Ajujaht is the best-known start-up accelerator in Estonia, where you can put your business idea and team to the test.
Teams participating in the Ajujaht competition have the opportunity to make their product or service ready for scaling and investment through a world-class accelerator programme. The accelerator programme is based on 15 years of experience and focuses on the elements that start-ups need most in the initial phase:
Apply for the Ajujaht accelerator programme with your team and we will help you become the next Estonian success story!
Click & Grow produces ‘Smartpots’ for plants, equipped with an automated cultivation system. The company has participated in the world’s most renowned startup accelerator Y Combinator and raised millions of euros in investments. Click & Grow has so far sold over 300,000 pots, with the company’s primary markets comprising the US, Western Europe, Hong Kong, and Saudi Arabia. At the moment, Click & Grow is developing an offering to enter the food industry. According to Liina Ilves, the company’s Marketing Project Manager, taking part in Ajujaht saves you time by putting your idea into practice and setting it in perspective. It helps to bring out the strengths and weaknesses of your product.
Bikeep helps to lock up bikes simply and securely. During cycling season, Bikeep’s parking spots were used by over 3,000 users a month already in 2015. The company made an important deal in 2016 by which BART (a public transport company used by 126 million people in San Fransisco Bay Area) starts using Bikeep solutions. Kristjan Lind, Marketing Manager at Bikeep, recommends that incoming Ajujaht participants follow their innermost passions. “In addition to theoretical lessons, Ajujaht gave our team the motivation to carry on working even when the company had to cross its first hurdles,” says Lind.
The Timbeter app makes it possible to measure timber quickly and accurately, the measurements for digital processing. It is a B2B company with a global client base, and customers ranging from Belgium to New Zealand. They sealed a major deal in 2016 by which the Estonian State Forest Management Centre starts using Timbeter for measuring timber quantity. According to the founder of the startup, Anna Greta-Tsahkna, Ajujaht is a great opportunity for testing and developing your idea. She adds, “I cannot think of a single reason why not to participate. You have practically nothing to lose.”
GoWorkaBit brings together employers looking for temporary workforce at a short notice. In 2015, the company’s turnover was nearly a half million euros. However, in 2015, the estimated sales will be over a million euros. The company is now active on international market. According to the spokesperson from GoWorkaBit, the greatest advantage of Ajujaht is visibility – especially if you plan to launch in the Estonian market.
The Taxify / Bolt app helps to order a ride more quickly and conveniently with a competitive fare. The platform has over 25 million users and is operating in over 30 countries. The company’s CEO Markus Villig offers participants the following advice: “Focus on growing your business rather than just fulfilling the requirements of the competition.” He adds that Ajujaht gave his team knowledge, contacts, and a great marketing outlet for the Estonian market.
The Ajujaht accelerator programme and TV competition is a collaboration between the public and private sectors and is created by Enterprise Estonia.