Kaleidoskoop finals made SPARK sparkle with amazing ideas!
This Kaleidoskoop, taking place for the eight time already, brought together more than twenty exciting ideas. In the first round, ten most promising teams were selected to pitch on the big stage in the final competition. The ideas were all different as chalk and cheese: from everlasting notebooks and environment-friendly shopping bags to mobile apps and sign language books. As always, Kaleidoskoop was also the final event of IdeaLab's STARTER program.
One of the jury members, co-Founder of GoWorkaBit Kei Karlson was suprised at the profoundness of the projects. "Some ideas were so well-prepared that they could have been pitched to investors already!" she wandered. "I'm glad to see that the younger generation is so entrepreneurial!"
As there were so many strong teams, two main prizes were given out. One of these - a chance to compete at JA Europe Enterprise Challenge - went to team of University of Tartu Institute of Computer Science students, STARTER program graduate WillDigital. The second main prize was given to student company KLAPP who will travel to SHIFT Business Festival in Turku.
Leader of WillDigital, Denis Kovalenko was positively suprised about the results: "I only came here to obtain some know-how and experience - the main prize is a total suprise!" Talking about IdeaLab's STARTER program, Denis claims it's the perfect place for executing ideas: "With WillDigital I've reached higher than I ever imagined. By now, I know excactly what to do next to bring the project to a whole new level."
In addition to main prizes, there were also many special prizes given out:
- Audience's favourite special prize – Viiperaamat
- Tartu City Government special prize –
- Ecoinnovation special prize
- Place in business development program at Tartu Centre for Creative Industries - MÖTIW
- One month membership in sTARTUp HUB – Zero Projects
- Ticekts to sTARTUp Day – Gazelle, Pancake Story, ÕF Klapp & Viiperaamat
- Tickets to Latitude59
Medify & WillDigital
Check out the photo gallery from IdeaLab's Facebook page!
Event was funded by European Social Fund.
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!