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Academic year kick-off Boot Camp

Master Studies in EBS will kick off with Boot Camp in the creative environment of Roosta Holiday Villages in Noarootsi, Läänemaa

September 7-8, 2018

Boot Camp is an intensive 2-day business development mini hackathon to kick off your Master Studies. You will experience teamwork in creative workshop and the presentation of future ideas. In these two days, we will facilitate the collaboration and synergy between people with different competencies, skills and backgrounds and networking among new master students starting 2018.


Turbulent times and proliferation of disruptive business models require entrepreneurs and leaders to be mindful of societal trends affecting their industries and companies. To react to the changes, they need to train their adaptability muscles to flex their ability to think faster and take prompt action. At our Boot Camp we’ll kick off by looking at what is changing, then choose a major problem and thereafter all of us will start with a sprint to come up with real solutions to those wicked problems and thereby boost the ability to start new business ideas immediately. 

Good idea itself is often not enough, if the team behind the idea fails to communicate clearly and passionately. The hackathon will be a great place to practice your investor pitching skills, engaging your audiences and conveying your message with passion and impact.

Workshop facilitators

Marko Rillo (PhD) has worked as an executive and a team leader in starting up new initiatives and reorganizing existing businesses. He has advised and coached leaders in strategic management, performance management and business processes. He is a founder of (2009), global community of LEGO SERIOUS PLAYTM Certified Facilitators, trained at LEGO about the use of LEGO bricks in individual identity creation, corporate strategy development, complex problem solving and uniform team building. Marko is also an associate professor at EBS.


Indrek Maripuu is a speaker, trainer and founder of Loovusait - a Creative Thinking Studio in the wilderness! It’s a truly unique space: a former craftsman’s farm dating from the 19th century which is set well away from the hustle and bustle of city life but which provides an unparalleled working environment. It’s the ideal place for brainstorming with colleagues or clients, planning strategies or applying the final touches to an important project. Find out more here: As lecturer and facilitator I have run business creativity and business model innovation workshops in Nordic private companies (Fortum, Nordea, Swedbank, RIMI etc), Estonian public sector organisations (Bank of Estonia, Enterprise Estonia, several Ministries etc) as well as Estonian universities and schools. People from more than 30 countries have participated my workshops.


Ragnar Siil is internationally recognized cultural policy expert and strategy consultant. He is a Founder and Managing Partner of Creativity Lab, international cultural policy and creative economy think-tank and consultancy. Ragnar has a previous experience from public sector, he has worked as an Estonian Undersecretary of Fine Arts and as a Key-Expert for the EU Programme he advised governments of Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Belarus in reforming their cultural policies. Ragnar has been an Estonian champion in debating and judging World Debating Championships many times, he is a founder of Public Speaking Academy. In this role, Ragnar has conducted public speaking and investor pitching workshops and trainings for hundreds of companies around the world. Ragnar is currently undergoing his doctoral studies at EBS on creative clusters.


Boot Camp programme 2018

Friday, September 7:

08:45 Gathering at EBS (Lauteri 3, Tallinn)
09:00 Departure from EBS 
10:30 Arrival and welcome coffee at Roosta Holiday Villages.
11:00 Opening of the Bootcamp, introduction to the Master’s level studies at EBS by Toomas Danneberg, Vice Rector for External Relations and Business Development, Head of Master programmes. Kaisa Lindeburg, study consultant. Introduction to the Boot Camp and facilitators.
12:00-13:00    Study Sessions vol 1 
13:00-14:00    Lunch 
14.00-15:30    Study Sessions vol 2 
15.30-16:00    Break 
16:00-17:30    Study session vol 3 
17.30-18:00    Break
18.00-19:00    Study session vol 4  
19.00-20:30    Dinner & Networking Challenge
20:30 Free time: students can spend leisure time or use sauna, play bowling etc. (services at extra cost, more information at

Saturday, September 8:

08:00-09:00    Breakfast served in the main hall 
09:00-10:30    Study Session vol 5 
10:30-11.00    Break 
11.00-12.30    Study Session 6: final presentations and wrap-up 
12.30-13.30    Lunch 
13:50  Buses depart to Tallinn 
15.50  Arrival to Tallinn, EBS (Finnish students will be taken to ferry terminal)

*EBS reserves the right to make changes to the Boot Camp programme.


Academic year kick off Boot Camp will take place on September 7-8, 2018.

Leho Laul
International Business Administration MA student 
„The structure and professionalism in this event was awesome. I believe we all received much necessary and something to remember from this week-end. It’s the masterclass of ice-breaking that you don’t meet too often. This is all you need in the beginning of the school year – concentration on learning. Extra credits go to the ability of sticking to the agenda.” 



Taranika Tionna Nurmik

Management in Digital Society MBA student

"I believe that the Estonia Business School admissions team did an excellent job bringing together a diverse group of like-minded people. I felt that each person brought in strong conversations about their professional field and each person was open to share about his or her journey in life.  The Boot Camp gave us an opportunity to discover the importance of interconnectivity and I believe that interconnectivity is a true reflection of Estonian Business School spirit, culture and aspiration for it’s future legacy."



 Boot Camp 2017