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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.

The winner of the Pitch Captain Competition will earn the title and the final prize!


Next *SHIP IN MAY 2024!

Save the dates of 16th and 17th of May!


*ship Startup Festival is a unique platform for early-stage startups and people interested in entrepreneurship. It is also a valuable learning environment for Xamk students!

You have the possibility to join our *Pitch Captain Competition, take part as a mentor to consult our competing startups as well as visitors, or to just enjoy the event and its program.

Alongside our famous competition we offer Workshops to make sure that startups get the support necessary to achieve the best results at the event. In case you have a team or idea that you are ready to showcase, test and get feedback from industry experts, * ship is the right place for you. All this is possible thanks to our *ship crew (Xamk students) and stakeholders!

What to expect?


The Pitch Captain Competitions 1st place received 10 000€!

Oskari Hervonen, Petri Kuusela and Niko Viitiö definitely consider networking to be the most valuable asset of the event, even though the prizes are also important for product development.

- Feelings about the competition are very good and yet again we gained valuable experience that could not be obtained elsewhere. The prize money will be invested in Pilot V2 -product development, says Hervonen.

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Network with our startups, mentors, and other visitors and explore our Showroom!

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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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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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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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Xamk students!

Learn and experience entrepreneurship

Interested in developing your business idea? Join our innovation, entrepreneurship and startup academy called *ship Akatemia!

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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