The University of Tartu IdeaLab is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by participating in inspirational events, workshops, meet-ups with entrepreneurs and pitching competitions.  Our extra-curricular business development programme STARTER enables students to develop their ideas into validated business models. Hands-on workshops are supervised by entrepreneurs and integrated with mentoring sessions.  Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors.

Students from all disciplines can find innovative solutions to everyday problems, test the viability of their ideas and improve teamwork skills and broaden their network.

STARTER programme is financed by EU Social Fund.

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Idea Lab projects 

STARTER
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Hands-on extra-curricular business development programme STARTER provides knowledge and skills for student start-up projects and helps teams to shape their ideas into tested business models. 

STARTER Advanced

STARTER Advanced is a business development programme designed for early-stage student teams. The semester-long programme helps teams to acquire first paying customers and develop their product or service.   After completing the programme, the team is ready to enter an accelerator or incubation programme.

STARTER@Ukraine

The project " Transforming Estonian Best Practice of Practical Entrepreneurship Studies to Ukrainian Universities“ aims to promote entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurship skills among Ukrainian students based on the best practices in Estonia.

Kaleidoskoop

Kaleidoskoop is the biggest students’ business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia, taking place for the 11th time already! In the final round, the 10 best teams will step on the stage to present their business and project ideas.  This semester Kaleidoskoop finals take place on 24th of January on sTARTUp Day! 

NGAL® 
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NGAL ® (Network Globally, Act Locally) is an intensive hands-on business development programme for early-stage student teams.  The programme starts with the boot camp at UT IdeaLab and ends with a launch-camp in the USA. At the final day, teams pitch to judges and the best teams will be awarded. 

EstLat - Accelerate

The main aim of EstLat-Accelerate is to prepare and carry out three pre-acceleration programmes that are jointly organized in Tartu and Riga. Each round of pre-acceleration takes about four months and has a specific ICT focus that varies from programme to programme.

Prototyping
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The Prototyping Centre of the University of Tartu offers a novel study and work environment for students and scientists, where modeling and simulations for new solutions can be performed.
Room renting information
Team
Maret Ahonen
IdeaLab Manager
Tel: +372 737 4817, 5225910
E-mail: maret.ahonen@ut.ee
IdeaLab Manager
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Riin Lisett Rei
Marketing and Communications Manager
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Piret Arusaar
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
Tel: +372 51 62 945
E-mail: piret.arusaar@ut.ee
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
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Ermo Tikk
sTARTUp Day Main Organizer
sTARTUp Day Main Organizer
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Location
UT IdeaLab is located at the Lossi 36 building, room 102 (Tartu, 51003).