SHIFT is driven by a simple desire: to better understand the co-evolutionary relationship between humans, nature and technology.


Tech alone is not enough, nor is business as usual.


The idea of SHIFT started to take form in late 2014 and has been growing steadily from zero to 4000 attendees ever since.


What is SHIFT about?

SHIFT is driven by a simple desire: to better understand the co-evolutionary relationship between humans, nature and technology.

To achieve this SHIFT facilitates a platform connecting potential with success – and vice versa.

The festival features two days full of meaningful conversations, a fantastic stage program, round-table discussions and workshops, in addition to several side events, networking sessions as well as after parties.

Is SHIFT an international business conference?

SHIFT is a festival, not a conference, but it is international. Circa 15 % of attendees are international, mostly origin around the Baltic sea.

Who is organizing SHIFT?

Behind SHIFT is non-profit  association driven by volunteers and the business communities in Turku.

Firm supporters of SHIFT are Turku Science Park, Boost Turku, JCI, Creve, Turku Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Finnish Enterprises.


Where is SHIFT organized?

SHIFT is organised  in Turku, Finland.

Turku is the oldest city in Finland and boasts a rich historical and cultural heritage. It is home to the oldest school as well as the oldest theatre in Finland. Located at the south-western coast of Finland it is a gateway to one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world.


How to get to SHIFT?

Reaching Turku

Turku is a transportation hub hosting both an airport and a harbour. You can also reach the city by a train, a bus or a car.

By Air

You may reach Turku by air. Please visit the below web site for more information.

Also keep in mind that Helsinki-Vantaa airport is near by offering direct train and bus shuttles going to Turku.


You can reach Turku by a train from Helsinki, Saint Petersburg or Tampere. Please consult the below website for timetables and tickets.


There are ferry connections to Turku from Stockholm. Please consult the website below for timetables and tickets.


Please consult the below websites for timetables and tickets.

Is SHIFT a day event?

SHIFT is a two-day festival with the official program running from at 11am to 6pm on the first day and 10am to 6pm on the second day.

The official After party is held on the second night.

SHIFT in numbers

SHIFT has grown from zero to 4000 attendees in just three years time.  The growth is unprecedented in Finland, and the growth has been noticed also amongst other notable business events, such as Slush and Nordic Business Forum.

FACT SHEET – SHIFT Business Festival

SHIFT 2016 SHIFT 2017 SHIFT 2018 (progn.)
Participants 1000 2300 4000
Partners 80 84 80
Growth Companies 200 750 1400
Investors 50 97 150
Volunteers 100 207 250

SHIFT team is growing. Here is some of the team who can answer any question you might have!


Alexander Törnroth

+358 40 1877 353


Sini Toivonen

+358 40 6792 626


Veli-Pekka Virtanen

+358 40 8678 288

Program and design

Heidi Vainio-Pekka

+358 44 2316 337

Communications & Marketing

Mari Männistö

+358 45 8684 808