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Growth program


Business accelerator for ambitious entrepreneurs to grow their business 10x faster

Under the guidance of international and local experts, program participants will develop the most appropriate action plan to:

  • Step out of a daily routine and develop their business idea, innovative product or service
  • Scale an existing business idea and find new opportunities
  • Adapt their business to new market norms with a focus on innovation

Our program is focused on the development of business knowledge and skills, with an emphasis on the requirements of the digital age, such as using digital technologies, innovation, growth thinking, marketing, and sales, as well as modern financial planning and customer focus. At the same time, we pay attention to the fact that business growth would be achieved sustainably

Program participants’ stories

Workshops and mentoring sessions



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Who are we looking for?

Medium and large companies registered in Estonia with an ambition to innovate and grow

Companies operating for more than 2 years

Companies with turnover above 500 000 euros

Schedule of growth program lectures and workshops:

16 March

Bootcamp or how to define an untapped business opportunity?

30 March

How to set the right ambition for your business?

13 April

In which markets it is wise to look for customers?

20 April

Sustainability as a hygiene factor in the creation of a new product

4 May

How to create the right value proposition for changing customer needs?

18 May

What to consider when creating and financing a scalable business model?

1 June

Transformations in a company - how to create the right culture?

Lectures takes place in SEB Tallinn Innovation center or virtually.

Trainer Alar Kolk

Program lead and mentor

Alar Kolk

Over the past 15 years, Alar has trained more than 3,000 executives to create better business models. Among other things, Alar has consulted global corporations such as Amadeus, FCA, Ferrero, Empower and Google. 

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Program tools to support your company’s growth

Knowledge and practice

Lectures and seminars

  • 6 thematic public lectures in which participants will be provided with theoretical and practical business knowledge 
  • Practical support during 6 seminars for program participants only to help use the knowledge gained in the lectures 


Individual meetings with experts and tasks

  • 6 homework assignments and 6 individual meetings with field experts
  • Tasks and meetings with experts will help you to develop and refine your business ideas after the program

Business contacts

Evaluation events

  • 4 progress assessment events with country’s business leaders-mentors
  • The events will help you evaluate ideas, get useful advice and provide important business contacts

In collaboration with

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The content of our Growth Program, mentors and other competencies are provided by our partner Civitta, who is one of the leading management consulting companies in Central and Eastern Europe. One of the most important directions of the company's activity is innovation management and attraction of several types of financing for the implementation of innovation projects. Civitta's experience covers setting up and running acceleration programs, advising more than 500 start-ups on various aspects of innovation management.

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Empowerment logo

Experienced business coaches from Empowerment will help speed up the implementation of the solution created in the program. Using the principles of agile development known in the field of IT and start-ups.

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Program graduates

Graduate companies

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Participants' stories and previous seminars

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Videos of previous seminars

We bring companies, students and science together

Students of the University of Tartu, interested in business innovation, also participate in the Growth Program. In order to develop innovative ideas, the program also provides an opportunity to involve researchers.

Why should a student be involved?

  • Students contribute with their fresh input
  • Students help to solve time-critical tasks
  • The company has the opportunity to contribute to the development of young people with practical experience

Companies participating in the growth program contribute to the creation of a new generation of entrepreneurs

  • Participation in the growth program is free. At the end of the program, we invite entrepreneurs to support Junior Achievement Estonia (JA Estonia) in order to contribute to the development of young entrepreneurship and the creation of a new generation of entrepreneurs.
  • JA Estonia has made it a matter of its heart for young people to be able to try to be entrepreneurs during school time for 20 years already.
  • The support received from entrepreneurs goes to the development of the entrepreneurship program. For example, there is a desire to supplement the program with a design thinking methodology and to pay more attention to environmentally friendly thinking.
  • The companies participating in the growth program have supported Junior Achievement Estonia with a total of 5,360 euros.


During candidate's selection to participate in the program, SEB keeps the right to give first-hand to own customers, however, it is not mandatory to be a SEB client to be invited to participate in the program. 

The company's participation cost in the Growth Program is covered by SEB. However, at the end of the program SEB collects donations for Junior Achievement Eesti, to support next generation of entrepreneurs. 

The Growth Program for companies consists of two parts. Every other week there will be a 6-8 hour long online seminars, as well as work groups led by mentors and industry professionals. During the weeks between online seminars, Growth Program participants will complete tasks that can take up to 8 hours and sign up for individual mentoring sessions with the respective expert/mentor. Participants will be provided with all the necessary materials and information, as well as access to the online tools that will be used to support the program. Throughout the program participants will receive hands-on support from the program’s team. 

When participating in the Growth Program, keep in mind that each team member representing the business will need to devote approximately 8 hours per week to it.

In order to achieve the maximum effect of the program, it is desirable that the company is represented in the Growth Program by a management team or a group of people (consisting of two to five representatives) who are able to innovate and make significant changes in the company.

The goal of the Growth Program is to accelerate the growth of your company, ideally - by ten times in ten years your company's financial performance. As part of the program, you will gain knowledge and practical experience on how to develop a successful, customer-friendly product that is easy to scale in the global market. At the end of the program, under the guidance of mentors and experts, you will develop a 100-day development plan that will become the basis for achieving your goals

Need advice on the program? 

Contact our Tartu Innovation Center lead Kristina Lillo by e-mail or call at +372 50 66 300