Tallinn University of Technology

About the pre-incubation program

A pre-incubation program in the deep tech field is a structured initiative to support early-stage startups or entrepreneurial ventures focusing on developing and commercializing deep technology solutions. 

UNITeD project partners suggest various important topics (Idea validation, how to find finances, team members, etc.) relevant for starters in the entrepreneurial landscape, especially in the deep tech field.

Deep tech refers to technologies based on substantial scientific or engineering advancements, potentially creating significant disruption or innovation across various industries. Examples of deep tech areas include artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, biotechnology, renewable energy, raw materials exploration, drones, etc.

What are the key benefits of participating in a pre-incubation program in the deep tech field?
Registering and participating in the Pre-Incubation deep-tech programme will give answers:
- Would I make a good entrepreneur?
- How do I know if my idea is any good?
- How do I prototype my product?
- Where do I get funding to build my business?
- When should I talk to investors?
- and a lot more

Who can participate and how?
Suppose you want to learn more about developing your excellent idea in the deep tech area of making the world a better place, forming a team, starting a start-up company,  learning about legal and financial issues, sales and marketing, etc. Follow the instructions under "Study Guide" on how to be part of and earn 3ECTS as a bonus. 

If you have any questions or struggles, contact the program coordinators, who will find the solution.

Study Guide

This Study Guide gives instructions on how you can take part of the UNITeD pre-incubation programme and validate your deep tech related idea.

UNITeD in deep tech

UNITeD Project description

The Universities for deep tech and entrepreneurship (UNITeD) project aims to empower consortium universities’ interdisciplinary approaches as one of their strategic domains, in order to flexibly reconfigure the universities’ entrepreneurial and innovation capacity to respond to the human resources and research and development (R&D)-based needs of deep tech industries operating within Nordic-Baltic innovation value chains.

The UNITeD Project has three main objectives:

  • Strengthening entrepreneurial and interdisciplinary approaches within HEIs;
  • Enhancing innovative and entrepreneurial education;
  • Exploring partnerships for innovation.

Consortium partners are strategically committed to devote effort to transforming their academic curricula and research agendas by pro-actively exploring university-business partnerships in the field of deep tech. When enhancing the supply of new entrepreneurship- and deep tech-focused study forms and curricula, offering pre-incubation activities for university-related start-ups and teams of students and researchers, opening avenues for active partnership engagement activities with deep tech companies, consortium universities‘ students, academic and non-academic personnel, will be highly involved.

The spectrum of Project actions is expected to make institutional change through awareness raising on the potential of interdisciplinary approaches within study and research areas, and the importance of both entrepreneurship and the applicability of university-based R&D solutions, and the intermediating role of knowledge and technology transfer processes. A more systematic and organised approach towards smart blending of the study and research domains is anticipated, to enhance the competitiveness of deep tech-focused industries, and consequently create impetus for societal wellbeing.

The Project consortium consists of five Baltic universities:

  • Vilnius University (LT);
  • Tallinn University of Technology (EE);
  • Tartu University (EE);
  • Tallinn University (EE);
  • Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (LV).

And one Nordic university:

  • University of Jyväskylä (FI).

The consortium universities already have rich experience in providing entrepreneurial education, organising pre-incubation activities to spin-out innovative ideas, and suggesting new R&D solutions to the industry to be further developed and applied on the market. The UNITeD Project unites the Nordic-Baltic university forces to further jointly explore interdisciplinary approaches within the study process, and also R&D activities as one of the key enabling domains unlocking the potential to adjust the study and research endeavours according to changing deep tech industry needs.

The consortium’s associated partners, Enterprise Estonia (EE), Baltic Sandbox Ventures (LT), Latvian Startup Association (LV) and Startup Factory (FI), joined the Project with the aim to further extend the possibilities for deep tech-focused university-related entrepreneurial teams and start-ups to access the ‘one-stop-shop’ Nordic-Baltic innovation support ecosystem and venture capital.

See the project page at EIT HEI Initiative


EIT HEI Initiative

The EIT HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education has been designed with the aim of increasing the innovation and entrepreneurial capacity in higher education by bringing together HEIs in innovation value chains and ecosystems across Europe. A central philosophy of the EIT is the integration of the EIT Knowledge Triangle Model into all its activities. HEIs selected to participate in the HEI Initiative will also leverage and use the Knowledge Triangle Model as an enabler, facilitating the creation of systemic, institutional change. Additionally, HEIs selected to participate in the HEI Initiative will contribute to and leverage Smart Specialisation Strategies, the Regional Innovation Impact Assessment (RIIA) Framework, as well as align to the goals of the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS).  This will strengthen the links between HEIs and their local and regional ecosystems and provide an impetus to leverage additional funding sources beyond the HEI project funding period of the selected HEI projects. HEIs are encouraged to prepare applications which will support the development and implementation of six Actions in their institutions, cumulatively leading to institutional transformation, an increase in entrepreneurial and innovation capacity, and integration with innovation ecosystems.