Find a path that will dash you towards your future career!Check out everything that Xamk has on offer for your entrepreneurship track.We will accompany you to combine studying and entrepreneurship.




student entrepreneur, beginner or pro?

Join our crew!

We offer a fairway to a speedboat and the opportunity to join the the *ship crew.

  • Do you want like-minded people around you?
  • Do you want to develop your skills in an innovative and entrepreneurial environment?
  • Do you have a potential business idea in mind?
  • Are you interested to see what’s happening in the kymenlaakso and Etelä-Savo startup field?

In our mess deck, you have the opportunity to develop your own individual skills and refine your ideas already during your studies. You can also join our community without your own business idea and work as a team with other like-minded people. In Xamk we organize all kinds of events and projects regarding entrepreneurship of which Many also find inspiration for their future as well as training opportunities.You can speed up your studies by participating in or creating an entrepreneurial themed experiences and by studying directly our entrepreneurship studies. Xentre and RDI units also offer numerous opportunities to develop ideas and entrepreneurial skills.




Reseach and Education Unit for Entrepreneurship and Innovations 

We serve by producing  Xentre Cafe and *ship Akatemia -services.

Our activity is directed towards Xamks external as well as internal stakeholders.  We offer students a variety of possibilities regarding entrepreneurship. We collaborate with numerous partners.

Our operation mode:

We serve both students and entrepreneurs with a pragmatic touch trough a  strong work-life collaboration.

Cases provided by entrepreneurs can be for example;

  • Internship
  • writing your final thesis
  • customer projects
  • employment provided by an entrepreneur


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*A mess deck is an area aboard a ship where the crew gathers and spends time together. Xentre Cafe works as a mess deck in Xamk that serves both coffee and inspirational dialogue about entrepreneurial possibilities but also facts, support and connections to companies. 

*For the time being our coffee and encounters are served virtually.

All studies in Xamk  include a strong worklife connection. our entrepreneurship track also offers these connections in many ways. You can gain credits and learn while studying trough cases provided by companies but also and internships but also by organizing events and writing your thesis regarding your own business idea.


If this sparked your interest, contact our Xentre Cafe ”baristas”! 

We serve at every campus:

Minna Lehesvuori / 044 702 8512 /

Maarit Vahvanen / 044 702 8428 /

Johanna Koponen / 040 487 5111 /

Maisa Kantanen / 040 569 7899 /

PatteriES is a student entrepreneurship society and a community that works in Xamk.

Patteri’s goal is to improve the entrepreneurial culture within Xamk’s area of operation and to support students who wish to become entrepreneurs. PatteriES is also Xamk’s startup community. Together with Xentre, PatteriES is creating the famous *ship Startup Festival.


More information about the festival: Startup Festival at Kotka, Finland on May 5th—6th 2022 (


More info about PatteriES: Patteries

*ship is a startup accelerator event that aims to provide a vibrant platform for pre-and early-stage startups to develop their businesses. Annually held in Kotka, *ship Startup Festival is the biggest startup event in South-East Finland with 150 participants of Experts, Startup and visitors all together to support each other during the program. The 2 day event this year will be organized the 5th and 6th of May at Höyrypanimo, Kotka.


More information from
Henrik Dombovari, Community Manager,  Patteri ES / 050 323 6113




Xamk Startup Fund


Xamk Startup Fund is Xamk’s  Xentre unit’s grant that is funded by Otsakorpi fund and Xamk. Private investors can also focus their grants towards student entrepreneurs trough this possibility. Student entrepreneurship society PatteriES is strongly involved with this activity. Xamk Startup Fund shares “one time” grants with the value of 250 — 1000€ for startups and student teams to develop promising ideas. Applicants can be individual students or teams. Xamk Startup Fund grants will be approved based on applications. The application deadlines will be announced annually, when the funding has been confirmed.


The Funding criteria are:
  • That the applicant is a student of Xamk or the applicant team is connected to Xamk.
  • The idea is new, interesting and it has business potential.
  • The team or individual applicant is committed to develop the idea.
  • The application is clear and it describes how our funding will be used.


Applying for Xamk Startup Fund :

The 1th application period of 2022 opens 1.3. and ends in 31.3 at 4PM. Follow these pages and also our Lux section.


As the application period opens you will find the link  here  (opens 1.3.2022)

By sending the application form I therefore certify that the information I have given are correct. I commit to use the funds given to me for the development of my presented businessidea and to also report of its progress to Xamk. All applicants who have been granted the fund will be personally informed.  All material will be processed with confidentially and additional information regarding ideas will not be published.

Attention! Well advanced ideas can apply for Xamk Startup Fund also on our next application rounds. Meaning you can apply for 3000€  aid in total.


More information:
Development Manager Minna Lehesvuori / 044 702 8512


Student, are you an inventor?


Student, are you an inventor?


Did you know, that students can also receive a reward of their inventions and ideas in Xamk!

By inventions we mean new devices, solutions, process or modes of operation that can be protected by a patent. For an invention to patented, it must be new, inventional and industrially utilizable.

If you have this kind of an invention in mind, you can make a notice for Xamk’s innovation group. The group will confidentially process your notice. Also, please remember not to reveal your invention publicly so that its novelty and likability to gain a patent will remain. Inventions that could gain a right for a protective patent in Finland will be rewarded with 300€ / inventor. The rights for the invention will not move under Xamk and will remain with the inventor/ inventors.

And with ideas we mean the kinds of explosive thoughts, that cannot be protected by a patent but can be otherwise utilized. These can be new business ideas, business concepts and social innovations. You can inform your idea with the same INVENTION NOTICE mentioned above. Each idea can receive a 100 € reward.


You can get the invention notice template and additional information from:

Contract and Intellectual property specialist, Minna Pasila

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Studies

Would you like to develop your business idea as a part of your studies?

Build your own entrepreneurship track trough Xentres entrepreneurship studies and projects.  While studying you have the chance to run your practice company trough which testing your business idea will be a breeze. Xentres entrepreneurship studies offer practical ways to develop your own business already while studying. They can be completed alone or you can also develop business activity together with a team. These studies are open to all students regardless of your degree!

Entrepreneurship focused studying plan will be designed in collaboration with the head of your degree studies. We from Xentre will also help you build your entrepreneurship track that will serve your needs.

More information in Lux: Innovation and entrepreneurship studies


More information also from:

The Responsible Lecturer of Entrepreneurship Maarit Vahvanen / 044 702 8428



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*ship Startup Festival 2022 !

*ship Startup Festival has been THE startup event for all entrepreneurs and early-stage startups in Kymenlaakso since 2015.

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