Join the coolest startup event in the world
29.02.2024 | Oulu, Finland

Congratulations to the Winners of Polar Bear Pitching 2024 – Natal Mind!

Polar Bear Pitching 2024

At Polar Bear Pitching we empower startups to demonstrate their resilience and commitment to the whole world through an unconventional platform – A REAL ICE HOLE!

By merging business with Finnish culture, we foster an environment where business can be done in a casual and equal settings. Join us to celebrate innovation in a way that’s fun, unforgettable, and impactful!

Our Impact

international startups participated since 2014
countries where our participants came from
international media wrote about us

Live stream

29th February, 2024 at 18:00



Tue 27 Feb Wed 28 Feb Thu 29 Feb Fri 1 Mar Sat 2 Mar
Polar Bear goes circular!

11:30-14:00 | Oulunsalon kunnantalo

IceTech Summit

9:00-15:00 | Radisson Blu

Northern Freeze

14:30-16:30 | BusinessAsema

Ice Bear Breaker: from Idea to Impact

15:00-17:00 |  StartupStation

Business & Burger – New Nordic collaborations

15:30-17:30 |
Voimala 1889


12:15-14:00 | Startup Station

FROZEN PEOPLE MUSIC FESTIVAL 14:00-22:00 |  Nallikari
Polar Bear Pitching Warm-up Mingle

18:00-20:30 |  BusinessAsema

Investor-only sauna preparty 18:00-22:00 | Sijoittaja Pro Avanto Competition

18:00-20:00 | Oulu market square

Join tours and winter activities in Oulu

See on the website

SISU sauna pitch: an unusually hot Startup Pitching Event!

18:00-22:00 | AYY Rantasauna, Espoo

Polar Bear Pitching Afterparty by Netox

20:00-02:00 | Radisson Blu

Join IceTech Summit!

We invite you to explore cutting-edge topics that have already left a mark in the North at our morning coference – IceTech Summit by ICTOulu.

We inspired hundreds of stories worldwide

Hell yeah!

“Polar Bear Pitching was THE experience. It was something unique that every startup should definitely try… As one of the finalists, we got very good media coverage, not to mention many very promising follow-ups. If you are wondering should you do it – hell yeah!”

— Timo Kettunen, Diske LTD

“Polar Bear Pitching put us on the map and opened many doors to great opportunities. We were even featured in The Huffington Post!”

— Sandra Pétursdóttir, First Bond Wearables

“Standing in the ice hole in front of the excited audience was an amazing once in a lifetime experience. The atmosphere at the event was inspiring as dozens of startups buzzed around in excitement. The fiery feeling after getting out – something we’ll never forget!”

— Olli Kananen, Virta Ltd

Polar Bear Pitching 2024 was possible thanks to

Become our partner

By partnering with Polar Bear Pitching, your brand will gain exposure and recognition among startups, investors, and enthusiasts from around the world who are captivated by the enchantment of the north.

organize a satellite event

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Bring your startup community together to watch the frosty experience while staying in the warmth!

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