About Garage48

People are often afraid to start their own project or business. Common problems include lack of know-how and co-founders, lack of money, unknown risks etc. Garage48 is here to change that mindset and show that it's all about positive "let's do it" attitude, creative team members and a motivating deadline.
Less talk, more action!

Garage48 event series started in Estonia in April 2010 and have expanded to other countries in Northern Europe and Africa since then. All Garage48 events are held in English and have ~100 international participants. Participants have different skills, ranging from software development to design, marketing, sales and entrepreneurship.

How does it work?

Garage48 events usually start at 5pm on a Friday evening. All participants gather together in a big room and pitch about 30 to 40 ideas on stage. Each idea is put on the wall and everyone can choose their favourite idea and team. Usually about 12-15 ideas will be selected and teams start working.

We provide facilities, mentors, food and drinks over the weekend, while teams are working on their projects. Sunday night 5pm is the deadline to step on the stage again and live-demo your project or prototype. We have the jury and audience to vote for their favourites and choose the winners. 


  • Organize useful, international and fun startup events with a really lean budget
  • Show that teams can turn an idea into a working service or prototype within just 48 hours
  • Prove that new web and mobile projects can be started with a good team and lean budget
  • Promote entrepreneurship and startup culture in Estonia, Northern Europe and Africa
  • Teach people to work under a tough deadline - you need to focus on the core of the project
  • Meet new people from other industries, roles and countries
  • Less talk, more action and fun!


Garage48 events have got lot's of media coverage - starting from well-know tech blogs like TechCruchReadWriteWeb and ArcticStartup to numerous articles in newspapers, blogs, TV and radio.


Garage48 Foundation was started in Estonia in spring 2010 by 6 active entrepreneurs from Estonian Startup Leaders Club, a networking organization for majority of Estonian startup founders.

Today Garage48 Foundation organizes Garage48 events and runs Garage48 HUB, an affordable coworking space in central Tallinn, Estonia.

Garage48 Foundation
Registry code: 90010226
Address: Rävala pst 7, Tallinn, Estonia
E-mail: info@garage48.org
Twitter: http://twitter.com/garage48
VAT code: EE101416551
International IBAN: 
AS SEB Pank, 2 Tornimäe, 15010, Tallinn, Estonia

Garage48 logo files

Team members


Maarika Susi
Garage48 Events & Sponsors      

Krists Avots
Garage48 Events & sponsors
Karin Rand
Garage48 events

Triin Liiv

Online Media Manager

Elise Sass 
Garage48 Advisor & Coach 

Jane Muts
Garage48 HUB Manager

NB! See Garage48 HUB team (Tallinn, Estonia) from HUB website > 

Members of the Board

Martin Villig
Priit Salumaa
Ragnar Sass

Supervisory Board

Jüri Kaljundi
Rain Rannu
Asko Seeba

Volunteering at GArage48

Garage48 is open for volunteers interested to help startup community in Estonia, Northern-Europe and Africa. Please contact us in case you would like to help us on:
  • Joining our team during Garage48 weekends (Friday to Sunday) - we need help from registration desk and offering food/drinks to writing blog posts or setting chairs in place and configuring presentation equipment.
  • Joining Garage48 HUB in Tallinn as intern or part-timer - help us to organize community events, expand newsletter target list, find new HUB members, write blog posts, start new initiatives etc.
Send us your CV and short cover letter describing your background, experience and areas, where you would like to help. Please e-mail with subject line "Volunteering" to info@garage48.org. Thanks a lot!