The Story of Poko
Every year the Estonian Investments Centre encourages students to take part of a contest called "Negavatt" and to come up with an idea that would save energy and resources for their University (Check it out here!). This is where the story of Poko began. A couple of students from the University of Tartu wanted to reduce their plastic bag consumption but they couldn't seem to carry all their reusable bags with them all the time. The idea was chosen as one of the 10 best and so Poko was born...
After working on our project plan and basic project management skills at the finalists bootcamp, it was time to take action. In April, 2017 the first prototypes of Poko were made.
We experimented with numerous materials and methods to achieve the best possible balance of functionality, aesthetics and environmental impact and finally perfected the design of Poko.
The more curious reader can find out more about the design and its impact on the environment here.
The First Customer
Ah yes, the very first people to start reducing plastic pollution by using Poko.
In May, 2017 Poko found its way to the first customers at the birthday event of Paljas Pala, the first packaging free store in Estonia and the Baltic states.
Paljas Pala is also one of the supporters of Poko!
The Big Catalyst
May was an extremely prolific month for Poko. From early March, Poko was created, developed, and enhanced into a solid eco-friendly business.
It was time for the Negavatt finals. Through hard-work and persistence we made it, third place in the finals, the greatest achievement for Poko so far!
This helped us drive environmental change and reach the subsequent milestones!
The next journey
On a quest of bettering ourselves and the environment, the Poko team doesn't stop.
In June, 2017 Poko participated in the Estonian finals of Climate Launchpad and enhanced their business management skills.
9 days of professional training later, our skills and sense of direction reached new heights!
In June, 2017 Poko finally became a registered company!
Making it big!
In July, 2017 Poko started working on its first big order by the University of Tartu.
This was a challenge that taught us how to provide quality in large quantities!
In August, 2017 Poko explored ways of improving the product further
We started making Poko key-holders from felt which makes it more eco-friendly and a softer feel with more design possibilities!