IdeaLab projects


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

STARTER Advanced

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

From Idea to Execution

For University of Tartu students, UT IdeaLab offers optional course From Idea to Execution (SVSV.00.002).  The course starts with a day-long hackathon and is mainly based on online learning. There are also three events: feedback session with startup mentors, pitching training and the pre-selection round of business ideas competition Kaleidoskoop.


Kaleidoskoop is the biggest students’ business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia, taking place for eight time already! In the final round, the 10 best teams will step on the stage to present their business and project ideas.


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


1st fund for science based business ideas supporting students and scientists from all field of studies!  VEGA fund supports students and scientists projects that have scalable business potential and that are building knowledge-intensive prototypes.

EstLat - Accelerate

The main aim of EstLat-Accelerate is to prepare and carry out three pre-acceleration programs 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 program to program.


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.