NOCCA (Novel opportunities for new company creation and accelerated growth)
NOCCA is a two-year project where TalTech Mektory cooperates with Finnish and Latvian partners and Tehnopol. The project aims to find solutions, create new cross-border companies and generate innovative business ideas in the following areas:
● blue economy (circular economy);
● green economy;
● silver economy.
This project brings together students, companies and experts in the field.
Mektory organizes various events within the project. The first event is the circular economy (blue economy) hackathon, which takes place on October 18-20 at Mektory's new Innovation HUB under the guidance of the best mentors and experts. Students will begin to resolve the challenges which are presented by companies and experts.
All students of Estonian higher education institutions, universities and applied higher education institutions can participate in the hackathon. At the end of the hackathon, an international jury will select 10 ideas that will continue throughout the year in the program. All ten teams can participate in the growth and scaling workshops in Finland and Riga, and an accelerator boot camp in Estonia.
● 850 students are exposed to entrepreneurship and challenges in the silver, green and blue economies;
● 6 new cross-border companies with global potential will be created;
● 15 existing early stage startups are supported within the program;
● 6 joint demodays for ecosystem partners are organised during the program;
● 6 joint hackathon challenges are co-created with ecosystem partners;
● Concrete roadmap with responsibilities and annual schedules for ecosystem engagement is created.
Funding: Interreg Central Baltic
Partners: Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Foundation Tallinna Teaduspark Tehnopol, Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Mektory: the Innovation & Business Center of Tallinn University of Technology.
NOCCA project is running from 1.04.2019 to 30.06.2021. It is financed by the European Regional Development Fund (Central Baltic Interreg Programme 2014-2020).