April-August 2019


100+ companies

Startup Connect Contest

Contest for early-stage startups from Finland and Russia, interested in new markets and international expansion. Take part in pitch session during *Ship Startup Festival! Get participation package in Web Summit 2019 and other opportunities.

What solutions are we looking for?

The contest is looking for the statups presenting solutions from the following field. However, participation is not restricted by these areas.





Smart Mobility

Industry 4.0


What are the key dates?

Take a look at the contest flow.

April 2 - June 10 

Application period

June 11-27, 2019

Evaluation process

June 28, 2019

10 finalists are announced

July 15-26, 2019

Training session for finalists to make perfect pitch in English

August 1-2, 2019

Final pitch session during *Ship Startup festival in Kotka

Why take part? Here are the main prizes!

10 finalists will make pitch presentations during *Ship Startup Festival in Kotka (Finland) - bright summer event with great networking, exciting atmosphere, and 5 000 euros as a prize.

The winner takes it all:

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Web Summit

Participation package in Web Summit 2019

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Acceleration program LevelUp CBC batch

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Piloting opportunities with local companies


Contest Jury

Hassib Fowad Rezai

Hassib Fowad Rezai

*ship Startup Festival (FI)

Heidi Sjögren

Heidi Sjögren

Cursor Oy (FI)

Irina Kalashnikova

Irina Kalashnikova

GoTech Innovation (RU)

Irina Kalashnikova

Maxim Balanev

St. Petersburg Foundation for SME Development

Irina Kalashnikova

Aleksander Andreev

Almaz Capital

Sergey Dashkov

Sergey Dashkov

Phystech Accelerator

Don't miss you chance to present your start-up at *Ship Startup Festival!

Key organizers

The contest is organised by GoTech Innovation in the framework of the contract with Cursor Oy.

Gotech Innovation
Cursor Ltd., Kotka-Hamina Regional Development Company


 The following institutions are co-organizers of the competition.

ITMO University
St. Petersburg Foundation for Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development
Региональный Интегрированный Центр - Санкт-Петербург


We thankful to the following institutions for supporting the competition.

East-West Digital News
it park
Imaguru Startup Hub
Arctic Startup