Welcoming all pre/early-stage startups, aspiring entrepreneurs and global change-makers with groundbreaking business ideas! Earn a spot at *ship Startup Festival 2018 to be held in Kotka, August 1st and 2nd, where you will be able to personally present your business idea and receive 1-on-1 mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders and experts. Startup application period is from 16th of March to 15th of July. Apply as soon as possible cause the spots are limited. 

2 ways to apply

  1. Our formal partnerships with entrepreneurial programs in Finland and abroad.

  2. Application trough *ship attend page. We go through these applicants regularly and the spots are filled on the first come first serve basis, so apply now!

Pitch Captain Competition 2018

Game-changing ideas from individuals, teams, aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage startups are sought in the following categories:


Create new or transform current markets or business


Improve existing solutions


Help fight boredom


Enhance our everyday experiences with products or services


Change the world for better tomorrow


If you are confused which category suits you, select Misc and we will figure it out for you.

Apply here

Rules of competition

Pitch Captain 2017

Temu Materials Surgify Oy

*ship Alumni startups

Treamer Oy

Treamer is on-demand staffing platform, connecting businesses with trusted temp staff. Treamer handles all the small bits of the process, end-to-end.

Accelerator: Boost – Startup Journey

Status: Growing

*ship 2015, TOP 10

eMedi Innovations Oy

Lääkärihinta makes it easy to compare private healthcare service providers and public healthcare queue times.

Product name: Lääkärihinta.fi
Accelerator: Aaltoes – Kiuas Accelerator
Status: Sold/Merge
*ship Pitch Captain winner 2016

Surgify Medical Oy

Surgify develops solutions to protect proximal soft structures and prevent associated complications during surgery.

Accelerator: Lungi Summer Program

Status: Funded

*ship Pitch Captain winner 2017

Rekorder Oy

REKO is a distribution model for locally produced food, in which consumers order directly from producers without middlemen

Accelerator: Boost – Startup Journey

Status: Operating

*ship 2016, 2nd place

Temu Materials Oy

Temu Materials strives to solve the modern day issues of fast fashion by creating leather of textile waste with the help of mushrooms.

Accelerator: Boost – Startup Journey

Status: Operating

*ship Pitch Captain Winner 2017

Grid Wallet

Grid Wallet lets you choose where your electricity comes from and control electrical devices automatically to match when electricity is at its cheapest.

Accelerator: Startup Passion

Status: Early stage

*ship 2017, 2nd place

Loadbro Oy

Loadbro is an easy to to use tool built for freight forwarders and those who are seeking to ship, making organizing transport easy.

Accelerator: Patteri – Startup Summer Camp

Status: Bankruptcy

*ship 2015, TOP 10

Entomophagy Solutions Oy

Entis offers you exciting, delicious and most of all high-quality insect food.

Accelerator: Boost – Startup Journey

Status: Operating

*ship 2017, TOP 10

Husky Hearing

Husky Hearing is an application that can improve hearing for people with a hearing loss.

Accelerator: Lutes – Launchpad

Status: Operating

*ship 2016, 3rd place