*ship – The Startup Festival 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!

A truly global entrepreneurship celebration

The original idea of *ship was to gather bright teams through the summer programs of all the Entrepreneurship Societies of Finland. Annually, *ship invites approximately 10 teams from summer programs from Helsinki, Kuopio, Kotka, Kouvola, Lappeenranta and Turku to join *ship as well as other teams. Last year we doubled the number of teams and this year we are bringing even more teams to Kotka. Furthermore, this year we are looking forward to transforming *ship as a truly global startup festival.

*ship 2017 in numbers

5000€ main price for startups

929 entrepreneurs worldwide altogether applied to the Global Startup Challenge

864 applications from 90 countries to Ambassadors’ Program

656 applicants from 70 countries to the Global Startup Challenge

100 startups joining to celebrate Finland’s 100th birth anniversary

25 international mentors

3rd *ship in Kotka, Finland

1 unforgettable summer event

0 reasons not to attend *ship 2017

100 Startups, 5000€ main prize

*ship has grown steadily the past few years and *ship 2017 is not an exception. This year, as Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary, we are inviting 100 teams, 50 from Finland and 50 from other countries, to join the experience. Teams would be able to participate in our unique mentoring program and compete for the 5000€ main prize in the Pitch Captain stage. In addition, we are also excited to receive more and more attention and support from our mentors, team members and startup communities all across the world. It’s immensely exciting to see *ship’s passion going beyond Finland.

A handful of stimulating activities

We have arranged several side activities to promote *ship Festival and one of them is our Ambassador program which received 864 applications from 90 countries worldwide. Our ambassadors played essential roles in widely spreading *ship’s attitude and spirits. Thus, we also decide to invite them to *ship startup hothouse this July to dive in a real entrepreneurial environment.

Global Startup Challenge is our online competition for aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide. The goal of the Challenge is to empower as many people from different backgrounds as possible. It was thrilling for us to receive an astonishing number of 656 startups from 70 different countries applying for this program. We are looking forward to seeing the top-notch teams from this competition in the main stage of *ship in July.

Stay tuned!

Things are getting more and more exciting as our team kicks-off the biggest and probably the most thrilling *ship ever. Joining *ship would be an ideal chance for you to meet new people, approach new ideas and dive into a real entrepreneurial environment. Stay tuned for upcoming updates of activities at *ship 2017!