How to come up with a Million Dollar Idea?

  • 15.10.19
  • 17:00 - 19:00
  • Tehnopol recommends


Yes, this is no joke. In this pre-event we are going to tell you about a program where the winner receives nothing less but one million US dollars. Ringmajanduse häkaton/Circular Economy Hackathon has joined forces with the Hult Prize at Tallinn University of Technology – launching for the 1st time in TalTech campus. These are two separate programs with the same goal – to empower future changemakers.

Come to the pre-event and get to know all about these opportunities. And, of course, we have lined up some real entrepreneurs and climate heroes for you to meet.


Let us introduce you to our amazing speakers

  • Enn Laansoo Jr.. is on a mission to work for a cleaner life environment and sustainable business. For the past 12 years he has developed PAKRI Science and Industrial Park, which is not only offering square meters for its tenants but offers them an added value with its energy production system and industrial symbiosis. Enn is also leading the electric car rental company ELMO RENT 2.0, which helps people make environmentally friendly choices through its car sharing system.
  • Ragmar Saksing is a marine biologist by education but has been operating in the field of technology for more than 18 years. He is a serial entrepreneur. Mainly has served as a CTO at startups and enterprises. He works for Tallinn Science Park Tehnopol as the Greentech Sector Manager. His strengths include MVP process, assembling engineering teams, business analysis, and green technologies. He is a leadership fan, traveller, alpinist and a father.
  • Merit Valdsalu is a marketing specialist and a green tech enthusiast on a mission to save the world. Recently she departed on a new journey to help companies become CO2-neutral and just last week she won the Garage48 Future of Wood hackathon with the “Local CO2, Local Offset” project.
    Five years ago, she started working at Pipedrive as the Head of Localization and that’s how she got involved in the startup world. She has launched two startups since then, which have both converted into some of the most valuable lessons she has learned. Merit sure has some valuable tips to share on how to win a hackathon, start a business and do good at the same time.

The event is moderated by our Startup HUB manager Kaisa Hansen. Founder of 2 startups and and an NGO Circular Economy Estonia. Both of her startups got started from hackathons and both are in the field of greentech: 3cular is developing an eco-friendly 3D printing material from wood waste and Comp.Act is helping companies save resources by changing their employees habits to be more environmentally friendly. She believes that promoting an entrepreneurial mindset and sustainable business is the most effective way to change the world for the better.

This is your chance to get a head start to come up with a winning idea and hear all about the circular economy. Come and get to know how our speakers change the world and see how you can do the same!

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