Welcoming all pre/early-stage startups, aspiring entrepreneurs, and global change-makers with groundbreaking business ideas! Earn a spot at *ship Startup Festival 2022 May 5th – 6th. This year’s event is planned to be on location in Höyrypanimo, Kotka.

In *ship, you will be able to personally present your business idea and receive 1-on-1 mentoring from entrepreneurial leaders and experts. The startup application is not yet open. Stay informed on the socials to get the latest updates.

2 ways to apply

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

  2. Application through *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 2022

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


“shaking the status quo”


“settling for decent is not for us”


“fighting boredom”


“shaping your daily life”


“change the world for better tomorrow”

Apply here

Rules of competition

Pitch Captain 2020


*ship Alumni startups

KaaKau Yo

KaaKau Oy KaaKau offers micro-mobility solutions for towns, municipalities, and organizations. We have currently 300+ shared city bikes in 8 locations around Finland. Let’s roll!

Accelerator: LevelUp/Startup Passion

Status: Growing

*ship 2017

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


Saavu is a tool for important mass communication that works through a chat instead of emails. The chat enables features and possibilities emails could never provide. Communication with a large audience of people is so much more than sending a mass email – it’s about reaching, interacting and follow-ups.

Accelerator: Boost – Startup Journey

Status: Growing

*ship 2018

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


Ridline is a collaboration platform for planning quality music events, by allowing streamlined information sharing between bands and sound technicians.

Accelerator: Kiuas

Status: Growing

*ship 2018, Winner

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


Mesensei builds private social networks for knowledge transfer with elegant mobile UX.

Accelerator: Kiuas

Status: Operating

*ship 2018