Student Startup Camp Tartu 2018

When 5-9 February, 2018

Where Tartu, Estonia

  • Overview
  • Agenda
  • The Student Startup Camp (SSC) is happening in Tartu! Together with the University of Tartu IdeaLab and Institute of Computer Science, we are bringing you the annual entrepreneurship boot camp designed to build your idea into a working prototype and to learn the basics of launching a tech startup. You will be guided through the most important steps by active startup entrepreneurs and trainers who collaborate to create a hands-on learning experience.

    The 5-day course consists of teamwork, intensive mentoring, hands-on talks on specific topics around launching a tech startup, visits to the startup and tech centres in Tartu and inspirational talks by the #EstonianMafia founders, including people behind Garage48, Fortumo and many more.

    For whom?

    The boot camp is aimed at students from Estonia and elsewhere with a background in IT, engineering, design, marketing, and business. The camp also welcomes participants from other disciplines, especially those who bring along with them novel ideas and an entrepreneurial can-do attitude. Every participant will be able to pitch an idea for the camp and/or join an idea one likes the most.

    Credit points

    Students enrolled in Estonian higher-education institutions may obtain 3 ECTS for successful participation in the camp. Please tick the "3 ECTS" box in the registration form if you wish to obtain credit points.


    IT Academy Travel Grants

    IT Academy ( is offering up to 10 travel grants for students from Estonian higher education institutions who are not studying in Tartu. The travel grant covers only hostel accommodation in Tartu. Students enrolled in full-time studies in the following institutions are eligible: Tallinn University of Technology, IT College, Tallinn University, Tallinn Polytechnic School and Estonian Academy of Arts as well as students from University of Tartu's Narva and Pärnu colleges.

    There is no separate procedure to apply for the IT Academy travel grant. All students who indicate on the travel form that they come from one of the above institutions will be considered for the travel grant. Travel grants will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis, so hurry up!


    Paabel building (Ülikooli 17) 

    SPARK HUB (Narva mnt 3)
    Naiiv bar 

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    Monday, 5 Feb 
    Where: SPARK HUB  
    Theme: Setting up the team & goals 

    15:30 Registration 
    16:00 Intro, How things will work;
    Startup Mindset by Vahur Singa (Redis design)
    Pitching ideas in 90";
    18:00 Business idea on a beer coaster @ Naiiv bar 
    Fractory story by Martin Vares 

    Tuesday, 6 Feb 
    Where:  Paabel building (Ülikooli 17) 
    Theme: Customer validation 

    10:00 Morning checkpoint for all teams
    Talk: Teamwork @ startup by Kai Isand (Garage48) 
    Talk: Finding your MVP by Maret Kruve (Testlio)
    12:30 1 hour for lunch 
    13:30 Mentoring round / Team work
    15:00 Talk: Customer discovery by Yuxuan Chen (QMinder)
    17:30 Evening checkpoint
    18:00 Founder talk by Triin Kask (Nevercode)
    19:00 Finish the day (teams are welcomed to continue work) 

    Wednesday, 7 Feb 
    Where: Paabel building (Ülikooli 17)
    Theme: Code like a hell/ Business modelling

    10:00 Morning checkpoint for all teams
    Talk: Business models by Liis Narusk (Elevate) 
    Talk: Hacking development: dirty tricks by Gleb Stesnov (Fortumo)
    12:30 1 hour for lunch
    13:30 Mentoring round / Team work
    15:30 Evening checkpoint
    16:00 Company visits to local startup offices (Fortumo, Mooncascade)
    18:00 Finish the day (teams are welcomed to continue work)

    Thursday, 8 Feb 
    Where: Paabel building (Ülikooli 17)
    Theme: Code like a hell/ Getting the word out 

    10:00 Morning checkpoint for all teams
    Talk: Startup marketing 101
    Talk: Tools for creating a landing page by Maret Kruve (Testlio)
    12:30 1 hour for lunch
    13:30  Mentoring round / Team work
    15:00 Talk: Preparing a great pitch
    17:30 Evening checkpoint
    18:00 Founder Talk by Richard Murutar (Sprayprinter) 
    19:00 Finish the day (teams are welcomed to continue work)

    Friday, 9 Feb 
    Where: SPARK HUB 
    Theme: Grande Finale 

    10:00 Morning checkpoint for all teams
    Talk: What happens after hackathons? How to sell your idea at startup events?  by Andrea Boetti (Fortumo)
    11:30 Pitch drill nr 1, each team for 10 min / Development

    14:00 Final pitches, each team will do a 3 min presentation + demo 


    #SSC #G48TARTU

    The Mentors 

    Maret Kruve
    Product Manager at Pipedrive, Co-founder @ Student Startup Camp 
    Kai Isand
    Pitch Coach and Host at Garage48; CEO @ Eventornado
    Vahur Singa
    Founder and  CEO of Doping Digital Agency
    Martin Vares
    CEO & co-founder at
    Yuxuan Chen
    Head of Customer Success at Qminder
    Gleb Štšenov
    Software Engineer at Fortumo 
    Liis Narusk
    CEO at ELEVATE by Garage48
    Dmytro Fishman
    Junior Researcher at the University of Tartu & Researcher @ Quretec OÜ
    Andrea Boetti
    VP of Global Business Development & Sales at Fortumo
    Triin Kask
    CPO at Reverse Resources | Program Manager at sTARTUp Day | Board Member at Estonian Founders Society
    Richard Murutar
    CEO at Sprayprinter
    Artem Zaitsev
    Junior Backend Developer at Pipedrive 
    Roland Kriibi
    Backend Developer at Pipedrive


    Maret Ahonen
    Head at sTARTUp Lab
    Riin Lisett Rei
    Marketing Manager at UT IdeaLab

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