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  • The Student Startup Camp (SSC) is happening in Tartu! Together with the University of Tartu and IdeaLab, 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 (http://studyitin.ee/en) 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 

    Any questions?

    Please contact us: ssc@garage48.org

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

    15:30 Registration 
    16:00 Intro, How things will work;
    Pitching ideas in 90";
    Talk: Minimum Viable Product 30'
    18:00 Business idea on a beer coaster @ Naiiv bar 

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

    10:00 Morning checkpoint for all teams
    Talk: Teamwork@startup;
    Talk: UX/UI: From an idea to prototype
    Talk: Customer discovery 30'
    12:30 1 hour for lunch 
    13:30 Mentoring round / Team work
    17:00 Founders talk #1
    18:00 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
    Talk: Hacking development: dirty tricks
    12:30 1 hour for lunch
    13:30 Mentoring round / Team work
    15:30 Company visits to local startup offices 
    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: Creating a landing page; 
    12:30 1 hour for lunch
    13:30  Mentoring round / Team work
    17:00 Talk: Preparing a great pitch
    18:00 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?  Andrea Boetti, Fortumo 
    Pitch drill, each team for 10 min / Development
    12:30 1 hour for lunch
    13:30 Last minute fixes/ preparing pitch
    14:30 Final pitches 

    #SSC #garage48


    Maret Kruve

    Product manager @Testlio, Mentor @ Garage48 

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    COO @ Garage48; Founding team member @ YourDesignWorks; Pitch Coach

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    Maret Ahonen

    UT Head of Idea Lab


    Riin Lisett Rei

    UT IdeaLab's Marketing Manager