The cruise

After enjoying the entrepreneurship vibes at *ship – The Startup Festival in Kotka,  the winner and runner-up of the Circular Economy Pop-up Challenge, Ostracon and ClosetLab, had the opportunity to be the real crew members of the tall ship Morgenster during Tall Ships Races. They eventually reached Turku after spending 5 days on-board and 1 day in Tallinn.

Truly passionate crew

“While staying on-board, we had to take shifts on watch, clean and cook. We had a lot of fun in our free time”, shared Kristian Kouros from Ostracon. Accompanying the two teams was Liisa Lahti, Sitra’s circular economy specialist. Thanks to her presence, both teams received mentoring and advices apart from experiencing crews’ daily life.

Obstacles on-the-way

Kotka welcomed the Morgenstern’s departure with warm sunshine, and the ship gradually crossed the Baltic Sea without any difficulties. However, the day before reaching Tallinn was an exception. “We had to pass through a rainstorm. Fighting with the waves, the rain and seasickness was a lifetime adventure that marked this trip”, said Kouros. Apparently, disruptions are inevitable throughout either casual or business journey. Nonetheless, “Today is difficult, tomorrow is much more difficult but the day after is beautiful” – Jack Ma. Even though nasty weather hindered on the way, it could hardly stop the crew arriving in Turku, where they were amid sun, fun and energy.

Learning while building

Larissa Fafá of ClosetLab shared excitedly, “The experience was very important for the advancement of team building skills.” In Kouros’ words, “I feel lucky and glad to be a part of the journey. The things I experienced this week, the people I met and places I visited are too much to be summarised in a few sentences”.

Thank you Ostracon and ClosetLab. Wish you best of luck in the future!

AuthorVinh Le is an intern at *ship and a business student at XAMK. Striving for deep understanding on entrepreneurship and technology, he is thrilled to observe these two things burnishing each other.