The University of Tartu sTARTUp Lab is a subunit of the School of Economics and Business Administration. It provides hands-on entrepreneurship education and pre-incubation services for all Tartu students across disciplines and early-stage students start-up teams. It is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by testing the viability of their solutions, improve teamwork skills and broaden their networks. Our business idea development programme STARTERtartu provides hands-on workshops and webinars supervised by entrepreneurs, field experts, and mentors.  Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors. 

STARTER programme is financed by EU Social Fund.

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sTARTUp Lab (former IdeaLab) projects 


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. 


Kaleidoskoop is the biggest students pitching competition in South-Estonia. Every autumn the Finals are held at the international business festival sTARTUp Day where 10 best teams will step on the pitching stage to present their validated business and project ideas to the panel of judges.  In Autumn Kaleidoskoop Finals take place at sTARTUp Day 2021 on January  27. - 29.01.2021.

Smart-Up Lab

European Institute for Innovation & Technology in Health together with sTARTUp Lab introducing innovative and solution-driven e-lab programme - Smart-Up Lab

INNOSME (Ukraine)

The INNOSME project, which is designed to promote innovation in Ukrainian small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) so as to strengthen their competitiveness by building efficient networks between universities and SMEs, was launched on 16 September under the aegis of the University of Tartu’s sTARTUp Lab. The project will focus on boosting skills and awareness in innovation and product development.

NGAL® 2015-2019

NGAL ® (Network Globally, Act Locally) has been an intensive hands-on business development programme for early-stage student teams, starting from Tartu and ending either in Charleston or Lincoln in USA.  The project was supported by the Harry and Reba Huge Foundation.

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.

E-Boat 2019

E-Boat is start-up Accelerator for e-solutions in health in the Baltic region
6-weeks distance learning + 2-weeks cruise hackathon formula on the cruise ship.

STARTER@Ukraine (finished)

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

EstLat - Accelerate (finished)

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.

Room renting information
Maret Ahonen
sTARTUp Lab Manager
Tel: +372 737 4817, 5225910
sTARTUp Lab Manager
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Andres Vaher
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Tel: +372 5558 7359
Marketing and Communications Specialist
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Piret Arusaar
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
Tel: +372 51 62 945
STARTER Estonia Program Manager
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sTARTUp Lab is located at the Narva Rd. 18, Delta Centre room 1030A (Tartu, 51009).