We have cancelled the physical event, but we are currently working on a virtual conference. Follow us on social media to hear more about the is virtual version and join Brella networking tool with the join code morethanmeetstheice in order to make meaningful connections .

Wed 11th MARCH 2020

Virtual Reality Nordic 2020 (for Combo ticket holders only)

8:30 – 17:00
Venue: Hotel Lasaretti, Kasarmintie 13B

An event dedicated to building the Nordic VR ecosystem by bringing innovators, futurists, and VR collaborators together. 




Startup coaching CANCELED

9:00 – 16:00
Venue: BusinessAsema, Hallituskatu 36A 

The program for this day will be offered by our official partners.


Thu 12th MARCH 2020


8:30 – 18:00 (for ticket holders only)
Venue: Amarillo, Pakkahuoneenkatu 16

Breakfast, lunch, matchmaking, talks, panel discussion, pitching streams, clinics and mentoring.

Scroll down for full program.

Polar Bear Pitching Semifinals CANCELED

12:30 – 15:00
Venue: Oulu Market Square

Pitching competition in a hole carved in the frozen Baltic Sea. 

Polar Bear Pitching Finals

Venue: Oulu Market Square

Pitching competition in a hole carved in the frozen Baltic Sea. 

Polar Bear Pitching After Party & Dinner CANCELED

21:00 – late night (for ticket holders only)
Venue: Amarillo, Pakkahuoneenkatu 16

Band for the night: Shut The Funk Up




Race of Drones Oulu

10:00 – 18:00
Venue: Ouluhalli, Ouluhallintie 20

International drone World Cup race



Location: Restaurant Amarillo, Pakkahuoneenkatu 16


8:30 – 9:30 Registration and breakfast

9:30 Chris Heivly, VP Innovation at Techstars
Why your first community-building instincts are wrong

10:15 Dr. Ute Hillmer, Innovation manager at Better Reality Ventures
Three things to catch to make your innovation a success

10:50 Natalie Novick, CCO at Startup Boost
How to remove barriers for startup growth: tools and best practices

11:15 Ecosystem panel
How to create thriving communities which generate high-growth companies

Nicklas Pavoncelli, TechBBQ

Chris Heivly, Techstars
Dr. Ute Hillmer, Better Reality Ventures
Natalie Novick, Startup Boost
Johanna Bluemink, University of Oulu


14:00 – 15:00 EduBears by Pinonetwork

Co-creation Backing Success
Anna Rantapero-Laine, 6Aika: The New Era of Learing

Public-Private or Both?
Panel discussion between educational institutions and companies

Scale for Business 

Business Pitches
PINO Network member companies

15:00 – 15:15 Pirkka Palomäki, Maki.vc

15:15 University of Oulu & PrintoCent
Science Venture Pitches

17:15 Tanja Piha, Greenstep
Grow and go global with passion: How to drive growth with modern sales & marketing – five proven steps to growth

Continuous program throughout the day:

Brella matchmaking sessions
EduBears stands: Educational companies and institutions presenting their services
Greenstep mentoring clinic: Leadership at different phases of growth.
Nordea clinic: WeGrowStartups
Reggster brand clinic: Legal advice with respect to your trademark needs
Siltaraha booth: Getting a business loan for your company

After the finals:

21:00 After Swim & Dinner networking party @ Amarillo

 The coolest party band, Shut The Funk Up, will keep us entertained throughout the evening.

conference speakers

Chris Heivly

Chris Heivly, VP Innovation at Techstars, is one of the leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.”

For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies.  Heivly current serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast and as an EIR at Techstars.

Chris writes for INC.COM, his blog at heivly.com and recently published his first book about startups called Build The Fort.

”Innovations for people! That’s what I burn for.”

Ute is conquering the floor with topics like customer centric thinking, social trends to catch in innovation, lean innovation – or as you might say – learning by doing.

Ute is an industrial engineer, innovation manager and executive coach whose specialty is the development of successful innovations that are designed from the customer perspective. Her consulting experience derives from working in corporations like Bosch, Daimler AG, EnBW, Hewlett-Packard, TÜV Nord and SWMH.

What drives Ute in her work? She craves to contribute to making this world and life a little bit better.


Tanja Piha is a growth expert with modern sales and marketing.

Tanja’s topic in our conference is how to grow and go global with passion. She has an extensive background working in Finland, Sweden and Norway in various sales and marketing roles. Currently her passion is to help Greenstep’s customers to reach new markets. Greenstep is a rapidly growing company who’s currently conquering the Swedish and Estonian markets after being successful in Finland for many years. Tanja Piha herself works at Greenstep in marketing and sales and she wants to share proven steps to growth with you.

Tanja is also a writer, an experienced speaker and a podcast host. How to drive growth with modern sales & marketing– five proven steps to growth – that is what you will learn from Tanja at our conference.

Pirkka Palomäki is a founding partner of Maki.vc, an 80m€ Helsinki, Finland based early stage venture capital fund with a sweet spot for scientific advances, strong IP, and customer understanding that looks beyond convention. He is an experienced and accomplished leader in B2B SaaS, IoT and cybersecurity related businesses with passion for great products and design combined with hands-on expertise in scaling organizations and businesses.

Natalie Novick is the Chief Community Officer of Startup Boost, a Pre-Accelerator program with locations across the United States and Europe, and a community for founders from around the world. Natalie is a social scientist and a passionate advocate for connecting people and building bridges across the global startup ecosystem. Her research work has taken her to nearly 30 countries to investigate the mechanisms that help make entrepreneurial communities thrive. She regularly consults with policymakers and community builders across Europe committed to building better conditions for early-stage companies.

Prior to joining Startup Boost, she was the Research Editor at Tech.eu, a premier media and market intelligence company for Europe’s startup ecosystem, as well as the Research Director for the European Startup Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to helping policymakers work better with their startup communities.