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2015

We piloted the event with invitation-only participation of 35 young entrepreneurs from entrepreneurship societies (ES’s) in Helsinki, Kouvola, Lappeenranta and Turku.

2016

We expanded our horizons by piloting Ambassadors’ program for international change-makers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The 2016 event had the participation of 100+ young entrepreneurs.

2017

We organized Ambassadors’ program and an online competition which attracted 930 young entrepreneurs and 650 startups across 90 countries. The 2017 event had the participation of nearly 150 young entrepreneurs and two hackathon challenges in collaboration with local companies.

2018

Master Classes and Clinics were brought to the program. Master Classes and Clinics were done together with partners and mentors. We increased partnerships with accelerators, by having 8 accelerators bringing teams to *ship. With accelerator partners and through our open application, we had altogether 50 teams taking part to *ship 2018.

2019

For the *ship Startup Festival 5th edition of *ship we enhanced Mentoring program by adding seats to Clinics and doubling the number of Master Classes. Pitch Captain Competition was brought back to Kotka Market Square and the winner was rewarded with 5000€ and two tickets to Web Summit in Lisbon!

2020

*ship Startup Festival 2020 is going to happen from 12th to 14th of August. Because of the current situation we have decided to arrange a hybrid event. The event consists of two parts: Mentor Program and the Pitch Captain Competition. The Mentoring Program and the PCC until the semifinals will be online programs.

Top 10 teams will be invited to compete for the grand prize of 5 000 € to the Market Square in Kotka. The PCC Finals will be held on 14th of August.

2015

We piloted the event with invitation-only participation of 35 young entrepreneurs from entrepreneurship societies (ES’s) in Helsinki, Kouvola, Lappeenranta and Turku.

2016

We expanded our horizons by piloting Ambassadors’ program for international change-makers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The 2016 event had the participation of 100+ young entrepreneurs.

2017

We organized Ambassadors’ program and an online competition which attracted 930 young entrepreneurs and 650 startups across 90 countries. The 2017 event had the participation of nearly 150 young entrepreneurs and two hackathon challenges in collaboration with local companies.

2018

Master Classes and Clinics were brought to the program. Master Classes and Clinics were done together with partners and mentors. We increased partnerships with accelerators, by having 8 accelerators bringing teams to *ship. With accelerator partners and through our open application, we had altogether 50 teams taking part to *ship 2018.

2019

For the *ship Startup Festival 5th edition of *ship we enhanced Mentoring program by adding seats to Clinics and doubling the number of Master Classes. Pitch Captain Competition was brought back to Kotka Market Square and the winner was rewarded with 5000€ and two tickets to Web Summit in Lisbon!

2020

*ship Startup Festival 2020 is going to happen from 12th to 14th of August. Because of the current situation we have decided to arrange a hybrid event. The event consists of two parts: Mentor Program and the Pitch Captain Competition. The Mentoring Program and the PCC until the semifinals will be online programs.

Top 10 teams will be invited to compete for the grand prize of 5 000 € to the Market Square in Kotka. The PCC Finals will be held on 14th of August.

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Laura Häkkinen

Project Manager

laura@shipfestival.org