sTARTUp Day 2017 business festival starts in Tartu

On Thursday, the 7th of December, the biggest business festival in the Baltics takes off with over 2500 attendees from 27 countries.

The sTARTUp Day 2017 business festival is happening only for the 2nd time, but just as last year, the event has been sold out. The theme of this year’s event “From Zero To Hero” focuses on how to work oneself to the top with limited resources. During the opening day there will be numerous side-events around the city of Tartu: trainings and seminars on production, education, biotechnology, business and export topics.


On Friday, the 8th of December, the main festival day at Science Centre AHHAA takes place from morning until evening. Over 100 keynote speaker will step on the 4 stages of sTARTUp Day during the festival day. In addition, numerous seminars, training and pitching competitions will take place at the venue. As a big finale, the Best Early Stage Startup-up of Estonia will be announced on the main stage, who will receive investment and recognition as the most promising startup to watch.


The City of Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas is feeling proud that sTARTUp Day has emerged to be one of the business cards of Tartu as a top entrepreneurship centre, though having emerged just a year ago. “All development organisations work on the mutual goal of creating an attractive environment for businesses and start-ups in Tartu, enabling the innovative ideas to establish into successful business models. Our efforts are assured as 13 of the TOP 30 ideas of the TV program Ajujaht came from Tartu or Tartu county,” Klaas adds.


“The massive event that has sTARTUp Day become, started from just a modest idea by the University of Tartu of merging all the small events into one. Seeing the international success now, 2 years later, we can say that we succeeded,” Erik Puura, the Vice Rector for Development of the University of Tartu, is now certain.


sTARTUp Day 2017 is organized by the University of Tartu, City of Tartu and the local startup community. The festiva’ls Gold sponsor in Swedbank Estonia, Silver sponsors are Elisa and Pipedrive, Bronze sponsor Contriber. Project is supported by European Regional Development Fund.


More information, as well as the link to a live feed, can be found on the festival website.


Contact: Marelle Ellen, sTARTUp Day 2017 Head of Marketing & PR, +372 52 690 71,