“There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.”

-Anthony Robbins

  *ship - The Startup Festival 2017

Started as a small invitation-only event with 35 young entrepreneurs back in 2015, *ship has grown successfully and made its history by becoming today’s biggest startup event of South-Eastern Finland. For this year, with our ambitious minds we are looking forward to making yet another memorable event for all participants.

This year, *ship Startup Festival 2018 will kick-off as a two-day event from August 1st to 2nd  at Maritime Centre Vellamo. We have upgraded our programs and are excited to share what we have in our sleeves!e

Mentor program

On the 1st day, mentors and startup teams will be meeting together to talk and network with each other. Mentors will be giving the teams advice, guidance and insights to develop and refine their businesses. The mentor program will consist of 1-on-1 Meetups, Clinics and Master Classes.

Networking, inspiring speeches and even more in-depth mentoring

Meetups are 1-hour long get-togethers where all startups meet 5 mentors in 10 minutes sessions. Meetups are pre-arranged between startups and mentors.

Clinics are 15 minutes sessions in various topics for startups to reserve beforehand and during the event. They will be organized by our partners such as Fiban, Digi Rock Stars, Startup Sauna and Cursor.

Master Class is a new concept in *ship! In Master Classes participants get to interact with experts and fellow entrepreneurs in varied topics for 1 hour. Master Classes will be announced for pre-registration just one month before *ship throughout our *ship app. These Master Classes size vary from 15-35  persons and they need to be pre-booked by our app.

Pitch Captain Competition


During the 2nd day, 50 startup teams get to pitch their business idea in 3 minutes with a presentation to a panel of judges. Teams are divided in 5 different categories.

In finals, 10 best team get to present their idea again. Winner will be titled as “Pitch Captain” and wins 5000€! 

Ace on the sleeves

We dare to say that exciting shi* is going to happen and you would not want to miss it! So take your passion, creativity and curiosity and come on board. Stay tuned for more information and updates on our website and social media channels!


Author: Mimi Hla is a third-year Business Management student living in Mikkeli. For this summer, she will be working as a communication coordinator in our *ship team. She is passionate about living a meaningful life as well as travelling and exploring the world.