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Next *ship Startup Festival is on the 16th and 17th of May 2024

The event for starting entrepreneurs!

*ship Startup Festival has been THE startup event for all entrepreneurs and early-stage startups since 2015. The event consists of two main days:

  1. the mentor program and
  2. the pitch captain competition.


1st place wins 15 000€ for business development

2nd place prize will be revealed later

3rd place prize will be revealed later

*ship Startup Festival is an international platform for early-stage startups and people interested in entrepreneurship. It also acts as our learning environment for entrepreneurship. So if you have business ideas or design products in mind, why not come and observe how other people and students sell their skills and business concepts.

Alongside our competition we offer Master Classes to make sure that startups get support to achieve the best results at the event. Visitors can also test their ideas and get feedback from industry experts while networking trough the whole 2-day event.

The Pitch Captain Competition

Join the Pitch Captain Competition! Read more about our criteria, check out our tips for startups and take part!

*Deadline for all applications is on the 30th of April 2024 at 23:59

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ROAD TO SHIP program

Do you have a business idea but don't know where to begin? Or maybe you just need advice from experts? During this program, you will learn basics of pitch presenting and get a chance to practice your skills.

The official launch online is on March 12, 2024 at 16.00–17.00, but you can already hop on board by signing up and joining the journey.

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What to expect at *ship?


Present your business idea in the Pitch Captain Competition! And also receive 1-on-1 mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders and experts.

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Network with our startups, mentors, and other visitors!

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We bring the coolest mentors: Founders, investors and educators from Finland and over seas to help the next generation.

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Our story

All started in 2015 from an innovative idea. With the enthusiasm of Xamk students and our stakeholders a successful international startup event was born!

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Learn and experience entrepreneurship

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Check out courses for entrepreneurship and startup enthusiasts, Startup Hotline services to support students´ entrepreneurial ideas, Startup Fund grants to develop good business ideas and networks, events and much more!


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