Vega fund kickoff capital recipients for spring 2017 have been selected!
This year, 19 projects were sumbitted for Vega fund kickoff capital and 11 of them were invited to pitch in front of the jury. After that, the board of judges selected four projects which stood out with their strong science background and validated business models:
Algae: production of biodiesel using seaweed oils
Technology: production of gelatine-based eco-friendly polymers
- MIRFECT: better and more effective RNA transportation to intractable types of cells
- PowerUp Energy Technologies: hydrogen fuel cell based electrical generator for maritime, recreational vehicle and military applications
Linda-Marie Kimmel, leader of team Brighter Algae said that the trickiest part for their team was preparing the pitch for the jury. "We are completely sure that our project is worth working for, but it was a challenge to convince the jury as well," she said, "Recieving the capital proved that others see the potential behind the idea as well - that surely is a great motivation boost!"
Mart Salumäe, another capital grantee and leader of Decomer Technology, claims that the funding helps them to achieve goals faster: "Thanks to the funding we can soon move on to industrial testing and planning the mass production." Salumäe also encourages everyone to use different opportunities and apply for such grants: "If you believe in your idea and you know why you're doing it - convincing others is a piece of cake!"
The ideas were evaluated by the jury consisting of entrepreneurs with scientific background and University of Tartu representatives: Sven Lilla (head of the jury), Kuldar Leis, Kuldar Kõiv, Indrek Tulp, Taavi Tamm, Aivar Pere and Vaido Mikheim (Tartu Science Park).
Ukrainian university lecturers develop entrepreneurial knowledge in the Startup Lab training programme
On Thursday, 8 June, the spring semester of the Estonian-Ukrainian cooperation project ended with an online Demo Day, where teams of Ukrainian university lecturers presented the business ideas they had developed over the previous four months.
Kaleidoskoop Finalists announced
For the first time in almost two years the student business ideas comperitionm Kaleidoskoop pre-selection was held in person again. The student teams presented their business ideas during the 3-minute pitch. The jury selected five teams that will present their ideas at the international business festival sTARTUp Day on August 26.
Mentors’ feedback helped the STARTER teams flourish
Mentor Feedback Carousel is one of the most valued parts of the STARTERtartu programme. This year it took place in Spark HUB on the 24th of March. Teams met up with experienced mentors in different fields to get vital feedback on their idea.