* Negawatt is a theoretical unit of energy, which is used to express the energy capacity saved.
The Negawatt competition is meant just for you, the inventive student! 
It is an energy and resource conservation competition, which helps young people to fully bring their negawatt powered ideas to life.
If this sparked an idea, come and participate! KIK is awarding EUR 45,000 to help realise the ideas.

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Negavatt’s best team makes dishes out of straw

Yesterday evening, on 24 May, during the finals of the students' energy and resource saving contest Negavatt, organised by the Environmental Investments Centre (EIC), the three best projects were selected, the leaders of which received EUR 10,000 to realise their idea.

First place was taken by the team Põhunõu, from the TTK University of Applied Sciences and Tallinn University of Technology, who produced biodegradable disposable dishes from Estonian straw, thereby creating added value to an agricultural by-product.

Second place went to the team 'Don't waste food, box it! from the Estonian Academy of Arts, who is developing biodegradable food packaging from re-used materials. Third place went to the project Poko, from the University of Tartu. They are producing re-usable shopping bags, which are easy to fold into stylish keychains, to replace thin plastic bags.

According to Veiko Kaufmann, jury member and Executive Director of the EIC, what guaranteed the success of the three winning teams was that their ideas were the most detailed and they had made it the farthest during the testing period. “Smart solutions and thinking big were what shone through the ideas from this year’s winners. It was a delight to see that the winning teams had get-up-and-go and faith in their ideas. Nor can the sustainability aspect of their projects be underestimated.”

The super final, held at the Tartu Club of Different Rooms, featured the 10 ideas that had made it to the finals from among the 47 projects submitted for the competition. The jury included Veiko Kaufmann, Executive Director of the EIC; Lauri Tammiste, Director of the SEI Tallinn Centre; Jana Pavlenkova, organiser of the Prototron competition; Erki Ani, the CEO of Cleantech ForEst and the organiser of Climate Launchpad Estonia; and Helen Puistaja, the leader of the conscious lifestyle shop Slow.

For details on the award-winning ideas, see Negavatt’s website and Facebook page with the winning teams’ videos.

Negavatt is supported by Paulig Coffee Estonia, Empower 4Wind, Eesti Pandipakend, Pärnu Vesi, Keila Vesi, Emajõe Veevärk, Club-Mate Eesti, and Good Mood Food.

Negavatt is a competition created by Foundation Environmental Investments Centre (EIC) and the Ministry of the Environment, the aim of which is to increase awareness regarding energy and resources, and to encourage students to offer solutions that help to conserve resources in universities. The idea may be a product, a service, a technological solution, a method, or a campaign that changes the way of thinking and, thus, behaviour.



Your idea is important even if it contributes to the cause just a little — every great change is made up of many small initiatives. The competition is meant for teams from all higher education institutions – whoever has a good idea on how to move towards a more resource efficient society by rational action in their educational institution or university campus.




Submission of project ideas:

February 3, 2017 -

March 3, 2017


Testing of project ideas:

March 11, 2017 -
May 11, 2017


Announcing winning projects and funding:

May 24, 2017


Implementation of the project in educational establishments:

By the end of 2017



All participants will get a worthwhile experience! By taking part in the project, you will undoubtedly acquire valuable knowledge and meet kindred spirits with whom to found other initiatives in the future.


Teams qualifying for the second round will get 1000 euros for testing their idea. In addition, team members have the opportunity to participate in a 2-day training course, to meet mentors and take part in field trips.


2 to 4 best team get up to 10,000 euros to implement their projects. The best teams will be awarded scholarships of up to 1500 euros which the team will share among themselves. There will also be special prizes from the sponsors!

Project Initiators

The EIC preserves a healthy living environment, values clean nature, and sustainable development. The EIC funds environmental projects from the environmental fees of the Republic of Estonia, the sale of Estonia’s CO2 quotas, and the European Union’s structural funds. In addition, the EIC offers the possibility to apply for a special purpose loan for the implementation of environmental projects. More than 19,000 projects have been supported a period of 16 years.





The task of the Ministry of the Environment is to create such prerequisites and conditions which ensure us and the following generations diverse nature and clean living environment as well as the sustainable use of natural resources.



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Eesti Pandipakend is a producer responsibility organisation established in 2005, organising the recycling of packagings marketed by producers, importers and traders. Our tasks is the administrating and organising of collection, transport, sorting, counting and recycling of deposit-subjected packagings in all of Estonia, i.e. we deal with the plastic, glass and metal packagings of water, carbonised drinks, beer and low-alcohol beverages..










Tallinn Science Park Foundation Tehnopol is a science and business campus providing a growth and operations site and business development services to technology companies. Tehnopol supports the adoption of new prospective technologies and facilitates the development of technology-based enterprises through the Prototron and Startup Incubator programmes and business services in the area of ICT, green technologies and health technologies. The business campus is constantly developing, by now being the home for around 210 growing technology companies, with new startups being added monthly.  


Providing a diverse selection of energy conservation solutions, Hoiame Kokku Grupp OÜ is a company made up of engineers from Tallinn University of Technology. We have set ourselves the objective of taking energy conservation in Estonian homes and companies to a new level. Our team, consisting of specialists in the field, will be able to identify electricity, water, light and heating conservation and monitoring solutions suited specifically for you. Having operated in our sector for over five years already, we have successfully completed hundreds of energy conservation projects which have helped consumers save tens of thousands and even hundreds of thousands of euros. Without any reservation, it may be stated that Hoiame Kokku Grupp is the No. 1 provider of comprehensive energy conservation solutions in Estonia.

Tartu Univesity IdeaLab provides hands-on entrepreneurship training from the idea to the business model, involving mentors who are experienced in the field of startups. It is a place where proactive young people can find innovative and functional solutions to interesting problems. The IdeaLab is open for all looking to find a practical application for their knowledge and to meet and work together with people form different walks of life both from the university and outside of it.


Prototron offers a free mentor programme for the best hardware and software and energy efficiency team and funding in the amount of up to €10,000. The application term is 1 March – bring your idea to life before anyone else gets rich off it!



The Association of the Students of Life Sciences is an organisation for the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral students of life sciences. The main objectives of the association is the development of the professional skills of students of life sciences and the respective study and research activities. In doing this, the vision of the associating is to form a person who is competitive in the employment and academic market, bases their activities on the values built in the university and the association and is able to implement their professional knowledge and skills in today’s society. To achieve these objectives 6 working groups have been formed along with a design work group, who are constantly working towards them.  


Mektory is an innovation and entrepreneurship centre at TUT for the purpose of connecting students, scientists and companies. Mektory has facilities for meetings and laboratories for prototyping available for use. All this creates an environment for the generation and realisation of new ideas.


ABB is operating in Estonia since 1992 in two main areas: production (generators, drives, renewable energy devices, electrical boards, pre-assembled substations) and sales (transmission network and distribution substation projects, medium and low voltage devices, automation projects, robots, maintenance services). ABB has been awarded the “Foreign investor of the year” prize issued by Enterprise Estonia five times (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2014) and the “Entrepreneurship award” issued to the best enterprise in Estonia once (in 2008).




K: Milliseid ideid võib esitada?
V: Negavatile esitatava idee puhul võib tegu olla nii lihtsa kuid nutika ideega nt tarbimisharjumuste ümberkorraldusel kui ka tehnoloogilise insenerlahendusega ülikooli energiasäästlikumaks muutmisel. Energiat on võimalik kokku hoida nt elektri ja soojuse näol, kuid lisaks on võimalik energiat säästa ka teistes valdkondades nagu transport, toit, jäätmed, riided, vesi, paber, aeg või muud ressursid. Esitatava idee ainukeseks kriteeriumiks on, et seeläbi väheneks ressursi- või energiakulu ülikoolis või selle linnakus. Vaata eelmise aasta võiduideid ja ammuta inspiratsiooni.

K: Kas idee peab olema tehnoloogiline?
V: Ei, kindlasti mitte! Laske oma mõttel vabalt ja piirideta lennata. Oodatud on kõiksugused nutikad ideed, kasvõi kirbuturud, ühised liikumisaktsioonid, mingite asjade kogumised, teavituskampaaniad jms.

K: Mida tähendab fookusteema?
V: Fookusteema on justkui väike spikker ja suunanäitaja neile, kellel veel oma ideed ei ole, kuid kes tahaksid kindlasti konkursil osaleda.
Sel aastal on konkursil eraldi fookusena vee- ja toiduga seotud teemad. Too oma ülikooli mahetoit või anna oma koolikaaslastele teada, kust pärinevad koolikohviku kartul, peet või lambaliha. Või võta luubi alla hoopis kohvi ning teega seotud teemad- ühekordsed topsid (kui palju neid tekib sinu koolis? kas sellele oleks ka alternatiivi?), segamispulgad, kohviaparaadid (kiiremaks ja energiasäästlikumaks?), teepakid/kohvipuru/kohvikpaks (leia sellele uus kasutusvõimalus näiteks uue materjali või muul viisil ringlussevõtu näol). 

K: Mul on mitmeid häid ideid, kuid ise ma neid teostada ei taha. Kas ma saan ikkagi konkursil osaleda?
V: Kahjuks mitte. Ideed esitades pead olema valmis selle ka päriselt ellu viima.

K: Kas konkursile võib esitada ka rohkem kui ühe projektiidee?
V: Jah. Esita kasvõi kümme!

K: Mis ajani saab ideid esitada?
V: 3. märtsini.

K: Kas õppejõud võivad ka projektiideega kaasatud olla?
V: Jah, võivad küll. Kindlasi peab aga meeskonnaliikmete hulka kuuluma vähemalt 1 tudeng.

K: Kas meeskonnas peavad olema vaid ühe kursuse/kooli tudengid?
V: Ei pea. Oodatud on ka kursuste- ning ülikoolideülesed meeskonnad. Meie jaoks on oluline, et Sinu meeskonnal on piisavalt kompetentsi, et idee edukalt ellu viia. 

K: Kas ideid saavad esitada ka kutsekoolide õpilased?
V: Jah.

K: Mitu liiget võib meeskonda kuuluda?
V: Meeskonda peab kuuluma vähemalt kaks liiget, kellest vähemalt 1 on tudeng. Ülempiiri meeskonna suuruse osas seatud ei ole. 

K: Kuidas ma tean kas mu idee ka päriselt töötab?
V:  Kui sinu idee valitakse kuni 12 parema hulka, siis anname igale meeskonnale idee testimiseks 1000 eurot. Testraha eesmärk on anda võimalus idee väikeses mahus käimalükkamiseks, sealjuures ennetamaks võimalikke tekkivaid probleeme.

K: Mis asi on boot camp?
V: Boot camp on finaali jõudnud meeskondadele mõeldud 2-päevane koolitus, kus saab mentoritega koostöös teha ajurünnakuid oma ideede paremaks struktureerimiseks, lihvimiseks, edasiarendamiseks ning kus toimuvad temaatilised ettekanded projektijuhtimise, oma idee turundamise jm idee elluviimiseks vajalikel teemadel. Vähemalt 1 meeskonnaliikme osalemine boot camp'il on kohustuslik.

K: Kas boot camp'i peab ise kohale minema ja kuidas on lood totitlustuse ja ööbimisega?
V: Transpordi, toitlustuse ning ööbimise pärast ei ole vaja muretseda, sest selle eest hoolitseme meie.

K: Kuidas selgitatakse välja võitjad?
V: Võitjad selgitame välja 24. mail, Negavati konkursi superfinaalis, kus finaali jõudnud võistkonnad astuvad žürii ette ning presenteerivad oma ideed. Superfinaalis saadud punktiskooride tulemusena kuulutame välja kuni 4 võitnud meeskonda. Võitnud võistkondade liikmeid premeeritakse täiendava rahalise stipendiumiga kokku kuni 1500 eurot ühe võistkonna kohta ning konkursi toetajate poolt välja pandud eriauhindadega. Kiika lühikest videokokkuvõtet eelmise aasta superfinaalist.

K: Kui mu idee saab auhinnalise koha, siis kas võiduraha (kuni 10 000 eurot) saab meeskond endale?
V: Võiduraha on mõeldud idee elluviimiseks vastavalt esitatud eelarvele. Võiduraha saab kasutada vaid ideega seotud kulude katteks. Projekti lõppedes peab tehtud kulude kohta esitama aruande.