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Deadline: February 28, 2017 | Apply here
Dates: 
the festival takes place on July 11-13, 2017
Eligibility:
The applicant must be 18 years old by the day of the application deadline, individual applications are accepted, but team applications are preferred. The idea should have startup elements like a repeatable and scalable business model. It can be a social business, but we do not review for NGOs or non-profit venture ideas. The Startup must be less than three years old.
Prizes: Get access to *ship, Southeast Finland’s biggest startup event and secure a spot on the Pitch Captain competition. The trip is fully covered for the top three finalists, including flights, accommodation and participation fee waiver. Showcase ventures, receive one-on-one mentoring and win various prizes. Additionally, engage with the Nordic start-up community and make life-lasting connections.
Location: online application, the festival takes place in Kotka, Finland

Global Startup Challenge 2017

Global Startup Challenge is an online competition for aspiring entrepreneurs from all over the world.

The aim is to empower people from as many backgrounds as possible, keeping in view the boarder vision of *ship The Startup Festival, i.e. to connect the next-generation of entrepreneurs with mentors worldwide. This is an experience of a lifetime for the ones creating tomorrow, not watching it happen.

Interested applicants can submit their ideas and startups in an application consisting of problem identification and solution proposal. Submission of executive summary, pitch deck and promotion video is optional.

The applications are then reviewed by local and regional experts. Finalists receive an invitation to *ship, to be held this year on July 11-13th in Kotka, Finland.

*SHIP The Startup Festival 2017

*ship – The Startup Festival is a three-day startup event which aims to connect the next-generation of entrepreneurs with mentors worldwide.

At *ship, accelerators, early-stage startups, investors, mentors, students and other entrepreneurial-minded champions get together annually to celebrate entrepreneurship! *ship 2017 will be held on July 11-13th during Tall Ships Races and Maritime Festival in Kotka, Finland.

The Startup Festival would like to welcome you all to an unforgettable cruise!

*ship is organized annually by PatteriES, a student-run organisation of Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences in Kouvola and Kotka, Finland. The event is backed by Google, City of Kotka, Cursor, Kouvola Innovation and Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences.

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