Starship Technologies and TTÜ concluded a technological cooperation agreement
On February 28, the producer of delivery robots Starship Technologies and Tallinn University of Technology formalised their mutual interest in technology by concluding an agreement of cooperation at the TTÜ Innovation and Business Centre Mektory.
Cooperation will be established in three areas: technology law, research and development, and studies. For example, TTÜ will involve a representative of Starship Technologies in the work of the Programme Advisory Board for “Product Development and Robotics”, thereby allowing the company to directly influence the development and functioning of TTÜ’s curriculum, and bring modern technology business significantly closer to lecturers and new students.
“Starship has largely been founded on knowledge, experience and capital created in Estonia, and this cooperation agreement will enable us to link the rapid development that the area of self-driving and autonomous robots will provide already in the near future increasingly with Estonia, so that the state would benefit from it to a larger extent. In cooperation with Tallinn University of Technology, we wish to learn good regulation practices of new products and services resulting from implementing future technologies. This knowledge is in great demand in countries that are prepared to test new technologies for the benefit of the society. Naturally, we also wish to develop the mutually useful research and development and finally support each other in everyday issues, such as daily studies at the university and the continuing education of our own experts,” said Ahti Heinla, the founder and CEO of Starship.
“For Tallinn University of Technology, the agreement signals a clear choice of direction towards the research into and development of future technologies, as well as closer cooperation with the local and international business communities. In cooperation with Starship, we hope to develop the platform of cooperation between people and robots in the widest possible sense, being a global example in that area,” commented Member of the Academy Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology.
The agreement was signed by Tea Varrak, Vice Rector for Innovation and Business Relations at Tallinn University of Technology and Ahti Heinla, CEO of Starship.
Starship Technologies is a technology company developing a completely innovative technology, the implementation of which will generate consumers and a revolution supporting local businesses in the so-called final-mile parcel delivery business. The company was established in 2014 by Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. Earlier, they have created new technologies to reorganize two large industries – the telecommunications sector with Skype and the music industry with KaZaA.
Tallinn University of Technology is a modern university of technology, whose strength lies in the synergy between technological, natural, exact, social and health sciences. First and foremost, TTÜ is responsible for ensuring the aftergrowth of engineers and technology scientists in Estonia. The university incorporates 700 lecturers and more than 500 scholars, while the number of TTÜ alumni is close to 70,000. The TTÜ campus, which expands 50 hectares, consists of 72 buildings. Students are offered exciting student and cultural experiences, and the university’s accommodation and sporting facilities are among the best in Northern Europe.