Are you curious about what *ship 2022 has to offer early-stage startups? Here are the four main reasons to attend the best business event this summer.

1. Face-to-face meetings with potential partners and experts

This is the biggest event for early-stage companies to take part in the Kymenlaakso area. It will be the chance for you to pitch your idea to experts, investors and showcase what you are capable of. Our carefully curated mentor pool will be there for you to ensure your development, answer questions you may have, and ensure that you are successful on not only the Pitch Captain competition but any Pitching event in the future!

“I have been to several other startup events, but nothing was even close to *ship. The event helps us gain wider publicity and new partnerships. This contributed to convincing me that we were in the right direction.” Joonas, Pitch Captain winner 2015.  

2. Experienced mentors provide guidance

Through the *ship program, startups can network with different mentors from different fields to improve their pitches and solidify their ideas. Mentors usually help our teams figure out a key element to their pitch/idea after these discussions. During the event, you can network with a wide variety of experts from all industries allowing you to deepen your understanding of a certain field, and increase your chances of securing investment and funding. 

*ship event is a great way to meet the experts in your field. Your idea may be ground-breaking but without promotion, it won’t go anywhere. It’s crucial to get in front of industry leaders and pitch your idea or ask for advice as to your startup’s biggest advocate.

3. Networking

Throughout the conference, attendees will grab a bite to eat, a drink to sip, and business cards to hand out. *ship Startup Festival, the largest entrepreneurship event in the Kymenlaakso area attracts entrepreneurs of all types, from the earliest of startups to people with decades of experience, so there will be a wide range of people from various stages of their careers to talk to!

“*ship Startup Festival gives access to everything that a young entrepreneur needs. It has a welcoming community that helps you grow”. Neveli, pitch Captain winner 2018.

4. Chance to win the grand prize!

As part of the *ship program, each startup team will have the opportunity to pitch their startup idea to a panel of judges in the Pitch Captain Competition. Ultimately, the winning team will receive a prize and the title of Pitch Captain. Whether you are a team competing or an attendee visiting, you can always get inspired by the motivated entrepreneurs ready to take on the challenges of tomorrow!

Please send me a message at startups@shipfestival.org if you have any questions.