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).
At the Starter launch event 32 innovative ideas were presented
Students competed for prizes at the Kaleidoskoop Finals
Kaleidoskoop, the biggest student pitching competition in South Estonia, reached the finals: five student teams presented their business ideas at the Startup Day business festival, held from 25 to 27 August.
UT Startup Lab proves that entrepreneurial education is possible online
Starter Tartu spring programme comes to an end with the spring semester. This semester was a challenge for both the Startup Lab and the students, because instead of physical meetings, all activities were organised online. Nevertheless, a large number of enterprising students completed the programme.