New business ideas with help from young inspiring entrepreneurs
The accession of successful young local entrepreneurs with innovative ideas proves that Estonia is the perfect place for changing the world. ReLaDe, GoWorkaBit, Sportlyzer, Psycho Bus and many other businesses of the new generation will encourage young people to get involved in entrepreneurship on 18 February at the Athena Centre at the UT Idea Lab opening event “Idea storm. 100 ideas that will change the world”.
Head of UT Idea Lab Maret Ahonen said that often the right conditions are needed to bring good ideas into life—real life situations, people with the same views, an inspiring role model or firm support for moving from one point to the next. “All this is what we will be offering at the UT Idea Lab’s opening event of the season. We want young people to acknowledge that every idea might grow into something great and to encourage them, with good examples, to nourish their entrepreneurial spirit because one day, their business might be what conquers the world with its idea,” said Ahonen.
Good conversations and ideas at the event will be moderated by Harald Lepisk, an entrepreneur, movie maker and inspirational trainer. The day will be opened by UT Vice Rector for Research Erik Puura and Enn Metsar from UBER Estonia. Inspiring stories about starting entrepreneurship will be shared by Rainis Venta from ReLaDe, Kei Karlson from GoWorkaBit and Marko Oolo from the Investment Club/TransferWise.
In order to develop ideas, which might grow into potential enterprises, the participants will get together at tables in smaller groups. The best ideas created will be presented to a larger audience at the end of the day. For further development of the ideas, it is possible to join the Idea Lab’s four month programme, where teams are formed and the feasibility of the ideas is tested with support from seminar instructors and mentors who are practitioners.
The groups are guided by entrepreneurs who change the world with their work: Tõnis Saag from Sportlyzer, Rainis Venta from ReLaDe, Karen Kangro Burns from Mooncascade, Helen Kokk from YourDesignWorks, Madis Vasser from the Psycho Bus, Margus Siilik from Okka style, Marko Oolo from the Investment Club/TransferWise, Alo Murutar from Sprayprinter, Aleksander Tõnisson from Buildit, Liina Adamson-Ehte from XAOS, Kuldar Leis from UT Idea Lab and Sense, Maria Laanelepp from Faaz and Jaan Naaber from Neway.
The event is meant for higher and vocational education students as the opening event of pre-incubation activities, in other words, practical entrepreneurial studies. Have a look at the opportunities at UT Idea Lab at www.ideelabor.ut.ee.
The event is supported by the European Social Fund.
Additional information: Maret Ahonen, Head of UT Idea Lab, tel. 522 5910, e–mail: maret.ahonen [ät] ut.ee