The 2020 edition of Student Startup Camp

The 7th Student Startup Camp (SSC) took place on 4th to 7th of February at the University of Tartu Delta Centre. The annual entrepreneurship boot camp designed to build ideas into working prototypes was organized by Garage48, UT sTARTUp Lab and UT Institute of Computer Science. It brought together over 110 students! Student Startup Camp ended with a pitching competition won by team Harakas, who is digitalizing paper notes in the music industry.  

The camp started on Tuesday with 90-second idea pitches. Everyone who had an idea got a chance to present it and find teammates at the idea fair. Out of 20 ideas pitched 17 were accepted and teams started to develop them to minimum viable products. The 4-day course consisted of teamwork, intensive mentoring and hands-on work to build tech products.

All the teams worked hard and got guidance from Garage48 mentors Kai Isand, Maret Kruve and Andreas Roosson. The program also had talks from different startup founders and field experts. Priit Salumaa, co-founder of Garage48 and Mooncascade, came in to talk about business models and revenue streams. Jüri Kaljundi, co-founder of Garage48 and Weekdone, and Teet Saar, technical support manager at Playtech, also came in to introduce life as a startup-founder and working for a big international tech company respectively. The camp ended on Friday with a pitching competition where all the teams presented their products/services and progress made during the camp. The judges were Maret Ahonen (UT sTARTUp Lab), Maret Kruve (Garage48, Pipedrive), Vaido Mikheim (Tartu Science Park) and Joosep Sild (SmartVent). Our great partners Latitude59 and Startup Day gave conference tickets to the best teams. 

Here are the TOP 3 teams: 

WINNER - Team Harakas. They are helping the music industry by digitalizing paper notes. The struggle of finding notes and managing them is real, shows research and interviews with potential clients. Team Harakas is developing a web-app that will solve this problem. It will be easy to find notes, add new ones, share, add remarks and manage. In the future, they are planning to add a built-in metronome, tuner, concert view and much more.

Special mention, 1st Runner-Up - Team Seamless. They are helping event organizers make entrance to their events fast and easy through  NFC powered app. With the solution visitors don't need to open phone screen, search for QR codes, adjust screen brightness and stand in long lines. Visitors just load the ticket to Seamless app, touch their phone with event providers' phone and just walk in.

Special mention, 2nd Runner-Up  - Team Pölt. Pölt is Wolt for pets - offering a fast delivery for pets' goods for people that don't have the time or resources to carry home heavy food and other things.

Here are rest of the teams: 

Foogle: A recipe search engine for people who know what they have in their kitchen but not what to do with it. The user enters in everything they have in their kitchen and Foogle shows them results for recipes that use the given range of ingredient tags. The user does not have to worry bout what goes with what or whether "fish goes with pasta", Foogle worries about that for you.

SwitcheRoo: A Tinder-like mobile app to trade your clothes with other people.

PPS: An application, which makes procrastinating uncomfortable. We find ways to subconsciously make you hate using sites and apps, which makes you unproductive.

Followish: A social media app where every adventure seeker gets together to have an amazing time. People can share activities starting from trying new eating spot to visiting Puerto Rico together. Followish – adventure is waiting for you.

Beer Pressure: Have you ever had a few too many on a night out? Suddenly lost all your friends? Came just some cents short of a beer? If you haven’t, the students we talked to have. We are here to change that. With Beer Pressure, you can select when to start and when to finish your evenings, see all the best offers and keep an eye on the location of your friends.

Dietster: We offer 7-day experiences in the form of different diets, whether it be vegan, low sugar, vegetarian, you name it.

LAPE: A web app that lets YOU search, choose and vote for the songs you want to play, and the song with the highest amount of votes gets played.

Yellow Games: We are developing games, which are played locally using electronic devices, yet maintain the most exciting aspects of board games.

OSBox: Our cross-platform easy-to-use automation tool will eliminate the tedious time-wasting process of manual environment setup.

Fudler: Did you know that in Europe over 100 billion euros worth of food is thrown away every year just because the expiration date has passed? The solution is right here - Fudler - a platform which brings together users - people who want to save money with meals and our clients - restaurants that have surplus food.

eXPe: Have you ever been bored in your citiy? Feel like you have visited every place and there is nothing new to do? Worry no more! eXPe is here to lift your butt off the couch, throw you in spontaneous adventures and introduce possibilities you were not even aware of. Genuine experiences in an app: eXPe

Healthe: Healthe is an everyday health advisor that helps to increase efficiency, speed and quality in primary care. Patient's medical issues will be dealt with care by bringing together doctors, medicine and sector's best practice supported by Estonia's clinical guidelines & AI.

Transportio: Our app gives unique opportunity for people working in transportation field to find clients for themselves without going anywhere. They can choose which orders they want and can do according to their schedule.

TaskFight: Turning task and time tracking into a game.

Thank you to all the participants, mentors and coaches for giving your time and commitment. See you in 2021 :) 

The event was co-organised with Garage48, the Institute of Computer Science of the University of Tartu and UT sTARTUp Lab. The event was supported by HITSA and IT Academy. 

This blog post was originally published in the University of Tartu blog by Andres Vaher. 

Check out all the event pictures here:

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