The project focused on developing cooperation between Ukrainian entrepreneurs and universities by promoting the development and growth of self-confidence of women entrepreneurs.

UT sTARTUp Lab | First online Student Startup Camp 07/06/2021

UT sTARTUp Lab | First online Student Startup Camp

The Student Startup Camp was a big success and all the students were able to try hands-on how to build a business from scratch! 🥳
Big thanks to TÜ arvutiteaduse instituut and Garage48!! Next SSC in 2022 spring!
Read more and learn about the teams at

UT sTARTUp Lab | First online Student Startup Camp UT Institute of Computer Science, Garage48 and UT Startup Lab organised the 8th Student Startup Camp that brought together university students from all over Estonia. Due to coronavirus restrictions, the camp took place completely online.

Amanda Haynes: Why Tartu is better for startups than Tallinn 04/06/2021

Amanda Haynes: Why Tartu is better for startups than Tallinn

🤩 "In Tartu the biggest benefit is the cooperation between organisations. Startups can join different programmes at the same time and work together with different professionals, and it is easy to collaborate among ecosystem partners," said the UT Startup Lab Manager Maret Ahonen. 🤩
Read more at

Amanda Haynes: Why Tartu is better for startups than Tallinn Amanda Heyes, a participant of the Tartu startup scene and a marketing specialist, claims the town of Tartu is a better place for startups than the Estonian capital, Tallinn, providing several reasons to back up her claim.

Photos from UT Startup Lab's post 03/06/2021

THE STUDENT STARTUP CAMP 2021 HAS ENDED! 🥳🥳
The last day began with Jüri Kaljundi (Garage48, Koosloodus) and Krists Avots (Lattelecom) giving talks about business models and tools. The day ended with teams pitching and showing their final prototypes! Priit Salumaa also gave students some tips on how to be successful in life:
👑 Know yourself, what you like, and your values.
👑 Get an education!
👑 Get a job and gain experience!
👑 Validate your idea by talking to your customers!
👑 Build a great team that you trust.
👑 Trust yourself and do what seems right.
👑 Know and accept your limits!
👑 It’s okay to have fun not just to commit to your work.
Big thanks to all the students, mentors, coaches, TÜ arvutiteaduse instituut and Garage48. See you all next year! ☺️

02/06/2021

Student Startup Camp Startup talk #2

Photos from UT Startup Lab's post 02/06/2021

Student Startup Camp Day 2 started with John C. Sullivan giving a talk on customer discovery! Later in the day teams started building prototypes and talking to potential customers! Day ended with an inspirational talk by CEO of Fudler Rudolf Stenar Saluoks who started their success story at SSC 2020. 🥳

01/06/2021

Student Startup Camp Startup talk #1

01/06/2021

The Student Startup Camp 2021 has kicked off! 😎
Today is DAY 2 where there will be even more awesome talks, tasks, and even a mentoring session! 🥳

The Student Startup Camp 2021 has kicked off! 😎
Today is DAY 2 where there will be even more awesome talks, tasks, and even a mentoring session! 🥳

UT sTARTUp Lab | Kaleidoskoop finalists announced 19/05/2021

UT sTARTUp Lab | Kaleidoskoop finalists announced

Kaleidoskoop Pre-selection is over and the finalists are announced! Together with last semesters' finalists, they will perform at the Kaleidoskoop Finals at sTARTUp Day on August 27. Read more about the pre-selection and teams here! 👑🦄
http://startuplab.ut.ee/news/kaleidoskoop-finalists-announced

UT sTARTUp Lab | Kaleidoskoop finalists announced The pre-selection round of Kaleidoskoop also took place completely online this spring. Student teams selected based on three-minute video pitches will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the business festival Startup Day on 27 August.

17/05/2021

Thank you all for participating in the Kaleidoskoop Pre-selection. The competition was intense and you all have done an amazing job! 🥳
Here are the 3 finalists who will compete in the Kaleidoskoop Finals at sTARTUp Day in alphabetical order!
👑 BreakingWork
👑 Echo
👑 Takemystuff
Also, some honorable mentions who will receive special prizes from UT Startup Lab in alphabetical order!
🦄 PetLog
🦄 Pocket Tour
All who participated have been amazing and we wish you all the best! 🤩

Thank you all for participating in the Kaleidoskoop Pre-selection. The competition was intense and you all have done an amazing job! 🥳
Here are the 3 finalists who will compete in the Kaleidoskoop Finals at sTARTUp Day in alphabetical order!
👑 BreakingWork
👑 Echo
👑 Takemystuff
Also, some honorable mentions who will receive special prizes from UT Startup Lab in alphabetical order!
🦄 PetLog
🦄 Pocket Tour
All who participated have been amazing and we wish you all the best! 🤩

[05/14/21]   The Kaleidoskoop Pre-selection has ended for this semester. Thank you all for participating! The Finalists will be announced Monday(May 17th) on our Facebook, Instagram, and web page!

101 Fellowship - Get into the world of Venture Capital 11/05/2021

101 Fellowship - Get into the world of Venture Capital

An awesome opportunity for students interested in the venture capital world! 🤩 101 Fellowship offers an 8-week unpaid program, where you can experience practical work with a VC company! You can apply before the end of May!
Read more here https://www.101fellowship.com/

101 Fellowship - Get into the world of Venture Capital The 101 Fellowship is an 8-week internship and learning program aimed at young people interested in VC. Applications open until the end of May 2021.

UT sTARTUp Lab | 6 tips to make an outstanding video pitch 10/05/2021

UT sTARTUp Lab | 6 tips to make an outstanding video pitch

Pitching is a must-have skill in both studies and business. Here are 6 tips to make an outstanding video pitch!
http://startuplab.ut.ee/news/6-tips-to-make-an-outstanding-video-pitch

UT sTARTUp Lab | 6 tips to make an outstanding video pitch Public performing and pitching is a must-have skill in both studies and business. Presenting your idea in a video form is one of the choices you might have so here are 6 tips for making a great presentation!

Decomer Technology 08/04/2021

Decomer Technology

Forbes recognized Mart Salumäe and Kelly Kangur from Decomer Technology TOP 30 in Europe in Manufacturing & Industry category. We are so proud of our STARTER alumni team! You are doing so awesome! 🤩🤩
Read more at https://www.forbes.com/profile/decomer-technology/?list=30under30-europe-manufacturing-industry&sh=5b09aeb34102

Decomer Technology Kangur and Salumäe cofounded Decomer Technology in 2017. The Estonia-based startup is developing novel water-soluble, plant-based and edible packaging materials.

STARTER täitis ettevõtlusmaastikul tühja koha 06/04/2021

STARTER täitis ettevõtlusmaastikul tühja koha

The STARTER programme fills a void in the business field! ☺
The programme is a great way to learn about entrepreneurship and find the courage to start your own business. Many people who attend the STARTER programme get the support and inspiration to become an entrepreneur in the future!
Read more in Estonian at https://ettevotlusope.edu.ee/syndmus/starter-taitis-ettevotlusmaastikul-tuhja-koha/

STARTER täitis ettevõtlusmaastikul tühja koha Mis on see, mis paneb noortel Edu ja Tegu STARTER programmis silma särama? Üleriigilise STARTER programmi juht Piret Arusaar ja STARTERtartu eestvedaja Maret Ahonen jagavad oma viieaastase kogemuse pealt, millist mõju noortele nad tajuvad, millist arengut näevad ning millise tühja koha programm...

UT sTARTUp Lab | Mentors give a new boost to STARTERtartu teams 05/04/2021

UT sTARTUp Lab | Mentors give a new boost to STARTERtartu teams

Mentor Feedback Carousel Week is over for this semester and we would like to thank all the amazing mentors!
Team PocketTour also highlighted three key learning points:
📍 Find potential partners,
📍 Learn to know your field of operation in depth,
📍 Know your customer and market your product accordingly.
Read more at http://startuplab.ut.ee/news/mentors-give-a-new-boost-to-startertartu-teams

UT sTARTUp Lab | Mentors give a new boost to STARTERtartu teams This semester, the Mentor Feedback Carousel of the STARTER idea development programme was held online and lasted for a whole week. The Mentor Feedback Carousel is a stage in the programme ran by the sTARTUp Lab and gives student teams a great chance to get honest feedback and recommendations on thei...

24/03/2021

Tech Startup Legal Clinic is teaming up with sTARTUp Lab!
Until the 25th of April you can get free legal help from the students studying IT Law at the University of Tartu. They can help you with the following:
💼 Advice on how to protect your intellectual property.
We can advise you on how to protect it from the competition and have it as part of your company value proposition.
💼 Risk assessment.
How to avoid unexpected legal outcomes by assessing the potential risks of your venture?
💼 Preparing documents for attracting investors.
Be it shareholders’ agreements, term sheets or convertible instruments, we can help to make your business get to the next phase.
💼 Understand the opportunities of expanding to other markets.
We can offer insights on opportunities you venture might have in countries like Chile, Dominican Republic, India, Ukraine and many more.
💼 Compliance with Estonian Data Protection legislation
Do you want to develop your business without the fear of incurring in breaches that leave you exposed to fines, but you do not know where to start? We can help you!
💼 Any other legal need related to information technology ventures.
Compliance with European Union regulation on E-commerce, Cybersecurity, drafting your Terms of business or Terms of services, privacy policies, employment matters, contracting or consumer protection are only some examples of what we could offer.

Contact via e-mail Mariel Duran and Vladyslav Demianets at [email protected] / [email protected]

Tech Startup Legal Clinic is teaming up with sTARTUp Lab!
Until the 25th of April you can get free legal help from the students studying IT Law at the University of Tartu. They can help you with the following:
💼 Advice on how to protect your intellectual property.
We can advise you on how to protect it from the competition and have it as part of your company value proposition.
💼 Risk assessment.
How to avoid unexpected legal outcomes by assessing the potential risks of your venture?
💼 Preparing documents for attracting investors.
Be it shareholders’ agreements, term sheets or convertible instruments, we can help to make your business get to the next phase.
💼 Understand the opportunities of expanding to other markets.
We can offer insights on opportunities you venture might have in countries like Chile, Dominican Republic, India, Ukraine and many more.
💼 Compliance with Estonian Data Protection legislation
Do you want to develop your business without the fear of incurring in breaches that leave you exposed to fines, but you do not know where to start? We can help you!
💼 Any other legal need related to information technology ventures.
Compliance with European Union regulation on E-commerce, Cybersecurity, drafting your Terms of business or Terms of services, privacy policies, employment matters, contracting or consumer protection are only some examples of what we could offer.

Contact via e-mail Mariel Duran and Vladyslav Demianets at [email protected] / [email protected]

22/03/2021

For Estonian speakers!

Mis on pildil valesti? Näiteks see, et iga teine Eestis toime pandav vägivallakuritegu on perevägivallakuritegu. Või et tuhanded lapsed peavad minema magama tühja kõhuga. Sul on idee, kuidas neid või mõnda muud probleemi lahendada? Paku oma lahendus NULA inkubaatorisse.
Eesti ainus ühiskondlikele algatustele mõeldud NULA inkubaator ootab ideid kuni 2. aprillini. Vaata lähemalt www.nula.ee

#probleemilahendajad #nulainkubaator #pakuomalahendus
https://www.facebook.com/nulainkubaator/posts/3798246553576392

For Estonian speakers!

Mis on pildil valesti? Näiteks see, et iga teine Eestis toime pandav vägivallakuritegu on perevägivallakuritegu. Või et tuhanded lapsed peavad minema magama tühja kõhuga. Sul on idee, kuidas neid või mõnda muud probleemi lahendada? Paku oma lahendus NULA inkubaatorisse.
Eesti ainus ühiskondlikele algatustele mõeldud NULA inkubaator ootab ideid kuni 2. aprillini. Vaata lähemalt www.nula.ee

#probleemilahendajad #nulainkubaator #pakuomalahendus
https://www.facebook.com/nulainkubaator/posts/3798246553576392

18/03/2021

Mentor Feedback Carousel Week has kicked off and we would like to thank all the amazing mentors! It’s awesome and heartwarming to see what you are doing for the Estonian startup community.

Meet the 2021 Spring semester Online Mentor Feedback Carousel mentors and companies/projects they are connected with! Read more at
http://startuplab.ut.ee/news/mentor-feedback-carousel-week-2021

👑 Andres Vaher - Marketing and Communication Specialist at Tartu Ülikooli majandusteaduskond
👑 Anneli Ohvril - Executive director at World Cleanup Day, CEO of Sorterman, STARTER alumni
👑 Ants-Oskar Mäesalu - Co-founder & CTO of TRIT and STARTER alumni
👑 Evgenia Trofimova – CEO and Co-founder of Introwise, Visiting Lecturer at Tartu Ülikool
👑 Juta Kuhlberg - Business Consultant at Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus, Creative Manager at sTARTUp Day
👑 Kaisa Hansen – Founder of CompAct, Manager at TalTech Mektory Start-up Programs, Co-founder of Circular Economy Estonia
👑 Kaisa Kopliste – Business mentor, Former founder and CEO of Fresko Kohvik
👑 Kalev Külaase – Co-founder of Traveller Tours, Founder of Like A Local Guide
👑 Kaspar Kuus – Marketing Design Lead at Inbank Eesti and STARTER ALUMNI
👑 Katre Purga – Business developer at Proekspert, Lecturer at Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences
👑 Laur Lõhmus – STARTER alumni and Mentor, Freelance entrepreneur
👑 Marelle Ellen – Marketing Expert and CMO of Promoty
👑 Markus Lember - Co-founder and CEO of Montonio
👑 Merit Valdsalu – Co-founder and CEO of Single.Earth, Co-founder of Kardemon Digital Marketing
👑 Rimante Valancauskaite - Client Engineer at Glia, Co-founder of Timenaut and STARTER alumni
👑 Sven Parkel – General Manager at Tartu Biotehnoloogia Park
👑 Taavi Tamm – CMO of MyGames, Manager of STARTERpärnu
👑 Triin Kask – Program Manager at sTARTUp Day, Board Member at Estonian Founders Society, Member of The Board of Advisors at Nevercode
👑 Vaido Mikheim – Project Manager at Tartu Teaduspark

Mentor Feedback Carousel Week has kicked off and we would like to thank all the amazing mentors! It’s awesome and heartwarming to see what you are doing for the Estonian startup community.

Meet the 2021 Spring semester Online Mentor Feedback Carousel mentors and companies/projects they are connected with! Read more at
http://startuplab.ut.ee/news/mentor-feedback-carousel-week-2021

👑 Andres Vaher - Marketing and Communication Specialist at Tartu Ülikooli majandusteaduskond
👑 Anneli Ohvril - Executive director at World Cleanup Day, CEO of Sorterman, STARTER alumni
👑 Ants-Oskar Mäesalu - Co-founder & CTO of TRIT and STARTER alumni
👑 Evgenia Trofimova – CEO and Co-founder of Introwise, Visiting Lecturer at Tartu Ülikool
👑 Juta Kuhlberg - Business Consultant at Tartu Loomemajanduskeskus, Creative Manager at sTARTUp Day
👑 Kaisa Hansen – Founder of CompAct, Manager at TalTech Mektory Start-up Programs, Co-founder of Circular Economy Estonia
👑 Kaisa Kopliste – Business mentor, Former founder and CEO of Fresko Kohvik
👑 Kalev Külaase – Co-founder of Traveller Tours, Founder of Like A Local Guide
👑 Kaspar Kuus – Marketing Design Lead at Inbank Eesti and STARTER ALUMNI
👑 Katre Purga – Business developer at Proekspert, Lecturer at Estonian Entrepreneurship University of Applied Sciences
👑 Laur Lõhmus – STARTER alumni and Mentor, Freelance entrepreneur
👑 Marelle Ellen – Marketing Expert and CMO of Promoty
👑 Markus Lember - Co-founder and CEO of Montonio
👑 Merit Valdsalu – Co-founder and CEO of Single.Earth, Co-founder of Kardemon Digital Marketing
👑 Rimante Valancauskaite - Client Engineer at Glia, Co-founder of Timenaut and STARTER alumni
👑 Sven Parkel – General Manager at Tartu Biotehnoloogia Park
👑 Taavi Tamm – CMO of MyGames, Manager of STARTERpärnu
👑 Triin Kask – Program Manager at sTARTUp Day, Board Member at Estonian Founders Society, Member of The Board of Advisors at Nevercode
👑 Vaido Mikheim – Project Manager at Tartu Teaduspark

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