About *ship

*ship – The Startup Festival – hosted in Kotka, Finland – connects the next generation of entrepreneurs with mentors worldwide. Bringing together accelerators, growth startups, early-stage startups, investors, students and other entrepreneurial-minded sailors out there, this is one startup event you can’t afford to miss!
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To celebrate Finland’s 100th birth anniversary at *ship 2017, we had:



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Pitch Captain

Every year at the *ship, startup teams compete for the “Pitch Captain” title.

The winning team gets to be the star of the Festival and walks home with a grand prize of €5000.

1-on-1 Mentoring

The startup teams are offered exclusive 1-on-1 mentoring sessions with world-class mentors.

The teams get to network even further on the Lunch Cruise and privately arranged meet-ups.

Side Events

The side events include:

  What others are saying?    

Hermann Ársælsson

Manager, Google

We would like to concentrate on any activity that has a positive impact on society and provides young generation with more chances and opportunities for professional growth and job creation. *ship does exactly that!


Bank Manager, OP

We believe that there is a good chance for *ship and become even bigger. We want to be a part of the movement, associate with the entrepreneurs, and take the opportunity to learn more about the startup culture.


Pitch Captain 2015

I had been to several other startup events, but nothing was even close to *ship. The event helped us gain wider publicity and new partnerships. This contributed in convincing me that we were in the right direction.


*ship – The Startup Festival is organized annually in the city of Kotka, a Finnish city on the coast of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland. It is known by its port, industry and maritime festivals. The city is also known as a multifaceted hub of educational institutions and culture.

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Thanks to our Partners

*ship is backed by: