Virtual Mentor Feedback Carousel Mentors
Mentoring is considered a critical foundational component for building a successful startup. Great product or service that provides solutions for pain points is good, but a great mentor who helps to keep the startup on the right track is equally important. That's why we have organized a Virtual Mentor Feedback Carousel where STARTERtartu and Smart-Up Lab (healthcare solutions) teams can get professional feedback on their idea from 18 entrepreneurs and field experts.
Meet the 2020 spring semester Virtual Mentor Feedback Carousel mentors
It's really great to see that so many mentors are taking the time to help out our early-stage startups. It means a lot for us, for the teams and also for the whole startup community. Thank you! You are all incredible!
Kadri Haljas - founder and CEO of Triumf Health. She has background in health psychology and is experienced in digital health and specifically in mobile health solutions.
Kuldar Leis - Kuldar is a former regional manager of Hoiupank, manager of Ösel Foods and Premia Foods, and is currently involved with ten companies. Kuldar's impressive experience has made him an outstanding personality at various entrepreneurial activities. At the moment, he is an entrepreneurship advisor in Southeast Estonia.
Vaido Mikheim - Vaido is a business mentor with a long-time experience mentoring early-stage startups both in Estonia and internationally. Currently he is working as a Project Manager in Tartu Science Park.
Kei Karlson - Kei is founder of GoWorkaBit. She can help out with creating the learning culture, fixing problems with teams, goals and communication. Also she is very competent on future work skills, creating happy teams and managing remote teams.
Ants-Oskar Mäesalu - Co-founder & CTO of TRIT, visiting lecturer at TalTech Tartu College, STARTER alumnus and has practiced software engineering since age 11.
Aivar Pere - Aivar is a senior business consultant at UT. He is a mechanical engineer with long-term experience in consulting spin-offs and startups.
Denis Kovalenko - Denis is STARTER programme alumnus who won the 1st place with his idea Will Digital. He is engineer with experience in web, mobile, and big data systems. At the moment he is working as a Senior Software Engineer / Technical Lead at Bolt.
Taavi Tamm - Taavi launched his very first business when he was a first-year student in College – and he failed. He tried again and again until he figured out how to do it. Lately, he has been working as a Service Design Strategist for WAE in NYC. Today he’s a freelance service designer, trainer and entrepreneur.
Mari-Liis Kärsten - UI/UX designer at Nortal UX team. Her main focus is on improving user experience of existing digital products and services but also creating new solutions from scratch. In her day-to-day work she's mostly dealing with website and information system interfaces.
Kerti Alev - CEO of MediKeep, mobile application platform in healthcare for connecting healthcare services to end-users (patients & healthy living). Experienced Co-Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in Multimedia Design and User Interface Design, project management in software development for mobile and web. Master's Degree in Health Care Technologies.
Sven Parkel - General Manager at Tartu Biotechnology Park. He has been a long-term advisor for STARTER teams. He has experience with biotechnology, chemistry, and general business development.
Sven Illing - Sven Illing is a business developer, adviser and investor. He has contributed to founding two startup accelerators - GameFounders and Buildit and invested into 70+ startups from all around the world.
Mehis Pärn - Mehis has a lot of experience in EdTech area. He helps startups on the following topics: agile product development, building teams and business development.
Elmo Puidet - Elmo has long-term consultant experience in strategy development, vision, business model development, teamwork and planning. Currently he is head of Viljandi County Development Center.
Kaidar Raudmets - Kaidar is currently Chairman of the Council at Tartu Business Advisory Services. He can help early-stage startups on the following topics: finance, risk and business model assessment, team management and sales management.
Ingrid Laht - Ingrid is an entrepreneur and trainer. She can advise early-stage startups in finance, marketing, sales, strategic planning.
Pirko Konsa- Pirko is Business Advisor at Zubax Robotics and also a mentor in Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol.
Tarvo Metspalu - Co-founder of SPARK Makerlab and CTO and Bercman Technologies. He has over 5 years of experience working with technical projects. Also, he has lot of experience in using the latest advancements computer vision, AI, sensor fusion, analytics and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.
Read more about Mentor Feedback Carousel.
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.