For this year, *ship has got 15 000€ funding money from William and Ester Otsakorpi foundation and 10 000€ from EKSP foundation.

“We are very pleased to have these foundations involved with *ship and PatteriES organization. Without these foundations support it would not be possible for us to organize our activities and go towards more entrepreneurially supportive Kymenlaakso.” – Antti Viitanen, PatteriES

William and Ester Otsakorpi Foundation has been operating since 1928 and has grown to be today’s one of the impactful foundations in Kymenlaakso region. The Foundation promotes and supports the educational and business activities of Kymenlaakso and the provinces of North and South Karelia.

This year, the foundation will be 90 years old since its establishment. To celebrate its anniversary, Otsakorpi is providing support and funding especially for business co-operation and young entrepreneurs. Otsakorpi foundation supported PatteriES to hire Xamk students for developing and organizing *ship 2018.

EKSP foundation was founded in Lappeenranta to serve local people in 1875. Local knowledge is the foundation’s specialty to this day. EKSP foundation promotes frugality and economic well-being as well as supports culture, science, well-being and economic development particular in the areas of South Karelia, Kymenlaakso and South Savo.