POWERING INSPIRATION

With a physical visitor ticket, you'll get onsite access to the Powering Inspiration program on January 29 as well as online access to the whole festival throughout January 27–29, 2021.

We believe that the best ideas and deals come when business meets celebration, which is why at sTARTUp Day you will find a unique blend of practical knowledge and a festival atmosphere. 


The Powering Inspiration program is for all startup-minded professionals from any field of work and walk of life. Whether you're searching for inspiration, your next career challenge or super hands-on seminars from the best of the best – we've got you covered!


Inspirational keynote by Pekka Hyysalo

Pekka was a championship-winning pro skier until he had an accident in 2010 that almost ended his life. His helmet cracked and Pekka suffered a serious brain injury, landing him in a coma for 17 days. When he woke up, he had a choice: give up or fight his way back to normal life. Although doctors predicted it would take 2 years for him to even walk again, Pekka returned to skiing in just 11 months and now with his company FightBack, Pekka is inspiring everybody to hope, think positive and not give up on what’s most important to you. 

Social entrepreneurship 

In a time of immense greed, waste and climate change, social entrepreneurship has emerged to the spotlight as a way to battle the deterioration of the planet. After all, where else are we going to live?

Sharing their expertise will be Nin Castle (Reverse Resources), Vahur Afanasjev (bestselling author) and other social entrepreneurs. 


Founders Stories 

The sTARTUp Day motto is "From Zero to Hero", meaning every hero story has to start from somewhere. Sharing their entrepreneurial journeys are Arthur Schaback (Paxful) who went from homeless to multimillion-dollar startup founder and recently crowned Young Entrepreneur of the Year Jaan Hendrik Murumets (Kraakul). 
A buzzing event, full of energy, excellent pitches, great speakers and loads of passion. I loved being part of sTARTUp day!
– David Beckett, Pitch Coach at Best3Minutes

Self-development

"Get better results", "Run faster", "Bring in more revenue" – do these sound familiar? Most of us have been taught from early on to push yourself to strive academically, professionally, at hobbies and in sports, but not a lot of focus has been put on self-development although it's the stepping stone to do better and achieve more in all other sectors.

At sTARTUp Day, Allan Eesmaa (Synctuition) will be showing you how to clear your mind so you could achieve more. 

Creative block

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? We don't mean that in the sense of the ability to draw or sculpt. Creativity is being able to make decisions on your feet, innovate, and think outside of the box. Let your creative juices flow and create your own movie (yes, you read that right!) collectively with other participants and explore the world of gaming. 

Leading the block will be media artist Chris Hales. 

Pitching competitions

What's a business event without a couple of pitching competitions? The best of the best startups from Superangel, Greentech, Kaleidoskoop, Starter and the University of Tartu will blow your mind with their innovative ideas. 

.. and of course, loads of entertainment in between

Before, after and in between all the talks and seminars, take a break and enjoy our entertainment program. 

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