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THE Final Workshop of the WINNOVATE Project has been Finished

The final workshop of the WINNOVATE project was held in Riga, Latvia on 24th-25th of September 2015. The event took place at Kalnciema Quarter. Kalnciema Quarter is part of unique European wooden architecture heritage.

The final workshop was a cross-sectoral workshop dedicated to all of the themes that had been discussed in the previous two events- CLEANTECH, ENERGY, TRANSPORT and SMART CITIES. There were 27 participants from Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

During the two days the following ideas were discussed in Riga:

1. FeTi production technology;
2. Maritime museum development;
3. Impact and efficiency leap in public procurement through the digitalization of market dialogue;
4. Coastal Area Monitoring for integrated development (tourism footprint, cargo traffic, environment);
5. Railroad maintenance;
6. Waste to energy;
7. New foundation technology;
8. Sustainable manufacturing along with auditing procedures to promote up-cycling, Long-term objectives are significantly lowering the ecological footprint of Global textile industry as well as increasing the competitiveness of the European textile industry;
9. 2 SME ideas.

We thank everybody for the participation and for successful generation of project concept ideas during all of the three workshops.

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University of Tartu won a Horizon 2020 grant worth more than 1 mEUR

With the lead of CoreGrow, the University of Tartu’s (UT’s) Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology was awarded a Horizon 2020 grant worth more than 1 million Euros. The consortia comprises of three research institutions: next to UT as a coordinator, the project partners are University of Oxford from the UK, and KU Leuven from Belgium.

As a result of the successful proposal, the World leading research institutions can substantially intensify the collaboration of researchers, PhD and post-doc students within the field of women’s studies and fetal health and wellbeing.

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The first WINNOVATE workshop has been successfully carried out

CoreGrow’s team successfully carried out the first WINNOVATE workshop. Main themes of the workshop were TRANSPORT and SMART CITIES. Aim of the workshop was to turn ideas into solid project concepts for Horizon 2020, Interreg or other funding opportunities; build good working relationships between consortium partners and understand the process of H2020.

Estonia: CoreGrow, Estonian Nautical School, Positium LBS, Tartu City Government, Valga City Government
Latvia: Baltic Consulting, Rail Baltica , Latvian Ministry of Transportation, Cesis City Government
Sweden: Euroclas, Västerås Railway Cluster, LearnWell
Finland: Lahti Regional Development LADEC
Denmark: UConnect / Lyngsoe Systems

Four workshops have been planned throughout the WINNOVATE project. Next workshop (ENERGY AND CLEANTECH) will be organized in Helsinki on 25.08-26.08.

For more information please visit WINNOVATE website or contact project manager Siim Soplepmann (

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CoreGrow client wins Ajujaht business plan competition!

Jiffi, a CoreGrow client, has been chosen as the winner in the finals of the Ajujaht 2015 competition! Ajujaht (Brainstorm) has been the biggest business plan competition in Estonia for five years. More than 300 business ideas were submitted this year in the hope of winning the grand prize.

Jiffi has developed an automatic hands-free mobile ticket system, freeing passengers from the need to purchase and validate tickets when boarding public transport. At the same time, Jiffi provides transport operators with valuable information on passenger routes, an important input for the optimisation of route planning and upgrades to services. Thanks to the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensors installed in public transport vehicles, the Jiffi app recognises when passengers enter and exit the vehicles. Passengers do not even need to take their mobile phone out from the pocket, since validation takes place automatically.

CoreGrow helped the Jiffi team to create the innovative business idea, work out a business strategy and model, as well as networking and establishing contacts with potential clients in Finland, Sweden and elsewhere.Congratulations to the Jiffi team for such a remarkable acknowledgement! We hope to continue our successful partnership with you.

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Five start-ups graduate from the Founder Institute Tallinn in its first year

The first ever Founder Institute (FI) programme in the Baltic States has completed successfully. Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and start-up launch programme, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Lauri Antalainen, partner at Coregrow, is the CEO of the Founder Institute Tallinn.

During the four-month semester, students undertook practical work, including establishing and developing a start-up company using knowledge acquired during their studies and practical work, as well as feedback from a network of mentors. Five founders managed to complete the programme successfully, all of whom will continue working on their start-ups.

More information on the first alumni of the FI Baltics can be found here:</br><br>The second group of Founder Institute Tallinn will start in the upcoming autumn. For preliminary information, please do not hesitate to contact Lauri Antalainen ( or follow FI’s web page.

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CoreGrow’s team successfully launches WINNOVATE project

CoreGrow’s team has successfully launched the WINNOVATE project under the Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme, with its main objective being to establish a functioning, sustainable network of relevant players and stakeholders in the Green Growth sector in the Nordic-Baltic region. The aim of the project is to collaboratively target international innovation programmes such as Horizon2020 and EUREKA Eurostars, as well as regional innovation programmes such as EEA grants, using collaborative Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) and Coordination and Support Action (CSA) projects.

The project consists of two stages:

–       Stage 1 (December 2014 – April 2015) is dedicated to mapping the main innovation players in the green tech sector and matching their skills, capacities, plans and expectations with suitable upcoming calls for innovation funds (2015-2016).

–       Stage 2 (May – September 2015) is dedicated to facilitating networking between Green Growth sector players, and planning collaboration on RD&I and CSA project concept development by holding workshops and seminars

Our partners Mart and Siim visited Lund and Helsinki in December. Meetings with project partners from Norway, Denmark and Finland were finalised at the beginning of 2015.







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Allan Met Nobel Prize Winners and Angela Merkel in Germany

Nobel Prize laureates met young scientists from all around the world in Lindau, Southern Germany, from 16 to 23 August. Allan Teder, our head of Financing and Optimization, was chosen from Estonia to take part in this prestigious event. In total, 18 Nobel Prize winners and 480 young researchers attended the 5th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting on Economic Sciences. Allan applied for the meeting in order to meet three economists who were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and whose research was very close to Allan’s own field of study.

This was an extraordinary opportunity for Allan to meet the laureates as well as other young researchers from all around the world so as to get a thorough overview of the current state of research from top scientists and to develop contacts for cooperation in the future. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, was also one of the guests whom Allan had the honour of meeting.

The meeting gave Allan more inspiration in his studies knowing that his research is significant in a wider global context.

Allan’s fields of research include financial market behaviour, with a focus on currency markets, as well as investigating the causative link between currency exchange rates and economic fundamentals.

More information about the meeting is available here

An interview with Allan on Vikerraadio is available here – 12:15, in Estonian)

Allan with Nobel Prize Laureate Lars Peter Hansen

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The Founder Institute introduced in Estonia

The Founder Institute is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch programme, helping aspiring entrepreneurs across the globe build enduring technology companies. Lauri Antalainen, one of our partners, is among the founders who introduced it to an Estonian audience. Lauri was one of the speakers at the meeting that took place on 18 June, and spoke about the ideas that inspired him to become an entrepreneur 10 years ago.

Lauri introduced the methods he used to find his first customers, and also spoke about his fears and doubts at the beginning of his career as an entrepreneur.

Founder Institute events take place in every 2 weeks, and the next sessions will start at the beginning of October 2014. Everyone interested in getting inspiration from experienced entrepreneurs is welcome to join. For more information contact Lauri Antalainen (

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CoreGrow Successful in Horizon 2020 SME Instrument

Horizon 2020 is the world’s biggest research and innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available (2014 to 2020), providing support for world-class science, the search for solutions to societal problems, and the use of a variety of scientific solutions to take the lead in industry. The SME Instrument is a Horizon 2020 financing opportunity that is aimed explicitly at young companies that have innovative ideas but lack financial instruments.

During a tough competition (on average, 4–5% of applications were successful across Europe whereas 25% of applications proposed by CoreGrow received funding), two Estonian proposals received grants. CoreGrow, in cooperation with THE Systems (an electronics development company), was one of the two successful applicants.

The project is aimed at developing technology to secure the safety of gas pipelines in urban areas. Now, as part of the project, a feasibility analysis will be run in order to prepare for full-scale development.

If you are interested in cooperating as part of Horizon 2020 programmes, or if you would like to receive further information on how to successfully implement your innovative ideas, you are welcome to contact our partner Mart Moora (

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Mart defended his Thesis on University-Business Cooperation in Research & Development

Mart Moora, our head of Business Development and Commercial R&D, defended his Master’s thesis at the University of Tartu on 3 June. The title of his dissertation was “University-Business Cooperation in Research and Development: an Underused Opportunity for the Estonian Economy“. The aim of his research was to analyse the current situation of university-business cooperation […]

Mart’s findings show that cooperation between Estonian universities and businesses hides significantly greater opportunities than what have currently been realised. Mart thus proposes that the cooperation process should be divided into clear-cut phases (namely, the preliminary, input, in-process, output, and impact phases), and that coordinated efforts should be targeted towards improving the success drivers explicitly in each of the respective phases. This needs to be done by all involved parties: universities, businesses, and the Estonian Government.

For more on what these efforts should involve, the Thesis presentation is available here (in Estonian), and the full English version of the Thesis can be accessed here.