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Save the date - 16th and 17th of May 2024!

*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 sponsored by Google

2nd place wins 5000€ for business development sponsored by Google

3rd place wins 2000€ for business development sponsored by Cursor

Crowd favorite wins 500€ sponsored by Suomen Yrittäjät

All five finalists are rewarded by consultation from Accelerando worth of 1000€

*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.

Pitch Captain Competition stream

Follow our Pitch Captain Competition through live stream.
Available on the 17th of May.

Note that the schedule of the program can be found down below.

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Event program

Know more what's happening on day one and day two of *ship Startup Festival 2024!

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Ahoy competitors!

The application period to our Pitch Captain Competition has ended. Read more about our criteria and check out our tips for startups from the link below!

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Ahoy visitors!

Registration for visitors has closed. All registered visitors are warmly welcome to enjoy *ship Startup Festival 2024! Find additional information for visitors from the link below.

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What to expect at *ship?


Check out who we have had as mentors in the previous years and of course our upcoming experts!

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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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previous winners

Check what kind of startups have competed in the Pitch Captain Competition

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A side seminar in finnish

Are you for example continuing a family business or thinking of buying someones old business? Varustamo- project will offer content for visitors regarding the change of ownership.

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ES meetup by Fiban

We welcome all ES communities and student entrepreneurs around Finland to meet and mingle at *ship Startup Festival!

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