Polar Bear Pitching helps you crystallize your message. The stage could not be any cooler, and we mean literally: a hole cut through the ice in the frozen Baltic Sea. 

Refresh your business, body and mind. Join our after swim activities, world class workshops and inspiring talks.

The event takes place March 12-13th 2019 in Oulu, Finland.

Live stream


Tuesday March 12th

8:00 – 10:30 Kasvu Open Startup breakfast side-event

Hear exciting stories about startup entrepreneurship and the tips from investor’s point of view how to grab the Kasvu Open million investment. And of course to network! Further information and registration.

9:00 Science Under Radar at University of Oulu
A showcase by science-based startups for investors and media representatives.

9:30 IPO clinic – Efficient raising of equity and acceleration of growth at Scandic Oulu City side event

Free side event including a specialist panel. Registration by 8th of March.

 12:00 Polar Bear Pitching Semifinals at Oulu Market Square
Startups from around the world compete to earn spots at the Finals. The event is free and open for all.

15:00–18:30/21:00 Special program for startups and investors at Nallikari

Brella meetings in Lounge area

How to: OPM – Get ready for First outside investor, Anette Nordvall/Nordvest, STOAF

Workshop “Science Venture Program”, Ville Heikkinen/Butterfly Ventures

Mentoring sessions – Matchmaking – Arctic Experiences at Nallikari beach. For Startup and Investor pass holders.

17:00 – 19:30 EduBears at Science Center Tietomaa side event
A showcase of education-related innovations and a dinner. The event is free and open for all.

19:00 City of Oulu reception
A reception for VIP guests at the Oulu City Hall.

20:00 Pre-Party at Zivago & 45 Special

21:00 Aurora Hunting Tour
For media.

wednesday March 13th

8:00 – 10:00 Drone Business Breakfast Seminar at Finnkino
The event is free and open for all.

9:00 – 11:00 Printed Intelligence Pitching Stream at Finnkino
A specially curated program to showcase printed intelligence startups.

10:00 – 16:00 Polar Bear Pitching “Business Unusual” Conference at Finnkino
Keynotes, panel discussions, and workshops on creativity, leadership, technology, and funding. Matchmaking via Brella. Check out the schedule for the conference here. (The conference program can be found if you scroll down the page.)

17:30 Opening Ceremony of the Arctic Gate of the Silk Road, Oulu Market Square
Celebration of the Oulu-Hangzhou Sister-City  collaboration and BRLC activities.

18:00 Polar Bear Pitching Finals at Oulu Market Square
Startup competition in the ice hole accompanied with music and dance performances, reindeer rides, ice skating, saunas, hot tubs, and fireworks. The Finals are free of charge for the audience.

The program contains an artistic programme curated by Mike Watson entitled ‘Oulu: A Social Ecosphere’ featuring Marinella Senatore’s internationally acclaimed School of Narrative Dance, and works from the prominent Italian artist Leonardo Petrucci.

20:00 The Official Polar Bear Pitching After Party at Nightclub Ilona

Come and enjoy live music by Oulu based band Shut the Funk Up! Also food and drinks available. After party will be organized in collaboration with IGDA.

what was it like? Read the comments about
polar bear pitching

We have inspired hundreds of stories worldwide


Stay tuned –
we promise we won’t leave you cold!




Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates.