Side events

Tuesday, 27th of February

SISU sauna pitch: an unusually HOT Startup Pitching Event!

AYY Rantasauna, Jämeräntaival 5, Espoo

Organizer:  City of Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa

Welcome to the hottest startup pitching event in Finland – SISU SAUNA PITCH!  Do you have ”the sisu” to pitch in a sauna?

Join us for an unforgettable evening of innovation, networking, and a touch of Finnish culture. Secure your pitching spot at the event by registering now!

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Wednesday, 28th of February 2024

Polar Bear goes Circular!

11:30–14:00 at Oulunsalon kunnantalo

Organizer: Oulu Circular Economy cluster

Are you a circular economy start up hungry for growth & looking for investors? Not too big, with a turnover less than one million? The place to be is Oulunsalon Kunnantalo at 11.30-14.00 on Day O of Polar Bear Pitching!


Wednesday, 28th of February 2024

Northern Freeze

14:30–16:30 at the Lava, BusinessAsema, Hallituskatu 36B, Oulu

Organizer: OuluHealth

Meet OuluHealth for an evening of inspiration and networking. Learn more about growing Health and Life Science sector in Oulu and its cutting-edge health innovations. Talk to brilliant innovators and find out why Oulu is considered a leading health technology hub!

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Wednesday, 28th of February 2024

Polar Bear Pitching Warm-Up Mingle

18:00-20:30 at BusinessAsema, Hallituskatu 36B

Organizer: Team Nordic Arctic, Pro Tromsø and BusinessOulu

Let’s get together and mingle before the Big Day of Polar Bear Pitching! Everyone attending Polar Bear Pitching is invited to mingle with our guests from Northern-Norway and Northern-Sweden. We hope to meet many of our international friends this evening. There will be served some fingerfoods!

Free registration »

Thursday, 29th of February 2024

Ice Bear Breaker: From Idea to Impact

15:00-17:00 at Startup Station, Hallituskatu 36A, Oulu

Organizer: OuluES

Get ready to dive into the world of entrepreneurship and innovation at the Polar Bear Pitching side-event organized by OuluES on February 29th! Then mark your calendars and join us for an unforgettable day filled with learning, networking, and fun.

Free registration »

Thursday, 29th of February 2024

Business&Burger – New Nordic collaborations

15:30-17:30, Voimala 1889, Kasarmintie 1, Oulu

Team Nordic Arctic and ICE Innovation Festival invites you to Business&Burger where we discuss how to succeed with cross-border business co-operation and networking. This event is for start-ups, investors, business developers, company representatives and students excited about Nordic collaboration.

Event details and registration »

Friday, 1st of March 2024


12:15-14:00 at Startup Station, Hallituskatu 36A, Oulu

Organizer: JETRO and BusinessOulu

First ever “reverse pitching” event of Japanese companies & local municipality in Oulu. Come and find out if you’re the groundbreaking company they’ve been looking for! It’s the perfect chance to make valuable connections with Japan in a cozy atmosphere. Finger food and drink will be served. It’s free participation, but seats are limited. Register your participation ASAP! Welcome!

Free registration »