Science to Business program on sTARTUp Day 2019

Our mission is to show how to establish and develop a science based business. It is sometimes more complicated than just to build a start-up and takes a company longer to take off. Estonia is a well known start-up country and there are also numerous scientist with great entrepreneurial spirit. University of Tartu has 55 spin-off companies. Every year we help 5-10 scientists to take their scientific discoveries to market.

On sTARTUp Day we want to discuss, how to build an even more efficient ecosystem for science based companies.

UT Sports Hall (Ujula 4, Tartu)

sTARTUp Day 2019 – the biggest business festival in the Baltics, taking place on 23rd to 25th January 2019.

Learn more and get your tickets:

On 24th of January

University of Tartu PITCHING STAGE


Kaleidoskoop is the biggest students’ business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia, taking place for the 11th time already. At sTARTUp Day 2019, the 10 best teams will step on the stage to present their business and project ideas.


University of Tartu seminar room

Mirko Känd, Monese 
Anne Jääger, University of Tartu


Participants will learn:

  • Gain hands on experience of making digital design ideas tangible through sketching & prototyping for early stage discovery and idea-generation.
  • Learn how to discover design opportunities through user-centered research methods.
  • Understand why we prototype and the value of prototyping techniques Who should attend?

This workshop is aimed at beginners who are keen to take their first steps into the world of design thinking, research & prototyping. No previous design experience is required.

Keywords: User-Centered Design, Empathy, Design Research, Sketching, Prototyping, Hands-On, Prototyping, Learning by Doing, Making, Bringing Ideas To Life


University of Tartu PITCHING STAGE

Nordic PitchMatch incl. DE teams

Nordic PitchMatch brings to stage 10 knowledge-based companies from Finland, Sweden, Germany, Estonia and beyond who all demonstrate that indeed it is possible to make good Business out of Science!


University of Tartu PITCHING STAGE


STARTER is a hands-on business development programme that provides knowledge and skills for student start-up projects and helps teams to shape their ideas into tested business models. At sTARTUp Day, 6 best STARTER teams in Estonia will present their projects.


University of Tartu seminar room

Dylan Vickers, Senior Business Development Manager at PitchBook Data, USA .
Patrick Lee, Director of East Coast sales at PitchBook Data, USA

How to prepare for investment and PitchBook platform as instrument to use.

PitchBook as a tool enables you to raise money more successfully by creating data-based qualitative investment proposals. And you get access to high-profile investor profiles. During the workshop you will also get tips & cases from different investment rounds (from series A to mezzanine financing) across the world.


University of Tartu PITCHING STAGE

Est-Lat Accelerate

EstLat-Accelerate is a cross-border incubation programme that is organised by Tartu and Riga startup community members. Teams from Estonia and Latvia will pitch their ideas after 4 months of incubation.

University of Tartu PITCHING STAGE

Chair of Entrepreneurship pitching

On 25th of January


University of Tartu seminar room

Mikko Pohjola – Collaboration Manager at University of Turku, FIN
Lars Jonsson – Uppsala University Holding Company, SWE

Research-intensive start-ups investment readiness, business development and Exits – Finnish and Swedish approach

How to survive early stages of knowledge-based startup? How to bridge the gap between academic and business world, so that from knowledge will be created commercial value? Lars has experience in investing into 50+ knowledge based startups at Uppsala University, Mikko shares similar know-how from Turku. Come and see how Science has been turned into successful business!


University of Tartu seminar room

Karin Kirmjõe & Monika Põldma, Mooncascade

Cost-benefit analysis before investing in software development

43% of software development projects go over budget and those budgets are not small to begin with. That means a lot of projects never give any return on investment, even though product managers knew exactly what problem needed to be solved.

What they missed was a proper cost-benefit analysis. During the workshop we will run through an example analysis to cover all the phases:

  • Validating the problem
  • Validating the solution 
  • Calculating benefits of the solution –
  • Trimming the solution down to MVP –
  • Calculating cost of the solution

This workshop will arm you with the right questions to ask before investing in software development and points you towards possible sources of answers.



Lars Jonsson, Uppsala University Holding Company (moderator), (SWE) and invited speakers are Benjamin Miles, CEO of Spin Up Science Bristol (UK); Mikko Pohjola – Collaboration Manager at University of Turku (FIN); Erik Puura– University of Tartu, Vice-rector for Development (EST), Luke Robinson, Director, Post Urban Ventures, (UK)

Science to Business panel




Dylan Vickers, Senior Business Development Manager, Pitchbook,

“Fundraising – world statistics”



Marko Turpeinen, Director of EIT Digital Finland,

“EIT Digital – Driving Europe’s Digital Transformation”


University of Tartu seminar room

Ben Miles, CEO of Spin Up Science Bristol, UK

Product-Market fit for research-intensive companies.

How to find a suitable product – market fit in research intensive company? Ben Miles has walked this journey as a startupper building a startup company to multimillion exit. Today he is working in UK with many top notch & novel ideas where both “product” and “market” are hard to define. How to be in forefront of tech-sphere and thrive, Ben is the man to ask!

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