Startup Lab provides hands-on entrepreneurship training and pre-incubation services for all students across disciplines. It is the place where students can turn their ideas into reality by testing the viability of their solutions, improving teamwork skills, and broadening their networks. Our business idea development programme STARTERtartu provides workshops and webinars supervised by entrepreneurs, field experts, and mentors.  Mentors are start-up founders or entrepreneurs from different business sectors. 
More than 5000 participants have gained knowledge and experience from our events and programmes.

Startup Lab also coordinates STARTER programmes at the University of Tartu Pärnu and Narva college. 

More than 300 teams have graduated from the STARTERtartu programme.

STARTER programme is financed by EU Social Fund.

The University of Tartu Startup Lab is a subunit of the School of Economics and Business Administration.

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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. It takes place in two stages. First, the student teams have to pitch their idea to judges at the Kaleidoskoop Pre-selection. 

Green HExagon 2022-2024

University of Tartu Startup Lab started international collaboration in the field of entrepreneurship training focusing on students’ green and sustainable ideas validation and implementation.

UnivEntre Ukraine 2021-2024

In November, a new international cooperation project UnivEntre was launched led by the University of Tartu Startup Lab. The project focuses on improving the efficiency of the Ukrainian higher education system to promote the country's innovation capacity and the quality of education. The project will run until 1 June 2024.

Smart-Up Lab (finished)

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

INNOSME Ukraine (finished)

The INNOSME project, which was 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 focused on boosting skills and awareness in innovation and product development. The project ended in June 2021.

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 (finished)

STARTER Advanced was 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.

Maret Ahonen
sTARTUp Lab Manager
Tel: +372 737 4817, 5225910
sTARTUp Lab Manager
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Hannah Kaarma
Communications and Marketing Specialist
Tel: +372 5400 5242
Communications and Marketing 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).