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From Science to Business!

The University of Tartu is offering Estonian academic scientists the opportunity to commercialize their research and develop new knowledge and research based deeptech business ideas.

The programme starts with seminars, workshops and networking events during a 10-week period, which is followed by tailored mentorship and support along the road to develop the business idea further. Estimated value of the programme with the services provided is 10 000 euros.

From the programme, you get:

  • Business development workshops

  • Access to a wide network of mentors and university specialists

  • Intellectual Property assessment

  • Marketing support to participate in national and international business festivals

  • Potential investment opportunities after the programme

Who can join the programme?

We are looking for research teams with a deeptech focused idea to develop. Teams are welcome to apply from all Estonian universities, provided one part in the team is a member of the Univeristy of Tartu.

We have partnerships with Tartu Science Park on other business incubators and can help with further development and participation in their programmes, such as S2B Launchpad and European Space Agency Business Incubation.

29. March

Introduction. Deeptech journey from lab to market.

5. April

Market Development 1/2

12. April

Market Development 2/2

19. April

Prototyping and Product Development 1/2

26. April

Prototyping and Product Development 2/2

3. May

Organisational Development

10. May

Intellectual Property Management

17. May

Investor Readiness

24. May

Pitch Training

31. May

Business Plan Presentations

The programme allows you to think your business idea through, bring you together with the right people, practice pitching, and potentially get your first funding to bring your vision to life.

The spin-off programme brought me together with top specialists, whom I was able to present my business idea, exchange thoughts, develop the business idea, and to cooperate with. Perhaps they would have helped me if contacted them myself, however, the participation in the program made it much easier and created the necessary mutual trust.

Pärtel Poopuu (Prudens OÜ), programme graduate

UT spin-off programme blog

Programme participants

Mentors of the programme


Spin-offs are active partners for the university

A spin-off company of the University of Tartu is a company which, in agreement with the university, wishes to highlight its connection with the university for business development and whose founders and / or shareholders are the university administration company and / or its UT employees / students and uses the university's intellectual capital and / or infrastructure. Knowledge, information, intellectual property, experience, etc. are considered intellectual capital.

Any company meeting the criteria can become a spin-off. This gives the company an opportunity to use the university's brand and increase the credibility of its products and services by referring to scientific research.

We want an active partnership from our spin-offs, which, in addition to shared knowledge, also includes activities that support the university's core activities - teaching and research. In order for the cooperation to run smoothly, we provide each spin-off company with an account manager who helps to coordinate the wishes of the company and the university.


The turnover of our spin-offs is over 50 million euros

How to apply

Commercialize your knowledge and research based business ideas.

Apply here

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Mart Maasik Kaja Kallasega Kopenhaageni visiidil arutelu pidamas.

University's Head of Entrepreneurship Mart Maasik visited Copenhagen to gather experience of combining business and research

Droonikaader vaatega Emajõele ja Tartu Ülikooli Delta keskusele.

Money Moves: How to Fund Your Deep Tech Start-Up

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University of Tartu supports the work towards the market-readiness of research results with €300,000