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

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

Ready for the icy challenge?

Show the whole world the determination you have to your startup and apply to participate in the Avanto Competition!

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

We inspired hundreds of stories worldwide

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

Host a pitching competition in your region with ice hole makeshift options and stand out in your local community.

Apply to organize a Satellite Event »

Become our streaming partner

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

Apply to become a Streaming Partner »