IdeaLab starts with a new pre-incubation programme!
The autumn season of the University of Tartu’s IdeaLab started on 20 September with Idea Hackathon, which was also the opening event of the STARTER programme and the new Fast Track Tartu programme piloted by members of the Tartu startup community.
Hackathon was led by Harald Lepisk and Taavi Tamm. Everyone with a business
idea had an opportunity to pitch and others could join the team whose idea they
like best. The idea can be developed further either in the Starter programme or
an entrepreneurship education course
IdeaLab manager Maret Ahonen said that this year’s Idea Hackathon is different from previous ones because it is organized together with Tartu startup community members.
Lauri Sokk, the head of Smart City Tartu of Tartu City Government said that “We want to validate whether bringing all the organizations together helps the teams to better understand what is going on in the startups of Tartu. If this event proves successful, we could turn the whole Tartu startup ecosystem into an accelerator programme, which helps teams with cool ideas to reach their goals,”.Most entertaining pitch - Jinnie and Aleksandra
Idea Hackathon was a success with 200 visitors and 30 ideas! At the end of the night, there were special awards for the best pitches and ideas:
• Special award for the entrepreneurial spirit – Sander Aavik
• Great pitch award – Mihkel Keerdo
• EIT Health special award and IdeaLab’s award for a great idea – Stella Tiit
• EIT Health special award – Rain Mürkhain
• Most entertaining pitch - Jinnie and Aleksandra
The Starter programme is funded by the European Social Fund.
University of Tartu sTARTUp Lab stops its activities!
Startup Lab, former Idealab, started in 2013 and stops its activities in December 2023.
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.